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The quintessential Greek destination for love and romance, the Aegean Island of Santorini is a land of magic, myth, and old volcanoes. Whitewashed buildings, volcanic sand beaches, and azure blue waters provide all the aesthetic ingredients for a thoroughly sensorial vacation.

The caldera rim, which forms the island of Santorini today, is all that remains from a massive volcanic eruption many thousands of years ago. Thanks to its rich, fertile soil, award-winning wines are produced here and the historical sites, cave hotels, catamaran excursions and water sports are just some of the island’s endless enchantments.

Accommodation in Santorini has always been exclusive, with the island boasting some of the best 5-star resorts in all of Greece, if of Europe.. Imagine luxurious cave suites, sunset-dappled terraces, cooling plunge pools, and the finest local cuisine. All this and more is available at these luxury destinations on our list of the best boutique hotels in Santorini. Kalimera!


The Best Boutique Hotels in Santorini


Andronis Boutique Hotel
Andronis Boutique Hotel view frpm pool of pne of the best boutique hotels in Santorini
The 5-star Andronis Boutique Hotel boasts superb views from its private pools Santorini Photo courtesy Andronis Boutique Hotel)

The best boutique hotels in Santorini boast million-dollar views over the clear blue waters of the caldera. Book a multi-level suite at the 5-star Andronis Boutique Hotel and you’ll enjoy these iconic vistas across the Aegean, as well as across Oia’s white-washed houses on the northern end of the ridge.

Sunset cocktails in your private jacuzzi before supper at Lauda, the village’s first restaurant, are a must. Renowned as one of the best restaurants on Santorini, guests can expect the best local ingredients and unique Santorinian wines grown in the island’s rich volcanic soil.

Luxuriate in the stunning two-bed, two-bath villa with its heated infinity pool, private terrace, and generous living area. One of the best Santorini hotels with a private pool.

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Iconic Santorini
Mini Cave Room at Iconic Santorini
The Mini Cave Room is an excellent choice for a luxury stay at Iconic Santorini (Photo courtesy Iconic Santorini)

An authentic Santorini cave hotel experience awaits guests at the Iconic Santorini located on the highest point of the Caldera cliffs in the village of Imerovigli, known locally as the “balcony of Santorini.” This award-winning hotel, just three km from Fira, is built on five levels and blends traditional Greek architecture with contemporary luxury styling and amenities.

We love the cliff suite with its own candle-lit indoor grotto swimming pool and wraparound glass balconies containing a second plunge pool with dramatic views over the azure sea below. Explore the myriad churches and chapels as you meander along ancient cobblestone streets. Pure magic. And best of all? The renowned Greek breakfasts here are available all day. One of the best hotels in Santorini.

LuxuryEurope Recommends: For further details, including rates and to make reservations, visit Iconic Santorini


Phōs the Boutique Luxury Hotel & Villas
Phōs the Boutique Luxury Hotel & Villas pool at night at one of tge best boutique hotels in Santorini
Phōs the Boutique Luxury Hotel was made with romance in mind (Photo courtesy Phōs the Boutique Luxury Hotel)

Enjoying a privileged location in Akrotiri, some seven km from busy Fira, Phōs the Boutique Luxury Hotel & Villas is renowned among Santorini hotels for its warm welcome, sophisticated vibe, and stunning air-conditioned rooms and suites. Choose from the Honeymoon Suite with its heated infinity pool and Caldera views or the spacious Elite Villa with pool, views, and its own private terrace.

Celebrate in style with a candlelit dinner prepared by the in-house chef with a tantalizing fusion of Greek and Mediterranean flavours. Stay here and you’ll be within easy reach of the famed Red and White beaches, as well as the unmissable Akrotiri Archaeological site.

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Aesthesis Boutique Villas Fira
Aesthesis Boutique Villas Fira
Sleek modern designs are in vogue at Aesthesis (Photo courtesy Aesthesis Boutique Villas Fira)

A fine example of a Santorini luxury hotel, Aesthesis Boutique Villas Fira is, as its name suggests, located at the island’s lively center and is a collection of beautifully designed whitewashed villas that blend into the surrounding rockface affording stunning Caldera views.

Sepia, Yard, Drop, and Villa are the names of the suite accommodation at Aesthesis Fira. All beautifully appointed and uniquely restored traditional Greek dwellings offer light-filled, intimate, spacious living spaces hewn into the rock face. We love the fabulous open rooftop terraces with views over the village and the Aegean and refreshing plunge pools.

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Anteliz Suites
Anteliz Suites cave sute with views at one of the best boutique hotels in Santorini
Anteliz Suites offers plush cave accommodations with private plunge pools and superb views (Photo courtesy Anteliz Suites)

Located high on the cliffs of Fira, Anteliz Suites is one of the most popular Santorini resorts for couples with its secluded location and discrete 5-star service. Fira is a short walk away, and nearby Imerovigli is just a few minutes’ drive.

Guests have the option of staying in the sumptuous three-bed, three-bath villa, located close to the main hotel boasting its own outdoor terrace and private pool. Beautifully appointed, the rich fabrics, antique furnishings and marble bathrooms add to the understated elegance.

Book a boat tour to the volcano, indulge in a restorative, relaxing massage, or simply unwind by the pool and jacuzzi.

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Deluxe Hotel Santorini
Deluxe Hotel Santorini Pool and Chairs
Deluxe Hotel’s accommodations are superb for a 3-star hotel (Photo courtesy Deluxe Hotel Santorini)

If you’re looking for a more modest boutique hotel in Santorini that’s close to all the action, the 3-star Deluxe Hotel Santorini in Fira Town could be just the destination as it is close enough to walk to the center, but quiet enough to enjoy luxurious comfort in more tranquil surroundings.

Each room has its own private entrance and en suite bathroom, and each room is soundproofed, so you are guaranteed a lie-in. Relax with a cocktail by the pool and soak up the million-dollar views over the gardens towards the ocean.

LuxuryEurope Recommends: For further details, visit Deluxe Hotel Santorini


White Concept Caves
White Cave Suite with patio at one of the best boutique hotels in Santorini
The elegant White Cave Suite comes with its own private patio (Photo courtesy White Concept Caves)

Santorini Greece hotels all have one thing in common: they are located in arguably the most stunning of all the Greek islands. The White Concept Caves suites in Fira provide guests with the best of both worlds: close to the vibrant capital while secluded enough to enjoy a relaxing holiday.

Imagine traditional, white-washed Cycladic architecture, all modern comforts with cool, minimalist interiors, all just a short walk from Fira’s enchanting central square. The superior suite here sleeps up to three guests and boasts a full kitchenette and rain shower bathroom. All cave accommodation here is equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi and a typically delicious Santorini all-inclusive authentic Greek breakfast.

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Petit Palace Suites
Petit Palace Suites bedroom in cave
Petit Palace Suites offers spacious quality accommodations (Photo courtesy Petit Palace Suites)

Santorini resorts located away from buzzing Fira offer visitors a quieter sojourn, such as the 23-suite Petit Palace Suites, which is just over a mile from the capital. Easy to access by taxi or rental car, but far enough to soak up the peace and quiet.

The Grand Suite awaits discerning guests looking for extra luxury: a generously furnished private terrace from which to enjoy the spectacular Santorini sunsets, a Jacuzzi, a double bedroom and a spacious living room create a home-from-home ambiance in the most stunning surroundings.

Reserve a table for dinner next to the pool, and look out over the caldera as you savour the finest local cuisine and award-winning Santorinian wines. 

LuxuryEurope Recommends: For further details, visit Petit Petit Palace Suites


Philippion Boutique Hotel
superior Double at Philippion Boutique Hotel
The Superior Double is a great choice at at the Philipion (Photo courtesy Philippion Boutique Hotel)

A calm Santorini retreat, the Phillipion Boutique Hotel in Fira is renowned for its charming service and the warm welcome given to visitors. There’s a pool and pool bar to relax in, and rooms range from a double to a large junior suite offering guest volcano, caldera and pristine Aegean Sea views.

Traditional décor and all modern amenities are here in this air-conditioned suite with its own private balcony while the in-house restaurant offers traditional Greek cuisine. The reception will organize transfers from the airport, money exchange, and car rental. 

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Contributor Gina Baksa has visited most of the Greek Islands and has a special place in her heart for Santorini. See more of her travel writing at:


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