Carpe Diem Boutique Resort

near Pyrgos, Santorini, Greece Book from Book from £149 per night

Breathtaking views from this tranquil hilltop hideaway for grown-ups: just 10 suites with contemporary Cycladic style and private pools
Cool and luminous, Carpe Diem Boutique Resort sits serenely atop the hills of Santorini, with panoramic views across the island to the Aegean sea. The hotel is honeymoon heaven - each of the 10 suites is sleek and luxurious, with a private plunge pool, spacious terrace and stunning vista. Have a romantic balcony breakfast, a seafood lunch in the hotel’s 270° Restaurant, then an afternoon hamman in the spa. In the evening, head over to the infinity pool for cocktails as the sun sets spectacularly over the volcanic caldera.

A short climb from the hotel is the picturesque village of Pyrgos - there are delightful restaurants tucked away in its cobblestone streets, and it’s far from the madding crowds of the coast. If you want something more energetic, friendly staff can arrange cultural tours to wineries and museums, or more active excursions like horse-riding on the beach and scuba diving. But Carpe Diem is essentially a classy sanctuary for adults in serious relax-and-read mode - those not actually seizing the day, but caressing it and letting it slip over them like sunshine.


  • A private and secluded setting just outside pretty Pyrgos - it feels a world away from the crowds of the caldera
  • Enormous suites with all mod cons
  • A swish spa with a Yin-Yang-shaped Jacuzzi, a Turkish bath, therapeutic couples' massages and Apivita beauty treatments
  • Wonderful service throughout: attention-seekers can even request a personal butler
  • Santorini itself: impossibly romantic with whitewashed villages, sparkling azure seas and glowing orange sunsets


  • The infinity pool is unheated, as are the plunge pools in the Alba and Lapis suites
  • The larger ground-level suites (Lapis and Vita) are overlooked by the upper-level rooms and may feel less private
  • The landscaped grounds of exposed volcanic rock and bright white plaster lack greenery and lushness
  • A small menu in the restaurant, and certain dishes need to be ordered a day in advance

Best time to go

To avoid the crush of both heat and crowds in Santorini, late April/May/September/early October are best. At Easter, the village of Pyrgos is decorated with thousands of lanterns for Good Friday’s tenekedakia celebration. It’s also one of the sites for the Santorini Arts Biennale. The hotel normally closes each year from November to the end of March.

Our top tips

Catch a flick – the leafy Kamari open-air cinema nearby is considered one of the top 10 outdoor cinemas in the world. Get there at 8.30pm when doors open, because some films sell out very fast.

Great for...

  • Boutique Hotel
  • 10
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • Adults only
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service


The traditional Cycladic style - whitewashed curves and domes - has been redesigned by the owner-architect into 10 striking suites. All have private plunge pools, large terraces with loungers, and killer views. Outdoor/indoor space is evenly split in the Aura and Alba Suites; interiors are more expansive in the Lava, Lapis and Vita Suites. All are open-plan, with high ceilings, whitewashed walls and glossy floors. Furnishings are minimal and modern: cream-coloured sofas, glass-topped tables, queensize beds draped in cool grey. Bathrooms are stone-washed with tubs, rainfall showers and luxe toiletries.

We’re told the suites with upper-level verandas feel a bit more secluded. Honeymooners will love the oversized bathtub and champagne bar in the Vita Suite. We like the look of Lava: it has a wine bar stocked with Santorini specialities and an old-school record player with a jazzy collection of vinyl. Perfect for the luxury-loving hipster in all of us.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Plunge pool
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Slippers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Twice-daily maid service
  • WiFi


Breakfast is substantial and comes with a basket of homemade breads. It can be eaten by the hotel pool or delivered to your room/terrace; it's included in the rates before 11am, but for an additional charge you can order it until an indulgent 1pm.

The 270° Restaurant is open until mid-afternoon for lunch – the fare is Mediterranean (Santorini tomato fritters, chicken souvlaki, fillet of sea bass, pastas and risottos), with a good selection of Greek wines. For vegetarians, we hear the baked feta and zucchini meze is good.

At sunset, signature cocktails by the infinity pool’s vista will lure you night after night. For dinner, you can eat by candlelight at 270° (prices fairly reasonable for this expensive island) or head to Pyrgos - the village is about a 10-minute walk uphill and has plenty of posh restaurants or cheap and cheerful tavernas.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • Book a pamper session – designed for couples, the hotel spa has a hot tub, sauna and steam room and offers romantic ritual massages
  • Wander through the pretty streets and up to the medieval chapel of Pyrgos - the island’s highest village is far less touristy than busy Oia
  • Visit the lava islands in the sea-filled caldera. Hop on a boat from Thira, then hike up to still-smouldering volcanic rocks and craters
  • Go wine-tasting – the hotel can arrange a visit to one of Santorini’s boutique wineries
  • Wander the prehistoric site of Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement. It was devastated by a volcano in 1627 BC, and the volcanic ash has preserved frescoes, churches and even 3-storey buildings
  • Spend a day on the volcanic black sands of Kamari beach
  • Waterskiing and scuba-diving excursions can be organised, as can yachting and horse riding

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting


This is strictly an adults-only resort. Under 18s are not allowed, and no extra beds or cots are available.

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