The Best Hotels in Kamari, Santorini, for Every Traveller
With a volcanic black-sand beach, the seaside village of Kamari is the perfect place to discover Santorini's hidden coves and pristine snorkelling spots | Courtesy of Blue Waves Hotel / Expedia
This seaside village on the southeastern coast of Santorini is just a few kilometres from the capital and, with its beautiful black-sand beaches, is the perfect place to discover hidden coves and pristine snorkelling spots. There’s a long promenade with all the amenities you could ask for – restaurants, bars and boutiques – and a diversity of accommodation, ranging from budget-friendly studios to luxe five-star resorts. This is our pick of the best hotels in Kamari for every traveller.
Kamari Beach Hotel
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Looking for some serious pool time? This family-friendly resort boasts the biggest pool in Kamari – and it’s the ideal spot to enjoy a poolside cocktail beneath the palm trees. The three-star resort was designed in the 1970s, and is a classic example of Aegean architecture set right on the beachfront. There are 106 rooms – including singles, doubles, three-bed rooms and suites with sea or garden views – all of which are decorated in a minimalist style. The Kordas Restaurant serves Greek cuisine inspired by the produce grown in the island’s volcanic soil – think strapatsada (scrambled eggs with fresh tomatoes and spices), grilled octopus with fava, and sea bass risotto.
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These three high-end villas, nestled into the slopes of Exo Gonia, are perfect for families or groups of friends in search of luxury. The highlight is the newest villa, Eolia Kamari Villa, which can sleep up to six guests in two double beds and a sofa bed; it was restored in 2016 to respect the local Cycladic architectural traditions and is located just 650 metres (2,150ft) from the sea. The owners can also provide a host of exclusive VIP services, including a welcome with wine and fresh fruit, private chef service, in-villa massage treatments and even helicopter and yacht hire.
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Check out Dragonfly Villas if you’re after self-catering accommodation near the beach in Kamari. There are five one-bedroom apartments – some with sofa beds – split over two floors, just 100 metres (330ft) from the lovely black-sand beach. Each apartment has a private balcony, air conditioning and a sleek, fully equipped kitchen. The bespoke, built-in furniture is a design highlight – think beds with dramatic lighting beneath them and simple desks and bedside tables crafted in a traditional “cave” style using the same white-washed concrete as the walls.
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The name of this four-star hotel translates to “Queen” in the ancient Greek language – and it’s fitting, as you’ll be treated like royalty here. There are 17 suites and maisonettes that combine classic Cycladic architecture with modern interiors, and each room boasts an entirely individual design. Guests also have access to the spacious terrace and a dreamy pool area with sun loungers and a bar serving snacks and drinks. Despite the luxurious setting, the resort remains affordable and is ideal for families and couples looking for an affordable Greek island holiday.
Blue Waves Hotel
Hotel, Apartment, Luxury
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Blue Waves, just steps from the black sand of Kamari Beach, is a luxurious hotel comprising seven suites and three apartments, all boasting kitchenettes and private balconies with ocean or mountain views. The hotel has a variety of suites to suit all travellers – from the Honeymoon Suite to the Family Suite with a private pool. If you’re looking for a spot to unwind, book the Grant Suite, which has a spacious, spa-style bathtub with views out to the Aegean Sea. There are also bike rental services for guests who want to explore the surrounding area.
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This charming hotel, in the heart of Kamari, has been owned and run by the same family since 1974, when tourism was just taking off on Santorini. The hotel was recently rebuilt and now features 26 rooms, which range from standard doubles to an indulgent honeymoon maisonette with a traditional domed roof and a balcony with cascading bougainvillea. Families are particularly welcome here, with family maisonettes that can sleep up to four and a communal breakfast room equipped with highchairs for little guests.
La Bellezza Eco Boutique Hotel
Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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If you’re in search of a Greek island holiday with a splash of colour, book a room at this boutique hotel which blends the clean lines of traditional Cycladic architecture with boldly coloured walls, bright linens, accent lighting and original artwork. Each of the 11 suites is inspired by one of Santorini’s beaches – Ammoudi, for example, features a bright red bathroom and cherry-coloured bedspreads, while Red Beach boasts a romantic round bed and a bright blue bathroom. Most suites have a verandah with private jacuzzi, and some also have private swimming pools.
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This friendly bed and breakfast, just 50 metres (165ft) from the beach, offers affordable rooms with either sea or mountain views. Some rooms include a hot tub, and there’s also an outdoor swimming pool area where guests can enjoy poolside drinks under the sun. Rooms range from double and twin rooms to family rooms that can sleep up to four guests. The deluxe double room has a veranda with a hot tub at the front and a balcony with mountain views at the back. The friendly owners, Tina and George, can also help with booking restaurants
These recommendations were updated on December 17, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.