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
Parking on site
Disclaimer: This content was accurate at the time the hotel was reviewed. Please check our partner sites when booking to verify that details are still correct.
An intimate nine-suite retreat with an infinity pool, a top-notch restaurant and a spa hidden in a cave
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.
Avaton Resort and Spa
How to Get There
Flights are available to Santorini Airport (JTR), via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Taxi transfers to/from JTR, about five miles away, are approximately $26 (maximum three passengers), each way.