Happy Tuesday! We're talking all things Santorini, Greece this week. Yesterday I shared where to eat in Santorini, so today we're going to dive into another question you probably have: What are the best places to stay in Santorini? There are lots of options to choose from, but we opted to stay at hotels over an Airbnb because there are so many amazing resorts (no matter your price range).
I mentioned Kapari Natural Resort (where we had dinner) as an option in yesterday's post and it was gorgeous. But in terms of my own personal accommodation experiences, we stayed at Rocabella and Perivolas-- and I can't say enough wonderful things about both of these places.
Rocabella Santorini is a tranquil oasis in the picturesque village of Imerovigli. Their pristine white architecture of every building is quintessential Santorini and creates an incredibly luxurious aesthetic that you'll love. Not only does it overlook the caldera, the volcano and the surrounding islands, but it's also home to some of the most beautiful sunsets. But the best part is that the common pool, bar and restaurant areas all have these panoramic views of the island so you can enjoy it no matter where you are.
The staff was so great and made us feel at home from the second we arrived (they even greeted us with cocktail). They helped us with our luggage, arranged cabs for us around the island and made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our time in Santorini.
The accommodations were all pristine and luxurious (some rooms even have individual pools if you want your privacy but can't peel away from those views). And breakfast every morning since I left has been somewhat underwhelming (I'm still missing eating their INSANELY yummy Greek yogurt while looking out at the beautiful views.)
All in all, Rocabella was a fantastic place to call home and someplace I think is a great value for what you're getting in return. While prices vary depending on the season, I've seen great deals using the link below. No matter when you go or how you book, I know you'll love it and highly recommend them.
If you're wanting to stay somewhere that's quintessential Santorini with the blue dome roofs, you're looking for Oia- the small town perched on the northern tip of the island. Again, there are plenty of places to stay, but one in particular that I can't recommend enough.
Perivolas is the ultimate in laidback luxury. Poised on the cliff high above the Aegean, this intimate escape is designed as a place where you can let the rest of the world slip away. Built ampitheatrically, Perivolas' secluded location combines expansive views with the luxury of absolute tranquility.
Now, time for the real talk: HO-LY COW. You guys... I can't maintain any chill talking about Perivolas. This place completely blew my mind and far surpassed any place that I've ever stayed in my entire life. Being that I'm a travel blogger and hotel press visits are part of my job, I always maintain my professionalism no matter the circumstances. That is, I always did until Perivolas showed me my room (scratch that... my EPIC CAVE WITH A PRIVATE SAUNA, JACUZZI AND SWIM OUT POOL). I lost ALL my cool points and squealed like a little kid (may have even jumped up and down). Luckily for me, they were gracious and "so happy that I was happy" instead of looking at me like the crazy person that I was being.
In all seriousness, this place was the stuff dreams are made of. I NEVER thought Santorini would be someplace where I wanted to stay in my hotel all day and night, but we really actually wanted to (we even cancelled a nice dinner reservation we had that night so we could order room service and utilize the in-room pool and jacuzzi). My fingers shriveled up like prunes while I sat in the pool to soak up our view overlooking Oia (because it was UN. REAL.)
I loved how quiet the property was, but that we were so close to Oia (we were able to walk everywhere in town without needing a cab). The only time we did need transportation was getting back to the airport, but the hotel had a vehicle to transport us (and we cried a little as we said good-bye).
And have I mentioned the views yet? Yeah? Okay, good.
While the suite we stayed in doesn't come with an everyday price tag (cost varies according to season) it's certainly worth booking if the occasion fits (anyone planning a honeymoon?) But even if you don't stay in the same suite, Perivolas has dozens of other room options to choose from that are also incredible (we got to peek in a few of them).
Long story short, Perivolas is the ultimate experience in luxury and tranquility, and I will go back again and again and again (basically, until they stop allowing me). Do yourself a favor and book it!
Side note: I've been asked a few times where I got this dress. Unfortunately, it's sold out (for the record, I got it at Madewell last season) but I'll be including a packing guide with links to all the other product details in my next post, so stay tuned!
There's still so much more I want to say about Santorini, but no number of blogs will be able to bottle up these incredible experiences adequately. So stay tuned for tomorrow's blog on what to do in Santorini so that you can hurry up and book your own trip!
I know there are lots of options to choose from, but I firmly believe these two are some of the best hotels in Santorini! Have you stayed anywhere on the island that you loved that I didn't include? Let me know in the comments below!