Bright white: That is the color of Santorini. A member of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, it came about through a volcanic eruption. The black lava rocks of the rugged landscape form a charming contrast to the white buildings adorning the cliffs of the steep cliff-like coastline. Many of them afford wonderful views of the open sea. Away from the hustle and bustle, the guests of the Grace Hotel in the northwest of the island can enjoy one of the best panoramas. Architecture practices Divercity and mplusm drew their inspiration from buildings built in the traditional style of the region.
Rounded walls, from which cavities and furniture such as storage space and seating were hewn, are some of the characteristics of the caves people used to live in at the highest point of the island in the village of Imerovigli. Fifth Element Interiors London and SMK Interiors Greece fitted hand-made shelves and base cabinets into these niches in the walls. The bright, brushed concrete floors merge almost invisibly into the limestone-coated outside walls. Gently reflecting the sunlight, the light finishes give rise to a unique lighting mood. Completely renovated only two years ago, the boutique hotel boasts 21 rooms and numerous terraces: From a “Deluxe Room” with a pool of its own to the “Villa”, a separate space measuring 400 square meters with a private spa and open kitchen, the Grace Hotel offers its guest a wide range of choices. And cooling down on hot summer days is no problem either: A good 22 meters down in the Caldera there is a marvelous view from the infinity pool. On a short excursion to the immediate surroundings of the hotel, guests can also find out about wine production on the volcanic island.
Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
Phone: +30 22 86 02 13 00