Oia or Imerovigli: How to choose where to stay in Santorini

In the heart of the Aegean Sea, where the sun sets in an explosion of colors against the cliffside, lie two enchanting settlements—Oia and Imerovigli—on the spectacular island of Santorini. These locations paint distinct experiences, catering to different souls seeking the island’s allure. Amidst this resplendent beauty, you’ll encounter some of the most luxurious hotels, amongst which Andronis stands out. With its five world-class hotels in both Oia and Imerovigli, you’re sure to discover the essence of Santorini regardless of location. However, if you have a hard time choosing where to stay between Oia or Imerovigli, we can’t blame you.

Here is some information that we feel will help you choose either Oia or Imerovigli.

Spotlight on Oia

If you want to immerse in the vibrant pulse of Santorini’s charm, Oia stands as an emblem of energy and liveliness. Its cobblestone streets wind through a maze of whitewashed buildings adorned with vibrant bougainvillea, creating a visual masterpiece. Bursting at the seams with life, Oia dances to the rhythm of visitors strolling along its paths, stopping to capture that iconic sunset or to relish in the charm of its cafes and boutiques.

If you are a first-timer, eager to absorb Santorini’s quintessence, you’ll find Oia to be a paradise. Stay at one of Andronis’ four properties in Oia – Andronis Luxury Suites, Andronis Boutique, Alta Mare by Andronis or Andronis Arcadia and the iconic blue-domed churches & panoramic views of the caldera could be the first thing you see in the morning, every day. Cumulatively, they form the best hotels in Oia, Santorini, with unmatched services and spaces that pay homage to both the island’s architectural origins as well as to modern, luxurious living.

On the chance that you’re visiting Santorini with the kids, you’ll be glad to know that Andronis Arcadia caters to families, too, so why not make a family vacation of it? In doing so, you will discover that Santorini is not just made for couples in the thralls of romance, although it draws them in like the moon draws the tide….

Oia is a destination where every corner unveils a picture-perfect moment, inviting exploration with countless frames to capture, both with your lens and, more importantly, within your memory. Santorini is a place where photographs often fall short of capturing its true essence. From the renowned castle ruins to the enchanting Amoudi Bay, Oia orchestrates a symphony of sights and sounds that captivate the senses.

Spotlight on Imerovigli

Venture a few miles south, and the scenery shifts dramatically, as Imerovigli is a  serene counterpart to Oia’s vivacity. Perched high on the cliffs, this tranquil enclave exudes a sense of calm and tranquility that washes over you like a gentle sea breeze. Its narrow pathways meander through quiet neighborhoods, where the rhythm of life slows down to a peaceful hum.

Imerovigli’s allure lies in its understated elegance, and the luxurious Andronis Concept Wellness Resort with its primely positioned suites & villas offers breathtaking views of the Caldera and Oia, inviting guests to unwind while enveloped in an atmosphere of serenity. Similarly, to Andronis Arcadia, families are welcome too. Repeat travelers seeking a more contemplative experience often gravitate toward Imerovigli for its quieter ambiance and less crowded spaces. Imerovigli is the perfect location for a Santorini holiday centered around relaxation and repose. Here, the focus shifts from attention to introspection, with a sense of regaining time. When everything around you is so peaceful, time glides by slowly. So, gaze at the horizon on a tranquil evening, toast to all the good things to come, and savor the feeling of living in this moment.

When you’re in an upbeat mood, Oia is just a short journey away. Our wellness resort in Santorini offers regular transfers to and from the Oia center for your convenience. So, which one will it be: Oia or Imerovigli? The former, with its bustling streets and lively energy is ideal if you’re visiting for the first time, as the sheer magnetic pull of the tiny village draws you into its pulsating orbit. Meanwhile, the latter, with its serene vistas and tranquil atmosphere, is a sanctuary for those returning to embrace the island’s quieter, more contemplative charm. Whichever you choose, Andronis’ collection of the best hotels in Santorini will ensure you leave with a smile on your face and an invitation to return and discover more. Embrace the myriad facets of this enchanting Greek gem

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Guestσ at the edge of the infinity pool and volcano view from the terrace of one of Andronis three Santorini adults-only hotels in Oia

Unparalleled Romantic Escapes at Andronis’ Santorini adults-only hotels

Nothing beats a holiday in Santorini. Is it the Dionysian energy? Is it the breathtaking beauty? Or could it be the allure of a vertiginous life next to a dormant volcano? We here, at Andronis firmly believe the answer is: all the above. When you add in the mesmerizing sunsets, the romance in the air, the delectable cuisine, and the finest wines, one could argue that even the Greek Gods themselves designed this Cycladic Island for their own enjoyment.

But wait, there’s more. If you factor in our signature luxury services that have a meaningful impact, staying at one of the top five luxury hotels in Santorini will make you feel like a deity.

Three of these are specially curated as premium Santorini adults-only hotels, that also welcome adolescent guests over the age of 13. Set in the island’s most iconic area, in Oia village, they offer stunning adults-only environments, laced with the elegance of simplicity and the comforts of modern luxury. Each of these hotels invites you to relax, unwind, and rediscover the finer things in life.


Havens for Adults-only in Oia

Starting off with a little background on Oia village, this is Santorini’s most iconic settlement. Adorned with a multitude of shops, stores, bars, cafes, high-end restaurants, and eateries, it is a vibrant place easily explorable on foot from one of Andronis’ 5-star Santorini adults-only hotels.

Choosing to stay in Oia is an exciting and popular option for first-time visitors, due to its vibrancy and breadth of amenities.

Spread across three stunning properties, gracefully carved into the face of the Caldera, guests will get to experience the best of both worlds: secluded privacy and immaculate Oia views. Featuring a variety of elegant Suites and Villas equipped with either glistening infinity pools or hot tubs, personalized touches at every turn, and some of the island’s most elevated dining experiences, the signature of Andronis is truly unparalleled.


We invite you to discover our collection of the best hotels in Oia Santorini, Greece, and choose the one that calls you the most. Apart from exclusive dwelling quarters, you will get to experience Andronis hospitality at its finest. Within the world of Andronis, luxury experiences encompass soul-stirring dinners at the awarded Lycabettus and Lauda Restaurants, along with moments of relaxation at the Mare Sanus Spa where our team of experienced therapists will tailor the available rituals to your individual needs.


Seeking a more adventurous experience?

Try sailing with the Andronis Ferretti experience for an indulgent half-day at sea. You can also add a dash of conspicuous consumption with our Mykonos Shopping Spree, where we whisk you away on a helicopter for a few hours while you peruse the shops. These are just two suggestions – Andronis aims to provide you and yours with the framework to personalize your holiday, creating memories you’ll want to share and relive.

If you and your loved one are seeking a luxurious and romantic experience for two on the Mediterranean’s most enchanting island, consider one of Andronis’ three Santorini adults-only hotels in the iconic Oia. Rest assured, they are poised to deliver an unparalleled experience.


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Captivating ideas for a romantic night in Santorini

Nestled in breathtaking spots along the sugar cube-fringed cliffs of Santorini, Andronis offers an unrivaled haven for couples seeking a romantic escape in Mediterranean paradise. Known for its mesmerizing sunsets, colourful beaches and charming white-washed architecture, Santorini has a reputation for bringing people closer. For couples in search of romance, Santorini presents a seemingly endless array of sensory experiences. But how do you make a romantic night in Santorini truly extraordinary? Santorini, as seen through the lens of Andronis, elevates romance to a new level, creating an ambience that effortlessly weaves together luxury, serenity, and intimacy. Here are some ideas on how to make your evening in Santorini truly breathtaking.


Andronis Wellness: Cultivating the Perfect Atmosphere


Prior to commencing your romantic night in Santorini, take advantage of the island’s robust volcanic energy. Couples oriented towards wellness in Santorini should consider staying in Imerovigli for total alignment at Andronis Concept Wellness Resort and its state-of-the-art Kallos Spa, comprising two pools and a hammam, as well as a plethora of invigorating signature spa experiences, providing nourishment for your skin and relieving tension. Following your treatments, you may choose to extend the blissful feelings by unwinding in a heated indoor cave pool, for an experience that feels like straight out of a dream.

Meanwhile in Oia, the Mare Sanus Spa and Evexia Spa are primed to dissolve your stress with rejuvenating therapies, including traditional massages, signature treatments, and healing rituals, with the latter featuring a Kneipp pool water path.

The tranquility and exclusivity of the spa ensure that the romantic night in Santorini that is about to commence remains undisturbed, leaving you feeling entirely renewed and reconnected.


Andronis Gastronomy: Dining in Paradise

Santorini’s culinary scene is renowned for its delectable Mediterranean flavors and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Andronis adds a sprinkle of Michelin flair to the scene, boasting some of the best restaurants in Santorini. Specially attuned to romance, you’ll find not one, but two, world-class fine dining venues that promise to take your enchanting evening in Santorini to celestial heights.

Andronis Gastronomy covers casual and fine dining restaurants in Santorini, where sunsets amplify our culinary expression. The sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky with shades of orange and pink, and you’ll quickly grasp why Santorini is frequently celebrated as one of the most enchanting destinations on our planet.


And since Santorini is known for its exceptional viniculture tradition, we propose a sensational wine-tasting experience at Lycabettus Restaurant’s astonishing setting before the sun sets, or for an evening of pure indulgence in Santorini that pulls out all the stops, indulge in the decadent degustation Lycabettus Champagne Dinner, a feast for all your senses.

Perched on the edge of the caldera, Lauda Restaurant offers a romantic dining experience that rivals the island’s famed sunsets. For making your romantic night in Santorini a touch more magical, we suggest you book the iconic Chef’s Table for one of the most spellbinding dinners yet.

Another sensational option is to choose private dining at Throubi Restaurant in Imerovigli, where couples can enjoy the ultimate intimate setup for two, for a romantic night in Santorini with a stunning Aegean panorama accompanying you. A full degustation menu is available as well as a wide selection of exquisite wines recommended by our Sommelier.


Experiencing Santorini with Andronis

With Andronis, there are plenty of exclusive experiences to ignite passion on a captivating evening in Santorini, some of which are truly exhilarating. If you’re feeling adventurous and daring, consider a Helicopter Excursion over the Greek islands, including Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes, and Athens. Alternatively, for those seeking a more relaxed adventure, a Photo Shoot around the island’s hidden gems, some of which may surprise you, provides an exceptional way to celebrate your love amidst unique and breathtaking backdrops while capturing professional photos during the enchanting golden sunset.

As the evening deepens and the stars twinkle above, your romantic night in Santorini draws to a close. Whether you’ve savored a meal at Lauda or Lycabettus, shared a private moment that brought you closer, or simply gazed at the stars from your private veranda, you’ll carry with you cherished memories of a truly magical experience.

Andronis presents immaculate settings in which love flourishes amidst the beauty of Santorini. With its world-class spa facilities, sensual dining, breathtaking vistas and seamless service, it promises to kindle or rekindle enamored feelings – for your partner and for yourself. However you decide to frame your romantic night in Santorini with Andronis, you’ll take home not only memories but a deeper connection to life.

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A luxury honeymoon in Santorini like no other

Santorini, with its breathtaking beauty and romantic allure, has long been a dream destination for honeymooners. Andronis Hotels, a luxury collection of four exquisite properties located in the enchanting village of Oia, and one in Imerovigli, elevates the concept of luxury to new heights. Let’s explore them all, and the exceptional experiences that make them ideal as settings for a luxury honeymoon in Santorini like no other – all the way from intimate surroundings to enhanced wellness and sensational dining. Each of the Andronis properties offers a distinct and enchanting stay experience. Deciding on which one is best suited for your romantic escape with your other half, is entirely up to you.

For Iconic Santorini Stays:

In Oia – 

Andronis’ Oia hotels of the group are a plexus of elegant abodes carved out of the Caldera, a collection of intimate refuges in the most iconic of the island’s settings, for a luxury honeymoon in Santorini that is made of the essence of Santorini.

Andronis Luxury Suites is where endless feelings unravel, as you unwind together, soaking in the spell-binding Oia sunset views. The spacious and luxuriously appointed villas & Santorini suites with private pools are where honeymooners can indulge in their own little slice of paradise of minimalist island aesthetics.

Close by is Andronis Boutique Hotel, captivating you with its charmingly-appointed luxury suites in Oia, Santorini featuring terraces of the most breathtaking views, and Alta Mare by Andronis, a luxury Santorini hotel at the edge of the Caldera showcasing an awe-inspiring horizon onto the Aegean Sea, perfect for a romantic getaway to be treasured.

The rustic flair of Andronis Arcadia‘s suites & villas, nestled amidst Oia’s serene backdrop, provides a tranquil escape for honeymooners seeking something out of the ordinary. You’ll get lost in the grandeur of the expansive Oasis Suite with its sizable private pool, a perfect choice for a luxury honeymoon in Santorini that wraps an entire world around you two.


In Imerovigli – 

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort is a Santorini Imerovigli luxury resort with private infinity pool suites and immaculate exteriors that offer disarming sun-meets-sky vistas, as far as the eye can see. A place of tantalizing beauty and tranquility, it was made for experiencing Santorini at its most serene. Right on the Caldera, it commands absolutely mesmerizing views of the Aegean, the settlement of Oia, and the sunset. Honeymooners can enjoy true privacy, in, undoubtedly, one of the best Imerovigli hotels in Santorini.

For Indulgent Levels of Wellness

Spotlight once again on Andronis Concept Wellness Resort and its state-of-the-art Kallos Spa – a sanctuary for the senses where you can indulge yourselves in a range of nourishing signature treatments. The stunning facilities include a Cave Waterfall Pool and a stunning edge pool that overlooks the landscaping that transposes you into an otherworldly setting.

In the iconic Oia, it is Andronis Luxury Suites that beckons honeymooners with its opulent amenities and a serene wellness experience. The in-house Mare Sanus Spa offers a range of rejuvenating therapies, ensuring relaxation and pampering at its finest. Guests of Alta Mare by Andronis and Andronis Boutique Hotel also enjoy wellness experiences there.

Stirring the waters, comes Andronis Arcadia’s Evexia Spa. In addition to the calming wellness chambers, treatments, and therapies, it features the Water Path, made up of two L-shaped, Kneipp pools – one with hot and and one with cold water – embellished with reflexology stones to walk on.

For Inspired Culinary Journeys 

The most sensational culinary adventures await couples who choose the hospitality of Andronis Hotels.

Andronis Luxury Suites boasts haute cuisine in the form of the fine-dining restaurant in Oia, Lycabettus Restaurant, where couples can savor the finest of Mediterranean cuisine with the most epic scenery the island has to offer. Experience a romantic dinner that pulls all the stops, on an astonishing cliff-balcony accompanied by panoramic views of the Aegean Sea.

Similarly, Andronis Boutique Hotel also in Oia, houses the exquisite Lauda Restaurant in a sophisticated cliffside setting, serving delectable dishes curated by the world-acclaimed 3 Michelin Star Chef Emmanuel Renaut. As for a more casual approach, Andronis Arcadia proposes soul-inspiring Oia sunset dinner experiences with a more upbeat mood, in a more lounge setting while the exquisite dining options tantalize the taste buds with gourmet-casual cuisine ranging from Sushi to Mediterranean tastes at Pacman Sunset Restaurant and fine cuts by the world known Beefbar.

In Imerovigli, within Andronis Concept Wellness Resort, you will find Throubi Restaurant, which brings a holistic twist to your luxury honeymoon in Santorini. Breakfasts and dinners here are especially captivating, as perfectly balanced nutritional dishes are complemented by sweeping views.

For honeymooners seeking the epitome of luxury and romance, Andronis Hotels in Santorini fulfill every desire. Across five remarkable properties, couples can revel in wellness experiences, savor exquisite culinary delights, and indulge in soul-rich stays. As for unlocking your inner explorer, the group’s insights let you experience Santorini seamlessly during your luxury honeymoon in Santorini.

The breathtaking beauty of Santorini island combined with Andronis’ commitment to elevated hospitality and impeccable service, create the perfect setting for newlyweds to embark on a journey of love, intimacy, and unforgettable memories.

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What to do in Psiri, Athens

Situated in the vibrant heart of the historic center, the district of Psiri, Athens calls curious travelers in like a siren, with its charming allure and a treasure trove of captivating experiences. While often overshadowed by the city’s iconic landmarks, Psiri, Athens boasts a rich tapestry of antiquity stores, lively food markets, and exceptional gastronomic delights. So, heed this clarion call, go forth and discover some of the fun and peculiar things to do in this magnetic corner under the shadow of the Acropolis.

What to do in Psiri, Athens:

  1. Antique Shop Exploration

For history aficionados and antique lovers, Psiri is a paradise waiting to be discovered. The neighborhood is carpeted with quaint, authentic antique shops that house an impressive array of curios and valuable baubles. Meander down the jumbled streets, and you’ll stumble upon stores brimming with vintage jewelry, antique furniture, ancient artifacts, and unique curiosities. Unearth hidden gems from Greece’s past, maybe try your hand at haggling and let the shop owners regale you with stories about their cherished finds. Whether you’re a serious collector or simply love perusing historic relics, the antique shops of Psiri, Athens are almost certain to grab your imagination.

  2. Exploring Food Markets

Psiri’s bustling food markets are a sensory bath, offering a bonafide and immersive experience into Athens’ culinary heritage. Begin your gastronomic adventure at the Varvakios Central Market, where locals and visitors alike gather to procure the freshest produce, aromatic spices, and traditional delicacies. Marvel at the vibrant displays of colorful fruits and vegetables, breathe in the enticing aromas of herbs and spices, and sample delectable cheeses, olives, and cured meats.

Adjacent to the Varvakios Market, you’ll find Evripidou Street, renowned for its specialty food stores. This narrow street is a treasure trove of Greek ingredients and culinary delicacies. Dive right into spice shops brimming with exotic fragrances, visit traditional bakeries offering freshly baked bread and pastries, and stop by delicatessens to try gourmet Greek products. Embrace the lively and slightly chaotic atmosphere, and strike up conversation with passionate merchants who are eager to share their knowledge and love for Greek cuisine.


  3. Gastronomic Delights

This neighborhood of Psiri, Athens is stacked with all manner of gastronomic delights. From traditional tavernas to modern bistros, the area throws an abundance of culinary options that showcase the rich flavors of Greek cuisine. If you’re on the hunt for Greek authentic dishes, you’ll be rewarded, as the area is home to several Greek-style delicatessens, where you can savor a variety of cured meats, artisanal cheeses, and homemade specialties while enjoying the cozy, rustic ambiance.

Craving something more familiar? Head over to iFeel, for the most contemporary of Psirri Athens restaurants, serving a homemade array of Greek flavors with a modern twist and international brunch favourites. Tuck into refined comfort food made from the freshest ingredients at the hottest spot in town, which is also a great option for soaking up the evening vibes of the district as you people-watch with a delectable cocktail or wine glass in hand.



If you’re into very sweet desserts, you’re in for a treat. Psiri, Athens is a dessert haven with a plethora of traditional and contemporary Greek sweets, as well as familiar confections. The district has the works, all the way from delicate loukoumades (honey-soaked dough balls) to creamy galaktoboureko (semolina custard pie). Pair your treats with a cup of strong Greek coffee and sit back to enjoy the sugar rush, al fresco.

As you follow the winding roads, you’ll come across a myriad of other places to discover and explore. From novelty cafes, ethnic eateries and local tavernas and lots of street food.

  4. Soak in the Colorful Atmosphere

Beyond the antique shops, food markets, and culinary treasures, Psiri, Athens itself is an experience to be savored. Get amongst the neighborhood’s vibrant energy by taking leisurely strolls through its charming streets, and hunt for the colorful street art that adorns the buildings.

During the day, the district is fairly quiet, giving you the option to explore it in its best light and with fewer crowds around. As the day progresses, the pace gradually picks up, drawing people in to either browse the shops for that one-of-a-kind artifact or to enjoy a catch-up over a beverage or lunch. Join in on a favourite pastime as you take a breather and refuel with a juice or refreshing iced coffee at a sidewalk café.

In the evenings, Psiri, Athens transforms into a buzzing hub of social activity, pulsating with the rhythm of the ebbs and flows of its denizens. Check out the local nightlife and bar scene that includes both hip and novelty places as well as traditional ones. Psiri’s uniquely colourful atmosphere is an enchanting blend of the old and the new, capturing the essence of Athens’ timeless spirit.

Where to stay in Psiri, Athens: Andronis Athens

Athens is an unforgettable experience, and staying at one of the sophisticated suites by Andronis Athens takes that experience to another level of urban indulgence. It is one of the boutique hotels in Psiri, Athens that offers an exclusive selection of meticulously designed luxury suites in Athens city, each one a unique sanctuary of comfort and elegance.

From the moment you step in, you’ll be greeted by a captivating blend of contemporary aesthetics and warm hospitality. The suites boast spacious interiors adorned with tasteful furnishings, a soothing color palette offset by splashes of vibrant color, and all the modern-day amenities. Relax in the plush seating areas, unwind on the comfortable beds, and rejuvenate in the lavish bathrooms featuring sleek fixtures and luxurious toiletries. The private balconies or terraces are definitely a highlight, offering stunning views of the neighborhood’s charming streets and neoclassical architecture.

If you want the ultimate city stay experience in Psiri, Athens, go for the Elegant Athens Suite with Acropolis view for an iconic and soul-stirring backdrop. By choosing Andronis, you are securing a memorable stay at one of the boutique hotels in Psiri, Athens, where your experience is nothing short of extraordinary, and your time here is truly indulgent and unforgettable.

Psiri, with its antique shops, vibrant food markets, and gastronomic wonders, presents a compelling invitation to explore a lesser-known side of Athens. Engage in the thrill of discovering ancient relics, awaken your senses in bustling food markets and artisanal eateries, and surrender to the pleasures of Greek cuisine in the neighborhood’s finest eateries. Whether you’re an antiquities enthusiast, a food lover, or a seeker of authentic experiences, Psiri, Athens promises a delightful urban playground made up of a myriad of stimuli.

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