Sprucing Up Santorini
Scattered above the lapis-lazuli waters of the Aegean Sea, Santorini’s whitewashed resorts are an almost clichéd picture of paradise. But it appears even paradise can be improved upon, as several new and recently renovated retreats on the fabled Greek isle are giving new life to the caldera-top experience. Travelers returning to the 21-room Grace Santorini (gracehotels.com) this season will find the hideaway immaculately restyled, with contemporary interiors punctuated by Greek Statuario marble and punches of purple and baby blue. The resort is also set to debut an extensive spa and wellness facility and two sprawling suites with private plunge pools and terraces.
Nearby, the new Cavo Tagoo Hotel Santorini (cavotagoo.com) is bringing a trendy vibe to local barefoot luxury with 13 breezy suites adorned with minimalist furnishings, a sweeping pool deck with floating daybeds, and a sleek Ibiza-inspired lounge overlooking the caldera. Perhaps most alluring this season is the island’s new Erosantorini (erosantorini.com), an exclusive-use estate that opened in October on 2 acres high above the sea. The all-inclusive villa, which sleeps 14 guests in four suites, promises pampering and privacy at every turn with a wine cellar, a personal chef, a yoga pavilion, a spa, an outdoor cinema, an infinity-edge pool, and excursions that include sailing and archaeological tours.