How to live like a star at Santorini’s most Instagram-worthy hotel

Beloved by the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Angelina Jolie, Santorini is fast becoming the go-to celebrity haunt as stars flock to the Greek island for sunshine, breathtaking views and the ultimate luxury experience.

The picturesque destination has everything you need to unwind in a 5* setting, without missing out on the island’s rugged natural beauty and rich heritage.

If you’re searching for a getaway fit for a star, check out the Canaves Oia Epitome hotel, the newest addition to the Luxury Resorts Collection group, carved into the cliffside on the northern tip of Santorini.

The boutique hotel group – favoured by the likes of Peter Andre and Lucy Mecklenburgh – offers everything you need, whether you’re looking for a romantic, honeymoon experience or are keen for some solo R&R. 

Peter Andre is a big fan of Canaves Oia, having honeymooned at the Canaves Oia Suites with wife Emily MacDonagh in 2015 – and the couple loved it so much they returned for a second getaway two years later.

The Suites have also played host to fitness guru Lucy Mecklenburgh, who shared countless snaps of her idyllic views and poolside antics.

The former TOWIE star even confirmed her romance with Corrie star Ryan Thomas at the venue when they posted near identical pictures of their luxury getaway together.

And it’s no surprise – the views are unbeatable.

Epitome is the island’s only hotel to offer both sea and sunset views from the privacy of each room plus all the deluxe comforts you’d expect from a 5* hotel. 

Nestled on the more peaceful northern side of the island in the village of Oia, you’ll be able to enjoy the unspoilt scenery from the vantage point of your very own infinity pool.

The new destination certainly doesn’t disappoint; with accommodation ranging from one-bedroom villas to five-person luxury apartments, every room boasts a spacious living area, king-sized bedroom, waterfall shower and your very own private terrace and pool away from prying eyes.

‘Canaves’ literally translates as house carved into the rock and the hotel’s rustic stone walls give the venue a traditional feel.

With bi-fold doors opening up onto your sea-view terrace, you’ll feel like a star as you wake up overlooking the Aegean sea, making for a picture perfect snapshot.

Live your best life with an indulgent spa session, the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring and sunbathing.

For the ultimate VIP experience, pop into the Canaves Spa at the Suites, nestled deep inside 17th century caves which were used to store and produce wine 400 years ago.

The hotel has completely repurposed the space and its vaulted ceilings and winding underground passages now give the venue an intimate charm.

Highlights include their Rasul treatment, combining mineral muds, fresh fruit extracts and fragrant herbs to coax you into a state of bliss.

A 55-minute deep tissue massage will set you back €135, worth it for the personalised experience and attentive staff.

Combine this with sitting poolside at one of the island’s most Instagrammable infinity pools, cocktail in hand, and you’ll leave totally relaxed.

You can also choose to have an in-room pampering session at Epitome, making for a luxurious afternoon.

It’s got to be said – the staff are incredibly welcoming and our hotel experience was enriched by their kindness.

Catering to your every need, you’ll feel like a star as you sip on a bottle of bubbly room service while watching the sun go down.

If you’re after Instagram-worthy views, make sure you dine at Epitome’s Elements restaurant, offering privacy and a romantic, candlelit setting.

The menu is varied, catering to diners seeking a traditional Greek culinary experience with plenty of fresh seafood and Souvlaki, as well as those looking for a fresh twist on restaurant staples (the lemon risotto was delicious and creamy).

Our second night, we were treated to a feast at the newly-opened wing of the restaurant, made a memorable experience thanks to chefs rustling up gourmet appetisers in front of your table. Think foie gras coated in popping candy chocolate and cheese soufflés.

Vineyard tours are a popular way to sample the local white, cultivated via Kouloura, a method of training vines to form round baskets on the ground.

Epitome’s in-house sommelier was very helpful and happy to recommend home-grown wines to suit your tastes.

The culinary highlight? Unquestionably the breakfast, served either to your private terrace or in the breezy, pool-facing dining room.

You’re given a range of courses, comprising eggs (the cheese omelette is a must-have), a Greek pastry (we tried leek pie and spinach and feta) and a basket of freshly-baked pastries and bread. The juice is fresh and the refills are plentiful.

With the likes of Beyonce and The Kardashians famously touring the island in the past, you definitely shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity of exploring Santorini, VIP style.

The coastal town of Oia is perched up high on the edge of the Caldera; a striking, cauldron-like hollow caused by a volcanic eruption.

Take a stroll around the boutique-lined streets to the charming port of Ammoudi to see Santorini’s multicoloured beaches and famous blue-domed churches first hand.

If you have time, stop off at the bustling capital of Fira or take a trip to the ruins of Oia Castle, known for its sunset views.

It couldn’t have been more convenient to see the sights of the island as Epitome provides a speedy on-call shuttle service, ferrying you around in luxury.

A visit to Santorini wouldn’t be complete without a scenic boat trip, sunning yourself on board a luxury yacht while enjoying the beauty of the island from the sea.

We hopped on board a group trip, but there are experiences to suit every budget, including a private catamaran for a true A-list vibe.

Stopping off at all the major viewpoints, you’ll be able to snorkel to a private beach, splash around in the hot springs and discover how locals live on remote parts of the island.

This was rounded off with a delicious on board barbecue and cold beverages, sipping a chilled glass of white wine on the prow of the boat.

It’s not hard to see why Santorini is so popular with the rich and famous – and the trip definitely felt like a glimpse of the A-list action. 

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