Santorini, Greece

Santo Maris

Rates from (inc tax)$478.64

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.


Bohemian rhapsody


Outskirts of Oia

Want to experience Oia, minus caldera coach loads? Swap hilltop hijinks for Santo Maris, set in a peaceful patch of the world’s most Instagrammed sunset-spot. The hotel is just a five-minute walk away from Oia’s lofty buzz, although you wouldn’t think it when you’re ticking off Aegean-inspired treatments in the quiet spa, enjoying leisurely breakfasts – honey pancakes, perhaps, or stretched out by the peaceful pools. A bleached-white colour scheme puts the aqua skies and sea at centre stage; copper accents, grey-green doors and blue-whorl woven rugs add pops of colour to the serene Santorini canvas.

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A bottle of local wine, sweets and one poolside cocktail each, served at sunset


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Need to know


42 suites, plus two two-bedroom villas.


Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $478.64 (€440), 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 (EUR497.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast, WiFi and an arrival treat: fresh fruit or sweets, plus a bottle of local wine in your room.


Santo Maris is growing – an additional two villas and 13 suites are set to be built in 2017.

Hotel closed

Early November–mid April, though dates change each season.

At the hotel

Spa with indoor pool, steam room and hammam; gym; library; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: kitchenette, minibar, TV.

Our favourite rooms

For the best sea-and-sunset views in the house, opt for Room 252, which enjoys a prime perch and the panoramas to match. Given that every room is a suite – and every suite has a Jacuzzi – you’d be hard pressed to pick a dud room here. That said, if money's no object, Santorini sleeping quarters don’t get much more majestic than the Royal Suite.


Budding mermaids and mermen, rejoice: Santo Maris’ waterworld spans four pools, plus an indoor heated spa pool. The main swimming pool has a Jacuzzi – as does every suite.


Try a raki- or olive-oil-inspired treatment in the spa, whose methods, philosophy and products are rooted in the Aegean Islands. You can also have a treatment in your room or villa, if walking to the spa seems a tad onerous.

Packing tips

Come with swish swimwear and an appetite for olive oil. Don’t waste money on plug adaptors at the airport – the hotel will lend you one.


Bookworms will appreciate the tome left in each room as a present, chosen by the GM. Expect something with a Greek theme, probably by a Greek author.


Not-so-little Smiths aged 12 and above can come, but really this is a place for off-duty adults to relax at.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Take your pick of the bunch – but be prepared for glass-lifting breezes on the edge. Our champagne ended up in our orzo at one point (we didn’t mind).

Dress Code

Off-duty islander: white linen; flat shoes; neutral hues. Add carats and cologne by night.

Hotel restaurant

Santo Maris’ accomplished chef Manolis Mattheakis hails from Crete; his menu is based around the utterly delicious olive oil sourced by the hotel from a traditional organic farm in Crete. Expect star turns by other Aegean standouts: cherry tomatoes, capers and fava from Santorini, Dentex fish from local waters, Aegean octopus and more. (We’re still dreaming about the shrimp and ouzo orzo pasta.) The hotel is rightly proud of its award-winning Greek breakfast, which includes fresh fruit, Greek coffee – or sage and mountain tea – dakos, fava beans, tomatoes and feta, cinnamon cookies, black-and-green olive paste, cherry and blueberry marmalades, thyme honey, pies, pancakes and other temptations. It’s certainly worth getting up for.

Hotel bar

Daytime drinking has never been healthier – Santo Maris’ daytime pool bar (open between 10am and 6pm) rustles up fruit-based cocktails, so you’re bound to get your five dailies. The Romantic bar’s more potent, spirit-based cocktails could get you in trouble (in the best way).

Last orders

Breakfast is served until 11am; dinner until 10.30pm.

Room service

Order items from the full menu while the restaurant is open; after that, there’s a small selection of snacks – cold cuts, cheese plates, salads – available around the clock.


Photos Santo Maris – Santorini – Greece
Santo Maris
Oia, 84702, Santorini, Greece


Santorini Airport is 17km away (a half-hour drive). If you’re coming from the UK, EasyJet offers regular direct flights to Santorini from London Gatwick. The hotel can arrange transfers. Alternatively, fly into Athens and hop on a boat.


Don’t be weighed down by wheels – you’re on an island.

Worth getting out of bed for

Follow the public path – incorporated cleverly into the hotel’s grounds – that leads to Oia central, a five-minute walk away. Ask the hotel to organise a catamaran trip for you (pick from private or public excursions). You can also hire a helicopter and fly around the Aegean. Go on a Santorini wine tour – pick from Sigalas Domaine, Estate Argyros and Santo Wines, a co-operative of winemakers. If you’re feeling obliging and you’re here in August, you can even help out with the wine harvest. The hotel is a short drive – or energetic walk – from some beautiful beaches: try Baxedes, Koloumbos, Ammoudi and Armeni.

Local restaurants

For the freshest fish – served in a characterful, waveside setting – head to Amoudi taverna at Amoudi Port (+30 2695 062911). (Santo Maris is such a fan, it sometimes sources its own fish from them.) If you’re after traditional Cycladic dishes and flavours, have a meal at Metaximos, a Cretan taverna in Pyrgos village. Try dakos (rusks) with tomatoes, fried tomato balls and other classic Aegean crowd-pleasers. For something a little more swanky, visit Ovac restaurant at the Cavo Tagoo hotel in Imerovigli (+30 2286 028900) or the Pool Side Restaurant at Smith-approved Canaves Oia Hotel & Suites – get there at sunset for supreme caldera views.


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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 peaceful hotel in Oia and unpacked their olive oil and tanning oil, a full account of their Greek break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Santo Maris in Santorini…

Oia is possibly as busy as sedate Santorini gets, thanks to the coach loads of tourists lured in by the town’s incredible sunsets. Stay up on the caldera, and you’ll be sharing those sunsets with camera-toting tourists. Bed down in Santo Maris instead, and you’ll swap hilltop panoramas in busy bars for front-row seats overlooking the Aegean – from your own private verandah and Jacuzzi, perhaps. You’ll also have four al fresco swimming pools to splash around in, a tranquil spa, an excellent sea-spying restaurant and serene suites, decorated with sheepskin rugs, white-and-honey hues, copper accents, wood and wicker. It’s the little things that sweeten life here: local cakes and wine left in your room as a welcome gift, a book about Greece for you to read when you like, staff who bring you iced water without prompting when you’re catching rays... Need a final nudge? If you can find tastier olive oil than the one we tasted here – proudly sourced from an organic olive oil farm in Crete – we’ll eat our fisherman’s hat.

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