Avaton Resort and Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast (served on the balcony at no extra cost) plus a basket of fruit, a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine on arrival
- Just nine sleek suites with decor straight out of a glossy interiors mag
- Top-notch, reasonably priced food served all day
- Atmospheric spa hidden in a cave
What To Know
- Some of the balconies don't offer complete privacy
- The clifftop footpath connecting Imerovigli and Oia weaves past the hotel, and passersby can overlook the pool area
- Staff is superfriendly, efficient and discreet
- The mammoth breakfast spread can easily see you through until late afternoon
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On a cliff edge overlooking Santorini’s scene-stealing caldera, Avaton Resort & Spa is an intimate retreat with just nine alabaster-white suites. The sleek decor is straight out of a glossy interiors mag, and balconies peer over an infinity pool overlooking the Aegean Sea. On-site it’s all about luxurious lounging, whether you kick back on a poolside daybed or get a massage at the atmospheric rock-hewn spa.
Bed and Bath
Chunky stone walls, slate-gray flooring, balconies from which to gawp at the sparkling sea views: So far, so Santorini. But these suites are more chic than typically Greek, with a breezy urban apartment feel. Cozy alcove seating areas are piled high with textured cushions and throws, the lighting is mellow, and the soothing palette runs from putty to pure white. Superior Rooms are on the ground level and have easy access to the pool; Deluxe Rooms hover above, with elevated views of the caldera. Bathrooms feature large walk-in showers lined with shimmering mosaics and are stocked with Azzaro products. Guests in every room are given a bouquet of flowers, a fruit basket and a top-quality bottle of wine on arrival.
There’s a real focus on food at Avaton, which is commendable considering the kitchen is just for guests staying in the nine suites. Breakfast spreads marquee local products: dense creamy yogurt and honey, feta omelets, strong Greek coffee. Order breakfast the night before, and it’ll be served on your balcony at no extra cost. The lunch and dinner menus are impressive, and the dishes, which are reasonably priced, wouldn’t look out of place at a fancy fine dining restaurant (fava mousse with seared scallops, risotto with cuttlefish ink and calamari). Food is served either alfresco by the pool or in the Cave restaurant, which doubles as an atmospheric spa by day. Cut into the rock, this gorgeous grotto is illuminated by twinkly lights and features a heated hydrotherapy pool, a steam cavern, a sauna and treatment rooms.
In the Area
Take a hike along the cliff path into Fira. You’ll trot along the top of the cliff, with incredible views of the caldera, through Firostefani, before reaching the island’s capital — and for the worriers among you, it’s paved. Dubbed the “Minoan Pompeii,” Akrotiri, at the south end of the island, was a thriving settlement before the massive volcanic eruption that destroyed much of Santorini around 1450 BC. A fraction of the city has been excavated — but it seems vast. At the newly reopened site you can walk down streets, peek through windows and check out huge pithoi pots that residents left behind in their flight. Rent a car and you’ll find that Santorini specializes in terrifying drives. The barely protected clifftop road to Oia is the best known, but the unbelievably scarily steep road down from Imerovigli to Vourvoulos will also have you nicely on edge. Make sure you see the non-caldera side of the island, too. The flatter landscape is equally beautiful, and the views of the sea and the neighboring Cycladic Islands are spectacular.
How to Get There
Hands down the best hotel I've ever stayed at. Between the perfect location, insane views, and absolute perfect customer service, I could not have asked for more. From the moment we got to the property, Emilios took care of absolutely everything. He made every reservation for dinners, taxis, spa treatments, and our rental car. He truly went above and beyond and was on top of our stay alongside his colleague Konstaninus (sorry if my spelling is off!). There are only 9 rooms on the property and I attribute the amazing customer service to small property. I'm so happy we ended up staying in Imerovigli instead of Oia because the sunsets were spectacular and we didn't have to deal with the crazy crowds and tourists that we would have if we stayed in Oia. I could go on and on about this hotel, but long story short, make sure you stay here during your time in Santorini. I cannot wait to come back.
Beautiful, small boutique hotel atop a ridge. Rooms are amazing and the view is spectacular. But nothing outshines the amazing hospitality from Emelius and Constantinus, and the rest of the staff. Incredible.
Best privacy, style, view and cuisine. Special thanks to Costantino who explained us all the secret places in Santorini to have a full Greek holiday experience. Very pleasent, one of the beauyifull hotel in the world without compromises.