Photo by Christos Drazos, courtesy of Canavas Oia Boutique Hotel
Canavas Oia Hotel
The Canavas Oia brand, family-owned since 1985, is set to launch its fifth property in this iconic Santorini town in spring of 2018, but this is the one that started it all, back when it consisted of just two 17th-century “cave” rooms that had been used to store wine. Today, the hotel has 17 rooms spread out over five floors, all of them with terraces or balconies with jaw-dropping views of the caldera and brilliant blue Aegean. The rooms were completely refurbished in 2015 (followed by the public areas and infinity pool in 2017), favoring clean, contemporary lines, white-washed walls, and luxury that envelops you without distracting from the stunning scenery; several rooms feature heated plunge pools, and one has a free-form “river pool.” The hotel serves breakfast, and there’s a poolside bar restaurant that serves lunch and snacks, but dinner is served (and you shouldn’t miss it) at the Canavas Oia Suites, a sister property just a short walk away. You can even charter the hotel’s yacht for a tour. This kind of experience doesn’t come cheap, but you won’t find a more romantic spot on the island (children not allowed).