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Carpe Diem Santorini
Pyrgos (Santorini), Greece
Why Stay At Carpe Diem Santorini
Carpe Diem is perfectly positioned between tourist-infested Firà and Oia, ideal for travelers who want to experience Santorini's authentic charms—exploring Venetian fortresses and relaxing at quiet beaches.
Nestled into a bucolic slope below the medieval hilltop village of Pyrgos, Carpe Diem's 10 individual suites, each with its own plunge pool, are tiered on two levels. The panoramic view from every terrace—grazing donkeys in the foreground and the celebrated seascape beyond—reflects a spare, soothing aesthetic that combines the typical Cycladic whitewash design with airy, easygoing luxury. Owned and designed by local architect George Kopatsaris and opened in 2008, the hotel has a sense of intimacy that makes it feel like you are staying at your cool Greek relative's villa. The cozy "junior suites" at the top of the resort are private aeries with thatched porticoes; the spacious deluxe suites below feel like loft apartments with dressing rooms and open white-walled terraces. Looking for likeminded guests? You'll find them at the infinity pool in front of the little café—the only communal space—where you can watch the sun set over the caldera as the island's capital, Firà, shimmers in the distance.
Rent a quad motorcycle to get around: it's a convenient and thrilling way to navigate the spectacular, sometimes harrowing roads of the small island.
Traditional Santorini is on display during Orthodox Easter, which usually falls at the end of April or beginning of May, when the villages and their churches are adorned with giant illuminated crosses and lights for the holy week Epitaphios celebrations.
Awards and RecognitionsBack to Top
- Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Arrive at Santorini National Airport (JTR) which is approximately 5 miles (10 minutes) from the hotel.Pyrgos Village, Santorini, Thira, Greece
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- 24-Hour Concierge
- Infinity Pools
- Sun Deck
- Panoramic Views
- Private Plunge Pools
- Private Terraces
- Satellite Televisions
- DVD Players
- Bathrobes + Slippers
- Hair Dryers
- Mini Bars
- Wireless Internet
- Air Conditioning
- Restaurant + Bar
- Private Dining
- 24-Hour Room Service
- 2-person occupancy
- All hotel taxes & hotel fees
- Breakfast each morning
- Bottle of wine and fruit basket on arrival
Why We Love Pyrgos (Santorini)
The most iconic travel-poster images of the Greek isles—the ones showing igloo-white, domed buildings perched high above a sapphire-colored sea—are actually images of Santorini.
Top Wine Tour: Tour the Santo winery, run by the local agricultural cooperative, and taste seven bottles, starting with a dry white assyrtiko and ending with a three-year-old vin santo. Read More
Arts Scene: Art Space Gallery and Winery. Visit and you will be shown around the former wine-making facilities set in limestone caverns, built in 1830 by a retired ship captain. Read More
Where to Eat: Taverna Nikolas. This Greek island oasis is tucked between the throbbing nightclubs and serves traditional fare such as roast lamb with gravy and fava purée topped with olives, capers, and onions accompanied by white nykteri wine. Dinner for two $50.
Where to Drink: Hassapiko. This chic corner bar with a black-and-white-tiled floor reminiscent of its former life as a butcher shop, is the place for a cozy late-night cocktail. Read More
Why Go Now
Cherry Tomato Season
One of the most beloved ingredients in Greek cooking is in season and affordable, and it graces every kitchen on the island.
The meltemi winds blow energetically from the north, keeping island temperatures lower than in the late summer months.
August 1 through October 7, 2013
Enjoy open-air movie screenings.
Megaro Gyzi Festival
A cultural festival with music performances, painting exhibitions, theater productions, and more.