With mild winters and sun-filled summers, Santorini’s Mediterranean climate is comparable to California’s Bay Area. Between April and October in particular, nearly every day is a swim-worthy day. That’s why we’re thankful for these six villas in Santorini with private pools and majestic views. Why island hop when you can see it all from your vacation home and its private pool?
Saligari Villa, Pyrgos
Saligari Villa is built to take full advantage of its gorgeous surroundings, beginning with the crystalline swimming pool, which has a circular shape that encourages long days spent in the water rather than swimming laps. The estate is surrounded by expansive vineyards and is a short walk from the town of slow-paced village of Pyrgos. From its hilltop perch, Saligari’s sightlines cover practically all of Santorini, including an impressive view of the Aegean Sea that can be enjoyed from the villa’s hot tub. Aesthetic pleasures surround, from eccentrically-designed patio chairs to uniquely-crafted furniture. The vineyard-facing outdoor fitness facility encourages guests to maintain their workout routine, and who could imagine a better setting for a gym session? Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with a selection of wine and fruits. Plus, breakfast is provided daily along with housekeeping services and pool maintenance. Saligari is also just minutes away from black-sand Perissa Beach and Kamari Beach, and the main Athinios Port of Santorini.
Nafsika Estate, Megalochori
As a gated property, Nafsika engulfs guests with a feeling of complete seclusion. Begin by arriving in style, touching down on its private helipad, and you’ll immediately see what we mean. The villa is perched clifftop, completely on its own at the edge of the picturesque village of Megalochori and close to the island’s capital city, Thera. Its location provides breathtaking caldera views, and there are few spots capable of providing a better vantage point than Nafsika Estate, making the experience of swimming in the pool at Nafsika Estate a nearly spiritual endeavor. The relaxing retreat with the minimalist architectural properties keeps guests in complete tranquility as they enjoy the peaceful sounds of the sea and enthralling volcano vistas. Nafsika is versatile: It can accommodate parties of 10, and its multi-floor layout and separate living areas and separate kitchens provide intimacy for all, yet it’s also a romantic option for a honeymooning couple to spend days lounging on a poolside daybed and evenings dining alfresco at water’s edge.
Blackrock Villa, Akrotiri
Blackrock has not one, two, or three, but four terraces on different sides of the villa, each for enjoying its own view. Each of Blackrock’s five en-suite bedrooms — two on the ground floor, three on the two upper floors — boast stunning Santorini views. Spending all day hanging around the aquamarine pool looking out at the Aegean Sea and the Lighthouse of Santorini sure is tempting. But there’s so much more happening at Blackrock Villa. Past sundown, cooler nights can be spent in the home’s family play room, which has a foosball table and dartboard. For musicians, Blackrock Villa is a dream come true: It has a private, professional-caliber sound recording studio outfitted with a drum set, vocal booth, and full mixing desk. Upon request, musicians are encouraged to take advantage of this incredible perk. And at extra cost, guests can uplevel their stay by hiring a limousine, yacht, jet, or helicopter through their Luxury Retreats Guest Experience Specialist.
Villa Honeymoon, Fira
As its name suggests, Villa Honeymoon is a cozy, couples home meant for a romantic getaway. Its charming, white interiors feature curved walls and dome ceilings that add to its allure. A simple kitchenette has a small fridge, sink, and a two-seater table for a morning coffee or an intimate meal. On arrival, wine and fruit are provided, and breakfast is delivered daily and served buffet style. (Talk about a happy couple!) Daily housekeeping, room service, and complimentary shuttle bus service add to the list of amenities allowing honeymooners to simply relax and enjoy themselves. Where to spend the perfect lazy day? An indoor handcrafted hot tub overlooks a caldera through large glass windows, and an outdoor cave bed with volcano views are both great options. A telescope is supplied so that guests can get a closer look of the villa’s surrounding views. To complement the snug honeymoon suite, a large alfresco terrace provides both sun and shade, and its centerpiece is a U-shaped, contoured swimming pool. It won’t be hard to fall in love with this Santorini villa.
Villa Aura, Firostefani
This cave house was built almost entirely inside a caldera rock, beginning on a cliff and extending to the hillside. Villa Aura is located in the village of Firostefani, an extension of and the highest part of the capital city, Fira. It’s close enough to the main town center to take advantage of its nightclubs, art galleries, and museums, but far enough away to be free of its bustling crowds. Thanks to its elevation, the property’s views are out-of-this-world. Villa Aura is a new build, and for a home resembling a cave, its decor and amenities are resoundingly modern and high-end. The service staff provides exceptional personal care and attention to detail, and that group includes a breakfast cook, housekeeper, and property manager. The swimming pool and jacuzzi are part of an outdoor courtyard impressive enough to host a wedding reception, stretching more than 4,300 square feet and featuring an alfresco living room and lounge area. Down below the pool terrace, there’s a second outdoor yard space which also provides breathtaking sea views.
The Architect’s Villa, Imerovigli
Predictably, The Architect’s Villa is an awe-inspiring, thoughtful build that celebrates its ancient Greek Isles aesthetic. The private vacation home is sculpted from whitewashed stone into the shape of an igloo, giving it a majestic exterior appearance. Inside, mostly white decor is punctuated throughout with splashes of lemon yellow and lime green. Outside on its ocean-facing terrace, a contoured turquoise infinity pool is exceptionally designed so that swimmers feel like they’re leaning over the edge of the world and into the sea over Skaros Rock. Less predictably, the Imerovigli-area villa provides its guests with some included amenities like round-trip transfers from the airport, a rental car, daily breakfast, and twice daily housekeeping service. Just two and a half miles from the villa, the quiet Exo Yalos Beach is an isolated, beautiful stretch of sand lined with rock formations that make it worth a visit for a low-key beach day.