Santorini, Greece

Grace Santorini

Rates from (inc tax)$433.05

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.


Whitewashed waterside palace


Caldera clifftop

A geometric puzzle, hotel Grace Santorini is a precisely pieced together marvel of connecting layers carved from the Caldera clifftop. This minimalist retreat boasts spectacular shimmering sea-views in a serene setting by day, and a glittering see-and-be -seen crowd by night at the the infinity pool-side bar with superlative speciality cocktails.

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A bottle of sparkling wine and 20 per cent off food and drink in the hotel's champagne lounge


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Need to know


22, including 12 suites and a villa.


12 noon, but flexible for 50 per cent of the room rate. Earliest check-in, 2.30pm.


Double rooms from $433.05 (€398), excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 0.5% per on check-out.

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 (EUR450.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include champagne breakfast and a glass of champagne on arrival.


Daily free pilates and yoga classes are held in the resort's second-floor studio, by the boutique fitness room. Souvenir-seekers should steer themselves towards the resort's concept store, which sells artwork, floaty garments by super-cool Greek designers Zeus + Dione, and crafty trinkets from the Cycladic Art Museum. Local artwork is displayed in the champagne lounge too. Make your stay even more luxurious with the hotel's Bespoke by Grace service, which allows guests to customise their stay with a pillow menu, choice of fragrances and bath products, bespoke in-room cocktail kit and a personal fitness kit.

At the hotel

Fitness room, yoga and pilates studio, boutique, laptops on loan (Macs and PCs), free WiFi throughout, concierge. In rooms: flatscreen Smart TV, Apple TV, Nespresso machine, customisable bar with local drinks and snacks, air-conditioning, pampering kits and full-size Apivita bath products.

Our favourite rooms

For double the plunge-pool fun, pick a Grace Suite with plunge pool – you get one indoors, with a partition so it can be ocean-facing or totally private, and an extra one out on the terrace. VIP Suites are similarly endowed, only their plunge pools are bigger, and they’ve got steam rooms and some flashy light installations, too. All the rooms are chalky white, with bright cushions and rugs to break up the serenity.


A heated infinity pool (the largest by the caldera) which runs along the front of the hotel, perfect for swimming and Skaros Rock-spotting at the same time; there are well-cushioned double loungers, a bar and an outdoor shower.

Packing tips

Bright colours to set off your suite; it’s hard to clash with whitewash.


Guests staying in a suite or the villa get a bottle of champagne and strawberries in their room on arrival.


Over-14s are welcome; extra beds cost €170.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

For a snug supper, ask for either of the two cosy alcoves overlooking the infinity pool and caldera bay.

Dress Code

Sparkly and sexy; and no bare legs for gents after dark, please.

Hotel restaurant

Intimate restaurant, Santoro, with its high-domed ceiling, serves up contemporary Greek cuisine courtesy of accolade-awarded chef, Spiros Agious: grilled calamari with saffron aioli foam, Aegean Sea octopus and balsamic-glazed monkfish on beetroot risotto, and Cretan beef with a pear and celeriac ragu. There’s an open kitchen on show, and more of the same whitewashing and liquid black lava rock. Or, grab light meals and cocktails by the pool.

Hotel bar

The pool bar expands from the restaurant, with half facing inwards to the kitchen and the rest spilling out to the infinity pool. Sit back to the sounds of Greek jazz and sip a speciality cocktail. The Champagne Lounge (set above the restaurant) has contrasting interiors of sleek cream upholstery and rugged black volcanic stone. Set a soaring 363 metres above sea level, the caldera views from the terrace will make you feel giddier than the bar's lengthy list of champagnes and cocktails. Signature drink Grace Rose (devised by connoisseur Salvatore Calabrese) is a heady concoction of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, Grey Goose vodka, lemon, raspberries and rose water; and chef Spiros Agious' snack list is joy-inducing, with bottarga- (salted cod roe) and caviar-topped bites, freshly shucked oysters, cheese and charcuterie platters and hearty salads. Live music nights are hosted regularly at both Santoro and the Champagne Lounge.

Last orders

Breakfast is on offer from 8am until 11.30am, when lunch service takes over until 7pm. Dinner is then available in Santoro right up until 11pm. The champagne lounge opens till midnight.

Room service

Breakfast and an all-day snack menu (salads, pizzas and puddings) can be ordered between 8am and 11pm.


Photos Grace Santorini – Santorini – Greece
Grace Santorini


Santorini’s Thira airport is just under half an hour away by car. You can fly direct to the island from London Gatwick every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday during the summer with EasyJet ( or connect from Athens in 45 minutes with Aegean Airlines (, Olympic Air ( or Athens Airways (


The hotel is in Imerovigli village, but the nearest big town is Fira, a two-minute drive away. There’s parking in the village square, where the porters will greet you.

Worth getting out of bed for

On request, hotel staff can arrange tailored experiences, including a private vineyard tour, excursion with a professional photographer, catamaran hire for two, or a 90-minute tour of Akrotiri (the 'Minoan Pompeii') archaeological site, followed by a seafood lunch. Pop across to Skaros Rock, the island’s former capital, to see the church and fortress remains. It’s particularly spectacular at sunset.

Local restaurants

Aktaion (+30 22860 22336) is a traditional taverna within walking distance of Grace Santorini, famed for its moussaka. Head over to the restaurant at Kapari Natural Resort for amazingly fresh Mediterranean fare, out overlooking the Aegean; menu highlights include squid stuffed with fennel, grilled peppers and smoked cheese. For fine fish, try Captain Dimitri’s Taverna (+30 22860 82210) in Oia. Koukoumavlos (+30 22860 23807) in Fira is the place to head for adventurous dining that comes with a view.


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Anonymous review

When it comes to jaw-dropping views, there are some places in this world that have a blithe disregard for the rules of fair play. From the get-go, they seize the high ground and bludgeon you into submission with impossibly gorgeous vistas. Some literally take your breath away with their high-altitude scenery – Namaste, Bhutan! – while others convince you that you’ve passed through into another dimension altogether. The latter is more or less how we felt the first time Mr Smith and I stepped onto the spacious patio at Santorini Grace and stared out over the famous volcanic caldera.

Shaped like a crescent moon, the island embraces a vast blue lagoon created thousands of years ago when devastating volcanic explosions caused the centre of the island to collapse into the sea. Almost every vantage point along the high-cliffed inner edge of the crescent bristles with crowds of white buildings. In high summer, it’s blinding. Here and there, blue cupolas mark a chapel, while slashes of azure, visible from the narrow paths that wind their way through the terraced buildings, invariably indicate the swimming pool of a hotel.

On Santorini, location is everything. Oía, the picturesque town at the northern tip of the island, suffers from an overabundance of tourists and streets clogged with tour buses. Thera, in the island’s centre, is equally crowded. Happily, the Grace is set a leisurely 40-minute walk from Thera in a quiet enclave of hotels (catering from low- to high-end budgets). Here, the illusion of seclusion is complete, especially when the morning mists shroud the high ground.

But that afternoon, as we checked in, Santorini lay before us in Olympus-like majesty, the soft rustling wind riding over the low Buddha Bar tracks piped over the stereo. Far below us in the caldera, we saw three cruiseships tooling around the flat sapphire water like little fat baby whales. A mesmerising stillness hung over the blue-tinged air.

It’s a view that, even four days later, we never tired of. ‘I don’t ever want to leave,’ I said at the end of the first day as we closed the shuttered double-glazed windows. And why would you ever need to? The Grace is one of those hotels that conspires to keep you happily captive: If you ever wondered what it feels like to be a victim of Stockholm Syndrome, this would be the place to try it.

The hotel’s 20 rooms, gym, restaurant, library, swimming pools and sundecks are terraced into the side of the cliff in a cascade of white walls and black rock buttresses. Inside, the rooms are sheathed entirely in white, and the flooring in cool polished grey concrete. Shelving, bedside tables and seats are hewn straight into the rock giving the space a very pleasing Francis of Assisi meets Four Seasons monastic feel. Our bed is a vast tract of white linen floating over triple mattress layers of coconut and rubber, all cushioned by layers of plump pillows; while the huge rainshower-studded ensuite is stocked with attention-grabbing bath and body products by local Greek brand Apivita.

Aromatherapy pillow ordered from the pillow menu, Mr Smith sighed at the view of the caldera through the bevelled windows. ‘Or should I get the goosedown instead?’ I wondered aloud, impressed by the gravity of such Solomon-like decisions.

And that was pretty much the pattern of our days. When we weren’t bobbing gently in the outdoor heated Jacuzzi, we lay supine under the sun umbrellas next to beds of lavender abuzz with lazy fat bumblebees. The April weather was still a little too cold to dip into one of the two spectacular pools that stretch out on separate levels. ‘Maybe we should stay on until the weather turns really hot?’ I suggested hopefully over our breakfast of Greek yoghurt with nuts and blossom honey, and poached eggs.

One morning, stirred by an uncharacteristic burst of energy, we descended the broad donkey steps next to the resort, past a bijoux 15th-century chapel and then we climbed up towards Scarpa, an irregular nub of a cliff that was once the island’s capital before an earthquake destroyed it.

These days, the natural drama is entirely botanical. The cliffs were festooned with yellow daisies and bursts of purple flowers. A gentle breeze rocked the sea below. We sat on a pile of shale and looked out over the Aegean, imagining that the fabled city of Atlantis – long rumoured to have been located in Santorini – had been just there in the little alcove where a cruiseliner now anchored.

It was a little surreal, too, to think that back in London at that very moment, Prince William was getting hitched to Kate. ‘I hope they’ll be happy,’ I mumbled shielding my eyes from the sun’s glare. We sat in companionable silence. Seagulls wheeled overhead and the breeze carried up the scent of grass and the approaching summer.

Presently, Mr Smith said, ‘Come on, then. Time for lunch.’

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 Grace Santorini’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The infinity pool and the junior suite with plunge pool were both outstanding.

Don’t expect

Food was average.


Stayed on 31 Aug 2016

We loved

Everything here was sensational. The service, the view, the room, the plunge pool, the amazing food (every meal was spectacular), the was perfect.

Don’t expect

To get to the actual hotel and your room, a bit of effort is required – but every step to your destination is worth it.


Stayed on 8 Oct 2015