It’s been a little busy at work lately, so I decided to research some place small and simple this week. From where I sit in Southern California, Santorini seemed small and simple enough.
Now I know I was an idiot! But 454 hotels, B&Bs, specialty housing and vacation rentals later (and these are just the ones that have Trip Advisor ratings of a 4 or 5!) I am much wiser, at least when it comes to accommodations on this very special Greek island.
I could have switched sites and saved this for a week when I had more time, but by then my eyes had feasted on some of the most breathtaking views in the world – looking out over the Aegean Sea from heights of up to almost 1000 feet – and I was hooked! As one reviewer said of his hotel, “You will remember the view for the rest of your life.” So, in narrowing down the choices, I decided the winning hotel had to have a million-dollar view – and there are probably more than 200 of those to choose from.
Given that this is virtual travel, we’ll also insist on the pool and visually pleasing interior design, and we won’t be overly concerned about prices. However, if you were traveling there for real and wanted reduce costs, if you were willing to go with a décor that is only loosely so-called, you could find one with an Aegean Sea view and pool (still with TA rating of 4 or 5) for under $150.
In the budget category I’d like to give honorable mention to The Boathouse.
Typical of many of the lower priced hotels, The Boathouse is at beach level so doesn't provide the panoramic views for which Santorini is known. But it does have a sea view/beach access, decent décor, pool, great bathroom, and a TA rating of 4.5. Best of all, it has an average nightly rate of only $114.
And if $114 is too rich for the budget and a sea glimpse and so-so pool will suffice, check out Anna Traditional Apartments in Kamari for $78 a night. Very cute!
At the other end of the scale is Mystique in Oia. When I saw this photo, I thought this might just have to be the one!
Deus Villa in Pyrgos for $804-$990 a night. With 5 bedrooms (it sleeps 10) and 3 baths, that might just be one of the better deals on the island if you have a crowd.