The only positive outcome of Greece’s continuing economic struggles, is that lower prices have reinvigorated its tourism trade – with sun-seekers flocking to its glorious assemblage of islands.
The most popular of those, Santorini, has a strikingly beautiful downtown that can get oppressively crowded in high-season; but with its romantic winding lanes, colorful architecture and chic boutiques, it’s really not to be missed. So checking-in somewhere away from the throngs is always recommended. And the new 12-suite charmer Istoria, set directly across from Perivolos Beach, could not be more secluded and furtive.
As a member of the exalted Design Hotels group, obviously style was front and center in its conception. Overarchingly stark and clean-lined, there is yet a palpable rusticity evident in the handcrafted textiles, stone pots, traditional mosaic flooring and terracotta elements. Room terraces and poolside loungers offer tranquility amidst views of the surrounding mountains and olive trees.
But there’s also a full-service, Asian-inspired spa, all-day cocktails by the pool, and the Greek-Med restaurant Mr. E, lorded over by NOMA alum Alexandros Tsiotinis.
Plan ahead – the annual Ifestia Festival (a tribute to the volcano eruption of 1600 B.C.) takes place September 15, with music and fireworks.