Santorini, Greece

Iconic Santorini

Rates from (inc tax)$544.32

Price information

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


Cliff-clinging caves


Hillside Imerovigli hideout

Hugging the caldera's dramatic cliffside, Iconic Santorini’s cave-carved rooms, sunlounger-dotted patios and wow-worthy terraces sprawl over five levels of Imerovigli village, perched at the highest point of the island. A sea-view pool, cosy spa and breezy whites and blues have freshened the traditional dwellings, now the perfect spot for a luxurious break with dazzling Aegean Sea views.

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Need to know


19, including 14 suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $544.32 (€498), excluding tax at 13.5 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 (EUR565.23), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast of Greek yoghurt, honey, fresh breads, cold cuts and cheese, fruits, fresh orange juice and cooked eggs, as well as Greek snacks, bottled water and soft drinks. Airport transfers are free for guests staying in suites.


Have those last travel knots and tensions eased in the snug spa, housed in an atmospheric cave hewn from the bedrock. There’s a small heated whirlpool in the grotto and an intimate treatment room for holistic massages using locally produced oils, best enjoyed à deux.

Hotel closed

1 November to 30 April.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, Aesop toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

With French doors opening onto a private terrace and separate Juliet balcony, the Cliff Suite is bright and airy, with a rather special indoor grotto pool; sink into the rocking chair outside to take in splendid sea views. If you want to make a splash, book the Iconic Suite, with its two pools (one indoor, one outdoor, both with powerful jets) and day-bed-strewn terrace overlooking the sea. It was once the village bakery, and still houses the original bread oven. Each room, named after a letter of the Greek alphabet, sports laid-back and tactile decor: polished cement and volcanic rock floors, decorative headboards made from branches and vast Coco-mat beds for a naturally blissful sleep.


On a decked sun terrace, the 11m heated saltwater infinity pool is sheltered under an arch at one end and seems to melt into the Aegean at the other, where a whirlpool section offers front-row seats for dazzling caldera views.

Packing tips

Colour-match with some nautical-inspired swimwear. Glamorous shades are a must for the sun-blessed terraces.


All rooms are non-smoking, but there are plenty of outdoor spaces to light up.


Iconic Santorini's cliffside location is best suited to adults. Over-14s are welcome, though the hotel doesn’t offer extra beds.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The charming private dining room is housed in a cave, with small windows looking out to sea; book ahead for a romantic candlelit dinner.

Dress Code

Linens and flat sandals will keep you cool and comfortable while tackling Iconic Santorini’s flights of steps.

Hotel restaurant

White tables for two with traditional taverna chairs and blue banquettes sit in the shade at Pergola Restaurant, looking out to sea. Chef Kostas and his sous-chef Kostas rustle up typical Greek dishes and Mediterranean-inspired fare, using fresh herbs and produce from the garden, and will happily welcome you into the kitchen to watch them work their magic. Plates of freshly fried Greek cheeses, fava bean purée and cherry-stuffed, nut-crusted croquettes are easily shareable; linger over traditional dishes such as moussaka and tender veal in Santorinian tomatoes and aubergine. A three-course lunch is served poolside; the gastronomic duo’s menus change daily. Don’t miss breakfast, a feast of fresh-baked bread, locally sourced honey and home-made jams and marmalades.

Hotel bar

The restaurant’s caldera views are to die for, particularly when the moon is out; sip on local wines to chilled Café del Mar beats under the pergola.

Last orders

Breakfast can be enjoyed at any time of the day; lunch is served 12.30pm–4pm; dinner 6pm–10pm.

Room service

Breakfast, snacks and salads for lunch, and dishes from the restaurant’s dinner menu can be enjoyed on your terrace from 8 am to 11pm.


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International flights to Santorini usually connect via Athens, though some airlines also provide direct flights to the UK, particularly in the high season from June to September.


A stay at Iconic Santorini is perfectly enjoyable without a car (Thira, the capital, is a 20-minute walk away). If you plan on exploring further afield, there’s secure public parking a three-minute walk away from the hotel (€2 for 24 hours).

Worth getting out of bed for

If the sweeping vistas from Iconic Santorini’s terraces aren’t quite enough for you, follow the steep trail to Skaros Rock, a short walk away from the hotel. Locals say this spot, on the ruins of a 15th-century fortress built to protect Santorini from pirate attacks, has the most romantic sunset views on the island. The capital Thira, with its boutiques, jewellery shops and museum, is just a 20-minute walk away. If you want to explore further afield, the hotel will happily point you to the best local hiking trails or arrange sunset winery tours and boat trips to the volcano and hot springs.

Local restaurants

Anogi (+30 22860 21285) may not have a sea view, but this buzzy neighbourhood restaurant is always bustling with locals. Book ahead to share platters of chargrilled octopus, sticky mustard chicken and pork in a plummy Vin Santo sauce. Argo’s airy, elegant dining spaces sprawl over three floors nestled on the steps to the old port on the caldera’s cliffside (+30 22860 22594). Chef and owner Constantinos Chatzopoulos freshens up classic Mediterranean flavours with a dab hand: try the aromatic octopus flavoured with mastic and caper leaves or the feta-stuffed calamari. Cosy blankets are at the ready, should the sea breeze prove a little too chilly. Foodies flock to Selene (+30 22860 22249), a Pyrgos eatery overlooking the local vineyards. The kitchen makes the most of the island’s fantastic produce in dishes such as a creamy sea urchin risotto, succulent langoustines served with courgette flowers and slow-cooked lamb with smoky aubergine. Stop here to refuel on tempting meze and a glass of crisp white wine after a visit to the mediaeval village, or stay the afternoon for a cookery course. Located on one of the highest peaks of the islands, Metaxy Mas (+30 22860 31323) has magnificent views over Pyrgos village and Anafi island. Cretan flavours shine in dishes such as a spinach and pomegranate salad, and pan-fried feta. Keep a watchful eye on your glass – the potent spirit Raki flows freely here. With its cluster of whitewashed houses tumbling down the hillside, fishing boats bobbing gently in the water and strip of restaurants right on the bay, the little port of Ammoudi makes a postcard-perfect setting for a romantic dinner. The lobster spaghetti at Sunset by Paraskevas (+30 22860 71614) is something to behold: a generous dish of parsley-flecked pasta topped with a gargantuan whole lobster fresh from the sea.

Local cafés

Pull up a chair in Mousiko Kouti’s picturesque courtyard (+30 22860 85282), tucked away in the village of Megalochori. This laid-back rustic-chic tavern dishes up spicy Smyrnan specialties such as smoked sagnaki cheese with a paprika crust.


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Anonymous review

I’m in a cave jacuzzi; sunlight is dancing across the whitewashed roof, and below it I’m floating happily in bubbles, post massage. My skin is soft, and my head is light with the scent of lavender, grown in Greece and blended into oil by a holistic company called Aptiva, which means ‘life of the bee’...

There aren’t many bees in Santorini – or so our waiter tells us at breakfast as he serves us exquisite honey made by the few bees that do live on the volcanic island. That morning we’d woken in the cosiest bed imaginable; made from coconut fibres and covered in soft, downy pillows with crisp white cotton sheets. We’d called reception to say we were awake – ‘Great! Breakfast is on its way’.

Opening the door of our suite we had been greeted by dazzling sunshine, the deep-blue Aegean and all shades of cerulean. I wrapped myself in the soft silk-and-linen sarong draped over a chair in our room and took five steps from the bed, to our balcony decorated with olive trees, pots of lavender and sun beds decked in navy cushions and white umbrellas. I gazed happily around me.

Herodotus says Santorini was originally called Strongyle, meaning round; later it was called Kalliste ‘most beautiful’. In 1913 BC it was blown apart by a volcanic eruption and parts of the islands crumbled beneath the Aegean, leaving the island in its current crescent-moon shape. In the middle is the ocean, dotted white billowing sails and tips of the now hibernating volcano, which peek out as islands. This blue lagoon is called the caldera, and the first time I saw it I felt as though I was in a new dimension. We can’t stop looking at it all holiday.

The waiter enters our blue world, laden with perfectly poached eggs, croissants with homemade jams, delicious Greek yoghurt and precious Santorini honey, which is rich, sweet and the colour of sunshine. It goes perfectly with nectarines and strawberries.

Mr Smith paces the balcony assessing wind and weather conditions: we decide to go out sailing on the caldera that afternoon. I while away the morning with a massage and lazing about in a cave hot tub, until we join a honeymooning couple from New Jersey and jump aboard a catamaran. We kick back on deck as our captain sets sail in search of swimming spots around the island; we go for the Red beach (so called due to its colour from the iron), and the white beach (because of the limestone) and a dip in the hot springs near the volcanic islands.

The only person living on the islands is a hermit, who lives with his sheep and chickens and is said to offer massages to passing day visitors. I want to go there, but our captain says, ‘I wouldn’t!’ He also tells us the hermit sometimes turns up with goat’s milk and swaps it for a beer.

As the sun sinks towards the ocean we drop anchor and our crew cook up a delicious traditional supper of grilled fresh prawns, calamari, Greek salad and lots of crisp white wine.

We look up at the villages of Santorini, 300 metres above the ocean, spread on top of the dark volcanic rock. They look like icing sugar on top of a cake. Iconic is now just a speck on the cliffside in the village of Imerovigli, about half way around the bow of the island.

It is dark by the time we got back to our cosy room. We go for a quick splash in our private grotto pool dug out of the rock below our bedroom. Mr Smith is particularly enamoured with the remote-control candles.

Upstairs in bed I read some of Aesop’s Fables – the hotel has left a copy of the book in our room. They must like the philosopher, because as a nightly treat they leave biscuits alongside one of his quotations (we got ‘When all is said and done, nothing is said or done’) and the bathroom is stuffed with Aesop products in his honour.

The next day we sunbathe and swim in the saltwater infinity pool. Sometimes we sit in two seats, in the water, at the end of the pool, with fresh watermelon juices in hand. I usually read piles of books on holiday, but in Santorini I feel like I’m missing out whenever I pick one up.

At dusk, I walk through the village to Skaros, a rocky peninsula that juts out of the island. It was a mediaeval fortress back in the day, until a series of earthquakes destroyed it. Now there is only one church (one of 365 on the island), and a tiny chapel just beside the path that leads onto the rock, where I saw a bride having her photo taken. Santorini seems to be the place for weddings or at least being papped in your dress. I climb the rock to watch the sun go down; where to watch it is much debated on Santorini – it’s as sunset-y as you can get all over the island, but it’s fun to get new angles on perfection.

Sunset fully appreciated, I walk back to Iconic and notice how many people have written their names on the rock – I decide to join them. I write a big ‘THANK YOU!’ too because truly, Santorini is incredible. Do go, right away. The moment you arrive at Iconic and see the view over the caldera, your soul will start dancing with pleasure.


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 Iconic Santorini’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The service was outstanding and the views absolutely amazing. Never feels crowded. One of the best hotels we have ever visited. Christine was great to work with but everyone was extremely helpful. Would love to go back. It's expensive but worth it considering the views, quality and service.

Don’t expect

Nothing negative to say about this boutique hotel. 


Stayed on 4 Oct 2015

We loved

The staff were fantastic - friendly, efficient and couldn't do enough. The hotel and views from all parts of it are stunningly beautiful and we relaxed almost immediately upon arrival.

Don’t expect

The fitness equipment and massage facilities are in the same cave so, understandably, you can't use the fitness equipment while a massage is in progress. Not a problem unless all the guests decide to have a massage on the same afternoon!


Stayed on 12 Sep 2015