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Hyatt opening a hotel in Santorini this Summer

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Hyatt has joined the list of hotel groups rushing to open branded properties on the Greek island of Santorini.

We originally covered this back in December, but I wanted to plug it again as it is now bookable.

Given how expensive Santorini can be, the hotel promises to be good value for World of Hyatt points. This is because:

Magma Hyatt santorini hotel
  • World of Hyatt still has a ‘traditional’ reward chart with a maximum points price of 35,000
  • hotels must offer standard rooms for reward nights as long as they still have standard rooms for sale for cash

Magma Resort Santorini – see here – is due to open this year ‘in time for summer season’. It will join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, which is a collection of independent luxury hotels operating under the Hyatt banner.

Magma has just 59 guest rooms, including 24 suites. 46 rooms have private pools or hot tubs, and all have unobstructed views of the Aegean Sea and Anafi Island.

Using World of Hyatt points to upgrade to a suite looks like a good option. For example, in July, a ‘Lava Suite’ upgrade comes out at €680 + 6,000 points per night, compared to €1,300 per night for cash alone. You could buy those 6,000 points for under £100 in the current points sale.

To quote:

“Nestled among traditional old vineyards, the resort will be located on the lava-made slopes of Vourvoulos, in close proximity to picturesque lava sand beaches on the northeast part of the island and popular cosmopolitan destinations such as Fira and Oia, known for its Instagram-worthy sunsets. The resort’s culinary experience, Magma by Spondi, will be curated by a two-starred Michelin chef and honor local agriculture and seasonal ingredients in a contemporary and inventive interpretation. The restaurant’s menu will feature signature dishes and other fine dining options paired with renowned wines from the rich viticulture for which the island is known.”

“Magma Resort Santorini will be designed to incorporate organic shapes from black volcanic stones alongside contrasting, off-white geometric prisms, reminiscent of Santorini’s volcanic ash which is evident around the island. The resort will be inspired by the surrounding traditional dwellings, or pezoules,andterraced land used for winemaking. The design will blend the natural environment while paying homage to Santorini’s underground spaces and cave homes, with a state-of-the-art wellness center and a subterranean spa.”

The resort website is here. Bookings are being taken for stays from 1st June although there is always a chance that the date slips.


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Comments (43)

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  • Coleslaw says:

    “hotels must offer standard rooms for reward nights as long as they still have standard rooms for sale for cash”

    Not quite accurate – hotels must offer standard rooms for reward nights as long as they still have standard rooms for sale for *standard rate*.

    If they’re selling a standard room under a different rate (EG bed and breakfast or some other package) then they don’t need to make it available for points.

    • Rob says:

      True, but this rarely happens. More common is classifying rooms so that there are only a couple of ‘standard’ ones ….

      I had no trouble picking up Park Hyatt New York for 30k points for an upcoming stay, vs a $1,395 rack rate, and in general it works as promised.

    • Prins Polo says:

      Echo that, Hyatt often plays tricks in the US so there’s no reward availability even though standard rooms are available. Less of an issue outside of the US.

      • meta says:

        It happens sometimes. I had an issue like that at Park Hyatt Kyoto. If you contact the hotel/Hyatt CS they’ll let you book on points if you ask nicely.

  • TimM says:

    Santorini (strictly’ Thira’) and Mykonos are the original spoilt Greek islands. It is of not surprise that chain hotels are now moving in. Awful but inevitable. Many of the Cyclades have been ruined by tourism. Then, if you are looking to stay in a chain hotel, it doesn’t really matter where on Earth you are.

    I would head for the Mani, as Greece was 30+ years ago or one of the Dodecanese without an airport.

    I fear the days of finding a characterful room for £5/night when arriving by ferry at the port are a distant memory. Chains!!!!

    • Lady London says:

      I’ve not been to Santorini but Tim M my thoughts were the same. Seeing the coverage above I finally crossed it off my list. Mykonos was on there too but also crossed off for similar reasons some time ago.

    • Paul says:

      I went to Santorini in 1981 with a back pack and all the enthusiasm of an 18 year old ,and slummed it in a youth hostel. Went back last August and was genuinely horrified at what it has become. The only backpacks are Luis Vuitton!

      While there we met people who had just fled Mykonos where prices to eat were at Premier league player levels and with the same level of sophistication!

      Crete, especially the Chania area is nice but I must admit my last visit was 2004.

      The tip of going only to islands without an airport is spot on. Just make sure you travel in comfort on the ferry, especially if going overnight, which is a very civilised way to travel. My days of slumming it are long gone and my wife insists on hot and cold running hairdryers, but a comfortable Taverna, as we found last year, is perfect for a relaxed if basic stay.

      • Dubious says:

        I disagree. Plenty of nice Greek islands that do have airports. Perhaps it’s better to focus on those with mostly/only domestic flights and/or PSO routes.

        A quieter time of year helps too.

        • meta says:

          The key is to go slightly off season. Early to mid-May, late October when the weather is nice. Just Or in the middle of pandemic…

  • ADS says:

    Is there any hope of integrating Forums and article comments?

    It seems such a shame not to use your new forums to manage article comments

    • Rhys says:

      They are integrated – you can use your forum login to comment.

      • ADS says:

        Ah, ok

        And do you then get notified of replies to your comments, as you presumably do in the main forum?

        • Chas says:

          You can’t – not even in the main forum. And whilst they’re integrated in so far as they have an integrated log-in, they’re not integrated from the perspective of the positioning of replies being consistent between the forum and the articles.

  • Lady London says:

    The forum still occupies as much vertical space as before on my Samsung Android.

    The typeface of posts has changed to a larger one and now there’s a longer block with login boxes etc occupying most of the screen vertically when a different thread is clicked on

    The system simply not loading a thread at all problem is continuing, where the system has chosen to create a further new last page on a thread but it’s blank. Current case in point is the Creation Bashing thread which has an empty page 29 but clicking on that last page won’t load the thread it just loads the (not very useful) Search screen instead.

    It’s happened on other threads and was reported by someone but still happening.

    Something good must be happening though as the Creation Bashing content is now all on 29 pages instead of 44 🙂

    • Rob says:

      I don’t have an Android to hand but it is fine on iPhone – line spacing smaller (and font same), quoted text smaller, removal of grey padding in quotes text etc.

  • Joan says:

    Well I’m seriously being put off Santorini now !
    Mind you the thought of calling BA to change my destination fills me with more dread ! 😖

  • Rob says:

    They don’t know. In truth you’ll be fine.

    If that’s the wording then I was mistaken. I don’t have the offer anywhere so I was reliant on what I was told by others about the small print and I was told that EK was excluded (in reality, of course, you’d be fine if qantas.com processes it, but I need to repeat what I’m told).

  • Andrew J says:

    Flights are the one thing that all the routing details are passed to Amex – if you look at your PDF bill it shows all this information for airline transactions – so they could apply exclusions, whereas for shops they don’t know you’ve bought a gift card etc. I’ve also noticed that on the Qantas website it sells the Dubai flights with a EK flight number not a QF one.

    • Dunc says:

      Thanks for the info – I see I was wrong about the flight numbers so it makes sense. Unfortunately the offer runs only until 9th February (on my card anyway) and the Qantas website won’t let me book flights (error 500) – so I won’t be able to make use of the offer – I’ve complained to Amex, but to no avail.

    • Nick says:

      Travel… and also petrol. If you buy that, the station has to pass your credit card company the number of litres/gallons you used.

  • Jo says:

    Looks like the Lava Suite upgrade option has double from 680EUR to 1.2kEUR now! Pricing error from their side? 🙁

    • Rob says:

      Hmmm … these are upgrades from the base room. If there are no standard rooms still left at €680 (fully flex rate) then it will price off whatever the cheapest room left is. At least, that’s the plan.

      If the website is showing standard rooms (fully flex) for less than €1280 then something is up.

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