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Marvel at the cobalt-blue domes and hillside villas of Santorini from these bouji hotels, away from the bustling hotspots.
Planning a holiday in Santorini but want to avoid the omnipresent crowds of tourists? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. We’ve handpicked a collection of small hotels for all budgets. From luxury suites to low-key boutique accommodation, here are the top boutique hotels on this beautiful Greek island.
Located in Messaria, a small, tranquil village at the heart of Santorini, Hotel Kalma is a family affair that has been around since 1992. The hotel, which boasts traditional Cycladic architecture, has a refreshingly laid-back, casual vibe, perfect for relaxing away from the busy, caldera-perched villages. Conveniently located near Fira and the airport, Hotel Kalma offers a choice of single, double and triple rooms, access to a swimming pool and a serene garden.
Located in the small village of Pyrgos, one of Santorini’s inland villages, Voreina Gallery Suites (voreina means northern) offers panoramic views over the sea and the island – a refreshing perspective from the usual caldera views. The suites are impeccably decorated and feature a rotation of artworks from previous resident artists. It’s the simplicity of the place that stands out. Make sure you explore the narrow streets of the village, leading to the Venetian Kastro, which offers an ideal photo-opportunity spot.
Venture off the beaten track and opt for 28 Hotel, a minimalist establishment located by Kamari Beach, on the eastern coast of the island. This three-star, adult-only hotel is a haven for relaxation and boasts a collection of, you guessed it, 28 rooms with pool or mountain views. Greek yoghurt and honey, organic muesli and fresh fruit await at breakfast, before a lazy day reading your book by the pool.
Located outside Oia by a dark sand beach, En Plo Boutique Suites offers easy access to the Aegean Sea – or you can just enjoy the view from the hotel’s outdoor pool. Couples should opt for the Honeymoon Suite with its sea vistas, while the more spacious Family Suite sleeps up to four people. The property also boasts a stunning garden as well as pool bar – stay for a few drinks before heading into town for dinner and dancing.
Perched atop the cliffs of Imerovigli, Avaton Resort overlooks the caldera of Santorini and allows you to admire the island’s majestic sunsets. Despite its name, this resort includes just nine suites – deluxe rooms include private patios, while the suites come with private hot tubs. There’s also a luxurious spa with a plunge pool, infrared sauna, steam cavern and hydrotherapy pool. Outside, the infinity pool makes the most of the clifftop locale – as does the rooftop bar.
Ellie Ross contributed additional reporting to this article.