By its design, Istoria blends Santorini’s traditional building materials of volcanic stones and coloured plaster with a few well-chosen pieces of wooden furniture and handcrafted textiles. It is an ode to everything that Santorini is now and all it has ever been.
The understated rooms include handpicked fresh flowers, Marshall radios and eclectic artwork, making for a profoundly minimal yet luxurious space to lay your head. The outside spaces, some with private pools, are South-facing sun traps which overlook the deep blue of the ocean and reflect the cool blue of the sky. Inside, these colours are mirrored with the understated elegance of the design.
Istoria derives its name from the Ancient Greek word for story. Istoria Hotel, a member of the Design Hotels group, is quietly located in the eastern half of Santorini on Perivolos Beach.
Partially housed in the stables of a former estate, the hotel marries old and new elements to celebrate the island’s heritage and culture. It also offers a showcase into the sleek, modern luxury that the island has gained a reputation for in recent years.
The private, secluded location offers views across the volcanic sand, and provides sanctuary after a day exploring the island. Return in the evenings to delicious Greek food in the pebble-floored taverna and organic treatments in the cool, tranquil spa.
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