Santorini, Greece

Santorini Heights

Price per night from$413.23

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR364.60), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

All white for the night

Setting

Santorini summit

Santorini Heights, at the highest point of the namesake Greek honeymoon haven, is formed from four whitewashed suites and a huge helping of (largely human-free) caldera views. The laidback owners like to keep things simple, offering room service rather than a restaurant, organising cooking classes to champion the local produce, and growing organic herbs and vegetables on site for use in everything from the cocktails delivered straight to your terrace to the cakes laid out in the communal kitchen. You’ll need a car to explore the rest of the island, but Pyrgos – and all its excellent tavernas, bars and boutiques – is the next village along.

Smith Extra

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A welcome bag of edible goodies (a bottle of Santorian white wine; olives and olive oil; vinegar; sundried tomatoes; cheese; eggs; ham; and fruit and vegetables from the hotel's garden)

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Four suites and one private villa.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a 50 per cent charge. Earliest check-in, 2pm, also flexible.

Prices

Double rooms from £370.26 (€412), including tax at 13 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast – smoked salmon, eggs, cooked-to-order dishes and cereals.

Also

Learn how to cook with island produce grown on site by booking onto a cooking class.

Hotel closed

The hotel closes in early November until the end of March.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, car park. In rooms: Nespresso coffee machine; flatscreen TV; Bluetooth speaker; kitchen; natural bath products.

Our favourite rooms

There are only four suites and a private villa to choose from, and each has its own charms. If water temperature’s important to you (and you enjoy nit-picking), the plunge pools in the Garden and Herb suites are four degrees warmer than the (bigger) pools in Cactus and Vine. Cactus is closest to the roadside, but we were wooed by its outdoor space, which includes a communal table and sunken sitting area, as well as the private pool. Right at the top of the hotel, the Summit Villa has the loftiest views and the most secluded location.

Poolside

There’s no communal pool, just the one in your suite.

Packing tips

There won’t be many other guests to compete with, so anything goes – you’ll even be able to wear heels, unlike at most other precipitous Santorini properties.

Also

Spa therapists, personal trainers and yoga or Pilates teachers can drop by your suite.

Children

Ages 14 and up are welcome. There are sofa beds in three of the suites and in the private villa; the cost for an extra person is 25 per cent of the stay.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel has organic kitchen gardens, everything that can be is recycled or composted, solar power is used, and all cleaning products are biodegradable.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

It’s your terrace – anywhere you fancy.

Dress Code

As shoeless and shirtless as your heart desires.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no formal restaurant at the hotel, but communal barbecues are regularly laid on for guests in the herb garden, where a table is set up. These friendly affairs often move on to the dining room next to the lobby, where guests continue their local-produce odyssey with wine and cheese tastings. At other times, guests are encouraged to dine on their own private terrace. Make use of your in-suite kitchen, or ring through for room service; snacks are supplied by the hotel or, with a couple of hours’ notice, dishes from acclaimed nearby restaurant Selene will appear at your door. Breakfast is served daily and ordered the evening before.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar, but drinks can be requested via room service, and there’s a minibar and wine cooler in your suite. The hotel owners have an impress collection of wine to sample, or order one of the garden-herb cocktails.

Last orders

This is a laidback operation with no fixed hours, but staff are on-call via WhatsApp if you’re desperate for a drink/almost anything else.

Room service

Meals and snacks can be ordered between 12.30pm and 9pm.

Location

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Address
Santorini Heights
Pyrgos Kallistis-Profitis Ilias
Pyrgos
847 00
Greece

The hotel is on the highest (hence the name) part of the island, a short drive from the village of Pyrgos.

Planes

The island’s main airport is eight kilometres away; expect the drive to take around 20 minutes. Hotel transfers cost €30 each way for up to three passengers (after that, it’s an additional €10 a person); €100 will get you a fancier vehicle. The same rates apply for transfers to and from the port.

Automobiles

The hotel is a short drive uphill from Pyrgos. It’s recommended that you have your own car for getting around the island; the staff can arrange hire for you, and you can leave the car at the hotel when you depart. There’s free parking during your stay, too.

Other

Transfers from the local helipad (three kilometres away) can be organised by the hotel. Staff will also be able to assist if you want to arrive by chopper or private jet from Athens or Mykonos.

Worth getting out of bed for

The crowds will be flocking to Oia for sunset and they have a point, but there’s more to this Aegean island. The hotel can arm you with directions for some view-chasing hikes, including from Fira to Oia, around the volcano, and to Ancient Thira, a city on the ridge of a mountain. The neighbouring village of Pyrgos is filled with 12th-century alleys, pretty churches, galleries and some of the best restaurants on the island. Wine has been made on Santorini for thousands of years – see how with a trip to Venetsanos or Gavalas. Cinema buffs will love a trip to the outdoor cinema in Kamari. The hotel can also organise a sailing tour of the local coast on a yacht or catamaran.

Local restaurants

For authentic Greek food in a traditional-taverna setting, head to Cava Alta in Pyrgos, just down the road from the hotel; its online menu is helpfully illustrated with appetite-whetting food porn, rather than plain old words. It’s a 25-minute drive north to La Maison in Imerovigli, but worth the distance for the fine-dining fusion dishes on offer. The views are as impressive as the meals at The Athenian House, where the terrace overlooks Skaros Rock, so be sure to be seated in time for sunset.

Reviews

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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 boutique hotel in Greece and unpacked their ouzo and olives, a full account of their island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Santorini Heights

Santorini Heights, as you may have guessed, occupies a lofty perch at the island’s highest point – and though this landmass has views coming out of its volcanoes, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better vantage point than this one. With just four suites, it’s blissfully crowd-free.

It’s a slick but laidback operation, with informal barbecues thrown by the owners a couple of times a week, staff who gladly divulge their mobile number so you can WhatsApp over any requests, and meals on wheels from an award-winning local establishment in lieu of a restaurant on site. The decor is as whitewashed as your wildest Aegean fantasies, with alcoves, clay floors and wicker baskets. You’ll be left to your own devices, whether that means staking out your terrace and pool, heading into Pyrgos, one of the prettiest villages on the island, or raiding the home-made bread and cakes laid out for guests in the communal kitchen. One thing’s for certain: you’ll be leaving the crowds to it.

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