Every now and then, destinations get their 15 minutes’ of fame on travel articles, video blogs, and other media platforms. Some are over-hyped, their popularity predicated around meaningless trends. Santorini, however, is not one of them. This Greek island, originally known as Thera, is perhaps one of the contemporary traveller’s most beloved destinations, and it is easy to see why. Whitewashed hillside houses fitted with deep blue spherical roofs their colour matching the adjoining Aegean Sea; rich geographical diversity; and exquisite local cuisine inspired by volcanic soil-grown ingredients are just some of the numerous allures Santorini has. Needless to say, one of the best ways to live on an island is right by the water, so with that in mind, check out our list of some of the best seaside hotels in the area.
Situated in Imerovigli Village is the Alta Vista Suites, an elegant accommodation that provides guests with an incredible view over the Aegean Sea, best enjoyed by the pool or up on the sun terrace. The suites are uniquely designed with arched walls and contemporary decor, and they each come with air conditioning, built-in beds, a minibar, a satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi. Some suites even come with a fireplace, not that you could possibly need it during summer. The property is just 5 km (3.1 miles) from Fira, the island’s capital, and 9 km (5.5 miles) from Oia, one of Santorini’s most scenic places.
Perched atop the Caldera, right next to Oia’s iconic castle, the Oia Collection is a sleek, yet traditionally designed accommodation with panoramic views over the Aegean Sea. True to Santorini’s classical architectural style, each room and apartment features arched walls and built-in furniture, as well as amenities like satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and basic essentials. Some units also come with a kitchen, and if you feel like pampering yourself further, there are units with an outdoor jetted tub overlooking the Caldera. Continental breakfast is served each morning, and they are comprised of nothing but fresh local produce.
Dreams Luxury Suites is a highly exclusive accommodation, made up of just four suites. Built over a 100 years ago, the suites have since been revamped and modernised. Situated at the highest point of the Caldera, they offer guests stunning views of both the Aegean Sea and Santorini itself, along with the amenities to enjoy them, such as a private swimming pool, a hot tub, and a terrace. A wide variety of activities can also be found in the vicinity, such as snorkelling, cycling, hiking, and fishing among others.
Kaleidoscope Cave Houses, whose namesake is probably an ode to the spectacular views it offers its guests, is situated atop a nice vantage point in Oia overlooking the Caldera. Each unit comes with a hub tub from which guests can enjoy an unbridled, outdoor scenic treat. Other amenities that you can find inside are a well-equipped kitchenette, a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, a satellite TV, and more. The property is just 200 m (984 ft) away from the Naval Museum of Oia, a popular tourist attraction.
Asteras Villas offers guests the best of both worlds; it is located atop the majestic Caldera and is just a stone’s throw away from the pebbled streets of Fira, Santorini’s capital. The suites are elegantly designed and allow guests private, uninterrupted views over the Caldera, which they can enjoy in a lovely hot tub by the balcony. Being centrally located Asteras Villas is in close proximity to popular attractions, such as the famous Black and Red Beaches, as well as the airport and main port.
Probably a lot gentler than its name sounds, Evilio Houses is a traditionally built accommodation located in the heart of Oia. Guests will be treated to unparalleled views over the Aegean Sea, best enjoyed from the comfort of the balcony that each unit comes with. The rooms come with a kitchenette, a dining area, a TV, a private bathroom, and other amenities, such as free Wi-Fi. Guests will also find a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops in the vicinity.
Address: Odos Ploiarchon, Ormos Ammoudiou
Price: from 232 USD
Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Daily housekeeping Children television networks WiFi available in all areas Parking Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Shuttle service (additional charge) Massage
It probably takes a certain “je ne sais quoi” for an accommodation to adopt the word, “Elite”, and that seems to work for Elite Luxury Suites. Situated amidst Oia’s towering cliffs, each suite comes with a separate bedroom, a living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a private outdoor heated pool, from which guests can enjoy views of the Caldera, the volcano, and the Aegean Sea. Sporting traditional arched walls, the suites are modern but they have also captured the spirit of local architecture. Free Wi-Fi, a concierge service, and terraces are just some of the amenities available on the property.
Elite Luxury Suites
Address: Main Pedestrian Street
Price: from 228 USD
Situated in Fira, Santorini’s capital, Alma Libre Suites is a prime example of fine space management. Although it sits on limited space by the side of a cliff, like many buildings in Santorini, the suites are spacious and extremely comfortable. Each multi-storey unit comes with a terrace, a hot tub, a private bathroom or shower, as well as free Wi-Fi, a TV, and not to forget amazing views of the Aegean Sea. Continental breakfast is also served each morning on the property. The suites are in close proximity to attractions like the Archaeological Museum of Thera, and several idyllic cycling paths.
Alma Libre Suites
Price: from 233 USD
Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Physical distancing rules followed WiFi available in all areas Process in place to check health of guests First aid kit available
Located in the scenic Imerovigli village, Aliko Luxury Suites is surrounded by beauty, both inland and seaside. It features panoramic views of the Caldera and the Aegean Sea, which guests can enjoy atop a private balcony or from the heated hot tub that each minimalistic suite comes with. Guests will also have access to amenities like free Wi-Fi, a TV, as well as luxurious bed linens. Some units even have spa baths. The property is situated near bars, traditional Greek taverns, and shops.
With unrivalled views over the Caldera, this five-star luxury hotel is one of the most sought-after accommodations in Santorini. There is plenty of indulging to be done here; each villa and suite comes with a private, heated infinity pool fitted with hydro-massage jets, a sun terrace, and a spacious outdoor lounge. Inside, you will have a large satellite TV, a Blu-Ray player, a smartphone docking station, free Wi-Fi, and other amenities. In typical Greek fashion, sumptuous Mediterranean food is served on the premises. Romantic candlelight dinners and cocktails are also available. Phos The Boutique is conveniently located near attractions like Athinios Port, some 3.5 km (1.5 miles) away, and Fira, the capital of Santorini.
A taste of luxury in Santorini
With numerous luxurious accommodations popping up in Santorini, it is easy to see why the island is so popular amongst tourists looking for a share in its bountiful views and amazing Mediterranean food. Check out these options the next time you find yourself there and enjoy the pampering of a lifetime.
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