Istoria — Santorini, Greece

A hotel room with a bed, wooden chair, wooden side table, wooden headboard, round coffee tables and an arched doorway onto a balcony with an ocean view.
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Resorts in Santorini have long jostled for prime real estate and jaw-dropping views of the immense caldera on the island’s western coastline, leaving the flatter, but equally breathtaking eastern shores and vineyards relatively pristine and undisturbed by the madding crowds that arrive each summer.

Staking a particularly handsome stretch on the black volcanic sands of Perivolos Beach on the island’s south-eastern tip, the 12-suite Istoria is a languid sprawl of raw stonework, greenery and white walls. Behind the thick masonry of the three-storey compound, Athens-based Design Laboratorium has fashioned, quite literally, a cool modern interior of mosaicked and concrete floors, roughly hewn timber furniture, bed throws in summery hues, and terracotta accents.

When not picking the best sunbathing spot at the 3km-long beach or by the capacious pool, or being massaged in the Asian-themed spa, guests notch up the louche hedonism with chef Alexandros Tsiotinis’s grilled surf, and mod-Greek and Mediterranean menu.

A hotel bedroom with a bed, a wooden side table, wooden headboard, white console, a pendant light and an arched doorway onto a balcony with a view of the hillside.

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A hotel bedroom with a bed, a white console, a pendant light, a door to the bathroom and an arched doorway onto the balcony.

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A hotel room lounge space with a long white sofa, a round coffee table and a desk.

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A hotel room lounge area with a beige sofa, a round coffee table and an arched doorway onto a balcony.

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A hotel sunning area with a small square pool and wooden loungers with a sea view.

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ADDRESS

Perivolos Beach
Santorini

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.