What We Love
- Breakfast on your private, caldera-facing balcony
- The book exchange by the reception desk—perfect accompaniments for lazy afternoons by the infinity pool
- His-and-hers showers in all guest rooms
- The wine lists here offer a superlative selection of Santorini-born whites
What To Know
- Each of the 26 suites here comes with a fully equipped kitchenette
- There is no additional fee for room service
- Children under 6 stay free of charge
- Senior and Superior Suites, perched on the hotel’s higher floors, offer the most privacy
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Indulgent island-style suites—four-poster beds, private plunge pools—with Skaros Rock views and superior service
The village of Imerovigli serves as the veranda to the Aegean, so it’s only fitting that its most coveted sanctuary takes its water views very seriously. From the private balcony in your high-ceilinged suite to the caldera-edge infinity pool, there are a few perches here that don’t gaze seawards. (Couples, go the extra mile by booking the ultra-private Honeymoon suite, which was built into a pre-existing cave and comes with its own outdoor Jacuzzi.) The hotel’s eponymous restaurant, complete with cliff-hugging tables, only serves dinner—expect decadent seafood creations like lobster risotto and linguine with fresh prawns)—while breakfast and lunch are more intimate affairs enjoyed from the comfort of your own terrace. Though the balmy Mediterranean breeze is most likely all the therapy you need, there’s also a jewel-box of a spa, stocked with a hammam, sauna, and treatment room for any outstanding relaxation requirements.
In the Area
You’re just opposite the medieval fortress of Skaros Rock, a storied 15th-century citadel constructed to ward off pirates—if you can hack the steep, one-and-a-half-hour hike. For a glimpse of civilization, take the more leisurely, 20-minute stroll to Fira, home to jewelry boutiques, cafés, and The Museum of Prehistoric Thera, an impressive ode to the Bronze-age settlement of Akrotiri (the fossilized olive trees are especially awe-inducing). About 15 minutes away, Pyrgos, a frozen-in-time village with a pretty, pine-laden town square, offers a respite from the selfie squad. Having trouble deciding? Confer with the hotel’s attentive staff, who can help book a sunset volcano cruise or assist with a reservation at the popular neighborhood joint, Anogi.
How to Get There
Comparing the rates with the neighbour hotel santorini grace, Astra suites offer excellent value for money. We had 2 standard suites which were located on pool level (room 101 and 102). Rooms were recently renovated with up to date furniture and a private patio outside. The rooms do not enjoy total privacy (this is mentioned on the website), but it was no problem at all as the pool was not crowded. Room 101 has a bedroom upstairs which was a bit claustrophobic for me because the upper room was very small with low ceilings. Apart from this, the room was spacious and nicely decorated. Room 202 was very beautiful, though smaller than 101 but on one level with a separate bedroom and lovely colours. The manager and staff were very helpful. We have lunch twice at the poolside (pasta, salad, Santorini white wine) both time very tasteful. Would absolutely stay here again. Book well ahead as the place is sooooo populare. Santorine grace next door is also a fantastic hotel, a tick more posh than astra suites but the room price is double to astra suites.
We cannot say enough about our time at Astra Suites. This is the BEST location in Santorini. If you are looking for privacy but yet being close enough to explore the culture and villages ... this is it!
A few standout things:
1) Don’t worry about not staying in Oia ... true Oia is beautiful, but it is honestly very crowded and becomes a drag after a few hours. The sunset is even more beautiful from Astra!
2) Try their onsite restaurant! It’s surprisingly delicious and to me they don’t promote it enough. Hands down, the lamb was one of the best meals of our entire honeymoon and I still dream about it today.
3) Don’t get caught up in room type at this hotel. We were on a month long honeymoon treck within Europe and didn’t feel the need to “splurge” on the room with the private pool. Our room was fabulous nonetheless!! Super spacious, comfortable, and with all the fixings. Bonus is that the common pool & bar were steps from our room as well.
I hope these tips are helpful.
But seriously, if you dream of coming to Santorini, don’t waste time searching and just book Astra NOW!
Astra continues to deliver and exceed expectations. There is a reason guests return what seems annually, and it has to do with the service. The location is superb, everything clean and spotless. But above all the people make Astra. Where else can one fall asleep on the daybed, and the pool bar specialist Nikos kindly continues moving the umbrella, ensuring you never awake with a burn. This is the type of service everyone can expect. The thought and consideration, the extra little touches like Nikos are what keep us returning. We are looking forward to our 4th trip in June 2019, and despite all the places we could go, continue finding ourselves returning because of the people.
Nothing is overcrowded, no rushing to save chairs, never a feeling of guests crowding each other. Everyone can find a special place at the hotel and make it theirs. The idea of an intimate/romantic moment interrupted by others is nothing to worry about. It doesn't happen.
The view is never tiring, and you can spoil yourself with it from anywhere on the island. Each city is a little different than the other with activities unique to themselves. A week is perfect and you will not be bored.
There might be newer, more extravagant hotels, but I will argue there isn't one that meets the service you will receive at Astra. Maintaining such outstanding ratings and high scores for decades is not an easy feat, and George, Eleni, Nikos, and the entire staff deserve the recognition.
There is a reason many claim it is "Heaven on Earth" in their reviews, and I invite you to discover why :)
We stayed here during high season in one of the suite-like caves. Many of the hotel rooms in Santorini are cave-like, built into the steep hillsides as they are. This hotel offers a decent resort-style experience with stunning views and good service. I had a pretty serious complaint about one meal we had—the lamb I ordered medium rare was delivered very well done—and a disagreement with the waiter. The next day, the hotel manager told me he was taking the meal off our bill and apologized for the mixup. He handled it very well. The hotel staff generally is similarly excellent.
We stayed at the Astra Suites hotel in March of 2014 in a family suite. We spent 5 nights there and they remain our families' favorite vacation, mainly because of the staff. The location was perfect, our meals were delicious. My sons enjoyed getting to know the bartender for sodas (it wasn't busy in spring). Most of all, the courteous staff who had so many great recommendations for sight-seeing tours. We loved every minute of it.