We pick the 5 best luxury hotels in Santorini

Santorini is considered to be the most sought after place for a romantic getaway in Greece, since there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea! What stands out are Santorini’s seaside treasures and beaches with white, red or black sand or volcanic pebbles, spectacular rock formations and impressive lunar landscapes.

Santorini is the ultimate gastronomic experience, as the island is a true culinary paradise with its traditional produce ranging from cherry tomatoes to “hloró tyrí”, a special kind of fresh goat cheese.

Santorini is known for its fantastic boutique inns and luxury hotel along the caldera of the island.

Here is a handpicked list of 5 most luxurious hotels in Santorini.

5. Ikies Traditional Houses
Located at the very beginning of Oia, this intimate luxury hotel offers personalised services and a wide range of accommodations, in a setting of unique natural beauty. This boutique hotel has an exceptional location with breath-taking views. Ikies has been recently renovated, resulting in balance between traditional architecture and modern amenities. The houses boast post-card perfect white-washed roofs, yet each house is equipped with all modern comforts and amenities.

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4. Mystique, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Located on Oia’s most famous cliffs with dazzling views of clear blue crystalline waters towards the volcano and the Aegean Sea, Mystique merges the natural beauty of Santorini with the quintessence of luxury. The 38 suites and villas, carved in the rocks, provide a sensorial experience of Santorini in surroundings of understated elegance. Cobblestone pathways lead to the 2 pleasant plunge pools with magnificent view of the caldera.

3. Astra Suites
Astra Suites is on a cliff side in the hamlet of Imerovigli with spectacular caldera views, with vistas over the promontory of Skaros and the absurdly picturesque ruins of a small Venetian fortress. Much of Astra’s appeal is that it creates the impression of a small hillside whitewashed village. The rooms at Astra, from the compact studios to the expansive luxury suites, have sybaritic bathrooms with walk-in showers and expansive terraces.

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2. Canaves Oia
Set in the side of a mountain, lies the luxurious Canaves Oia Suites in Santorini. Located in the beautiful town of Oia, has 24 luxurious suites. Boasting a white-washed design, and breathtaking panorama of the caldera and crystal-clear Aegean Sea, the five-star resort, which dates back to the 17th century, mixes contemporary style with Greek architecture. Named as one of the top 25 most luxurious hotels in Greece, the family-run Canaves Oia Suites, in the north west of the island, ooze extravagance, in a jaw-droppingly stunning setting.

1. Katikies Hotel
A web of bridges, cubist cottages and infinity pools makes this hotel the grande dame of Santorini’s boutique hotels. Well positioned on the Caldera, which calls out to astounding vistas, the property is a natural fit for honeymooners, romantics and couples. The white washed suites have classic arched ceilings and their private balconies give majestic views of the Aegean Sea. The better-known Kirini Pool Restaurant offers the breathtaking panoramas, plus a fresh and seasonal menu of traditional Mediterranean dishes.