One of the most instantly recognisable places in the world, Santorini is an island of elegance and indulgence. With its iconic whitewashed buildings capped with sapphire domes, unique beaches, rich ancient history, renowned Greek cuisine, traditional wines and famous sunsets, a luxury holiday in Santorini offers you the very best of romance and relaxation.
Formed from a large volcanic eruption, Santorini is, in essence, a submerged volcano and caldera. Its cliffside villages are famous throughout the Mediterranean, and these offer panoramic views and luxury spas. Fira, the capital, blends magical surroundings with high-end shopping. Boutiques and street vendors stand side by side with upmarket jewellers, galleries and designer clothes shops. Take a trip down the impressive cliffs to Santorini’s old port by cable car and capture Fira from below.
However, when you think of Santorini, it's likely the image of Oia and its many domed roofs come to mind. Set on the northern tip of the island, overlooking the whole of the caldera, Oia is known throughout the world for its spectacular sunsets. Here, you can watch the sun bask the Aegean every evening from some of the most exclusive hotels on the island, many of which have private pools and jacuzzis.
Imerovigli is perched on the highest point of the caldera's edge and is known locally as the balcony to the Aegean, offering some truly panoramic views out to sea. Take a stroll here, and you'll wander past eye-catching churches and monasteries, as well as the ruins of a Venetian castle, so bring your camera, you'll need it. In the evening, enjoy a night of luxury in your private hot-tub.
The weather is hot and dry in Santorini during the summer and temperatures soar well above 25 degrees, with very little rainfall. The island is popular with sun lovers and luxury travellers who tend to visit from June to September when the weather is at its finest.
April to May is a good time to visit for exploring the island by foot, with cooler temperatures around 20 degrees. October has a similar climate and, if you love swimming and snorkelling, the sea tends to be warmer following the summer heatwave.
Greek cuisine is world-renowned and Santorini's dishes are no exception, you'll experience the true Mediterranean diet here, a mixture of fresh, simple ingredients and the chemistry to turn it into fine dining. Think fresh fish, fruits and vegetables, tender meats, cheeses like feta, olives, excellent wines and of course, the best olive oils.
Discover the 150 year old secret wine cave at Mystique luxury retreat and sample rare wines at a candlelit dinner. Or, try Mediterranean fusion cuisine in an open-air restaurant under the starlit sky at Grace Santorini.
You should carry identification with you at all times and keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders do not need a visa to visit Santorini and can stay on the island for up to 3 months. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.