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!
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.
No wonder, the boutique hotel is a favorite with honeymooners. (It’s an adults-only hotel; guests must be 14 or older to stay here.)
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.
Out and about on Santorini
Walking is one of the best ways to soak up Santorini’s ambience.
From the hotel’s setting in the quiet little village of Imerovigli, we’d 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.
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.
Photo credits: 3, 4, 7 and 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos the Santorini Grace Hotel