A heavenly sprawl of iconic Cycladic architecture clinging to a picturesque hilltop, spectacular suites, an outrageously positioned infinity pool and fine dining cuisine that could hold its own in any art gallery; welcome to the unmistakable, award-winning Grace Santorini.
Santorini has long been known as a fashionable island of trendy bars and luxury resorts, a fact that this particular property has fully embraced to become a leading example of island chic. There’s no question that Grace Santorini is among the most attractive boutique hotels on the island, and with spectacular Aegean Sea views on show from every inch of an enviable hilltop perch, the Grace’s scenic setting more than matches its own flawless design features. The only place to begin is with an infinity pool that’s as enticing as they come; backed by a sun patio, a few al fresco dining tables on the terrace below, and those all-important panoramic vistas spreading out in front of you. This is a special spot, whether basking in the afternoon heat or watching the sun set over a distant, uninhabited island; perfection.
The views are one thing, and so too the building, clambering up the hillside over multiple levels – though inside is just as impressive. Guestrooms and suites are all individually designed which adds to the already palpable sense of exclusivity, all coming with a smartly furnished balcony or terrace, some with a private plunge pool too. The décor scheme is a lesson in hip and cool, as each all-white haven is carefully punctuated with harmonious, occasional splashes of purple and deep blue, either embroidered into plush sofa cushions or framed in a piece of photographic artwork on the wall. The furniture is designer, and bathrooms contemporary, creating an overall ambience that feels bespoke to that particular space, cutting-edge, luxurious and indulgent all at the same time. The Villa is particularly breathtaking, flaunting a multi-level terrace and fully-equipped kitchen, plus its own spa, steam bath and indoor plunge pool encased in a private room, filled with blue neon lights.
Then, unlike some of the larger resorts on the island, Grace Santorini is not awash with endless onsite facilities, so your time here will be about the views, pool, and bewildering plates of fine dining cuisine courtesy of Santoro Restaurant – to be relished on the terrace while gazing out to sea, of course. That said, you will have yoga and Pilates classes, a small gym and in-room spa treatments to fill the gaps between sunbathing, swimming and dining, while the small village of Imerovigli makes for a nice walk just outside your front door, and Fira Town is only a mile away.
Grace Santorini Facilities
21 guestrooms and Suites, some with a private plunge pool, though all feature a furnished terrace, king-size bed, iPod docking station, oil burning vaporiser, air-conditioning, a pillow menu, walk-in rain showers and Apivita toiletries. The Villa has its own spa, steam bath and indoor pool, plus a kitchen and multiple terraces.
Imerovigli Village, 1 mile from Fira and roughly 10 minutes’ drive from Santorini Airport.