The 12-suite retreat constitutes a stripped-down contemporary aesthetic and is a welcome addition to Santorini, away from the throngs of tourists
The lush landscape of the Cycadean island of Santorini paints an idyllic backdrop for the island’s newest wonder: Istoria, a 12-suite retreat set across from Perivolos Beach, a seaside stretch on Santorini’s south east coast. A new take on the traditional Greek beachside hotel, Istoria is away from the island’s tourist-clogged sunset spots and yet deeply connected to its neighbourhood and history, allowing guests to engage with the island’s activity from a calm sanctuary.
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. 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.
The hotel is set within a restored building that retains its original features, such as dominant arches, thick masonry, and traditional mosaic flooring, creating an authentically Greek setting, while its interior design is an eclectic mix of Mediterranean and modern influences. Rustic textures in terracotta, wood, and concrete elements found throughout the space, sit alongside sleek, modern furnishings and accents that include marble-topped console tables and low-hanging ceramic pendant lighting in guestrooms creating a modern yet warm environment.
Decorative accents such as oversized stone pots nod to the island’s extensive history, while natural elements in the form of volcanic stone, black Santorini sand, and an environment of native trees such as olive trees, herbs, and aloe abound.
The 12 guestrooms—each with a name in a different language which translates to the word ‘story’— are split into five categories and range from 40 to 50 square metres, with verdant terraces with private Jacuzzis and/or pools. A large infinity pool with views of the surrounding mountains is also on offer alongside a casual and bohemian pool bar serving drinks and snacks.
The hotel’s main restaurant is a 40-cover eatery led by Noma alum Alexandros Tsiotinis, complete with outdoor terrace, serving modern Greek and Mediterranean cuisine created with fresh, seasonal ingredients and seafood garnered from the island and the Aegean Sea.
And for those that love a pamper, there is an on-site spa offering facial and body treatments that incorporate Ila Spa products alongside an Asian-inspired mix of essential oils.
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