What We Love
- Free yoga classes at the dedicated yoga and Pilates studio
- Splurging on a couple of nights in The Villa, which has its own swimming pool and spa
- Need to check in on work? They’ll lend you a laptop
- The full-size bath products from Apivita
What To Know
- Kids under 14 aren’t permitted
- 24-hour room service is available
- The hotel can arrange helicopter transport
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Photos of Grace all start with the infinity pool, and for good reason—it’s the largest along the caldera and has stellar views of the sea and Skaros Rock. The rooms are nothing to sniff at, either, as they have a super-cool minimalist look that’s mostly white with the occasional dot of color—all the better to highlight the bright blue of the sea. If you can, splurge on a room with a plunge pool so you can sip champagne and gaze out to sea in privacy (the Grace suite has an additional pool indoors). The hotel’s “Bespoke by Grace” program is a nice touch: you’ll get an email after booking that asks for your preferences for pillows, room fragrances and bath products, and once you’re at the hotel you can choose from a number of interactive experiences centered around gastronomy, photography and wellbeing. Santoro, the in-house restaurant, has a Mediterranean menu of sea bass moussaka and fresh oysters, but it’s the champagne lounge that takes the cake. Cocktails and bubbly from the well-curated selection are the aperitifs of choice while watching the sunset.
In the Area
While it’s tempting to float all day in the infinity pool, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy during your vacation. Spend an afternoon at the hot springs (though wear a black swimsuit as the minerals will stain light colors). The hotel can organize a boat to take you there. The Santorini Arts Factory is worth the half-hour drive south, since the refurbished factory hosts stimulating art exhibits and lively musical and dance performances. Closer to home, Anogi is just a few minutes’ walk and serves up fabulously fresh seafood in a homey atmosphere. Grab a table on the patio in good weather. For lively nightlife, Casablanca Soul is the place to be thanks to live music, DJs, and solid cocktails.
How to Get There
If you are looking for a hotel with a stunning view, private rooms and very romantic setting this is it. Fabulous service. Food is first rate. It is in Imerovigli, not in the crowds of Oia or Thera, but a short ride to everything. Hotel provides shuttle service to anywhere.
It’s not a lie - Grace Santorini has the best view of the sunset in Santorini. We came here for our honeymoon and had an amazing time. The service from to finish was top notch. Champagne upon arrival while waiting for your room, staff constantly checking on you to see if you need anything, everyone always smiling. Little gifts with uplifting messages left in your room every night for turndown. The level of hospitality was just mind boggling. Every staff member goes above and beyond. Everyone communicates with each other. Everyone helps each other.
The dinner at Santoro was one of the best we’ve ever had. The dishes were so inventive and the staff had great things to say about the chef (not just about his culinary talent but who he is as a person). Side note - we recommend requesting one of the cave tables to protect from the wind. It gets pretty windy/chilly at night. Breakfast was also phenomenal. Five courses.... with the bread/pastries, it’s basically 6 courses. Different items everyday. If you don’t like the offerings, they will make you something special.
Yoga classes offered every morning which was a nice touch. Needed to get my nails done while I was here and the front desk quickly made an appointment for me nearby. They also offered to have someone come and do it in our room. The entire staff here works so hard and deserves a ton of praise. Special shout out to Stratos for all of the great conversation/advice he gave us during our stay. Certainly looking forward to visiting again in the future. Thank you, Grace Santorini!
Grace is truly a gem in which to stay in Santorini. While only there two nights, we indulged in all it had to offer—excellent staff, very accommodating in logistics, and the rooms were very nicely appointed with all the comforts you can ask for. Our only draw back was that our room (51) was right on the public path so that everyone walking by had a direct view into our patio tub and room. At this price point that was not expected.
This hotel is absolutely stunning in so many ways. Upon entrance you are greeted at the top of the cobblestone walk way by the bellman of the hotel to take your bags to your room. Really the only way to get your bags to your room is to have these young strong men do it because the hotel is literally built on a mountainside and can be a challenging hike for anyone even slightly out of shape!
Walking to the front desk is mesmerizing, captivating and wildly romantic. With the steep, windy walkways seaside village built alongside a mountain. An enchanting adventure with every step.
Checking in we were greeted with so much charm and warmth from the staff. Champagne cheers, and discussions about that the island has to offer, the hotel amenities and restaurant ideas. You feel fully taken care of as you are then whisked off to tour the hotel and your room.
NOTE: this probably isn’t the most perfect place for elderly people or anyone who isn’t in good health. To maneuver around the hotel there are a lot of cobble stone stairs to climb and can really get you out of breath by the time you get to where you need to go. It’s a bit of a worthwhile work out! So if you have someone who can’t climb too many stairs, I would consider staying at one of the hotels where not much climbing is needed. The hotels in Oia, just a few minutes away are more suited for elderly or physically challenged people wanting to enjoy Santorini.
Also, this hotel is great if you want privacy. This part of town is nestled about 15mins away from Oia where it is much more populated with tourists. The Grace hotel has considerably less people walking around the hotel premises because there isn’t much to do there except hike up the glorious mountain seen in the ocean right outside your door. All of the shops, restaurants and cafes are in Oia just a few mins away. So each little section of the town has something different to offer.
Most of the rooms are semi private. Only a few are actually private. Walking to the room is like going on a magical hike to the most enchanting hotel room on a seaside cliff. Everything painted white with blue plunge pools all nestled on top of each other. Each room has an outdoor “hot tub” / plunge pool that really wasn’t hot. I think it was more just to cool down on a hot day. It was quite cold actually.
Inside our room #46 we had an indoor jacuzzi which was more for the “idea” of having an indoor jacuzzi than an actual romantic added feature. It was stuck in the corner of the bathroom and was very sterile and not welcoming. If anything it added an enormous amount of heat and moisture to the bathroom so when you take a shower and get dressed you really don’t stop sweating from the heat and moisture in the room. Lol. It’s an odd feature for a room designed like that.
Other than that the room was quaint, white, romantic and fresh. The beds were amazingly comfortable with your choice of pillow softness. Every night we were greeted with a little Santorini surprise on the bed. Pillow sprays, local teas, candies, beautiful cards with sayings... pretty things to let you know they care. Internet works amazing, and the views out your window and doors are amazing. Small rooms but very pretty aside from the hot tub thingy in the bathroom.
The food in Greece is spectacular.. we didn’t really try much if there food at the hotel because although the restaurant looked pretty, the lights were very bright and white instead of a dim moody sexy atmosphere. Especially there for a romantic get away, the atmosphere in the restaurant and bar is less than romantic. A simple fix from the management and this would have made a huge difference. So needless to say we went to the next town 15 mins away to find a beautiful enchanting restaurant.
Absolutely wonderful! They know who you are upon arrival, they make you feel taken care of right from the moment you step out of your car from the airport. The genuine, kind and egar demeanor is exactly what you get. They love their guests and they make you feel so happy that you came to visit them. The general Manager was and the management staff were gracious and kind and very attentive to everyone’s needs and extremely welcoming.
The drinks at the bar at the hotel were amazing! Perfectly made every time.
Santorini the town:
You absolutely must visit Oia from Ammoudi where the best sunsets in the world are seen and captured everyday by hundreds of hopeful romantics. Nothing like Oia! I have traveled the world and this town is simply one of the most spectacular places I have ever discovered. Everything you see in photos and videos is absolutely true. One of the most gloriously romantic, enchanting cities in the world. Walking around the cafes, shops, restaurants and hotels all within a small radius draping along the side of a cliff. White, cobblestone walls, streets, graced with the presence of friendly cats and dogs. The cats and dogs of Santorini add a whole new sense of home. They love interacting with the tourists and are well taken care of with every photo taken and every pat on the head.
So much shopping to do and see! Fabrics, scarves, clothing from Greece and Italy, jewelry on every corner . The evil eye is everywhere as the customary symbol is coveted by many tourists. Holding hands and walking through the tiny streets of Santorini is a lovers dream. Sipping on award winning coffee and wines from the region, lovers embracing, kissing and the sense of love is in the air. Romantic and enchanting sights everywhere. As you look out into the ocean way below you can see the twinkling lights of the other restaurants, hotels, and the yachts in the harbor. You can hear sexy music from afar. Even though you are fully present standing right where you are... there is always an inquisitive sense and wonder if what is going on “over there”? What about that place or that table, or shop, or hallway or dipping pool, or hotel. It’s like overlooking an entire bustling, quaint, enchanting vibrantly romantic town below as you stand a top the hillside of this perfectly imperfect spectacle. A lovers cove to get lost in and create memories forever.
So in the end... I will say this hotel is one of the best on the island. The only things I didn’t really take to was the bright lighting/ sterile atmosphere in the bar and restaurant in the evenings. Nothing romantic about it. Also the hot tub in the room was a bit interesting.
Other than that it’s a beautiful and enjoyable place to stay. One of the best in Santorini.
This is an excellent hotel; with a couple of caveats:
- it is hand-bitingly expensive; including the restaurant (which is poor value for money)
- you will be hiking up and down a lot of steep stairs if you stay here - 100 from our room to the path above the hotel; and you haven't finished then.... There is no way round that; so if you need to be up for it.