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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: John Malathronas

Those who want their holidays far from the madding crowds of Oia, Kamari and Fira, can look upon the Avant Garde Suites as the choice alternative.  

It offers spacious rooms with bright pop-art furniture, and resin-moulded chaise longues around an infinity pool stretching towards precipitous cliffs that makes you feel like you’ve booked into a Bond villain’s lair. There’s a spa and a pool bar that also sells snacks, but no restaurant.  

Unlike the conventional sunsets on Santorini, the hotel’s northwards view takes in the two volcanic islets and is considered – by Santorini cognoscenti – to offer a more complete view than Oia. 

The hotel is a short drive from Vlychada village and the nearby archaeological site.

Surrounding area

Situated at the north shore of the inner caldera crescent, the hotel stands alone and is not within walking distance of bars, restaurants or nightlife. You need your own wheels to move around, or taxis are easily available. 

As a bonus, however, the hotel is built over the only accessible beach inside the caldera, a ten-minute walk downcliff.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: < 10 mins walk
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Nearby (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Hike along Santorini’s caldera

Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece[6.8 miles]

Arguably the most memorable hike in the Aegean, this easy 6-mile trek on the rim of the Santorini caldera offers precipitous views and mesmerising landscapes.

Best for ages: 16+ | Free | 4-5 hours

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Sunset at Oia

Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece[11.5 miles]

Watch the sunset at Oia and marvel at the changing colours of the rocky cliffs as the sun dips below the horizon.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free | 1-2 hours

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Ruins of an ancient village, with earthenware pots. People stand behind railings and look at the ruins.

Ancient Akrotiri

Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece[0.9 miles]

A perfectly preserved ancient Minoan settlement, buried beneath volcanic ash 3,500 years ago. It offers a unique insight into an ancient civilisation, which some speculate could be the lost city of Atlantis.

Best for ages: 18+ | £10

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A white chapel near a cliff edge, with a bright blue sea behind it

Sunset at the Chapel of Theoskepasti

Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece[2 miles]

The Chapel of Theoskepasti, suspended between sea and sky in a nook on Skaros rock, is a spectacular spot to watch the sunset. Enjoy with a bottle of chilled Assyrtiko.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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People swimming and sunbathing and sunbathing on the beach near white rocks of Vlychada

Vlychada Beach

Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece[3.4 miles]

A long, sandy and uncrowded beach on the island’s east coast. Go for authentic fish tavernas and a back-drop of spectacular volcanic rock formations.

Best for ages: Any | Free

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Entrance alley of red and white Wine museum and vinery buildings

Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum

Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece[6.6 miles]

This small but interesting museum outside Kamari offers great insights regarding Santorini’s unique viniculture: and 400 years if wine-making history. You can sample the winery’s offerings, too. Here the vines are twisted into crown-shaped baskets so the grapes are protected from harsh winter winds.

Best for ages: 18+ | £12

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


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Incredible volcanic scenery, enchanting cave hotels, fine wines and memorable sunsets equal heaven for romantics.

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