Where to Rent a Villa in Santorini

by Allie d'Almo  |  Published December 22, 2022

Beloved for its blue-domed churches, white-washed buildings and jaw-dropping sunsets, Greece’s most famous island is home to hundreds of holiday homes and villas. 

where to find villa rentals in Santorini

Santorini’s distinctive clifftops (Photo: James Ting via Unsplash)

Santorini is one of the Mediterranean’s most enchanting islands. Part of the Cyclades island group, Santorini floats halfway between Athens and Crete in the Aegan Sea. Today, the island curves into a distinctive crescent shape but once upon a time, it was circular. Thousands of years ago, a huge volcanic eruption caused the centre of the island to sink, leaving a dramatic crater (caldera) flanked by towering cliffs. It’s now one of Greece’s most recognisable destinations. This has, unsurprisingly, created a popular holiday destination. There are hundreds of ritzy resorts, B&Bs and villas peppered across the island. With so many to choose from, we’ve selected three reputable agencies that will be able to help you find the perfect villa in Santorini. 

Plum Guide 

Plum Guide offers a highly curated selection of more than 75 villa rentals in Santorini. It’s the perfect option for those looking to splash out on a more luxurious stay. The company carries out a meticulous multi-stage vetting process before listing each property, so only a few make the cut. The team continuously monitor guest feedback, assess host reliability and periodically re-review properties too, so you know that you’re getting the best of the best. There’s a handy map on the right-hand side of each listing and an option to filter by specific features, such as hot tubs and home cinemas. 

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Ultimate Santorini

Ultimate Santorini is an island-based agency with more than 25 years of experience renting out beautiful properties in Santorini. It’s an excellent option for those who prefer to have a human point of contact, rather than a chatbot. The company specialises in luxurious properties for honeymoons, groups and family celebrations, with at least 50 properties on their books. Many villas can sleep as many as 30 people too. The team boasts an extensive network of contacts and can help arrange activities and excursions in addition to your accommodation. 

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CV Villas 

While CV Villas rents out properties all over the Mediterranean, the company started life in Corfu – and Greece is still very much at the heart of what they do. Formed in 1972, it was the first specialist villa company in the UK, so the team here really know what they’re talking about. Five decades later, CV Villas offers a fantastic range of properties across the continent, from bijou cottages to luxury manor houses. The company currently rents out properties in Oia, the second-largest village on the island. As well as villa rentals, the team can arrange flights and transfers, car hire and even a private chef. Customers benefit from ABTA and ATOL protection too. 

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