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Perivolas, Oia, Santorini

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Greece, Europe
Oia , Santorini
Greece 84702
Tel: 30 22860 71308's insider take:

In the 1970s, owner Costis Psychas and his late mother had the prescience to buy a group of 300-year-old cliff-side cave dwellings, formerly owned by local fishermen. This was a time when nobody was coming to Santorini, let alone Oia, because it was still all about Mykonos. Having lovingly restored the houses one by one, Psychas now has the 20 most desirable rooms and suites in the Cyclades—each of them curvaceous and white, with fascinating nooks and crannies, local antiques, handwoven fabrics, wood-accented domed bathrooms, and divine private stone terraces. It's all so spare and tasteful, you probably couldn't find a travel magazine that hasn't featured Perivolas. Outside, an infinity pool melts over the cliffs, and everywhere you look there are wild figs, vineyards, geraniums, and bougainvillea. There are no TVs, but there is AC; there are no minibars, but there are kitchenettes with wine, water, and coffee. Breakfasts are bountiful, home-baked, and available late. Service is perfectly discreet and efficient. Be warned, you need to book several months in advance. No children under 16 allowed.

Closed November to March.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 95.3
  • Design: 96.8
  • Food: 90.5
  • Location: 98.4
  • Rooms: 95.3
  • Service: 95.3
Fashioned out of 300-year-old caves, this "secluded cliffside" property overlooking the caldera has a "mind-numbing, breathtaking, tear-inducing beauty." Rooms "feel organic," with curved white walls and white fabrics, touches of fuchsia, mauve, and rose, and no TV. The poolside restaurant plates Mediterranean cuisine that "matches the jaw-dropping sea views." Staff provide "truly sincere, professional, and meaningful service."
(20 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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