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
Stunning hotel!! Staff were so tentative, they could not do enough for us. Molton brown toiletries in walk in shower. Such an intimate little hotel with only nine rooms!! Great location as away from Hussle and bustle of main tourist areas. Ideal for couples, not families due to its size and it is romantic. Breakfast in room or on balcony everymorning- lots of choice!
A-vaton is an A-mazing resort and spa at imerovigli. Customer service is amazing. Anything that we have asked was delivered with a smile and nothing seemed to be a bother. Extent breakfast options delivered freshly cooked in our balcony. Konstantinos and Emilios were great hosts and their team always there to help. If you love your food and wine ask Konstantinos 😋🍷🍾, he will recommend you the best Santorini has to offer. Spa facilities is a great add on to your stay. Book your room if you wish to have the best views of Santorini in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere.
Have a great holiday🇬🇷 🌅🌞🍾🍷🍺🚢✈️🇬🇷
Overall a brilliant hotel that ticked all our boxes for our recent trip to the Island. The hotel is about 30 mins walk from Thira which makes it perfect to escape the crowds of the cruise ships but is close enough for you to walk in for food, drinks etc. If you want a longer walk Oia is hilly 7km the other way (2 hourish walk) with some amazing views. Alternatively bus and taxis readily available. Perched on the top of the hill we got amazing sunsets. Staff are top notch and can not do enough for you. They planned our own vineyard tour and recommended numerous sites to see. Breakfast in a morning was freshly cooked and very varied. You don’t really get private resorts in Santorini from what I can see due but this place was definitely one of them when compared to the rest as it’s away from the main towns and only a small walkway in front of the resort (if you’re closer to Thira or oia the likelihood is your pool/terrace will have people looking in from all angles (whether it’s private or shared). Given the location if you want a day by the pool to relax you can. Compared to other resorts on the island the pool is big! Lovely cave spa too which is free to use for guests. Rooms are modern with all amenities required. Wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again if I’m back on the island!
My bf and I stayed here for 3 nights and were super excited since we were coming from Mykonos which had an amazing view and hotel.
It is certainly a different vibe but wonderful in its own way. First of all, the place is located in Imerovigli, which is a small quiet village overlooking the caldera. It’s about a 30 min walk from here to Fira. Its a really nice walk to Fira since you’ll be passing through the other hotels and resorts while looking at the caldera views. It can be tiering as there are many steps along the way.
The hotel only has 9 rooms and for the first 2 nights we stayed in a deluxe room which had a balcony with the perfect view. Upon arrival we were greeted by Emilios who was very helpful and friendly along with the entire staff. He showed us around the property and informed us about excursions, getting around, and gave a detailed explanation of the island. Breakfast was cooked to order so everyday you filled a slip of what you wanted and what time you wanted it delivered. It was very well prepared and tasty. We ate it on the balcony every morning watching the sun rise. On the 3rd night we were upgraded to their honeymoon suite, which had a heated jacuzzi and 2 balconies. The shower was larger that the previous room and it made our stay even better with a larger space.
Spa was beautiful and I wish we had time to use it. Getting around was easy with shuttles going to Fira and dropping us off coming from Oia. They were also helpful in arranging taxi’s. Be sure to plan ahead as there are not many taxi’s on the island and needing one on the spot may delay your plans as you will need to wait for a little bit sometimes.
Overall, I recommend this place to those who want peace and quiet. Location is nice and views are one to remember!
Absolutely stunning hotel in a breathtakingly beautiful location. The service and attention to detail is faultless. We will return here without doubt. Do not hesitate to stay here you will not be disappointed. All the staff are so attentive but not intrusive. Everything is so well maintained and clean and the food is fabulous. Thank you for the relaxation we needed Avaton.