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
The location of this Resort Spa is just perfect. Our balcony overlooked the caldera; on the cliff top to the right was Oia and in front were two other islands with white buildings hugging their cliff tops. We were there in mid October when it had started getting cold and windy, so we didn't get a chance to enjoy our breakfast on the balcony, but inside our room, an equally comfortable option. The resort has 9 rooms, allowing for guests to receive wonderful and personalized pampering and service. The inhouse meal service was perfection itself, with a wide range of dishes on the menu.We had two memorable dinners there, one for my 70th birthday. The cake made for me was the best I've ever seen and had! Starting with Kally, kudos to EVERY member of the staff, for going the extra mile and taking such good care of us guests! Bless you all!
The spa is amazing!! It’s a unique spa since in it’s a natural cave. Very calming environment. It has sauna, steam room, hot and cold pool. The staff is incredibly friendly and talented. The treatments are special to this spa and reasonably priced. Please go and visit!!
We chose to celebrate our wedding anniversary with 3 nights at this wonderful hotel.
We had Dora and Kally looking after us and from the start reception was warm, personalised and very helpful. Each morning you are greeting with a wonderful breakfast on your room balcony. Each room has a spectacular view of the caldera. It was one of those views that took my breath away each and every time I drew back the curtains in the morning.
If you like activity, the route for the hike to Oia and Skaros rock is right in front of the hotel. It’s quiet, ever so romantic and perfectly situated within walking distance to some of the best restaurants Santorini has to offer.
The staff are always cheerful, enquire about your day and are ready to help you plan your trip. Overall, a perfect stay.
This hotel has only 9 rooms and a full staff which means that you get exactly the right level of attention and they learn what you want/like. Though the lodging is on par with many other hotels in the area we can't say enough nice things about the incredible staff. There is no doubt during your stay that the staff are there to make your visit as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. If you want to be pampered, this is your place.
The views are unbeatable, too. The honeymoon suite is situated at the north end of the hotel and provides full view of the interior of the crater as well as the Aegean sea outside the island. You can see 3 other islands apart from Santorini's island cluster from the northern balcony (the one with the jacuzzi). Many hours spent sitting and staring in awe at the views.
The spa is wonderful, too, as is the food prepared on site. Schedule massages and meals early to get your preferred times. If you prefer to eat elsewhere there are a handful of restaurants nearby (some part of other hotels) and the larger town is a walkable distance - about 30 minutes at a slow walk enjoying the view along the way.
My boyfriend and I cannot say enough wonderful things about this hotel. From the small details - like walking into our room to beautiful flowers, wine, and fresh fruit to the breathtaking views - we found our stay here to be absolutely amazing. Kally and Dora at reception are the kindest, most professional people you will ever find in hotel hospitality and went above and beyond to help us with transportation, reservations, and things to do on the island. The pool overlooks an absolutely picturesque view of the caldera and is a great spot to watch the sunset. The cleaning staff come twice a day leaving our room absolutely spotless. Also the complimentary breakfasts were delicious and so enjoyable right at our doorstep. Finally, our couples massage at the spa made us truly feel like we were in heaven! Thank you Avaton for such an unforgettable experience in Santorini!