Santorini, Greece


Rates from (inc tax)$191.72

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Pale and interesting


Resting on the caldera rim

From the highest point of Santorini’s caldera – where luxury resort Chromata sits – the view is so incredible that scene-stealing interiors would be nothing short of an insult. So, aside from a shock of purple window frame and a colourful Missoni throw, the hotel’s cave-style interiors are pure, clean white. There’s ample opportunity to ogle the island’s natural assets: the infinity pool edge hovers over the sea and dining comes with a side of sunset. Add staff who’ll cater to your every whim and you’ll be amazed just how warm a frosty palette can feel.

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Photos Chromata Hotel – Santorini – Greece

Need to know


26, including 21 suites and one Cave House.Villa.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $191.72 (€176), excluding tax at 13 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR199.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a buffet breakfast.


Fancy your very own Jeeves? Butler service is available on request.

Hotel closed

Annually from 5 November to 31 March.

At the hotel

Spa, concierge, laundry, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, free bottled water and Korres bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Honeymoon Suites live up to their romantic title. An expansive terrace with blue views, a secluded Jacuzzi room from which you can snoop on the caldera and crisp white interiors conspire in romantic fashion. The Chromata Suite is equally couples courting, but the addition of a unique upcycled bath tub appeals to our quirky side. If these two are a little above budget, the Superior Suites are cosy cave dwellings that also have a playfully private Jacuzzi room.


The unheated infinity pool is the centre of attention in the bar area; it’s larger than most Santorini pools, set by the day-bed and cushion-dotted lounging areas stopping at the caldera’s edge. There are cave-like shelters to paddle into if the sun gets too hot, and you’re just a few steps away from your next cocktail.


The hotel can whisk you by car to A Spa (a 10-minute drive away in Oia), where you’ll abscond to one of three gardenia, vanilla and lily-perfumed suites, each with twin massage beds, a steam room and rain shower. Iris has a heated pool; Thalia has a footbath; and rooftop suite Kalliste has sea views. Caribbean Ligne St Barth products are used, and treatments range from quick fixes (30-minute massages) to bespoke rituals carried out over two days. Mani-pedis, facials, body wraps and scrubs complete pampering options. Book in advance to work out in the two-person Techno Gym Suite (10am–6pm) with spinning bikes, a kinesis machine and treadmill.

Packing tips

Pack swish swimwear and sunnies; something classically black or white from Orlebar Brown will keep you sweet by the swimming pool.


All guests are given a cell phone, so they can summon a member of staff when they’re off site.


Teens only, but three (or more) is a crowd when it comes to caldera gazing.

Food and Drink

Photos Chromata Hotel – Santorini – Greece

Top Table

Ditch fellow diners and book the small private cave for two. Soft lighting and caldera views will keep you moon-eyed from apéritif to digestif.

Dress Code

Something as swishy as the sea and pale as your room, flats will help you negotiate the resort’s steps.

Hotel restaurant

All the tastefully dressed tables at Chroma restaurant have caldera views. Dine overlooking pink and purple sunsets, or by candlelight under a smattering of stars. The menu gets rewritten each season, but the focus is always on timely ingredients and imaginatively combined textures and flavours. The breakfast buffet is laid out here too – an array of local treats with some gluten-free options.

Hotel bar

The cocktail bar, also in brilliant white, wraps around the pool. Guests sprawl over huge grey pillows or pristine day-beds while nursing a pick from the epic menu. The wine list is also worth browsing and canapés will keep you sated in between sips. Tell the barmen which spirits float your boat and they’ll customise your pick of poison accordingly.

Last orders

The hotel serves food from 8am–10.30pm; breakfast stops at 11am.

Room service

Dishes from the restaurant menu can be whisked to your door 24 hours a day.


Photos Chromata Hotel – Santorini – Greece
Cyclades Islands


Santorini Airport is 25 minutes by car. International flights usually connect via Athens, though some airlines also run a direct service to the UK, particularly in high season from June to September. Fly direct to the island from London Gatwick every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from June to November with EasyJet or connect from Athens in 45 minutes with Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air or Athens Airways. The hotel can arrange transfers in a shared shuttle (€15 a person, each way) or private car (€100 for up to four guests, each way).


When leaving the airport, take a right at the crossroads in Messaria village. Follow the road towards Thira and pass through the town; Imerovigli is around two kilometres drive from there. Free valet parking is available on site.

Worth getting out of bed for

Pretty Imerovigli village, a few steps from the hotel, is Santorini’s best side. It’s jumble of white cubed buildings look like a sugar-bowl spilled down the cliff to the caldera and the Aegean beyond. Leave your comfy poolside spot to hike out to Skaros Rock’s ruins, or hop on a sailboat (the hotel can help with hiring one) for jaunts out to petite islands Nea Kameni and Thirassia. Wander the alleyways of capital Thira, a five-minute drive (or 20-minute walk) away, for jewellery, handicrafts and artwork. The Museum of Prehistoric Thira (+30 228 6022 217) is small but intriguing, with decorous pots, gold statuettes and well-preserved paintings from the Neolithic and Cycladic periods. North of the hotel (a 20-minute drive) lies Oia village, for wine tasting and gallery scouring; its Naval Maritime Museum (+30 228 6071 156) has some saucy figureheads and handsome galleon models. To the south is Akrotiri (, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement in a remarkably good state of repair. The island’s volcanic sands are usually too hot to sunbathe on, but Kamari Beach on the east coast has softer sands, sun-beds and parasols for a beach fix.

Local restaurants

Arrive at hip Imerovigli find La Maison (+30 228 6025 649, well before sunset, so you can watch it après dinner. Otherwise towers of grilled eggplant and tomato, ultra-crisp pork belly with a smudge of apple sauce, mackerel with lime foam and sculptural desserts will distract you. A lively soundtrack and cache of pashminas for evening chills are welcome accompaniments. Avocado (+30 228 6036 183, is a little more traditional. Its hearty Grecian fare is served under a white pavilion; expect smoked pork, well-stuffed gyros and local cheese plates with honey and sesame. Behind a white picket fence, a four-minute stroll from the hotel, you’ll find a pretty flower garden, meaty delights and super-fresh seafood at Anogi (+30 2286 021285, It’s unassuming and laid back to a tee, and the balsamic squid is a must-try.

Local cafés

Thira hotspot V Lounge Café and Cocktail Bar (+30 228 6021 760, is nearly – nearly – as sleek and stylish as your hotel. Set high above the Aegean, white sofas and yellow parasols dot the terrace, and international and Grecian light dishes are served, and the cocktail list is filled with ‘almost one of your five a day’ drinks, such as Smoky Apple or a Kiwi Cobbler.

Local bars

Kitted out like a tropical island – thatched huts, palm trees et al – Theros Wave Bar (+30 697 7222 666,, by Eros Beach, can be as party hard or put your feet up as you like. Swing chairs, cosy couples’ nooks and sizeable sunloungers supply the lounging space. The view is incredible, with the moon reflected in the sea, set to live reggae bands or acoustic singers. Classic cocktails are shaken up behind the bar.


Photos Chromata Hotel – Santorini – Greece

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this cliffside hotel in Santorini with a renewed love for minimalism and unpacked their bottle of Vin Santo, a full account of their luxury island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a postcard from Chromata in Santorini…
Fans of merlot may balk at the virgin whiteness of Chromata’s interiors, but never fear – if spillage should occur, a member of staff will graciously mop it up (even Oli Beale would be would be welcome here after his former incident). But, who’d sit in their room when there are such sights beyond your door? The expanse of blue over Santorini’s dormant volcano is given full attention from this on-high vantage point. It’s the first thing you see as you’re checked in – a precognitive bellhop absconds with your bags (presumably so the extra weight doesn’t drag you over the edge as you lean in to get a better view), and you’re settled with a drink to gaze lovingly before being whisked to your room. The island’s signature style is modernised with upcycled statement pieces, aesthetically laid hunks of natural rock and clean lines, a welcome complement to its timeless elements.

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 Chromata’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The room was beautiful, service was fantastic and the facilities were lovely.

Don’t expect

A lively atmosphere - it's very quiet!


Stayed on 8 Aug 2016

We loved

The views, the staff, the privacy, the restaurant. Book ahead for sunset dinners to get good seats!

Don’t expect

Communal areas other than the pool


Stayed on 29 Jul 2016

We loved

The room, the infinity pool with an amazing view. The staff and the quality of the food and drink. Some lovely local restaurants. Our favourite was Esta where the fresh fish was fantastic. Firastefani was only a short walk with some more bars and restaurants with lovely views

Don’t expect

Not to get any exercise, the hotel is built into a cliff with a lot of steps


Stayed on 16 Jul 2016

We loved

The food at the hotel was incredible. Drinks too...The décor of the hotel was simple, but with a modern twist. The hotel was always clean and well kept. Take a walk into Fira, into any restaurant and it will not disappoint. La Maison about a 2 min walk from the hotel is an absolutely gem!

Don’t expect

To take kids... Couples retreat only!


Stayed on 20 May 2016