We swoon over hotels with swimming pool edges high above the sea.
But one time when choosing where to stay in Santorini, we picked the Grace Santorini.
Grace Santorini review
Talk about location!
You probably know that Santorini, as a volcanic island, is one of the most unique places in Greece.
Set high atop the island’s volcanic crater rim, the Grace Santorini boasts a spectacular perch – offering staggering views of the monolithic Skaros Rock in front and the dazzling sea beyond.
The Grace Santorini is also an adults-only hotel; guests must be 14 or older to stay here.
It’s little wonder, therefore, that the boutique hotel is a favorite with honeymooners.
Grace Hotel Santorini rooms
All of the 21 rooms at the Grace Hotel Santorini have king beds with luxury linens, Korres toiletries and all-white 60s mod furnishings.
Most rooms even feature private plunge pools or heated hot tubs.
Our barrel-shaped room was tunneled into the rock face, like the cave dwellings built by Santorini fishermen and villagers hundreds of years ago.
It also had an outdoor hot tub.
Santorini hikes and walks
Our Grace Santorini review won’t be complete if we don’t talk more about the walks you can do from the hotel.
Walking is one of the best ways to soak up Santorini’s ambience.
We’ve already mentioned the hike from the Grace Hotel up Skaros Rock.
From the hotel’s setting in the quiet little village of Imerovigli, we also liked to walk along a two-mile cobblestone path on the edge of the cliffs – past charming restaurants and houses with flower-filled balconies – to the capital of Fira to shop or have lunch.
Back to the Santorini Grace Hotel pool
Then we’d return to the Grace to cool off in its zigzag infinity pool, one of the largest on the island.
Poolside caves with loungers and potted palms were cool havens for hiding from the sun.
But the thing we liked best?
Simply hanging over the edge of the pool, gawking at those impossibly beautiful Santorini views.
Other Grace Santorini reviews
Part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, the Grace has received several recent awards.
It was ranked the #5 resort in Conde Nast Traveler‘s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards for the “Top 20 Hotels in Greece and Turkey.”
The Grace was also recognized as the second best resort in Europe (#41 in the world) in Travel + Leisure‘s 2019 Awards for the “Top 100 Hotels in the World.”
Also see other Grace Hotel Santorini reviews on TripAdvisor.
Photo credits: 3, 6, 7, 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 1, 2, 4, 5, 9 Santorini Grace Hotel