Mystique, Oia, Santorini $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Opened in 2007, the 18-suite Mystique is a sister to the Vedema, one of Santorini's better hotels—except it overcomes the Vedema's major shortcoming: an inland location that leaves it with no view from the caldera. Mystique's view, back toward the main town of Fira, which itself drips like white paint over the cliff's edge, is outstanding, as is its exterior, featuring traditional Cycladic architecture. (The room decor, however, is so simple, it tends toward the bland.) The pool is small even by Santorini standards, and there are few other places in Oia with as many steps. But make your way down and you'll be rewarded by the additional privacy those steps ensure, and by a modern-Med restaurant with a wine cellar, dug into the cliff wall, that boasts one of the most extensive selections on the island.
Closed mid-November through mid-May.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Building a hotel into the face of Santorini's dramatic sea cliffs lends an immediate advantage: The location alone is enough to make it a showstopper. Happily, the 18-room Mystique, under the same ownership as the island's highly regarded but viewless Vedema Resort, lives up to its stunning site. The free-form rooms, decorated in what might be called cave-art style (driftwood for headboards, a dining table and chairs that appear to be made of egg-shaped boulders), are carved directly into the cliff, and the views—toward the town of Fira—are magnificent. Mystique is accessed by a heart-poundingly steep staircase in one of the most private locations in Oia. Guests can take advantage of the splendid isolation by whiling away their afternoons poolside, then sitting down to a grilled-lobster dinner under the stars at the open-air restaurant.2008 Hot List
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