• Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    Built on top of the remnants of a volcanic explosion, Santorini forms a half-circle crescent southeast of mainland Greece. Thanks to its unique shape, great ocean views can be had from many, many spots in town.

  • Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    The all-new Iconic Santorini, a boutique hotel perched on the rim of a volcanic caldera, will open in April. Onsite are 22 high-ceiling rooms, private veranda pools, and more.

  • Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    Breakfast with this view? Yes, please! As served also at the Iconic Santorini.

  • Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    We loved the sun-drenched, canopied junior suite at Mykonos Blu, perfect for cool relief from the heat without giving up the light. And you can't complain about a private infinity pool, can you?

  • Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    Poolside sun beds. Heightened views. A deep blue sea. Need we say more about Katikies The Hotel in Oia Santorini?

  • Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    Reopening this May, the 75 new rooms and suites at Santa Marina Resort and Villas boast a contemporary feel with sophisticated, coastal dressings.

  • Serge Detalle - Grace Hotels Group

    Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    Say “ahhh.” This private pool at Grace Santorini is part of the property’s top-to-bottom refurbishment, a three-year project in the making that was recently completed.

  • Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    Feel right at home in Mykonos Star Hotel's two-bedroom maisonettes. It's a worthy splurge for larger parties, with a private veranda, sea and pool views, and spacious lounge areas.

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    Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    Windmills are an iconic part of the Santorini islandscape, providing wind power to the island even today. But some defunct windmills have also been converted into residences or hotels that visitors can stay in.

  • Kevin Poh

    Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    More so than any other of its neighboring islands, Santorini is home to brightly colored buildings alongside its trademark white-and-blue ones. We've heard all sorts of explanations, from tales of evil spirits to political rules, but we'll let you be the judge.

  • Harvey Barrison

    Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    The capital of Fira is known for its nightlife, while Oia is a quieter, more romantic spot for couples. But you don't have to choose - - the towns are just a 25-minute drive or 1.5- to 2-hour hike apart.

  • Wolfgang Staudt

    Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    Those domed blue buildings that dot the island? They're the many, many churches in Santorini, often accompanied by arched bell towers.

  • Andrew Hurley

    Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    Like we said, they're not just blue and white...

  • Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    Don't forget to stop and smell the bougainvillea, the bright pink flowers that adorn the entire island.

  • Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    Santorini is just as gorgeous on a cloudy day...

  • Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    ...and at sunset. (Can you spot the moon?)

  • Bruce Harlick

    Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    As gorgeous as the views from up top are, don't forget the fun down on the ground. Restaurants, sailing, and more await...

  • Harvey Barrison

    Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    While donkey-riding is a popular way to reach various villages from the ports -- there are more than 500 steps up, after all -- the practice is controversial because of how the donkeys are treated. Instead, visitors can take a short cable ride to the top.

  • Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    Like to travel with Fido? Plenty of spaces for him to relax here, too.

  • Santorini: What to Look Forward to in the Next Seasons

    When to go: July and August are typically the most crowded. Try visiting in May and June or September and the first part of October -- hotels, flights, attractions and other services start paring back after that.

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