Last Updated on May 12, 2023 by Katrina

Photo credit: Canaves Oia Epitome

Talk about mythical destinations. Some believe this storied island is related to the lost city of Atlantis. Santorini offers a picture-perfect getaway that borders on other-worldly. Think black and red sand beaches, whitewashed architecture, domed churches and sweeping views of the island’s volcanic crater, or caldera. The finest hotels in Santorini—some in the main town of Oia, and some in Imerovigli—tend to blend in with the island’s minimalist elegance. They are often perched on the cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. These luxurious digs also boost the indulgence factor with private hot tubs or even your own private pool. Here are the best luxury hotels in Santorini that offer the ultimate island experience.

Canaves Oia Epitome (Main Street, Oía 847 02; 30 2286 072499) Oia

Luxury at this 24-suite hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, begins with a pool for each suite. One Google reviewer loves the “private yoga class on our deck. There was no feeling of chaos that you might get by staying in town or on the Caldera. A two minute shuttle and you’re in the middle of Oia and all the quaint shops and restaurants.” A Tripadvisor user raves about another feature of the hotel. “It is directly facing the sunset—trust me, you want that in Santorini.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Dreams Luxury Suites (Imerovigli Village, 847 00; 30 2286 028787) Imerovigli

Elle magazine says this six-suite hotel is definitely “for the Cycladic-architecture fans: cave-like suites with curved ceilings, whitewashed arches, cliff-edge pools and precarious staircases. Every room overlooks the caldera, with freshwater plunge pools or Jacuzzis and lantern-lit patios.” A Tripadvisor user says the “location is fabulous—not directly in town, but walkable to both Fira and Imerovigli, with views that literally take your breath away. Breakfast on our terrace every morning, overlooking the water, was as close to perfect as I could imagine.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Grace Hotel Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection (Imerovigli 847 00; +30 2286 021300) Imerovigli

This 20-room hotel overlooking Skaros Rock and the Aegean Sea has been named Europe’s best resort hotel in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. “While it has modern suites with private plunge pools, a clifftop fine dining restaurant, and an ideal location in central Imerovigli, it’s the sunset watching that likely stole so many readers’ hearts,” says the magazine. A Tripadvisor user adds that it is “worth every penny. I wish I could swim in that beautiful infinity pool forever! Also found the location in Imerovigli to be nice, much quieter and more peaceful than touristy Oia.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Andronis Luxury Suites (Oia 847 02; 30-2286-072041) Oia

This hotel with 29 suites “offers a fully customizable experience for guests with a taste for refined elegance,” says Forbes Travel Guide. “Suites come with a private infinity pool or jacuzzi, sun loungers and many individualized amenities, like a personal pillow selection and choice of toiletries (Apivita, Molton Brown and Chopard).” One Google reviewer raves about two different suites on a recent honeymoon: “We stayed in the Odysseus suite for one night (with private pool) and it is so worth it, highly recommend! Then we stayed in the Grande Suite (Aphrodite) with hot tub—the highest room and impeccable views. The food we had at every meal was delicious.”

Katikies Santorini (Nik. Nomikou 847 02; +30 2286 072382 ) Oía
“It’s easy to while away the day” at this 27-room hotel five minutes from the beach, says Forbes Travel Guide, writing that the hotel “appears like a whitewashed oasis along the deep blue Aegean Sea.” One Google reviewer calls the hotel “absolutely perfect. I recommend a nighttime bath as the windows open up to the village of Oia all lit up at night. We felt right at home.”  >> Book this hotel for less