Santorini (the village of Oia, to be specific) is known across the world as having the most spectacular sunsets--reason alone to book your next vacation here! The hardest decision you'll make is between white or black sand beaches as no choice in Santorini is a bad one. The most delectable seafood you'll ever taste is right outside your door, the colors you'll find in nature are the most vibrant you'll ever see, and there's just something about the spirit of the people of Greece--it's a magical one. Be sure to book a dinner reservation where you'll have a captivating view of the sunset and bring your best camera lens!
Grace Hotel Santorini, Auberge Resorts
Crisp, minimalist, and simply marvelous, Grace Hotel Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection skips the ornamentation for vast swatches of pristine white and sea views. The heated infinity-edge pool—which cascades down the cliffside—is truly spectacular. Come sundown, the new Champagne lounge provides breathtaking views of the caldera from its location 363 meters above sea level. Most of the 22 bespoke rooms feature outdoor plunge pools, while the 400-square-meter villa offers a private heated pool and SPA. Each stay is customized—from your choice of pillows to a range of island experiences.
WIT Tip: Go home with a story! From the stunning cuisine of the multi award winning restaurant Santoro to the "Grace Escape" picnic and hiking of Skaros Rock--breathe in the magic of Grace Hotel.
Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Celebrating the finer pleasures in life, Mystique is sensual luxury on the sun-drenched isle of Santorini. Choose from a selection of suites and villas, each with a sea-facing terrace with sun loungers, and some with outdoor pools and Jacuzzis. With every comfort attended to, from private meals to personalized concierge experiences, you are left only to enjoy the resort. Swim in the infinity pools, then grab a cocktail at Aura. Head to the Secret Wine Cave for a ceremonial wine tasting, then dine at Charisma Greek restaurant or ASEA Japanese restaurant. The Elios spa offers services in two treatment rooms along with a state-of-the-art gym.
WIT Tip: For the ultimate experience, book one of the stand-alone villas.
Canaves Oia Hotels
Set in the village of Oia (pronounced EE-ah) on the rim of the Santorini caldera, the Canaves Oia Hotel will leave you exclaiming, “Ahhh!” Composed of renovated 17th- century houses carved into the cliffside, this romantic retreat features 17 modern accommodations in the island’s iconic Cycladic architectural style. You’ll discover this is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Activities include taking in the spectacular view of the caldera from the pool, heading out during the day on a sightseeing tour, finding the ideal spot on one of the magnificent nearby beaches, and more.
WIT Tip: The unparalleled views of the caldera will make you never want to leave the sparkling infinity-edge pool. A refreshing beverage or cocktail from the pool bar completes the experience.
Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort
A private enclave of whitewashed villas, Vedema Resort is an exclusive world unto itself. A stay here leaves guests mesmerized by the resort's unspoiled beauty, gracious hospitality, and unabashed romance. Stay in one of the stunning suites set around a 15th-century winery, or choose a chic pool villa. In the evening, mingle with like-minded guests at the winetasting held in the Canava Wine Bar, and experience Alati Restaurant (located inside the old winery cave and with a terrace), savoring surf and turf cuisine with the best local ingredients. The spa is sublime, with everything from hot-stone massages to aloe vera treatments.
WIT Tip: Vedema's private beach facilities, part of the black-sand beach of Perivolos, must be seen and experienced.
Santorini will have you wishing you lived in a hillside town full of Cycladic style homes overlooking an ocean so blue it blends right into the sky. Rest assured--once you experience Santorini, Greece, we're confident you'll find any excuse to make your way back to this idyllic island as soon as possible.