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
Wow! Can’t even start to explain how amazing this piece of paradise is in Santorini. First, Imerovigli is the perfect town to stay, best place to watch the sunset and close to the main towns of Fira and Firostefani and just and adventurous quad ride to Oia.
Avaton is an amazing hotel. Clean, modern, and private. The staff and service made the experience even more memorable. Dora and Kally are awesome. If it wasn’t for their help, their recommmendations and their attention, our trip would have been totally different. Nick and George were great as well providing an amazing morning and afternoon service. The breakfast, served every morning in our room, kicked off the day.
This is a perfect place for couples and honeymooners. You won’t regret it.
My boyfriend and I spent our vacation at Avaton Resort and Spa on June 27- July 1/ 2018. This was absolutely the perfect place to choose! I really don’t know who hired the staff but he is doing an amazing job. Kally and Dora from the front desk our so sweet and kind. Zoe from the spa and Nickolas from the kitchen and the whole staff if absolutely amazing. The rooms and view are gorgeous. The food delicious and the whole experience is so worth it. Can’t wait to come back to this heavenly place. Strongly recommended from someone that is generally a complainer! Thank you Avaton💙 Naomi and Shahar.
My husband and I have just returned from one fabulous week here. We stayed in the Honeymoon Suite as it’s one of 2 suites with a hot tub on the balcony- in fact this suite has 2! All the staff are superb, special mention to Kally & Dora on reception,Zoe (I think was her name) in the Spa - really high quality treatments, facial & body massage for me and a back massage for my husband (which he said was one of the best he’s ever had and he has them regularly!) and also to Nick who expertly delivered our lovely breakfast to our balcony each morning. As other reviews have mentioned this hotel is perfectly located as it’s the last one on the road before a long walk to Oia one way or a shorter walk to Thira the other way. Only 9 rooms, very quiet and a special place to see the beautiful sunsets each night
I researched a lot of Santorini hotels before booking and am SO HAPPY we ended up at Avaton. It is small so it feels very intimate, and the staff is lovely. Both Kelly and Dora were especially helpful and gave us good recommendations.
Avaton is away from the crowds, but not isolated, and has a stunning view. The pool area is relaxing (no loud or annoying people). And since the hotel is right on the path, it is easy to walk to Oia and Fira for dinner. While it was nice to see Oia and Fira, both nights I was glad we were returning to peaceful Avaton.
We had many delicious meals in Greece but I am still dreaming about the salmon sandwich (with a delightful aioli dressing) that I ate for lunch at Avaton on the day of our arrival.
My wife and I stayed here for four nights, along with my parents and brother and girlfriend to celebrate my father's 60th birthday. The hotel did everything they possibly could to make this a family holiday to remember.
The staff are charming and extremely attentive, without being intrusive. You are provided with a highly personal service, and we knew all by name by the end of our holiday here. We were greeted on arrival with cold towels and sparkling wine, and then shown down to our room. The hotel only has nine, which means it always feels private and exclusive. All have stunning views of the caldera, and are spacious and extremely well appointed in modern Greek style, along with the provision of Molton Brown toiletries which are restocked daily.
Breakfast is cooked to order, and you place what you want along with the desired time the night before. It is brought directly to your room the next morning for you to enjoy on your balcony / terrace. A lunch and dinner menu is served for most of the day - we had dinner on the first night which was very good, however for very traditional Greek fare it would be best to head to one of the nearby Tavernas, as the menu has a modern twist.
The pool area is serene with stunning views. Pool itself quite small, but very refreshing. There is also an indoor spa with another pool, plunge pool, sauna and steam room.
In terms of venturing beyond the hotel, you are about a 30 minute walk outside Thira, and about a 90 minute walk into Oia, the latter along a path which is sometimes unpaved and steep (good exercise).
We would love to return.
A clear five stars. Highly recommend.