I pictured my first trip to Greece to be an idyllic island getaway for as long as I can remember. I mean, who would expect their first trip to the Cyclades to be anything less, you know? Anyway. As a clinical over-planner, I had big dreams and really needed this trip to deliver. Luckily, I was able to stay at two stunning hotels on either coast of Santorini and they both really set the mood for the trip. The first hotel – the Istoria.
The Istoria is a brand new hotel from Design Hotels. The gorgeous property, a former stable, maintains the equestrian history while mixing in the Greek vibes of the surrounding area. Located in the Perivolos Beach area, the hotel is the perfect respite from the busy Thira and Oia on the other side of the island.
The welcoming hotel lobby is open and airy, and as you step through the front door, you feel as though you are still on the beach across the street. After a long travel day, the courtyard immediately erased all of my stress and I forgot about any work or travel hiccups I’ve left behind.
In addition to reception and a sitting area, the lobby is home to Mr. E, the hotel’s restaurant. The restaurant is unlike anything I’ve seen before. The floors are gravel and the roof is a neutral covering and it evokes the beautiful natural surroundings of the hotel. Breakfast is included in your stay so there’s an opportunity to dine in Mr. E, but I highly recommend experiencing dinner as well. The food was light, fresh and so good that I only snapped one picture of the meal.
Like the lobby, the rooms have a perfect mix of equestrian and Greek beach vibes. The fixtures and decorations are minimalistic and chic. I truly felt like I was able to relax after my long days of exploring the island.
Beyond the lobby and hotel rooms was one of the most beautiful pools I’ve ever seen. From the surrounding mountains to the pool bar to the crystal clear water, the area was absolutely incredible. So incredible that I would travel back to Santorini just to swim at the Istoria’s pool.
From the minute I stepped foot through the front doors of the Istoria, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Every detail was thoughtfully curated – the decor, the menu, the landscape. If you’re traveling to Greece, I highly recommend booking a stay at the Istoria hotel in Santorini.
A million thank yous to The Istoria Hotel in Santorini, Greece and Design Hotels for generously hosting me! If you’re interested in staying at The Istoria, or any Design Hotels visit their website at istoriahotel.gr or designhotels.com. All opinions and images are my own.
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