Luxury Santorini Holidays

Clifftop villages, peach-toned sunsets and volcano views

Santorini

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 Instagram-worthy sunsets that draw in visitors.

The beaches in Santorini 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. 

Overlooking the caldera are a cluster of sugar-cube villages. Imerovigli lays claim to the island’s highest point, while Oia is the place to go for those famous sunsets. Fira is Santorini’s capital. Its narrow lanes are lined with shops selling lace and filigree gold, while the restaurants serve stuffed vine leaves and island wine with side orders of panoramic views.

Samantha Grist

My last visit to Santorini was as part of an island-hopping itinerary with Mykonos. It was an absolutely fantastic experience - Santorini was lovely and relaxed (with incredible views), while Mykonos had a livelier atmosphere and was great for nightlife.

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Destinations in Santorini
Firostefani
Westerly Firostefani marks the highest point of Fira, the island capital. While technically a separate village, it feels more like a sky-high suburb – quiet streets and volcano views included.
Imerovigli
Imerovigli roosts on the precipitous west coast just north of Thira. People pilgrimage here for the world-famous sunset – and stay for the terraced, whitewashed streets with wide-open sea views.
Oia
Ever fancied staying on a volcano? Northerly Oia town perches on a dormant caldera with panoramic sea, town and sunset views. It also serves up a rich maritime past.
Pyrgos
The luminously white village of Pyrgos drapes itself over a hill on the west side of Santorini. Surprisingly green countryside closes in on all sides – including some top-notch vineyards.

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Flight Information

The flight to Santorini is around 3 hours 45 minutes from the UK. 

When to go

Like most Greek islands, Santorini’s long summer months stretch from April through to September or October. The dry, sunny spring months are warm enough for beach-going and sightseeing, and average highs top 30°C in July and August. 

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.

Tipping

In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Greece is Greek.  English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy. 

Island-hopping itinerary

Mykonos, Santorini & Crete


At a glance
  • Discover three classically Greek islands
  • Sip cocktails in Little Venice, Mykonos
  • Watch Santorini‚Äôs famous sunset
  • Unwind on the sandy beaches of Crete
9 days from £1995 per person

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Our pick of the top hotels in Santorini
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

San Antonio

Santorini, Imerovigli

Carpe Diem Exclusive Boutique Resort

Santorini, Pyrgos

Grace Santorini

Santorini, Imerovigli

Kirini Santorini

Santorini, Oia

Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Santorini, Oia

Sun Rocks Hotel

Santorini, Firostefani
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