A Hilton Santorini beach resort is set to open in 2022. Hilton made the announcement last week.
The new Hilton Santorini beach resort with be called the “Sea Breeze Santorini Beach Resort.” The resort will have 37 hotel rooms and a private beach. Every room will have a personal terrace. Rooms will also an individual hot tub or swimming pool.
The hotel will also have two restaurants and two bars, along with two outlets. Other amenities include a spa, a fitness center, lounge chairs near the beach and two pools.
Guests will also benefit from being within driving distance of the biggest tourist attractions in Santorini. It is near modern aspects of Santorini’s capital Fira and the island’s prehistoric city Akrotiri. At Akrotiri, tourists can explore the volcanic islands. There are also other beaches and restaurants in the area to explore.
Hilton’s Relationship with Greece
Hilton invested in Greece for 60 years. Hilton recently opened a property in Crete. Patrick Fitzgibbon, a Hilton Senior Vice President, remarked, “With a 60-year legacy in Greece and hot on the heels of our latest opening in Crete, we are excited to further develop our Grecian portfolio with Hilton’s first hotel in Santorini. One of Greece’s most popular islands, Santorini welcomes more than two million visitors each year and is an ideal location for our second Curio Collection by Hilton in the Greek islands.
“This new hotel joins more than 20 Curio Collection hotels in development across Europe, doubling the brand’s European presence in the next three years. Opening next year, we are pleased to partner with Santorini specialists Alexandros Ltd to offer this unique and impressive beachfront hotel.”
Hilton partly became interested in Santorini because the island has more than two million visitors every year. This resort joins Hilton’s Crete location, among others in Europe, in what Hilton refers to as their “Curio Collection.” The Curio Collection has over 100 hotels world-wide. Hilton aims top open over 20 new hotels in Europe in the next three years. This would double the number of hotels that Hilton has in Europe.
Hilton is leasing the property from Alexandros Ltd. Michail Karamolegkos, the owner of Alexandros Ltd. In Hilton’s press release Karamolegkos stated: “Our experience in Santorini, from excursions and transfers to hotels and villas, makes us the ideal partner to open Hilton’s first hotel on the island. We are thrilled to be working with Hilton and look forward to developing our relationship in the future. We expect to open the hotel next year and are excited to welcome guests to this spectacular property.”
The Appeal of Santorini
Hilton is not the only hotel chain to expand to Santorini. The Radisson Hotel Group has a location opening in Santorini.
It is no surprise that hotels want to open in Santorini. Earlier this Summer, Santorini received an award for the having “most beautiful sunset in the world.” US actress Demi Moore and her daughter even spent July 4th off of Santorini. Additionally, several writers for this site have noted the many unique charms that the island has to offer.
Given Hilton’s global success, they likely did their homework on Santorini and consider it a great place to invest in. As the world prepares to open up for travel, it will be interesting to see how Hilton’s resort fairs in Santorini.