Perivolas Hotel In Santorini Among The Best In The World

  • by XpatAthens
  • Monday, 14 January 2019
Perivolas Hotel In Santorini Among The Best In The World
Each year the editors of Condé Nast Traveler magazine pick their favorite hotels and resorts of all time! The so-called Gold List spans six continents and 36 countries and is considered to be one of the travel industry's most elite accolades. In fact, the hotels on the list are exceptional, classic, and simply brilliant. They are the sort of hotel that will instantly make you daydream of an unforgettable vacation.
The only Greek hotel to make it on the 2019 Gold List is the famous Perivolas Hotel in SantoriniThe hotel’s story began in 1969 when Manos Psychas and his wife bought a piece of cliff with cave dwellings and stables in the Perivolas area of the cliff top village of Oia. Faithful to the tradition of the island's unique architecture, the couple restored a group of 300-year-old caves that were once the homes of local fishermen and farmers. With the help local craftsmen, this historical setting was gradually transformed into a luxurious retreat of 20 very unique suites.
Here's what Condé Nast Traveler writes about this unique hotel:

‘There are plenty of hotels on Santorini with giddying views—the most desirable places to stay teeter on the rim of a 300-meter cliff that plunges into the flooded volcanic caldera. But none have the spare, ethereal bone structure of Perivolas. Rooms are sculpted from brushed concrete, pressed into arched doorways and barreled ceilings with the builders’ bare hands. Bright hits of pink and purple—a sprig of bougainvillea, a heap of floor cushions—bring the cool white interiors and black volcanic walls into sharper focus. This fierce purity defines every detail at Perivolas, a family dream that materialized in the early 1980s and is still run with great passion and precision by the Psychas clan. The line-up here is scant but special: a hushed restaurant beside a pool almost indistinguishable from the blue horizon, where the chef cures, smokes, and ferments local ingredients into artful yet unfussy dishes; and a small, soulful spa streaming with natural light. It takes confidence to leave so much out of a five-star hotel, but Perivolas defines luxury differently than most hotels on the island—or anywhere else for that matter. One of the things that draws devotees back season after season is the fact that time seems to stand still here. Sure, discreet additions might appear, such as the purpose-built gym, lap pool, and yoga studio last year. But while the rest of Santorini is engaged in an unseemly scrum for more tourist dollars, life at Perivolas remains blissfully unhurried, unflashy and yes, unspoiled.’


To read the Gold List in full, please visit: Condé Nast Traveler

Photo Credit: Perivolas Hotel