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Where to stay in Santorini? Swoon over the Grace Santorini

We swoon over hotels with swimming pool edges high above the sea.

In Greece, the island of Santorini has several swoon-worthy hotels – like Ikies Traditional Houses (a boutique cave hotel) and Vedema Resort (a classy luxury retreat).

But one time when choosing where to stay in Santorini, we picked the Grace Santorini.

Grace Santorini Review
The Grace sits high above Santorini’s caldera, offering endless views of the sea

Grace Santorini review

One of the best honeymoon hotels in Santorini is the Grace Hotel

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.

We got a work-out hiking up Skaros Rock in front of the Grace Santorini Hotel.
We got a work-out hiking up Skaros Rock in front of the Grace Santorini

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-white rooms are cocoons of comfort

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.

Most rooms and suites at the Grace Hotel, Santorini, have their own plunge pools or hot tubs.
Most rooms and suites have their own plunge pools or 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.

Our Santorini Grace room came with a nice little outdoor hot tub.
Our room came with a nice little 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.

We hiked up Skaros Rock on Santorini! Here's George...
We hiked up Skaros Rock! Here’s George…

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.

No need to go to the gym - you get a work-out just walking in Santorini!
No need to go to the gym – you get a work-out just walking in Santorini!

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.

The swimming pool at Santorini Grace
The swimming pool at Santorini Grace

But the thing we liked best?

Simply hanging over the edge of the pool, gawking at those impossibly beautiful Santorini views.

Looking out from the Santorini Grace pool at the endless views...
Janice looking out from the pool at the endless 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.

Staying at the Grace Santorini?

What we loved:

The fresh and youthful vibe is fun – spoons of sliced fruit were left at nightly turn-down instead of traditional chocolates.

Be aware:

There are lots of steep stairs at this boutique Santorini hotel! If you have difficulty walking, this hotel is probably not the right place for you.

More information:

Check rates and availability here

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Photo credits: 3, 6, 7, 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 1, 2, 4, 5, 9 Santorini Grace Hotel


About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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elaine schoch

Thursday 10th of July 2014

It looks like an amazing place! Not sure I'd ever want to leave the hotel...

Heather

Friday 27th of June 2014

I am in love with these photos! Gorgeous colors. We're doing Greece and Italy for my 40th birthday (as my 39th birthday is all booked up) and this makes me even that more excited!

Janice and George

Friday 27th of June 2014

What a nice way to celebrate your 40th birthday! Lucky girl :-)

Christine

Wednesday 25th of June 2014

Gorgeous deep blues and whites. The colors alone spell heaven for me. And that hotel? I'm definitely swooning. A look into my wallet will sober me up, but the comfort is in knowing the rest of Santorini can be had.

frankaboutcroatia

Wednesday 25th of June 2014

Wow, this hotel is gorgeous! Love the contrast of the white and blue, and the views. However stairs seem pretty challenging (wouldn't work as a porter in this hotel :) )

Janice and George

Wednesday 25th of June 2014

Yes, we liked being the guests not the porters :-). (At least they wouldn't have to go the gym at the end of the day...)

Charu

Wednesday 25th of June 2014

Blue on blue on white, and a pristine view to match. Think Homer would have liked it here?!

Janice and George

Wednesday 25th of June 2014

Absolutely!