Babymoon in Santorini: A Relaxed Itinerary

One of the best international babymoon destinations is Santorini, Greece. I was so excited when my husband and I decided to have our babymoon there – our last big journey before our family of two became three.

Santorini was one of my dream destinations for a long time. It probably started from watching Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as a teenager. (Can anyone else relate? :)) I remember being so captivated by the stunning scenery: the iconic white buildings positioned against the deep blue sea.

My focus when planning our Santorini itinerary was to make the trip both fun and relaxing. Read on to learn how to have a slow travel experience on this beautiful Greek island.

Here are my top recommendations for a babymoon in Santorini.

Tramonto Secret Villas

👟 Take a walking tour of Oia
⛵️ Go on a sunset cruise
🍽 Enjoy a sunset dinner
🚌 Take a day trip to Pyrgos

Start Off Your Visit Right: Arrive Before Sunrise

It took us nearly 30 hours to get to Santorini from Connecticut, with two flights separated by a 16-hour layover in Madrid. After two nights with little sleep, we were exhausted by the time we touched down at the Santorini airport at 4:15 a.m.

Thankfully, I took the advice I had read online and reserved a shuttle from the airport to our hotel.

The receptionist, George, told us we arrived at the perfect time, because we’d be able to see the sunrise in just over an hour. We dozed on and off in the lobby, but around 6:30 a.m., we started to see the first signs of light.

I made a beeline for the front terrace and was in awe of what I saw. Words can’t fully describe the beauty of these first glimpses of Oia, so I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

A Relaxed Babymoon in Dreamy Santorini
A Relaxed Babymoon in Dreamy Santorini
A Relaxed Babymoon in Dreamy Santorini

I don’t think we could have asked for a more perfect way to start our babymoon in Santorini. It was as if the island was giving us our own personal welcome.

Best Place to Stay for a Babymoon in Santorini

Tramonto Secret Villas

We decided to stay in the town of Oia (pronounced “Ee-ah”), located on the northwestern tip of Santorini. I had read several different articles to figure out the best place to stay on the island, and opinions varied quite a bit.

Some people said they preferred the more quiet Imerovigli. Others liked the excitement and shopping scene of Santorini’s capital, Fira.

But what ultimately made us decide on Oia was that it seemed to be the most iconic of all the towns. And it’s known for having the best sunsets on the island.

Our hotel ended up being one of the highlights of our trip. We booked our stay at Tramonto Secret Villas, which was a five-minute walk away from its sister hotel, Secret Legend Suites, where we checked in.

Most people opt to stay in the pricy hotels along the caldera side of Oia. For half the price, we decided to stay on the opposite side, and we didn’t regret it.

We ended up with a direct view of the sunset, allowing us to avoid the massive crowds of people thronging to see it every night.

A Relaxed Babymoon in Dreamy Santorini
A Relaxed Babymoon in Dreamy Santorini

The highlight feature was definitely our private, rooftop terrace, complete with a jacuzzi, lounging chairs, and a table where we could eat breakfast in the morning.

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Aside from the quality of the accommodations themselves, the Secret staff was just amazing. Every person we met was so friendly and helpful, especially the receptionists at the front desk.

Many thanks to Christina for taking our baby announcement photo on the hotel’s front terrace. 🙂

A Relaxed Babymoon in Dreamy Santorini

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A Slow Itinerary for a Babymoon in Santorini

Historically, my preferred mode of travel has been pretty fast-paced, in an effort to see as much as possible. But as I’ve gotten older and wiser (ha), I’ve realized that quality is so much more important than quantity, and I’ve begun to adopt more of a slow travel mindset.

The goal for our babymoon was not to hop around the various Cyclades islands, like most people we met were doing, nor to even see the entire island of Santorini. We wanted to simply relax and take each day at a time, soaking in every moment.

Our stay in Santorini was from a Monday morning until a Saturday evening, giving us six full days to enjoy the island. We only had two scheduled activities for our entire stay, with the rest of the time left free to decide on a whim what to do.

Day 1: Becoming Acquainted with Oia

By the time we checked in to our room at 2 p.m. that Monday, we were so excited to take a nap. I know the best way to get over jet lag is to stay awake during the day and sleep during the normal evening hours, but we were dead.

After our little snooze, we ventured into town for dinner, where we had stunning caldera views at Apsithia Restaurant. We both ordered the soutzoukakia, baked meatballs with a rich tomato sauce. It was delicious!

Afterward, we grabbed some gelato and took a walk along Oia’s main street, enjoying the cool breeze and romantic glow of the town after sunset.

A Relaxed Babymoon in Dreamy Santorini

Day 2: Walking Tour of Oia

After a lazy morning enjoying breakfast and our hot tub on the rooftop, we set out to explore Oia.

It was hot and very crowded by the time we left our hotel, which made moving around a bit frustrating at times, but it still didn’t detract from the beautiful scenery.

A Relaxed Babymoon in Dreamy Santorini
A Relaxed Babymoon in Dreamy Santorini

Day 3: Sunset Cruise

Our sunset cruise was one of the items we scheduled ahead of time, which I recommend doing to ensure availability. We booked a large catamaran tour with Sunset Oia.

There are lots of smaller, more private tours available, but they come with a larger price tag. We were fine with being with a larger group (around 40 people). The people we met were a lot of fun and added to the overall experience.

The tour was almost six hours long, starting at 2:30 p.m. and ending after 8 p.m. We made stops at the volcanic hot springs, Red Beach, White Beach, and Mesa Pigadia, finishing off with a view of the sunset at Amoudi Bay.

Aside from the gorgeous scenery, a highlight of the tour was the fresh barbecue they served on board. Meat skewers, tsatziki sauce, stuffed grape leaves, and more.

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Day 4: Relaxing and Sunset Dinner

My husband wasn’t feeling very well on this day, so we took it easy, mostly relaxing at our hotel. For dinner, we reserved a table with a sunset overlook at a traditional Greek meze, Elinikon. I ordered souvlaki, which was probably one of my favorite meals of the trip.

Day 5: Excursion to Pyrgos

I really wanted to take one day to explore outside of Oia, so we hopped on the public bus from Oia to Fira, and then from Fira to the town of Pyrgos, which I learned used to be the capital of Santorini. (Now it’s Fira.)

Pyrgos was much less crowded than Oia and provided a welcome break from the mobs of tourists. It’s the highest town on Santorini, providing stunning, panoramic views of the island.

We stopped at Penelope’s for some ginger lemonade, taking in our picturesque surroundings.

After wandering the streets some more, we stopped for a late lunch at Rosemary Restaurant, nestled at one of the highest points in Pyrgos. Our table was situated along the large, open window at the back, giving us the most breathtaking backdrop during our meal.

A Relaxed Babymoon in Dreamy Santorini

Day 6: Enjoying Oia and Saying Goodbye

We spent most of our last morning enjoying breakfast in our room and then packing up our things. Tramonto Secret Villas let us stow our luggage in the main lobby until it was time to head to the airport, which made it easy to do some final exploring.

We stopped in a few shops and then walked over to Oia Castle to sit on our favorite stone bench, admiring the views one more time.

I found myself getting teary-eyed as I thought about leaving, because the trip had just been so wonderful in every way. I was not ready to go. 🙂

A Relaxed Babymoon in Dreamy Santorini

Santorini is every bit as magical as I imagined it would be, perhaps even more so. Not even the heat or the crowds could dim my feelings about the place. I was just so happy and grateful to be there.

This trip has made me more of an advocate for slow travel than ever before. The lack of stress and the ability to just enjoy our current surroundings without thinking “what’s next?” made for a truly blissful six days. This little Greek island will forever have a special place in my heart.

Wrap-Up: Top Recommendations for a Babymoon in Santorini

Below are the main recommendations I mentioned throughout this post for the best babymoon in Santorini.


  • Pitogyros (Oia): Cheap and amazingly delicious gyros. There was always a line out the door when we went here, but the wait was worth it.
  • Apsithia (Oia): Beautiful caldera views. If you want to be here for dinner, it’s probably best to make a reservation to get a table closest to the water. Try their soutzoukakia.
  • Elinikon (Oia): Traditional Greek meze. This is where I had my souvlaki, and it was SO GOOD. We made a reservation to get a table overlooking the sunset.
  • Lolita’s Gelato (Oia): This was a short walk from our hotel, and a place we frequented (hehe).
    • Best flavors: Stracciatella, pistachio, coconut, and this one that had wafer chunks in it. (It had a special name that I’m forgetting now, but if you mention wafers, they’ll probably know what you’re referring to. It was delicious!)
  • Rosemary (Pyrgos): Breathtaking views of Santorini. You can see Oia way off in the distance. Their tagliatelle dish was amazing.


  • Tramonto Secret Villas (Oia): We would stay here again in a heartbeat. The rooftop terrace is one of its biggest selling points, as well as the large bathroom. We also liked that it was tucked away from the busy Oia streets. The kind and helpful staff made our stay something we’ll always remember fondly.

Sunset Cruise

  • Sunset Oia: We did the Red Cruise. The cruise lasts almost six hours, and you get a fresh barbecued meal on board. Stops include the volcanic hot springs, Red Beach, White Beach, Mesa Pigadia, and Amoudi Bay (where you get to watch the sunset).

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