Now Open: Magma Santorini, The First Hyatt On A Greek Island

Now Open: Magma Santorini, The First Hyatt On A Greek Island

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Hyatt has a couple of interesting hotels opening this summer on European islands. Just last week we saw the opening of 7Pines Sardinia, a Destination by Hyatt property. Today we’re seeing the opening of Hyatt’s first resort on a Greek island.

Magma Santorini open as of August 2022

Magma Santorini has opened as of today (August 10, 2022). The resort is part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, which is Hyatt’s independent upscale and luxury hotel collection. Earlier this year the plan was for the property to open as of June 1, but not surprisingly that was delayed by a bit over two months. The property features 59 guest rooms, including 24 suites, with 46 of those accommodations having private pools or hot tubs.

The property features unobstructed views of the Aegean Sea and Anafi Island. I’m intrigued by the hotel’s location — rather than being located in the iconic (and super touristy) Oia area, the hotel is instead located in the Vourvoulos area, on the northeast part of the island. This area has picturesque lava sand beaches and traditional old vineyards.

The resort’s dining experience is called Magma by Spondi, and is curated by the chef behind a Michelin two-star restaurant. As you’d expect, the hotel features a pool, gym, and spa.

The renderings of the hotel look gorgeous (of course renderings and reality are often two different things)…

Magma Santorini pool
Magma Santorini firepit
Magma Santorini room

Magma Santorini room types, points requirements, and rates

If you’re looking at booking a stay at Magma Santorini, it’s a Category 7 World of Hyatt property, which is the second highest category there is. If you want to redeem points, this means you can expect to pay the following (accounting for off-peak and peak pricing):

  • 25,000-35,000 points per night for a standard room (this is a 1 King Bed room, but it looks like standard room awards haven’t yet been loaded)
  • 43,000-53,000 points per night for a standard suite (this is a Lava Suite Seaview with Jacuzzi, which is also what a Globalist suite upgrade would confirm into)
  • 50,000-70,000 points per night for a premium suite (this is a Lava Suite Seaview with Private Pool)

For what it’s worth, I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each, if you’re trying to determine how good of a value a redemption here is.

Paid rates at Magma Santorini seem to start at roughly 400 EUR per night, though do get significantly higher than that. There’s potentially value to be had redeeming points, but it’s not quite a slam dunk, given the high points category.

If you’re booking a cash stay here, I’d recommend reserving through the Hyatt Privé program, so you can take advantage of perks like complimentary breakfast, a room upgrade, a property credit, and more.

Guest room at Magma Santorini

My take on Magma Santorini

It’s awesome to see Hyatt finally open a property on a Greek island. World of Hyatt is a great program, especially for Globalist members, so I imagine this hotel will interest many people. A few thoughts:

  • Personally I love that the hotel isn’t in Oia, since you’re a bit away from the hustle and bustle; at the same time, many people go to Santorini specifically to stay in Oia, so if that’s what you’re looking for, something like Mystique Santorini would be a better bet
  • Personally I find Santorini to be incredibly touristy; I’m happy to have visited a couple of times, but have no desire to return anytime soon, as there are so many other amazing Greek islands to explore, most of which are way less crowded
  • While Hyatt doesn’t directly currently have any other properties on Greek Islands, Hyatt does have an incredible partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which has several excellent hotels; for example, I stayed at Canaves Oia Epitome Santorini last summer, and it’s one of my favorite hotels in Greece
Canaves Oia Epitome Santorini

Bottom line

Magma Resort Santorini has opened as of August 2022, joining Hyatt’s Unbound Collection. This looks like a great option for those wanting to visit Santorini who might want to earn or redeem World of Hyatt points, or take advantage of elite perks.

While this is Hyatt’s first property on a Greek island, Hyatt’s excellent partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World gives members access to all kinds of properties already, though admittedly with scaled back elite perks and points earning potential.

Anyone planning to stay at Magma Resort Santorini?

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  1. H P Guest

    Here at the moment. Not any stairs as not in the old towns. Fab rooms. Best room I have stayed on in a Greek island. Spacious and modern. Although did enjoy a more tradition experience at mystique, this is modern luxury experience. Very peaceful and close to airport.

  2. ConcordeBoy Diamond

    Biggest question of all: will it have an elevator/lift? Anyone who knows anything about Santorini, especially in Fira and Oia, knows that the whole place is stairs, stairs, stairs, stairs.

  3. alinsfca Member

    Yes, Santorini is touristy but the Caldera is just incredible. It is nice to mix in a few other islands, such as Paro, and then stay in a hotel with Caldera view to finish a Greek Islands trip.

  4. pstm91 Diamond

    Really glad they picked an island with so few other hotel choices...

  5. Alonzo Diamond

    Beautiful hotel but def not a fan of Santorini. Prefer Mykonos and Paros a bit more. But man are Hyatt redemption rates getting expensive. 60k points doesn't get you squat on the luxury end anymore.

  6. Sam Guest

    I’ve heard a lot of people say Santorini is touristy , busy, etc. It is, in some places.

    We stayed at the Marriott Vedema Luxury Collection resort last year in the village of Megalochori last year. It was quiet yet had everything we needed. We could walk to 3-4 wineries, at least 10 tavernas, several bakeries, etc.

    The village isn’t for everyone…we had been to Santorini 5 times previously, staying each time in Fira town...

    I’ve heard a lot of people say Santorini is touristy , busy, etc. It is, in some places.

    We stayed at the Marriott Vedema Luxury Collection resort last year in the village of Megalochori last year. It was quiet yet had everything we needed. We could walk to 3-4 wineries, at least 10 tavernas, several bakeries, etc.

    The village isn’t for everyone…we had been to Santorini 5 times previously, staying each time in Fira town which we liked so we could walk to most things.

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H P Guest

Here at the moment. Not any stairs as not in the old towns. Fab rooms. Best room I have stayed on in a Greek island. Spacious and modern. Although did enjoy a more tradition experience at mystique, this is modern luxury experience. Very peaceful and close to airport.

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ConcordeBoy Diamond

Biggest question of all: will it have an elevator/lift? Anyone who knows anything about Santorini, especially in Fira and Oia, knows that the whole place is stairs, stairs, stairs, stairs.

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alinsfca Member

Yes, Santorini is touristy but the Caldera is just incredible. It is nice to mix in a few other islands, such as Paro, and then stay in a hotel with Caldera view to finish a Greek Islands trip.

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