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Boutique hotels Santorini with private swimming pool in the room

When it comes to dazzling pure white buildings, set against the azure blue seas of the Southern Aegean, magnificent sunsets, and year-round mild temperatures, it just has to be Santorini. This Greek island paradise has been welcoming travellers since ancient times (when it was known as Thera), and is today recognised as one of the finest islands on which to holiday in the entire world.

The Lilium Santorini Villa Fira

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When staying in the capital city of Fira, you'll see how its higgeldy-piggeldy buildings, built in that inimitable Cycladic architectural style, cling to the cliff edge, and you'll want somewhere appropriately harmonious in which to stay. The Lilium Santorini Villa may be located on the main street, but noisy and thronging it is not. Complete with views of the volcano and the Aegean, as well as a hydromassage pool and suites with hot tubs, the Lilium offers modern European luxury in a relaxed setting. While in Fira, explore the little city's extensive network of winding lanes, quaint cafes, and trendy bars. While in town, a fresh fruity cocktail at Tango Bar near the Old Port is a must- it's the place to see and be seen in Fira.

Perivolas Hotel Oia

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The most picturesque and traditional village on Santorini is Oia. Think crystal clear waters, bright pink flowers, amazing sunsets, and cool white buildings perched on the volcanic Caldera. This blue and white heaven is known as the best spot for watching the fiery sun drop into the Aegean each evening, while the famous Amoudi Bay is the perfect location for walking, relaxing, and dining with its many fish restaurants. In Oia, Perivolas Hotel is the perfect place to make the most of your stay on the island: if the infinity pool and the short walk into Oia village aren't enough of a draw, the hotel's 17 private luxury houses built into 300-year-old caves on the cliffside are impressive to even the most seasoned of luxury travellers.

Kirini Suites & Spa Oia

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Indeed, Santorini specialises in boutique hotels: and why wouldn't it, when every trip feels like walking into a painting? Kirini Suites, also based in Oia, is all smooth white walls, traditional tiled floors, and sun-drenched terraces. If you decide to stay here, take a bottle of the sweet and strong locally produced wine, Vinsanto, with its overtones of figs, Mediterranean nuts, honey, and tea, and sip at your leisure on the deck as the sun goes down.

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