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Zannos Melathron

Santorini, Greece

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Zannos Melathron

It's an unbeatable combination: Relais & Châteaux's ace service, a medieval castle-like construction, and stunning views of Santorini's legendary sunsets.

The Scoop

Built in the 18th century, restored in the 20th, and perfected when the property took on the Relais & Châteaux banner in 2009, Zannos Melathron offers the storybook experience of sleeping in a Cycladic cave-style manor house. The adventure begins when guests arrive at Pyrgos village to find that the hotel—sprawled on a bluff just above the medieval town center—is inaccessible to cars; donkeys await nearby if you find the narrow stair-step streets too steep. Then, there are the romantic rooms: 13 vaulted suites carved into the cliff, with taupe stucco walls, cool clay-tile floors, antique furnishings (including 18th-century curios and period side tables), and cozy bathrooms clad in local marble. Each bears the name of a relative of the hotel's namesake, Captain Zannos, and a unique backstory—but you'll have to finish check-in before the staff will let you in on these family secrets. Less mysterious but more delicious is the daily breakfast: Greek yogurt, fruit, and house-baked bread served in the hotel's sunny courtyards, with the jaw-dropping views of the Aegean Sea and farm-dotted island.

Insider Tips

Be sure to call the hotel when you arrive at the ferry below Pyrgos village—it'll send down bellboys to carry your suitcases up the steep cobblestoned stairs to the hotel.

Internet service is spotty because of the hotel's thick stone walls, but you can find a strong Wi-Fi signal in the lobby.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Santorini (Thira) Airport (JTR), which is approximately 3 miles (10 minutes) from the hotel.

Pyrgos Village, Po Box No 15, Santorini, Cyclades, Greece

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Spa on Property
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Wine Events
In-Room Amenities
  • Antique Furnishings
  • Satellite Televisions
  • CD Players
  • Mini Bars
  • Hair Dryers
  • Bathrobes + Slippers
  • Air Conditioning
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Cigar Lounge
  • Wine Cellar
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  • Breakfast each morning
  • Bottle of wine & fresh fruits upon arrival
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Santorini

Cliffside architecture. Cerulean cupolas. White walls. And, stunning sea views, of course.

Don't Miss

Travel Tip: Summertime + Donkeys. Unlike Santorini's largest towns, Pyrgos is never overrun with tour groups in summertime because buses can't penetrate its narrow, winding lanes and steep staircases. To explore the medieval town as the locals do, hire a donkey, available on streets around town.

Best Beach: Baxédes Beach. Hidden away on Santorini's northern coast, Baxédes Beach (25 minutes from Zannos Melathron, on the island's north side) remains mostly unspoiled. You won't find sandy-bottom bars, beach umbrellas, or loud music; instead, unwind on two miles of golden-black shoreline. Strong meltemi winds blow hard here in the summer, however, which makes the water unfit for swimming.

History: Monastery of Prophitis Ilias. Built by the Venetians in the 15th century, Pyrgos is dotted with more than 40 Byzantine and blue-domed Greek Orthodox churches. The most famous is the Monastery of Prophitis Ilias, with its museum of icons and religious relics, just an easy three-mile donkey ride from the hotel. Read More

Where to Drink: Vineyards. You need only to step out the door of Zannos Melathron to taste some of Santorini's well-known wines. Take a tour of the adjacent vineyards or sample the island's best vintages at the hotel's Wine Experience, which takes place every afternoon on the Dining Veranda.
Signature Santorini vistas are <i>unmistakable</i>.

Signature Santorini vistas are unmistakable.

Why Go Now

April 14-20, 2014
Easter Week
Easter is a solemn affair in Santorini. Pyrgos provides a particularly glorious atmosphere with hundreds of candles lighting streets on Good Friday.

May 29, 2014
Agia Theodosia
The feast day of martyr St. Theodosia signifying an Orthodox victory over iconoclasts is celebrated in Akrotiri village.
Akrotiri, Santorini.

August 2014
Megaro Gyzi Festival
A cultural festival with music performances, painting exhibitions, theater productions, and more.
Fira, Santorini.

Zannos Melathron

Santorini, Greece

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