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Hotel Highlights

  • Stunning views across the sparkling Aegean
  • Tucked away, it's utterly private
  • Get your own private pool

Overview

A boutique hotel hugging the cliffs of Santorini, the biggest island in the Cyclades, Astra Suites is the perfect Greek island hideaway. Rooms are all high ceilings, arty ornaments and candles perched on every available surface; add in the giant his ’n’ hers shower, a four-poster bed and an outrageously comfortable sofa in the lounge area and you have a ready-made excuse for permanent room service.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Astra Suites with us:

A bottle of sparkling wine and a signature toiletries set

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Astra Suites

Early-bird discount: 10% off Spring and fall booking discount

Facilities

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Astra Suites hotel – Santorini – Greece

Need To Know

Rooms

27.

Check–out

Midday, but the hotel has a hospitality suite which can be used by guests who arrive early or check out late.

Rates

Double rooms from $519.36 (€394), excluding tax at 6.5 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

Astra's spa offers extreme massages (eg 'cranial sacral balancing') from world-class experts – sure to turn the de-stress dial to max.

Hotel closed

November to March inclusive.

At the hotel

Book exchange, free Internet access. Massages can be arranged. In-room a bottle of Santorini wine, flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

302 and 304 are the most private suites, each with its own Jacuzzi or private pool; 105 and 109 are the best of the Senior Suites.

Poolside

There is an infinity pool with a bar and spectacular view of the caldera. Several of the suites have their own Jacuzzi or small pool.

Also

Wedding planner available.

Children

Welcome. There are English-speaking babysitters and extra beds (at €60 a night) are available in some rooms.

Food & Drink

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Astra Suites hotel – Santorini – Greece

Hotel Restaurant

Astra Restaurant is open every evening for dinner. Tuck in to creative Greek and Mediterranean dishes.

Hotel Bar

Poolside drinks are available from 12 noon to just after sunset each day.

Last orders

Drinks: 11pm.

Room service

Light meals available until midnight.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Blissfully blasé.

Top table

Every private balcony has a jaw-dropping view of the caldera.

Local Guide

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Astra Suites hotel – Santorini – Greece
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Take a sunset cruise to the volcano on a traditional schooner – this can be arranged through the hotel. The nearest beaches are Red Beach and Perivolos.

Local restaurants

The hotel provides guests with a guide to eating and drinking all over the island. Otherwise, our advice is to head down to the wharfside at Oia where there are several fantastic fish restaurants, perfect for lunch or dinner. Dimitri’s (+30 22860 71606) has delicious seafood, and its view of the sunset over the caldera is unobstructed by the rocks. If you want a traditional Greek taverna serving a range of excellent local specialities,both Imerovigli (+30 22860 24190) and Skaros (+30 22860 23616) are only five minutes’ walk from the hotel. Both have outside seating and are highly recommended by the hotel – especially Skaros if you fancy seafood.

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Caldera panorama

Astra Suites

Box 45, Santorini, 84700

Planes

You can fly direct to the island from London Gatwick every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday during the summer with EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or connect from Athens in 45 minutes with Aegean Airlines (www.aegeanair.com), Olympic Air (www.olympicair.com) or Athens Airways (www.athensairways.com). There are limited taxis on the island, so it’s best to organise transfers in advance.

Automobiles

The hotel is two kilometres out of Fira and a 15-minute drive from either the port or the airport, along the coastal road. There is a municipal parking lot close to the hotel.

Other

Athinios port can be reached by boat from Athens/Piraeus and other locations such as Mykonos or Crete; see www.gtp.gr. The fast boat from Piraeus is three and a half hours, but others are slower, so it’s definitely worth looking at the timetable.

Reviews

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Astra Suites hotel – Santorini – Greece

Anonymous review

by Scott Manson , Rock-star writer

There’s a sense of magic about Santorini, the biggest island in the mini-archipelago of the Cyclades. The ancient Greek philosopher Plato believed its lava-baked mass to be a result of the volcano that destroyed the lost city of Atlantis. Other rumours say it was once infested with vampires. For us, though, one of its most magical (and unexpected) elements of our stay at the Astra hotel was …
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Astra Suites

Anonymous review by Scott Manson, Rock-star writer

There’s a sense of magic about Santorini, the biggest island in the mini-archipelago of the Cyclades. The ancient Greek philosopher Plato believed its lava-baked mass to be a result of the volcano that destroyed the lost city of Atlantis. Other rumours say it was once infested with vampires. For us, though, one of its most magical (and unexpected) elements of our stay at the Astra hotel was the outstanding wine (or oenus, if we’re getting native).

Let’s face it. When a free bottle of wine is left in your hotel room, it’s usually only suitable for clearing troublesome plugholes. Yet this Santorini-born wine, along with the bottle that followed it, was one of the freshest, driest whites we’d ever enjoyed. Our obliging room-service chap informed us that it was made from the celebrated Assyrtiko grape of Santorini. We called it nectar in a bottle.

As introductions to accommodation go, this was a good one. Super-luxe hotels can keep their personal butlers, hot-towel assistants, sunglass-cleaning technicians and other trappings of nanny-like pampering. What we want is a funky room with a world-class view and a jaw-droppingly good bottle of wine to help us enjoy it. If you’re of a like mind, then this boutique abode delivers in spades. Hugging the island’s postcard-perfect cliffs like a particularly pretty limpet, Astra’s apartments provide a level of satisfaction that would be surprising in a five-star big-city hotel, let alone a place perched on a quiet corner of a Greek island.

Even an attempt to be blasé about it falls flat. Let’s try. The view from the balcony is of your standard volcanic islands, surrounded by the requisite turquoise-blue bay and flanked by the usual twinkling lights of the nearby villages sitting flush on the cliffs. See, it just doesn’t work.

With its high ceilings, arty ornaments and candles – so many candles – perched on every available surface, this is clearly a room to spend some time in. Add in the giant his ’n’ hers whole-body shower, a four-poster bed and an outrageously comfortable sofa in the separate lounge area and you have a ready-made excuse for permanent room service. Call it sad, call it unadventurous, call it what you like – so entranced were we with this room that, on the first night, the call went out for a delivery. Mezze. Hummus, pitta, skewered meat and all manner of Greek exotica appeared a short while later, along with another bottle of that amazing Santorinian wine.

At this point we made our only mistake. Just outside the bedroom is a private pool. Now, in the daytime, this is a thing of luxurious joy. The sun is beating down, your skinny white body is crying out for respite, and right there in front of you is a cool, clean waterworld all of your own. Perfect. At one o’clock in the morning, however, it’s the coldest plunge pool you’ve ever jumped in. Take my advice and do the baby-bathing elbow-dip first. If nothing else, it’ll save waking up the neighbours with your wussy yelps.

Our equilibrium was restored by a breakfast delivered to our room at no extra charge. While laying down the yoghurt, breads and cheeses on the terrace table, our waiter tactfully ignored the empty wine bottles and glasses sitting around the edge of the pool. Clearly, slightly sozzled guests who fancied a bracing midnight dip were nothing new to him. A hefty tip recognised his Jeeves-like aplomb. Thanks again, my friend, and sorry about the wine bottle floating in the pool.

Although gazing from our terrace at the beauty of the deep-blue caldera (underwater volcano crater, to those without geology degrees) held us entranced for some time, it’s worth taking the 20-minute walk into the town of Fira. There’s a fair bit of nightlife in high season and some excellent food to be found at Imerovigli, a traditional Greek taverna a short walk from the Astra hotel. If you manage to push the night on long enough, as we did, you’ll find that Corner Crepes provides all your late-night munchy needs.

Like a siren call, though, Astra begs you to come home, offering you a midnight view of the three facing volcanic isles of Thirasia, Palea Kammeni and Nea Kammeni. To complete the picture, cruise ships slowly pull into dock, their onboard lights throwing the massive cliffs of the nearby islands into sharp relief.

Like all the best holidays, Astra has us wondering how we can possibly wangle staying here forever. Is there a gap in the market for event-organising experts? What about penniless writers – do they have enough of them? In truth, though, Santorini and the Astra apartments should remain a place for temporary visitors because no one deserves this level of spiritual uplift all the time. Perfect happiness can only be savoured in small doses.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Astra Suites's Guestbook below.

 

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Stayed on

We loved

This trip was an absolute treat!! My husband and I got a voucher as a wedding gift and this was honestly the best place we could have picked! The view was breathtaking!! The room was cute yet trendy. The hospitality was brilliant! All the staff were so friendly, helpful and kind. We were treated by Mr & Mrs Smith to a chilled bottle of wine on arrival and champagne, strawberries and chocolate truffles by the pool during sunset on our second day! The island is so beautiful and quaint and there is plenty to do! I would definitely recommend Astra Suites 100! It was truly luxurious!!

Rating: 10/10 stars