Luxury and boutique hotels in Imerovigli
On the surface, Santorini isn’t geared up for singletons, with its bridal-white buildings (often accessorised with actual brides taking photoshoots) and rows of coupled-up terraces awaiting breathtaking sunsets. Imerovigli is deep in honeymoon territory with its glamorous bars and upscale stays, plus its dramatic viewpoints for Skaros Rock soaring out of the sapphire-blue caldera waters. Set roughly in the middle of the island, it’s a good point from which to explore bustling Oia in the north or historic Akrotiri in the south, or take a tour of the island’s vineyards to get well acquainted with the local Assyrtiko. But, it’s not all getting lost in each other’s eyes and sloshed on wine: follow the Ekklisia Theoskepasti to see some ancient treasures, and wander up to the much-photographed Agios Nikolaos church – just be sure to make it back before sundown.
When to go
Expect to sacrifice a little privacy on your terrace from June to September, when lovers arrive in droves. Some businesses shut in the off-season, but spring and late autumn are more peaceful.
PlanesSantorini Airport is a 15-minute drive from Imerovigli. There are direct flights from major hubs in Europe, but many stop over in Athens first.
AutomobilesIf you plan to hang the ‘do not disturb’ sign on your door, only scuttling from your room for sundowners, then there’s no need for a car. However, to save on taxi costs, wheels will come in handy for driving end to end on the island and stopping off to see black- and red-sand beaches. For something a bit more thrilling, get around by quad bike – available to hire in Imerovigli.