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I wish I was in... Santorini

Greece has lifted the quarantine requirement and is therefore a beautiful travel destination this summer.


Santorini’s new hideaway Set across from Perivolos Beach, a seaside stretch on Santorini’s south east coast, Istoria is fantasy turned reality. A new spin on the Greek beachside hotel, the property absorbs the best of the location’s bustle, while interjecting its own aura of peace amongst 12 pure suites. Just beyond the estate lies a 3km stretch of black sand—the result of an eruption of Santorini’s volcano—and

crystalline blue waters that serve as a soothing respite to the area’s burgeoning nightlife and dining scene. Far-removed from the area’s tourist-clogged sunset spots and yet deeply connected to its neighborhood, the hotel has carved a unique beach concept that allows guests to engage with the island’s activity from a calm sanctuary. Further ties to the area are forged via collaboration between the hotel, local shops, and designers for a unique Istoria boutique, while a series of activities orchestrated by local outlets and facilitated by the hotel are available to guests, such as horse-riding and biking.

Complementing this community-minded spirit is the concept of storytelling, which drives Istoria’s

commitment to allowing guests the space to breathe and curate their own bespoke retreat. The

hotel’s name derives from the Ancient Greek word for story and, as such, every corner is imbued

with a sense of intimacy, relaxation, and most importantly, comfort, for a prevailing atmosphere

that feels like a home from home. This vision is brought to life by Athens-based firm Interior

Design Laboratorium, who have replicated the experience of a Santorini mansion via a fusion of

traditional Santorini architecture and a stripped-down contemporary aesthetic that pervades all


Istoria’s design is an eclectic impression of Mediterranean influences. Rustic textures—as seen in

the various terracotta, wood, and concrete elements that pepper the space—sit side-by-side with

sleek, modern furnishings and accents that include marble-topped console tables and low hanging

ceramic pendant lighting in guestrooms. Decorative accents yield memories of times past;

oversized stone pots nod to the island’s storied, and extensive history while it’s abundant natural

bounty features in the shape of volcanic stone, black Santorini sand, and an environment of native

trees and plants, such as ancient olive trees, herbs, and aloe. Traditional woven wool, shaped into

handcrafted textiles, blanket beds, nooks and alcoves to form spaces that exude warmth and


The 12 guestrooms—each with a name in a different language which translates to the word

‘story’—continue the theme of storytelling, each one a stylish backdrop in which to provoke

inspiring and everlasting stories. Divided into five categories, and ranging 40-50 sqm, the

accommodations are characterized by a series of luxe features that elevate Istoria to a high-end,

must visit property. Verdant terraces, for example, are crowned with private Jacuzzis and/or

pools—game-changing features that offer an additional layer of refuge to this resplendent haven.

It’s all evenly spread throughout a restored building which retains original features, such as

dominant arches, thick masonry, and traditional mosaic flooring, for an experience that is wholly

and authentically Greek while embracing all the needs of modern and sophisticated travelers.

Despite an overwhelming dedication to tranquility and solace, Istoria features several spaces for

guests to play. A large infinity pool, bounded by loungers and framed by views of the surrounding

mountains, contributes a convivial essence, supplemented by a casual and bohemian pool bar

serving drinks and snacks. Elsewhere, the hotel’s main restaurant, a 40-cover eatery led by Noma

alum Alexandros Tsiotinis, complete with outdoor terrace, serves modern Greek and

Mediterranean cuisine created with fresh, seasonal ingredients and seafood garnered from the

island and the Aegean Sea. Amenities are rounded up with an on-site spa offering facial and body

treatments that incorporate Ila Spa products alongside an Asian-inspired mix of essential oils. FOR FURTHER INFO, PLEASE CONTACT:

Tel.: 0030 2286085051

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