Where to stay in Santorini? Swoon over the pool at the Grace Santorini

In LUXURY HOTELS, MEDITERRANEAN by Janice and George18 Comments

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

The island of Santorini has several lovely boutique hotels with swoon-worthy infinity pools. But one time when choosing where to stay in Santorini, we picked the Grace Santorini.

Where to stay in Santorini? Our review of the Grace

Perched atop the volcanic crater rim of the Greek island of Santorini, the Grace is a favorite with honeymooners.

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 had an outdoor hot tub with staggering views of monolithic Skaros Rock (a good thigh-burning walk up!), cruise ships and the glittering sea below.

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

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We hiked up Skaros Rock! Here’s George…

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Staff at the Grace Santorini get a work-out too, carrying bags on their shoulders up and down the stairs

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Our room came with a nice little outdoor hot tub

But all 21 rooms have king beds with luxury linens, Korres toiletries and all-white 60s mod furnishings; some even feature private plunge pools.

Out and about on Santorini

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 – and hang over the edge, gawking at those impossibly beautiful Santorini views.

Out and about walking between Fira and Imerov

Out and about walking between Fira and Imerovigli

Grace Santorini

The Grace sits high above the caldera, offering endless views of the sea – photo Grace Santorini

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Janice looking out from the pool at the endless views…

Thinking of staying at the Grace Santorini?

  • What we loved:  The fresh and youthful vibe – spoons of sliced fruit were left at nightly turndown instead of traditional chocolates.
  • Be aware:  Lots of steep stairs at the Grace Santorini! If you have difficulty walking, this hotel is probably not the right place for you.

Our magazine article on Santorini and Mykonos

For more, read our magazine article “Aegean Elegance” (on Mykonos and Santorini), published in Cruise & Travel Lifestyles. It covers four boutique hotels, including the Grace Santorini. See here for the PDF.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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 :) )

  3. Ohhhh swoooon! I want to be here right now… how can I get there without any money? Big thanks for linking up with us to #SundayTraveler, this place is going on my bucketlist.

  4. Wow. We are cruising the world. Currently in Sicily. Greece is only 270 nm from here. Next year it’s on our itinerary. I’ve heard Santorini is amazing. Like that you like luxury. We do too.
    Visiting from Sunday Traveler.

  5. I LOVE Santorini!! Unfortunately I only spent a short while there, before embarking on a 10-day sailing trip around the Greek islands. I wish I had tacked a few extra days on at the beginning or end of my trip to do Santorini properly – won’t make that mistake again! Your pictures are stunning.

  6. Great post. I was looking for hotels in Santorini. We are heading to Greece in October for the TBEX, and was going to spend some time in the islands before heading to Athens. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Agness

    The crystal clear sky and blue water with white buildings always remind me of Greece! So beautiful! I can’t wait to make it there in October!!

    1. Author

      Santorini in October? Lucky girl… The weather will still be warm enough to catch some rays, but cool enough you’ll be comfortable exploring during the day.

  8. I would so love to visit Santorini and this property looks amazing! Either the blues of the water or your photography (or both) are brilliant!

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