Eight hundred hotels are squeezed onto Santorini, but this private estate dangling on the volcanic caldera has blasted the competition out of the water.

By Rachel Howard

10 / 10 Location

The secluded setting, 1000 feet above the sea, is pure drama. The two-acre plot enjoys total privacy – the ultimate luxury on Santorini, where most cliffside suites are packed cheek by jowl. You could laze by the angular infinity pool all day, watching clouds and cruise ships drift by, until sunset bleeds into the horizon.

Santorini’s cosmopolitan capital, Fira, is just over a mile (two kilometes) away. Postcard-pretty Oia is a precipitous nine-mile (14 km) drive. Transfers to the port (five miles/eight kilometres) or airport (three miles/five kilometres) are included in your stay.