17 July 2020
Set in the Aegean Sea, these Greek Islands boasts awe-inspiring views, where the characteristically whitewashed buildings are as much a part of the landscape as the quiet beach coves or the thatched roof windmills. Of these 6,000 or so islands, Santorini and Mykonos stand out as two highlights that we love to visit over and over.
On the island of Santorini, stunning sunsets of gold and crimson light up the sky on a daily basis, creating a gorgeous display to admire from the cliffside. World-renowned for its treasure trove of natural attractions including peaceful beaches, sheltered bays and volcanic setting, Santorini delivers much more than the quintessential postcard image of the traditional whitewashed buildings which decorate the island’s cliffsides, creating an intricate network of charming cobbled streets and old-fashioned tavernas.
The island’s culture makes it a must-visit for the well-travelled, looking for an authentic taste of Greek island life. Its small villages reach back to a less hurried time and invite visitors to experience it once more, admiring the picturesque architecture of pure white against the blue domes of churches. A window even further into the past exists at the archaeological site of the Bronze age village of Akrotiri which was buried under ash in the 17th Century BC, before which it was one of the most important urban centres of the Minoan Civilization.
Ideal for romantic escapes, Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, lays carved into the rugged cliffs overlooking the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Thanks to its subtle colour palette and well-considered design, the hotel has an airy feel and a carefree spirit which complements its exclusive nature. The 41 luxurious suites and villas are linked by a network of cobbled pathways and each offer unobscured views out across the sea. The Air of Secrecy Villa boasts a generously spaced living area, private fitness room and an open-air terrace with dining area, private jacuzzi and hydromassage plunge pool.
Istoria Hotel tells the untold story of Santorini. This unique, 12-suite masterpiece merges classic and contemporary design to create a sanctuary that is uniquely Greek. The property’s dedication to tranquillity and solace is evident throughout from the open-air restaurants, which now feature increased spacing between tables, contactless service and solely a la carte menus; to the minimalist suites.
Turquoise seas, exclusive hotels and perennial sunshine make Mykonos one of the Mediterranean’s most sought after locations. The island sits decorated by thatched-roofed windmills which have become an integral part of the landscape, and blue-domed churches surrounded by pretty manicured gardens. Across the island’s southern coast, you’ll find a number of popular soft sand beaches, but for a quieter more secluded day of relaxing along the shores or swimming through crystal clear waters, head up the coast to find a stretch to call your own.
Along the northwestern stretch of coastline, you will find Grace Mykonos which serves up the quintessential Mykonos experience: traditional whitewashed property, impeccable service and understated elegance.
The hotel is located in an air of calm, above the protected Agios Stefanos beach, yet within easy reach of the cosmopolitan Mykonos Town which can be visited in the hotel’s courtesy car, allowing guests the independence to explore.
For capturing the soothing sight of the sun setting over the horizon, nowhere is better suited than the 32 suites at Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge. Decorated with modern Mediterranean inspired furnishings, and accented with soft soothing lighting, the property’s suites possess a refreshing atmosphere to reinvigorate weary visitors. Choose to create your own bubble of luxury by staying in one of the suites featuring an outdoor private pool. These spacious abodes feature fully equipped private verandas and infinity pools that beckons you in the savour romantic moments to the comforting sound of the rolling waves down below.