Rate includes daily breakfast, a bottle of wine and fruit basket on arrival, a VIP welcome with a drink and a history tour of the hotel from the host, a wine tasting in a local winery, a daily sunset champagne cocktail on the veranda and one spa treatment per couple at Zannos spa
The romance factor, from the pool to the architecture
Above Pyrgos village, it has mesmerizing 360-degree views
This is not a typical cliffside property; Pyrgos is inland
There are fabulous views of the island and caldera, but they're not your classic Santorini views
About 30 minutes from the island’s main tourist attractions; renting a car is recommended
The restaurant is well known in Santorini but open only to guests
Parking on site
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Secluded all-suite retreat with a lauded restaurant and rock-cut pool in Santorini's least touristy town
Perched above Santorini's highest (and least touristy) town, Pyrgos, this boutique hotel, fashioned from 18th- and 19th-century manor houses, seduces visitors at first sight with promises of swank seclusion. A luxurious approach and personalized service are as much part of the Zannos experience as ethereal blue-on-white beauty. From the sunny patios and verandas to the cobblestone corridors, it provides a visual testament to the opulence of Old World Greece. High vaulted ceilings, lovingly restored stucco walls, and columns are the norm here.
Bed and Bath
Designed by Yannis Tseklenis, one of Greece's best-known fashion designers, the 10 suites are decorated to preserve the richness, warmth and grandeur of the hotel's elegant beginnings, and they seamlessly blend original antiques with modern expectations. Most of the suites are cut wholly or partly into the soft rock, and they're dressed with pale wooden floors, mustard-yellow or terra-cotta-hued walls and magnificently painted ceilings. But guests will likely spend most of their time by the pool. Cut into rock and overlooking the city, it is especially beautiful at sunset, when the sky bleeds orange and red, then pink and purple.
If you have an evening when you're not lounging poolside, reserve a table on the veranda of Zannos's restaurant. Recognized as one of Santorini's best, it's made all the more exclusive by being open only to guests. The food is as impressive as the view, with robust yet delicate flavors that draw inspiration from Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean. Built by a Santorini wine magnate, the hotel continues to grow and bottle its own grapes. House wines can be sampled at evening tastings or chosen from the impressive wine list, with recommendations at dinner from the sommelier.
How to Get There
Flights are available to Santorini Airport (JTR) via connecting flights from major U.S. airports on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from JTR, about four miles away, are approximately $20 per person, each way, and can be arranged through the property directly. Alternatively, taxis to and from JTR are approximately $25, each way.