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19 Best Cave Hotels in Santorini You’ll Love

Cave hotels are Santorini’s signature accommodation types. These chic cliffside villas are more than just an architectural marvel; they also have an intriguing history. The best cave hotels in Santorini boast minimalistic Cycladic decor and views of the most stunning Santorini sunsets.

In days gone by, Santorini residents had to build houses that would be cool in the summer, protect them from the strong winter winds, and withstand earthquakes. They carved sturdy dwellings and storage spaces into the softer cliff layers.


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These homes were later transformed into hotels and villas, especially in touristy areas like Oia, Imerovigli, and Thera. Today, cave suites are in high demand. Many visitors long to stay in these dreamy spaces with edge-of-the-world ocean and caldera views.

Here’s a practical guide to the best cave hotels in Santorini — where you can find them, and what you can expect.

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🌇 Most Popular Tours in Santorini:
1. Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting and Oia Sunset -my top pick
2. Volcanic Island Cruise and Hot Springs
3. Santorini Private Caldera Sailing Trip -book to include sunset

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1. Anteliz Suites -stylish boutique hotel I stayed at in Thira
2. Mr and Mrs White Santorni -great value hotel I stayed at in Oia
Or of course at one of the cave hotels in this article!

Best Cave Hotels in Santorini, Greece

Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. It’s dotted with picturesque blue-domed churches, stunning Cycladic architecture, and black sand beaches. And that’s why the island has abundant places to stay (particularly cave hotels).

Top 3 Picks for Santorini Best Cave Hotels



Andronis Boutique Hotel
✔️ 5 star top rated boutique hotel
✔️ Private Pools
✔️ Sea Views



Iconic Santorini
✔️ Cliff side location
✔️ Caldera Views from all rooms
✔️ Infinity Pool



✔️ Interiors designed by Frank Leferbure
✔️ Infinity pool with sun deck and spa
✔️ 150 yr old secret wine cave

Read on to discover what’s in store for you at 19 of the best cave hotels in Santorini.

1. Dana Villas & Infinity Suites

🌟Rating: 9.2/10 I 📍Location: Firostefani I 🏩View on

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Dana Villas & Infinity Suites is located just outside the central Fira, offering epic views of the volcano and the deep blue Aegean Sea. The hotel boasts an impressive 70-square-metre swimming pool with plenty of sun loungers. 

You’ll also have wellness options like hot tubs and massage facilities at your disposal. Reserve a table at the on-site restaurant and go on a Greek gastronomical adventure while overlooking the caldera.

Most suites and villas come fully equipped with simple but elegant rooms, an indoor heated plunge pool, hydromassage facilities, and an outdoor private infinity pool.

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2. Kapari Natural Resort

🌟Rating: 9.3/10 I 📍Location: Imerovigli I 🏩View on

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Kapari Natural Resort is a 300-year-old complex boasting traditional Cycladic dwellings, sophisticated cave suites, and sweeping caldera views. The remodelled hotel suffered a devastating earthquake in 1956 that destroyed most of the original buildings on the complex.

In 2010, the owners had the vision to turn the estate into a luxury resort. They added chic aesthetics and used technologically advanced restoration methods to ward off the humidity effect and “mildew feeling” typical in underground structures.

Kapari is known for its cavernous elegant rooms, the softest Duxiana beds and pillows, and earth-toned laidback decor. Suites feature an indoor jacuzzi, direct access to the pool or shared yard with breathtaking views, and an outdoor semi-private jacuzzi.

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3. Canaves Oia Suites & Spa

🌟Rating: 9.5/10 I 📍Location: Oia I 🏩View on


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Location: Main Street, Oia

Canaves Oia Suites & Spa is a quintessential Santorini cave hotel with a deep-rooted history in luxury resorts. As one of the first to introduce tourism to the fishing village of Oia, the Chaidemenos family transformed these 17th-century caves into designer-chic luxury hotel rooms. 

Once used to store wine, the fascinating caves now have an all-white minimalistic design, an à la carte restaurant, and a fitness center. Charter the hotel’s private motor yacht, enjoy cruises around the Aegean Sea, and see the most beautiful islands in Greece.

The spacious rooms feature simple white decor and a unique piece of antique furniture or an obscure art object. You’ll enjoy the restaurant’s gourmet dishes. A wine cellar tour is also available upon request.

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4. Perivolas Hotel

🌟Rating: 9.6/10 I 📍Location: Oia I 🏩View on

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Sitting atop a cliff, Perivolas Hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Oia centre. The 5-star hotel boasts a striking exterior — a bare-brick facade with strips of white Cyclades architecture.

The interior is even more captivating. Perivolas offers 22 private houses in restored 300-year-old hand-dug caves. Each suite is classy, with sculpted whitewashed stone walls, alcove beds, and rich wood accents.

Perivolas also boasts a grand infinity pool, a gym that has a 25-metre lap pool, and a wellness centre with a steam bath, sauna, and massage facilities. The hotel’s restaurant is set in a restored wine cellar; here, you’ll enjoy a range of Mediterranean and Greek cuisine.

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5. Charisma Suites

🌟Rating: 9.5/10 I 📍Location: Oia I 🏩View on

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Charisma Suites is another Oia hotel poised on a hilltop. The elegant all-suites hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a snack bar, and Cycladic-style rooms overlooking the caldera.

The hotel’s only cave suite is often considered one of the best hotel suites in Greece. It’s complete with a stunning cave pool and terrace with exclusive sea views — the perfect place to catch a Santorini sunset.

Head to the pool bar for some gourmet light snacks and refreshing drinks, or enjoy a massage upon request. Charisma also provides ticket and tour services on the property, so you can book a guided tour around the village.

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6. Caldera Premium Villas

🌟Rating: 8.8/10 I 📍Location: Oia I 🏩View on

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Ideally located in the heart of Oia, Caldera Premium Villas offers an exquisite stay with world-class amenities. The hotel boasts 27 private rooms, studios, and suites with breathtaking views.

The villa resort provides a top-rated concierge service, a swimming pool overlooking the Aegean Sea. It also has chic rooms that combine the Cycladic architectural style with modern comforts.

Enjoy a tasty buffet continental breakfast before heading out to explore the village. Caldera Premium Villas also offers motorbike and car rentals, as well as travel tips.

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7. Sophia Luxury Suites

🌟Rating: 8.8/10 I 📍Location: Imerovigli I 🏩View on

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Nestled against the caldera, this clifftop sanctuary boasts exemplary Greek architecture. The volcanic stone is combined with aged wood to create a harmonious blend between Cycladic-style architecture and urban decor elements.

Each suite features a private bathroom with branded toiletries. The boutique hotel offers honeymoon suite caves with indoor and outdoor plunge pools, a terrace, and the famous cave pools.

Sophia Luxury Suites also provides a ticket service and tour desk, where you can arrange excursions around the island. The hotel offers room service, while a made-to-order à la carte traditional Greek breakfast is served daily.

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8. Andronis Boutique Hotel

🌟Rating: 9.7/10 I 📍Location: Oia I 🏩View on

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Andronis Boutique Hotel is a secluded 5-star accommodation with a hotel spa, swimming pool, and an organic restaurant. Each of the 23 luxury units features a furnished balcony with sea views, concrete finishes, and a private outdoor pool. Some suites feature a cave pool.

Start your day with a tasty Santorini breakfast. It’s made with unique products like sun-dried tomatoes, capers, white eggplants, and split beans cooked with age-old recipes and new cooking methods.

Andronis Boutique Hotel also offers cooking lessons, yoga classes, private candlelit dinners, tasting menus, or à la carte fine dining at Lauda Restaurant. 

You’ll find at least ten different Santorini wineries to explore on the island; visit some of these on a Greek wine tasting experience.

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9. Iconic Santorini

🌟Rating: 9.6/10 I 📍Location: Imerovigli I 🏩View on


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Set away from the hustle and bustle of the cruise shopping port of Fira, this picturesque Imerovigli hotel is just a short drive away from the famous Oia sunsets. The cliffside 5-star hotel offers an outdoor infinity pool with spectacular views over the volcano and the caldera.

The suites at Iconic Santorini feature vistas over the caldera from their patio, extra comfy beds, and complimentary amenities like bathrobes and slippers. Grab a full American breakfast served on the terrace while overlooking the volcano.

All 19 of the suites feature underground elements. The holistic spa and restaurant are built in caves, and everything looks out to the volcanic plug of Skaros Rock.

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10. Kasimatis by La Perla — Adults Only

🌟Rating: 9.3/10 I 📍Location: Imerovigli I 🏩View on

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Like many cave hotels in Santorini, Kasimatis used to be a canava, where wine was stored while it matured. Today the complex has been transformed into a luxury Cycladic style hotel.

Kasimatis caters specifically to adults, making it quite popular among couples and honeymooners. The suites feature top-rated amenities like a fully-equipped kitchenette, wireless internet, and a relaxing spa bath. Other amenities include a cliffside swimming pool, outdoor pool showers, and a library.

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11. Marizan Caves and Villas

🌟Rating: 9.7/10 I 📍Location: Oia I 🏩View on

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Marizan Caves and Villas is a mid-range small but lively hotel. The family-run is just a 600-metre walking distance from Oia centre. Thanks to its spacious caves and villas, this aparthotel is excellent for travelling as a group or as a big family.

You’ll be served a daily à la carte breakfast every morning. Take a dip in the hot tub or head down to Katharos Beach, just 1.3 kilometres away (P.S. it’s a pebble beach, so don’t expect golden sands). It’s a great place to relax without lots of crowds.

Marizan offers a bike rental service, so you can easily explore the village or visit a nearby beach like Armeni.

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12. Aris Caves

🌟Rating: 9.7/10 I 📍Location: Oia I 🏩View on

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While blue is a common feature in Cyclades architecture, Aris Caves takes that to a whole new level with a harmonious blend of dark and pastel blues throughout the property.

Unlike other hotels on this list, Aris Caves does not have a shared swimming pool. Four units feature a private jacuzzi, while the cave suites have a plunge pool. You’ll have a plant-dotted terrace balcony with excellent views of the sea.

Oia Centre is just a five-minute walk away, and the friendly hotel staff will invite you in with a welcome pack, including area maps and restaurant suggestions.

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13. Zenith Blue Villas

🌟Rating: 7.5/10 I 📍Location: Imerovigli I 🏩View on

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Perched atop the caldera cliff in Imerovigli, Zenith Blue Villas offers elegant cave suites with a sea-view sun terrace. You can choose between the different cave suites; some have an indoor hot tub, while others feature an outdoor one.

Each room features sophisticated decor, daily towel changes, and complimentary Paya toiletries containing papaya extracts that are said to promote a youthful appearance. Light meals are also available for room service upon request.

The hotel has an outdoor pool with sun loungers and beach towels where you can get a nice tan or take a cool dip. Stay out on the terrace to see the gorgeous sunset.

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⇒ Ios is another beautiful island nearby that is easily accessible from Santorini. Find out how in my Santorini to Ios article.

14. Santorini Secret Suites & Spa

🌟Rating: 9/10 I 📍Location: Oia I 🏩View on

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Santorini Secret Suites & Spa is an ultra-luxury boutique hotel that clings to a cliff overlooking the volcanic caldera. The 5-star resort boasts 17 super-sleek suites with a large veranda and a private pool or jacuzzi.

You can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine at the hotel’s Black Rock Restaurant or grab some cocktails at the pool bar. Get refined treatments at the onsite Harmonia Spa or go sailing and snorkelling around the volcano.

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15. AuraCaves

🌟Rating: 9.2/10 I 📍Location: Fira I 🏩View on

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AuraCaves is a network of renovated 18th-century caves set on a hillside overlooking the Aegean Sea. This 3-star aparthotel boasts a sun-drenched terrace and seasonal plunge pool with hydromassage facilities.

The rooms feature unique curved finishes, a kitchen, seating, and a dining area. You can hire cars and ATVs on the property; these are helpful for sightseeing attractions nearby.

AuraCaves is a 10-minute walk from the Folklore Museum and an 11-minute walk from the iconic blue-domed Virgin Mary Catholic Church.

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16. Chic Hotel Santorini

🌟Rating: 9.5/10 I 📍Location: Firostefani I 🏩View on

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Chic Hotel offers a tranquil getaway in the center of Santorini. Located in a peaceful village just a 10-minute walk away from the center, you’ll have the best of both worlds. 

The renovated hotel features contemporary architecture and modern decor with light wood touches. Each of the hotel’s studios and apartments has private verandas or balconies, a sunlit terrace, and a stunning plunge pool with a waterfall. 

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17. Pegasus Suites & Spa Hotel

🌟Rating: 8.9/10 I 📍Location: Imerovigli I 🏩View on

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Pegasus Suites & Spa Hotel offers you the best of Imerovigli, with heated pools, a gourmet restaurant, and a spa centre at your disposal. The spacious suites feature sparsely decorated furniture and a furnished balcony.

To get the full cave room experience, book a suite with a private plunge pool, a spa bath, or a hot tub. The en-suite plunge pool gives you that swimming in a cave feeling, but it also connects to the outdoor hot tub.

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18. Mystique

🌟Rating: 8.9/10 I 📍Location: Oia I 🏩View on

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Settled upon one of the most famous cliffs in Oia, Mystique offers a fabulous stay in a renovated cavern. While the hotel still boasts the 150-year-old Secret Wine Cave filled with ageing Greek wines, the rest have been transformed into modern suites with sea-facing terraces.

Mystique features an infinity pool with a sun deck and a bar with stunning views of the volcano and caldera. Enjoy a daily Greek breakfast complete with traditional pancakes and filo pastries with custard

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19. The Tsitouras Collection

🌟Rating: 9.8/10 I 📍Location: Firostefani I 🏩View on

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Located midway between Thera and Imerovigli, the Tsitouras Collection is an 18th-century villa complex boasting more traditional but elegant decor. The houses feature antique artwork and unique architectural features such as domes, vaults, and skylights.

Enjoy a complimentary a la carte breakfast daily, without any time limitation. You can also grab a cocktail at the pool while overlooking the caldera. Tsitouras is ideally located just a 6-minute walk from the iconic Three Bells of Fira church.

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Final Thoughts on Best Cave Hotels in Santorini

So what is the best cave hotel Santorini has on offer? The popularity of cave hotels has skyrocketed recently, so much so that these sophisticated cave-built suites have become a symbol of Greek accommodation. 

If you want to enjoy the best Greek architecture, you can’t go wrong with a cave suite. Most cave suites tend to cost a hefty amount, so hopefully, this guide has helped you narrow the options down.

And make sure you check out my article on the best restaurants in Fira Santorini.

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