Santorini’s luxe Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa delivers style and serenity in equal measure.
Santorini’s main tourist town, Oia, is a place where whitewashed buildings cling to cliffs, eye-popping bougainvillea drapes over blue-domed churches, and historic windmills stand guard over the island’s famed caldera. It’s one of the most photographed places in Greece – indeed, Europe – for good reason.
It’s here, on the outskirts of the busy streets that crisscross the hillside, that you’ll find Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, an adults-only hideaway with shimmering water views that are only rivalled by the luxurious facilities. The resort’s five public pools guarantee private sunset dips overlooking the Aegean, but to dial up the romance you can also welcome dusk from the comfort of your private Jacuzzi. The polished suites and villas – some with private pools – fit right in here, decorated in bright whites with pops of blue that nod to the sea.
The watery outlook is also channelled in the Anassa spa, where ocean-inspired treatments not only pamper, but have real results – you’ll leave in a blissful bubble. Come mealtime, alfresco Alios Ilios Restaurant combines splendid vistas of Oia’s impeccable sunset with flavoursome delicacies. Chef Vasilis Katsikas is inspired by a philosophy of creative Greek cuisine, and his dishes are all about vibrant colours and equally vibrant flavours.
If you can bear to leave the serenity of the resort, wander five minutes into the heart of town, explore nearby beaches, have the concierge organise catamaran or helicopter trips, or book a tour to sample some of Santorini’s famed wines.