Hot Hotels: The Istoria Opens on Santorini in Greece

(Istoria Santorini)

There’s been a lot of buzz about a new design-driven boutique hotel on the island of Santorini in Greece. The Telegraph claims that Istoria could be “Santorini’s most Instagrammable hotel,” bringing “a cool volcanic verve to Perivolos beach.” Vogue Paris says, “Nestled in a volcanic landscape, where crystalline waters flirt with kilometers of black sand, this new boutique hotel is the ultimate summer refuge.”

What’s to love about Istoria Hotel Santorini, which takes it’s name from the Ancient Greek word for “story”? There are only 12 suites decorated by Greece-based firm Interior Design Laboratorium in a contemporary minimalist style, inspired by traditional Santorini mansions. Mediterranean touches abound: Mosaic floors, large stone pots and handcrafted textiles are the standard. Ranging in size between 430 to 538 square feet, the suites are divided into five categories. Landscaped terraces come with private jacuzzis or pools. 

The restaurant is overseen by chef Alexandros Tsiotinis, who has worked at Michelin-starred Noma in Copenhagen and Le Bristol in Paris. On the outdoor terrace, tuck into modern Greek cuisine and seafood fresh from the surrounding Aegean sea.

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Despite the hotel’s small room inventory, there is an on-site spa, where you can relax with facials and body treatments incorporating Ila Spa products and Asian essential oils. If you can tear yourself away from the infinity pool, flanked by loungers with views of the mountains, you’ll find a two-mile stretch of black sand beach nearby.

Istoria is a member of Design Hotels. Guests must be 14 years of age or older.

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