Mar 24, 2019 - Mar 25, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Located in the South Aegean and counted among the Greek Cyclades Islands, Santorini is best known for its massive volcano eruption, which occurred some 3,500 years ago -- a blast so catastrophic that it sank the centre of what was once a single island and created several smaller islands around a large caldera. The volcano, then called Strongili, served as the island's namesake for a number of years before the region became known as Santorini. The site is also known as being the location of the legendary lost city of Atlantis.
Santorini is divided into two main regions: the east and the west. A good selection of beachfront accommodations can be found on the eastern side, while the western side of Santorini is characterized by lodgings overlooking the caldera. Santorini hotels are rather small and typically house fewer than 20 guests rooms, so you'll want to be sure to book your stay well ahead of your trip. Hotels on the west side are always in demand, so expect to pay more for accommodation on this side of the island.
Budget-conscious travellers will be pleased to find a wide variety of cheap hotels in Santorini. They include: the centrally located Petini's Place, located in central Fira; Anemomilos Suites, a family-friendly hotel offering large 2-bedroom apartment-style lodgings that sleep up to six people; and Villa Agnadi, a quaint hotel with an outdoor pool and scenic views of the east side of the island.
Keep in mind that even the cheapest of hotels in Santorini can see a significant increase in room rates during the peak tourist season, which runs from June to August. You'll also want to take into consideration that many accommodations are closed during the winter months, only reopening again after the Greek Orthodox Easter festivities.
Those looking for Instagram-worthy places to stay in Santorini are in for a treat; The island is home to a number of unique accommodations, ranging from cave houses to luxury villas. Among Santorini's one-of-a-kind offerings are Grace Santorini, a gorgeous boutique hotel offering stunning views of the caldera; Avaton Resort & Spa, which boasts a picturesque grotto-spa and a heated hydromassage pool; and Ktikies, which is comprised of peaceful white-washed cliffside villas overlooking the Aegean Sea. Art enthusiasts will appreciate Voreina Gallery Suites, which showcases the donated work of past resident artists on the walls of every suite, while those looking to connect with Santorini's natural landscape will want to check our the three-century-old cascading troglodytic houses of Kapari Natural Resort.
Luxurious accommodations are plentiful in Santorini and include: the Canaves Oia Hotel, which features an almost all-white decor, plush king-sized beds, rain showers, and private plunge pools; Aenaon Villas, a members-only resort characterized by clean architectural lines, minimalist decor, and superior service; and Iconic Santorini, which resembles a large Meditteranean-style beach house and only books 12 rooms at a time. a few other choices for travellers looking to bask in the lap of luxury are Astra Suites, Esperas Traditional Houses, and Aqua Luxury Suites Santorini.