Santorini, Greece

The Tsitouras Collection

Rates from (inc tax)$281.03

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Tranquil treasure trove


Clifftop enclave

When Dimitris Tsitouras opened the clifftop Tsitouras Collection hotel to guests in Santorini, he also granted access to his carefully curated collection of art: precious porcelains, romantic portraits and even a Picasso that may well lure the most dedicated of poolside loungers and sunset chasers indoors.

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Need to know


Six suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from $281.03 (€258), 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 (EUR293.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include à la carte breakfast, private airport transfers, soft drinks, bottled water and beers from the minibar, and sunset cocktails every day.


Don’t miss a short tour of the property with Eleni, Dimitri’s daughter, to discover the history of the residence and its art. Famed soprano Maria Callas gives her name to the rooftop terrace; you’ll find a striking bronze statue of her looking out to the Aegean sea, where her ashes were scattered.

Hotel closed

1 November to 31 March.

At the hotel

Library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD and DVD player, minibar, free bottled water, Korres toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Part of the original 18th-century structure, the two-bedroom House of Portraits is an ode to Byron, an unlikely national hero in Greece. Gilt-framed portraits adorn the soft pink walls, including two portraits of Teresa Macri who inspired Byron’s impassioned Maid of Athens. Outside, a whitewashed patio frames breathtaking caldera vistas. In the lemon-hued House of Porcelain, a Napoleonic day-bed and sea-view dining room make up for a lack of outdoor space. Art aficionados should check in at the House of Sea, if only for the boast of having spent the night with a Picasso – a rare ceramic carving of fish.


The 9m freshwater infinity pool is a dazzling, curvaceous affair in aqua blue. Sunloungers offer some of Santorini’s best caldera views; the terrace is equally pretty at night, when candles line the pool’s edge.

Packing tips

A Moleskine notebook and Montblanc pen, should Byron or Sappho’s muses strike.


There’s no spa at the hotel, but expert masseuse and beauty therapist Laura Ginni is on hand for pampering in-room treatments.


Small pets (up to 3kg) stay free. See more pet-friendly hotels in Santorini.


Welcome. Free cots and extra beds (€70 a night for under-16s) can be added to the rooms. The chef can whip up baby food or kids’ snacks on request. Babysitting is available for €7 an hour.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The private canopy by the pool is the only table in the house; book in advance to sample the tasting menu, focused on seafood, Greek cuisine or wine-pairing.

Dress Code

Embroidered smocks and rolled-up sleeves keep things boho and breezy.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant, but light salads, squid-ink pasta and the freshest seafood can be savoured poolside for lunch. Linger over breakfast, served in-room, a feast of croissants, cakes, cold cuts and eggs any way you like them. Each night, the hotel hosts one of Santorini’s most exclusive tables, a private tasting experience for two beneath billowing drapes on the terrace’s pergola. Expect six to seven courses of seasonal fare sourced in the Cyclades (a zesty grapefruit and lobster salad, for example, sets the tone for proceedings), and the sort of tête-à-tête romance honeymoon fantasies are made of.

Hotel bar

Come cocktail hour, guests flock to the Maria Callas terrace for a sundowner. Mingle by the candlelit pool; you’ll have front-row seats to the island’s glorious sunset spectacle.

Last orders

The pool bar serves snacks and drinks until 11pm.

Room service

Order salads, sandwiches, pastas and sweet treats from 1pm to 11pm.


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The Tsitouras Collection
Main Street


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. The hotel’s free transfers will have you dipping a toe in the hotel’s pool within 15 minutes.


A stay at Tsitouras Collection is perfectly enjoyable without a car (Thira, the capital, is a three-minute drive away), but if you bring your own wheels, there’s free parking 50m from the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Take a peek around the hotel before other guests check in: the rooms’ sketches of Nureyev and antique amphoras are worth a detour. A short stroll from the hotel takes guests to Thira, where they can spend an afternoon browsing the boutiques or window-shopping on Odos Ipapantis (Gold Street), lined with jewellery shops. Call on Eleni and her husband George when you’re ready to explore further afield – they’ll organise boat trips from Thira’s old port, private tour guides and winery visits to sample Santorini’s remarkable white vintages. A 15-minute drive away, Pyrgos, with its Venetian castle ruins and Byzantine churches, is worth a wander through the labyrinthine streets.

Local restaurants

Highlights at the family-run Aktaion tavern (+30 22860 22336) include the oven-baked sole and legendary moussaka. Arrive early to avoid the hungry hordes and grab a patio table to enjoy a sunset view. Play your cards right – a smile may just get you a nip of the restaurant’s secret tipple. Locals say Dimitris (+30 2286 071606), a cheerful white and yellow tavern right on Ammoudi’s water’s edge, serves the best seafood in town. If you eat one just one dish on Santorini, make it Dimitris' octopus, a monstrous delight cooked to tender perfection on a charcoal grill. If you’re looking for a break from Greek cuisine head to Il Cantuccio (+ 30 22860 22082), a cosy whitewashed Italian restaurant, to try the seafood risotto or agnolotti pasta with zucchini. Thin-crust pizzas come laden with artichokes or lashings of fresh basil and parmesan; takeaways are also available.

Local cafés

Bright white and breezy, Galini Café (+30 22860 22095) sits high on Firostefani’s cliffs, with striking views over the caldera. Cool down with a cocktail or satisfy your sweet tooth with a fluffy crepe, topped with fresh cheese, honey and toasted sesame seeds.

Local bars

Santorini’s bright and beautiful head to Tango (+30 697 449 8206), a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Inside, the decor is sleek and minimalist, with nooks and day-beds to snuggle up on, but the real party is outside on the veranda: expect dance beats and inventive cocktails late into the night. A laid-back late-night watering hole, Kira Thira Jazz Bar (+30 22860 22770) offers smooth sounds and sunny sangrias. Casablanca Soul Bar (+30 22860 22740) plays everything from soul and jazz to house and electro. Located on the rim of the volcanic caldera, this is the place to go for serious cocktails and even more serious dancing.


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Anonymous review

As we arrive at the Tsitouras Collection, the Muses are there to greet us. A 1780s mansion that once served as a school and a post office isn’t the obvious choice for a boutique hotel but this building was also once home to Dimitris Tsitouras, and the art collector has filled each unique room with a different piece. In preparation for opening his residence to the paying public, he even got a friend to make sculptures of the nine arts-loving Greek muses for the entrance.

Within seconds, we’re beaming, gazing at epic views of sunny sky melting into the blue Aegean dotted with mystical islands. Dimitris’ daughter Eleni and her husband George (both are incredibly friendly, with exceptionally good taste) lead us to the House of Porcelain, our own little live-in museum, built into a cave. They show us its treasures, including a wooden cabinet filled with porcelain trinkets, an 18th-century ecclesiastical table traditionally carried through the streets at Easter, and resting against two tall arched windows facing the ocean, a writing table on which EM Forster wrote A Passage to India.

We help ourselves to cool drinks from the kitchen, and I sit down to write at the Forster table (too good an opportunity to miss) while Mr Smith sets about finding somewhere to watch a World Cup match later. Later, we pop up to the rooftop infinity pool, and hang over the edge watching a wedding in the village below us. We hear a distant cheer as the groom kisses the bride – romance hangs thick in the air.

As the sun sets, Eleni brings us a lemony cocktail on the Maria Callas balcony, and explains how the eponymous singer loved the Aegean so much she asked for her ashes to be scattered in it. Eleni’s father was taken by this notion and commissioned a sculpture of Callas looking over the water she adored. Next we head for a drink at Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna in a fishing village down a long flight of steps from Oia. There’s a great atmosphere as the sea is particularly choppy and we all keep getting splashed by the waves; one couple gets utterly drenched when the surf reaches their table – luckily they find it fun.

Ambrosia in Oia has been recommended by George and Eleni for dinner. The restaurant lives up to its name. Looking over the crescent-shaped sweep of the island, we eat delicious fresh fish and grilled prawns in a Metaxa sauce – the Greek brandy infused with rose petals and herbs which is also said to be the first liquor drunk in space.

After supper, we go in search of George’s friend Dimitris, an artist who specialises in angels. He is charming and chatty and tells us all about his frescoes in Rhodes, a wedding he went to without wearing shoes, and where he met the Queen of Greece. And he enthuses about his love of music – he plays the lute and the electric guitar. In his cave workshop, which smells of beeswax, to remind us of this magical spot, we buy a blue angel painted on part of an old wooden door.

By now it’s 1am; we wander along the white marble streets of Oia to Atlantis Books; there’s a cat lazing on the ‘recommended’ table, and the owners are still there, drinking wine, talking about literature. We leave with a bagful of novels – this is book-buying at its best.

Zipping back across the island with the car’s roof down, I admire the stars. Then we tumble into bed in our little museum, sleeping until more dazzling sunshine arrives. Breakfast is set up for us on the balcony, and we feast on homemade pains au chocolat, fresh grapefruit juice, eggs, Greek yoghurt and honey, picking up more island tips from George and Eleni.

We walk through the (now excavated) streets of Thera, an ancient city buried by a volcanic eruption 4,000 years ago. Some people say this was once Metropolis, the destroyed capital of the lost continent of Atlantis. Our last stop is Perivolos beach. Eleni is there with her son Spiros, playing in the sea. Ever the perfect hostess, she has reserved a beachside table for us; here we enjoy an Asian-Greek fusion meal served by a Greek waiter with the strongest Glaswegian accent in the land.

After lunch, sunbeds beg us to flop at the edge of the sea until late afternoon, tiny waves lapping at our feet. We make it back just in time for cocktails and an epic Tsitouras Collection sunset, before making it up to Mount Elias, the highest point on the island. We buy olive oil from the monks who live there, and light honey-scented candles in the beautiful chapel, then we pop into the taverna our hosts have recommended in the hilltop village of Pyrgos.

The next morning, we lap up one last gaze at the caldera from the swimming pool. Then, as we leave, George and Eleni kindly suggest other ideas of where to go in Santorini while we’re staying elsewhere on the island. Personal touches such as this made our stay at the Tsitouras Collection so incredible, and we find ourselves emailing Eleni for ideas even after we’ve left.

It’s a good thing that each room has a unique style, because it invites us to come back for a different experience; perhaps we’ll book the House of Winds, inspired by the Tower of the Winds in Athens, or The House of the Sea – because when else can you sleep with a Picasso beside your bed? Leafing through the guestbook, grateful scribbles and inspired sketches have been left by Dior, Almodovar and Versace, to name-drop a few. We really should come back to experience the private dining arranged on the pool’s terrace; after a seven-course sampler of the best produce from the Cyclades, looking out to sea, we’d no doubt find ourselves echoing Jean-Paul Gaultier’s thoughts: ‘I want to stay in PARADISE. A bientôt!’

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 The Tsitouras Collection’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything…I cannot fault this place. It is like being invited into someone's extremely luxurious home which doubles up as an art gallery/museum. You can see that it is a labour of love for its family owners. We stayed in the House of Nureyev, and the views from our terrace were just stunning. I think breakfast (served whenever you felt like it) with the Caldera backdrop was the highlight. The service is like nothing I have ever experienced before - George and his staff honestly can't do enough for you. I would love to come back! The location was also perfect - not too touristy but easy walking distance to great restaurants, all of which were recommended by George and all of which lived up to expectations.

Don’t expect

Nothing to fault!


Stayed on 25 Apr 2015

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