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Last updated: 26 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: John Malathronas

One of the more ‘affordable’ (a relative term on Santorini) caldera-facing hotels, the Avaton Resort and Spa offers caldera views and an excellent spa, housed in an atmospheric grotto.

The hotel is for adults only, and its semi-secluded location will appeal to couples seeking a romantic stay for all budgets. There is no restaurant, but plenty of good dining options within a ten-minute walk.

There’s good choice of rooms, ranging from a privacy-conscious lavish honeymoon suite to some affordable entry-level standard rooms by the infinity pool, all without sacrificing an iota of luxury.

The spa here is the big draw: grotto-like atmospheric, it comes complete with sauna, hammam, jacuzzi and a cold plunge pool that feels positively primeval.

Surrounding area

The hotel is by the Fira-Oia path at the end of the continuous Fira/Firostefani/Imerovigli built-up area, so it’s a convenient place to pick up the trail to Oia as well as visit Skaros Rock.

As it stands on its own, it’s very quiet at night, but there are about a dozen good restaurants and bars within walking distance. The bus stop to the rest of the island is about 200 yards away.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
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 amenities

Room types


Room facilities

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

Bedding options

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

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