A two-acre estate with a whitewashed villa at its heart, Erosantorini in Greece is a four-room clifftop hideaway with impeccable service and volcano views. While you lounge in the infinity pool, gazing at the Aegean from your secluded spot on Santorini, it’s easy to imagine it’s not a hotel at all, but your fanciest friends’ island home. You can even book the entire place to yourself, so let your imagination run riot.
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Double rooms from £1444.83 (€1,700), including tax at 13 per cent.
Rates generally include a buffet breakfast.
Inspired by the chef’s creative twists on local dishes? Request a cooking class.
At the hotel
Yoga and pilates classes, books and films to borrow, WiFi throughout. In rooms: Jacuzzi on each private terrace; working fireplace; Bose Bluetooth speakers, iPod dock, Smart TV, Frette linens; Smeg refrigerator stocked with local wines and gourmet delicacies; Nespresso coffee machines; Apivita bath products, robes, slippers, hair dryer, under-floor heating, air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
There are only four, and they’re all suites, so you can’t really go wrong. But if you’re travelling as a twosome, the Two-Floor Suite is the most supremely sexy, with an antique mirror above the bed and expansive roof terrace that might be one of the best dinner-for-two settings on the entire island.
Lounge by the three-tiered infinity pool, at the edge of the cliff, and enjoy the 180-degree view of the Aegean. It’s flanked by elegant bean bags and terracotta urns.
Get steamy in the marble hammam, or book a massage or facial in the treatment room.
No need to overpack: the Jacuzzi on your private terrace is perfect for skinny dipping.
The oak communal table has perfect sea views, but the choice is yours – meals can be served anywhere on the estate.
This is your island home from home – wear whatever you like.
There’s no formal restaurant on-site – all the better for you to explore Santorini’s cliff-clinging eateries – but you’ll wake up to a breakfast buffet each morning (or opt for breakfast in bed, of course). The rest of the time, you’re invited to watch the inventive chef at work in the open kitchen, and meals are served at the communal dining table or outside by the pool. Herbs and olive oil sourced from the estate are incorporated into almost every dish on the vast menu, and you’re also welcome to request your own favourite dishes. Feeling snacky? The house aubergine dip and freshly baked bread are especially moreish.
There’s no particular bar space, but there’s plenty to drink (especially gins and locally made tonics) and the cocktails are mixed expertly.
You’ll find Erosantorini in the south of the island, on a steep hillside overlooking the Aegean, a mile from Santorini’s capital, Fira.
Touch down at Santorini International Airport, 10 minutes away by car. There are seasonal services from around Europe. The Smith24 team of travel experts can arrange all flights and transfers.
If you’ve rented a car to explore the island independently, you’ll find free parking on-site.
Fast ferry services from Athens to Santorini take around five hours to arrive; there’s also an eight-hour service.
Worth getting out of bed for
There’s plenty to do on-site: check out the wine cellar in the grounds, perhaps, or take an outdoor yoga class in the wellness zone through the scented gardens. If you’re staying in summer, you’ll also find bean bags and popcorn laid on by the pool after nightfall, for an open-air cinema evening. When you do decide to explore, Erosantorini can organise a wealth of island adventures, from discovering secret swimming spots to private wine tastings at local vineyards, or guided hikes along sea-view nature trails. For the historically minded, there are archaeological sites and mediaeval villages, too.
Hungry? Metaxi Mas is almost everyone’s number-one recommendation in Santorini: try the traditional Greek menu. To Ouzeriis another good choice for great Greek flavours. Book ahead to take in the magnificent views and equally good food at Argo.
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 boutique hotel on Santorini and unpacked their home-made olive oil and local honey, a full account of their Greek island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Erosantorini in Greece…
Santorini’s the sort of ridiculously good-looking destination where eager Instagrammers seem to wait around every gorgeous corner, angling for a perfect Greek-island selfie. But there’s a way to avoid the hubbub: head to Erosantorini and pretend it’s your own private villa. Your Aegean-escape dreams will only be fuelled further by the five-star staff proffering everything you fancy, almost before you’ve even thought of fancying it. Gin and tonic? Coming right up. Time out in the hammam? Go right ahead. Something specific for supper? Just check in with the chef at the open kitchen. Another gin and tonic? Oh look, it’s already waiting at your volcano-view lounger by the clifftop infinity pool. Santorini just got even more sigh worthy.