Where to stay
Aressana Spa Hotel & Suites Friendly boutique hotel and a tranquil oasis in the centre of the main town Fira. A short stroll from the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, shops and other points of interest. When you dine in their Ilfestioni restaurant, leave room for the next day’s bountiful breakfast: traditional dishes of island meat, sweet tomato paste, capers, pies and
loukoumades (small fried doughnuts with fresh cheese, honey and sesame). Doubles from £220. Fira, 00 30 22 8602 3900, aressana.gr
Canaves Oia Hotel Certainly one of Santorini’s finest hotels and up there with the best in Europe. It sits with a plum location overlooking the caldera with 18 rooms in the hotel and 26 suites in a separate, adult-only anex. Its bathrooms are beautifully styled, as are the communal spaces. Doubles from £320. Oia, 00 30 22 8607 1453, canaves.com
Rocabella Located in a quiet part of the clifftop north of Imerovigli, with good views of the caldera. Breakfast buffet of cheese, cold meat, fruit salad and a modern rendition of dakos salad (rusks, tomatoes and feta). In its Axinos restaurant, chef Iosif Spanomanolis creates modern dishes from island and mainland ingredients. Wine list includes Argyros aidani, Gaia assyrtiko, Sigalas rosé and mainland wines. Doubles from £250.
Imerovigli, 00 30 22 8602 3711, rocabellasantorini.com
Voreina Gallery Suites Small boutique hotel in the heart of Pyrgos with bold Cycladic bioclimatic architecture. North-facing with dramatic vistas and a small gallery showcasing modern art. Doubles from £200.
Pyrgos, 00 30 22 8603 0700, voreinasuites.gr
Above: Manolis Lygnos presents a tasting at Santo Wines. Left: take in the views over the caldera from Oia