The beautiful Greek island of Santorini is renowned for its white-washed buildings that perch on cliffs overlooking the deep blue sea. The Chic Retreats collection of boutique hotels in Santorini has something for everyone from luxurious, romantic hideaways such as the Grace Santorini to the simpler but equally lovely La Maltese, both of which are in the northwest village of Imerovigli. Whatever your style and budget, look no further than Chic Retreats for the very best boutique hotels in Santorini.
Stay at Grace Santorini and this luxury hotel can organise half day wine tours (the ancient volcanic activity on the island means that it has a history of producing excellent wine) and a full day sailing when you can see the Caldera coastline and visit volcanic rocks and hot springs by boat. One of the most popular tavernas in Imerovigli is Anogi: you have to book in advance and the traditional Greek food is delicious. Not far from Imerovigli, you’ll find the town of Fira and small luxury Santorini hotel The Tsitouras Collection, which has just 5 rooms. The town houses the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, where you can learn more about the volcanic eruptions and see pieces collected during various excavations. For history buffs, a visit to Akrotiri, the Pompeii of the Aegean is also a must.
Another popular spot in the north of the island is the town of Oia which has a reputation for its incredible sunsets. Our collection of boutique hotels in Santorini includes the spectacular Andronis Boutiue Hotel and Andronis Luxury Suites, charming Kirini and cool, minimalist Katikies in Oia - whichever you choose be sure to be sitting by the pool or bar sipping your favourite sundowner cocktail at sunset. The fish tavern Dimitris at Ammoudi bay in Oia is also a good venue at sunset as you can sit outside watching the sky while tucking into fresh fish (to get to the fishing harbour, take the steps down from the town).
If you want to stay further south, check out Zannos Melathron, a 19th-century mansion that has been transformed into a Santorini boutique hotel in the traditional mountain village of Pyrgos. Eat at Selene restaurant where you can tuck into dishes such as squid in seaweed with black tzatziki, cod with garlic scented Jerusalem artichokes and lamb with lemon potato croquettes. Many of the islands most notable black sand beaches are in the south and include Kamari, which is lined with restaurants and bars (on the edge of town, there’s also an open-air cinema if you want to watch movies under the stars), Perissa and Perivolas. For a quieter stretch of sand, try Vlychada or Red beach (also both in the south of the island).
The best times to visit Santorini are spring and the end of summer (it’s still warm in October) when you can soak up the sun without the crowds but if you visit in summer, you might catch one of the festivals: the Santorini Jazz festival is held in July in Kamari and there are several celebrations in August including the Santorini Ifaisteia Festival, which culminates in a big fireworks display depicting the volcanic eruptions on the island.
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ANDRONIS BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Sister property to Andronis Luxury Suites, Andronis Boutique Hotel is a stunner when it comes to design and service. The oldest hotel in Oia, Santorini, this Chic Retreat has just 14 magical rooms making it a very private affair.
Andronis Luxury Suites is a luxury hotel offering everything that dreams are made of. Possibly the best all-round luxury boutique hotel on Santorini, this multi-villa property has 22 award-winning suites and is in a magnificent setting.
Dreams Luxury Suites is a small luxury hotel in the village of Imerovigli up on the cliffs of Santorini. These century-old white-washed cave houses have been renovated to create 4 luxury suites, all with breathtaking views.
Grace Santorini is a stunning award-winning boutique hotel that has been included in most 'best hotels of the world' lists and continues to be one of the most stylish escapes in Santorini. Part of the Grace Hotels Group, expect nothing short of perfection.
Katikies is one of the first boutique hotels in Greece. Perched on a cliff in the picturesque village of Oia the most westerly point of Santorini, this gorgeous Chic Retreat offers an exquisite collection of 21 rooms & suites with dramatic sea views.
Nestled on the Cliff, Kirini, is overlooking the Volcanic islands of the Caldera basin, taking in the beauty of the most dramatic views of the Aegean. Conveniently located, only 30 min from Santorini international airport and Athinios port.
The Tsitouras Collection is a small boutique hotel in Santorini perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, the caldera, and volcanic islands, The Tsitouras Collection is a small, luxury hotel on the Cycladic island of Santorini, in the Aegean Sea.
Zannos Melathron is a 19th-century mansion and a small luxury hotel in Greece on the isle of Santorini. The main building and adjoining renaissance architecture villa built in 1750, both landmarks, have been renovated and converted into a luxury hotel.