You’ve spent months meticulously planning a memorable wedding. The band is booked, the florist is putting the finishing touches on the beautiful bouquets, and the dress is being tailored to your exact proportions. The only outstanding question: where to honeymoon? Santorini is a popular pick among newlyweds, and for good reason -- the vertical whitewashed villages, sheer seaside cliffs, and jaw-dropping views create a romantic backdrop for ringing in your new chapter together. To help you plan the ultimate escape, we put together a list of honeymoon-worthy hotels in Santorini that will leave you smitten from check-in to check-out.
1. Astra Suites
Picture whitewashed walls beaming against rugged volcanic rocks. Add the Aegean Sea below and a piercing blue sky above. Mix in modern suites with large private terraces (some with pools). It’s this marriage (pun intended) of upscale amenities and a stunning setting -- away from the hustle and bustle of town -- that make Astra Suites a solid pick for couples. Seat yourself at the gourmet restaurant serving contemporary Greek fare or in the heated outdoor infinity pool -- a blue oasis overlooking the sea. But first, raise a glass to your union with the free welcome bottle of Santorini wine.
2. Andronis Luxury Suites
Santorini is synonymous with stunning cliffside hotels -- and the 22-room Andronis Luxury Suites is no exception. Unlike many other properties, however, this one also offers fast access to the village of Oia. Explore the shops and restaurants in town, then return to hotel’s restaurant for some tasty Greek grub. Quintessential Cycladic architecture (whitewashed walls, steep stone steps), suites with private hot tubs (and some with private pools), and an infinity pool also await. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place to celebrate your nuptials, but it gets better: Children under the age of 13 aren’t allowed here, so honeymooners don’t have to worry about screaming kids killing the mood.
3. Canaves Oia Hotel
Is Canaves Oia Hotel the most romantic property on Santorini? You decide: Taking full advantage of its privileged position on top of Oia’s steep hillside, the hotel grants front-row seats to the breathtaking Aegean Sea below. Plus, the pool here is one of the largest on the island, the wine cellar hosts regular tastings, the suites feature private terraces with seating and stunning views, and the open-air dining area draws guests looking to linger over a meal while enjoying the sea breeze. In-room spa treatments are also available -- just what you need to unwind after a whirlwind wedding
4. Andronis Boutique Hotel
There’s romance to be found in every corner of the 14-room Andronis Boutique Hotel, from the kidney-shaped pool overlooking the crystal-blue Aegean to the cave-like quarters with private balconies, hot tubs, and spectacular sea views (some even have private infinity pools). Toast to new beginnings at the large domed bar specializing in Greek wines, or at the open-air restaurant doling out traditional Greek cooking.
5. Lilium Villas Santorini
Overlooking the Aegean Sea, this boutique luxury hotel cranks up the romance factor. A gorgeous swimming pool and sun deck promise memorable moments, while the on-site spa is perfect antidote to the stress of wedding planning. The spacious rooms and black-and-white lounge and bar overlooking the water are sure impress, too, but the sunset views steal the show. Just keep in mind that a car or shuttle is necessary for exploring the rest of the island, as the hotel is a bit off the beaten path (a shuttle service to the town of Fira is included in the rate, as is parking and breakfast.)
It’s tough not to fall in love with and in Pezoules, a six-room knockout set a few steps from Oia. Set up for beautiful views along the lower caldera cliffs, the property is small and quiet -- save for a few people and donkeys -- making it a prime option for honeymooners seeking solitude. Many of the rooms sport that Instagram-worthy Santorini style (think cave-like accommodations with whitewashed walls), though it’s the picture-perfect infinity pool that will keep the spark alive.
7. Aenaon Villas
Daydreams of a perfect honeymoon might summon images of sunny days, romantic evenings, and pampering amenities. Aenaon Villas, comprised of seven luxury villas, offers it all and then some. You can expect to find an obligatory infinity pool overlooking the sea, plus a traditional Cycladic design, including a gleaming white exterior. However, the property goes one step further by delivering both butler and room service (there’s no restaurant or bar on-site), as well as in-villa massage treatments upon request. Rooms come with fireplaces, private verandas, and other high-end details, and no kids under 12 are permitted -- only elevating an already upscale experience.
8. Astarte Suites
Swarovski crystals above the in-suite hot tubs, gold mosaic tiling in the Honeymoon Suite bathroom, and multiple chartering services (private jets, yachts, helicopters, and sailboats) – this 11-room boutique luxury hotel is designed to turn heads. Also vying for attention are the infinity pool, hot tub, excellent on-site restaurant serving Mediterranean fare, and high-end perks like in-room massages and Champagne and fruit on arrival. Arguably the most show-stopping feature, however, is the sunset views.
9. Anastasis Apartments
Located along the Imerovigli cliffs, Anastasis Apartments has many of the same trimmings of other Santorini hotels -- iconic Cycladic architecture, a lovely infinity pool with out-of-this-world views, and 11 large apartments with private balconies and kitchenettes. However, it stands out for what it lacks: steep steps, making it great for anyone with mobility issues. Bonus: It’s within walking distance of bars and restaurants, but leave time to soak in the property, including the romantic cave-like spa.
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