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.
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.
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.
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.