10 Stunning Airbnbs in Santorini That Are Worth the Splurge

Live out the Santorini holiday you’ve dreamed about in these jaw-dropping Airbnb caves, lofts, suites and homes in Oia, Fira and beyond.

Famed for its iconic whitewashed buildings against the backdrop of azure blue seas, Santorini does not disappoint if you’re seeking a jaw-dropping travel destination. However, the crowds in Santorini can get overwhelming, especially during the peak season when tourists throng the streets, wielding cameras and brushing shoulders against each other.

Carefully choosing a sanctuary to retreat to after each day outdoors would be something to take seriously in order to maximise your enjoyment in Santorini. But don’t just look into hotels because there’s a huge range of unique Airbnbs for you to pick from, most of them boasting incredible lookout points.

Here are some to consider:

1. The old bakery (Oia)

Listing name: Old Bakery Cave House
Listing type: Cycladic House
Neighbourhood: Oia, Santorini
Max. number of guests: 4

Tucked just two minutes from the central square in Oia and carved into the mountain is what used to be a bakery. Recently restored as a cave house, this Airbnb features unique details such as reddish pumice stones, marble floors, and handcrafted furniture. Staying here certainly makes you feel somewhat connected to the history of the space. The dome-shaped dining area was once the baking room, and much of the house was furnished to keep the architectural integrity of the old bakery. Step outside of your literal cave and you’ll be at your private veranda.

2. The luxurious cave house (Oia)

Listing name: Hector Cave House
Listing type: Cave
Neighbourhood: Oia, Santorini
Max. number of guests: 5

Originally a wine cellar, the Hector Cave House combines modern comforts with a traditional setting. The bedroom, living room, and kitchen are fully equipped to cater to the needs of the indulgent traveller. The king-sized bed rests on the loft, and three sofas can be converted to beds, making this cave suitable for a party of five. From April to November, you can enjoy the plunge pool in the private veranda while sipping on complimentary wine. According to previous guests, it is absolutely worth it to plan your dates in Santorini based on the availability of this cave house!

3. The lava cave suite with a cool jacuzzi (Oia)

Listing name: Lava Cave suite
Listing type: Cave
Neighbourhood: Oia, Santorini
Max. number of guests: 3

If you are big on having a jacuzzi in your Airbnb, this lava cave could be what you’re looking for. The heated indoor-outdoor jacuzzi is no doubt the highlight of this accommodation, while the great views, helpful host, and complimentary wine and snacks are additional icings on the cake. If that isn’t appealing enough, the lava cave is just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Oia, so shops and restaurants can be easily reached. Also, take advantage of the free luggage delivery service so you do not have to start your Santorini vacation sweating it out while walking up the stairs!

4. The little studio loft (Oia)

Listing name: Studio 2 persons Oia Amazing view!!
Listing type: Entire loft
Neighbourhood: Oia, Santorini
Max. number of guests: 2

One for the practical traveller who’s looking for a comfortable base to explore Santorini, this studio comes with a double bed, a kitchen area, a bathroom, and a small private balcony. Open the windows or simply step out of the loft to enjoy the sight of blue domes peppering the cliffside, as well as the magnificent vistas beyond. The host, Jackie, can help with organising activities and transfers from the port/airport, and there are buses running near the apartment from which you can get to other parts of the island.

5. The suite with sunrise views (Fira)

Listing name: Deluxe Suite with outdoor jet tub
Listing type: Entire Apartment
Neighbourhood: Thira, Santorini
Max. number of guests: 3

Hidden in central Fira — just 50 metres from your shopping and dining needs — is this minimalist suite with a beautiful little rooftop pool. Spacious, modern, and comfortable, this suite is ideal for couples seeking a quiet location away from the crowds but not too far from all the action. From the suite’s upper deck, you view fantastic sunrises and hear the soft jingle of bells on roaming donkeys.

6. The arbor house (Fira)

Listing name: Arbor House
Listing type: Cycladic House
Neighbourhood: Fira, Santorini
Max. number of guests: 5

A short uphill walk from central Fira is Arbor House , the kind of place you can call a home away from home. The quaint balcony, which is tastefully decorated with plants, is a cosy space for socialising. The host is generous with recommendations on restaurants, sightseeing spots and activities, and would even allow guests to check in early if possible. Do take note that there are steep steps and low ceilings connecting the bedroom to the kitchen and bathroom downstairs, which would pose a challenge for anyone with mobility issues.

7. The villa with a rooftop jacuzzi (Imerovigli)

Listing name: Malteza Private villa with unique view location
Listing type: Entire Villa
Neighbourhood: Imerovigli, Santorini
Max. number of guests: 6

This Airbnb promises accommodations that you’ll remember your whole life. Just look at the rooftop pool and lounge area, and you’ll easily understand why. Indoors is a spacious living room where the neoclassical theme is most apparent, two bedrooms, and a kitchen equipped a stove, oven, microwave, and even a Nespresso coffee machine. The villa is cleaned every day and each morning, a highly-raved sumptuous breakfast spread is served on the terrace.

8. The lofty suite (Imerovigli)

Listing name: Heaven - Junior Suite with view
Listing type: Entire Apartment
Neighbourhood: Imerovigli, Santorini
Max. number of guests: 3

A beautiful slice of heaven built high on a cliff in Imerovigli, this junior suite comes with a veranda attached to the bedroom and a terrace with sunbeds on the higher level. The views, spanning the volcano and caldera as well as the southern part of the island, are far more beautiful than what the pictures could capture. From the Airbnb, you can walk to Fira in 20 minutes or hit up the nearby hiking trail to Oia which is 2.5 hours away.

9. The beach cave (Akrotiri)

Listing name: Santorini Beach Cave
Listing type: Cave
Neighbourhood: Akrotiri, Santorini
Max. number of guests: 6

Advertising itself as “Santorini’s best-kept secret”, this cave home is not built on the cliff like many other listings here. Rather, it has a waterfront location just steps away from the sea. Don’t let the boring sand-coloured facade fool you — the interior of this Airbnb is full of quirky little surprises. The host, Olaf, will send you a “welcome pack” with useful information prior to your stay, and he’s meticulous in ensuring that the little details are taken care of so you’ll have a stress-free stay. However, you won’t be spending much time indoors as the red beach, the white beach, and the black beach are all easily accessible. There’s even a place next door where you can rent kayaks.

10. The beach house (Kamari)

Listing name: MOSCHATOS BEACH HOUSE
Listing type: Entire House
Neighbourhood: Kamari, Santorini
Max. number of guests: 3

Another one for beach lovers, this house in the village of Kamari offers a different kind of Santorini experience — one that does not involve staying in the typical towns of Oia or Fira. Here, you can enjoy the best of many worlds: the local vibe, the black sand beach, and Greek hospitality at its very best. The hosts, Giannis and Adriana, will treat you like family and they are always ready to help with booking excursions and renting cars at the best prices. They even offer free airport pickups and at times give guests a mini-tour of Santorini. How wonderful is that? This Airbnb is ten minutes from a local bus stop, which connects Kamari to the rest of the island.

With this list, your dream Santorini vacation is one step closer. Go ahead, plan your trip and start your bookings!

Also read: The Ultimate Guide to Santorini


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