Santorini Holidays - Greece
Blue-domed churches, cobbled lanes edged with bougainvillea, whitewashed houses with painted balconies - the Aegean island of Santorini is picture-perfect Greece at its best.
The island is thought to be the site of the Lost City of Atlantis, which disappeared after a volcanic eruption caused a huge tidal wave. Nowadays, it's the dramatic cliffs, flooded caldera and spectacular sunsets that draw in visitors. The villages of Imerovigli, Oia and Fira all perch on the cliff edge, with hotels, bars and restaurants offering up panoramic views.
The beaches carry on the volcanic theme, with resorts like Monolithos, Vlychada and Kamari showcasing long stretches of charcoal-grey sands. Kokkini Paralia beach is also worth a visit - its rose-coloured sand and cliffs have earned it the nickname Red Beach.
Watch the sun set in Oia
Santorini is renowned for its sunsets, and the most famous viewing spot is the little whitewashed village of Oia, up on the island's northern tip. Arrive early for a spot on the old castle walls, then walk down the cliff path afterwards for dinner at one of Amoudi Bay's seafood restaurants.
Visit the volcano
Take a boat to Nea Kameni, the top of Santorini's volcano. Climb up the craters and walk around the rim, before heading across to the neighbouring island of Palea Kameni for a soak in the hot springs and mud baths.
Tour the ruins at Akrotiri
It's worth spending a morning exploring the ruins of Akrotiri. This ancient Minoan city was buried in ash Pompeii-style thousands of years ago.
Hotels in Santorini
Boutique five-star hotels are Santorini's calling card. The properties in our portfolio come with widescreen views of the Aegean Sea, and thanks to the smaller number of rooms, they all have an intimate, romantic feel. Stay at the Grace Santorini, where the guest rooms are carved into the rocks, unwind with a spa treatment at San Antonio, dine al fresco in an open-air restaurant at Hotel Katikies, or enjoy a tasting session in the secret wine cave at Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.