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Istoria Hotel

Perissa 847 03, Greece
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Istoria Hotel

Why we love it: An intimate, indulgent Santorini newcomer with a rich history

The Highlights:
-A private beach comprised of volcanic black sand
-An artisan tile pool that welcomes all-day lounging
-An organic spa offering regionally derived therapies

Located on the seafront of Santorini’s iconic Perivolos Beach, a three-kilometer stretch of volcanic black sand, this property boasts everything guests are looking for in a Greek Island escape: locally inspired architecture, panoramic seaside views, and a storied history (it served as a private residence for years before Interior Design Laboratorium helped to transform it into a boutique hotel). At arrival, guests encounter a wide-ranging mélange of Mediterranean influences, including ceramic, wooden, and terracotta elements, all evoking a natural color palette. Inspired by the art of storytelling, the hotel finds its name from the Greek word for “story,” and all 12 guestrooms follow suit (in a dozen different languages). Upon entering any of them, expect to be greeted with bathrobes, slippers, and toiletries from Greek all-natural brand Korres—plus, snacks (a graviera cheese amenity with a Greek salad tart is replenished on the daily). Work up an appetite for dinner at Mr. E, where chef Alexandros Tsiotinis serves a menu of reimagined Greek and Mediterranean cuisine focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients and local seafood (e.g. grilled octopus with green olive cream and orange vinaigrette; Greek-style ceviche with fried capers and sea fennel). For a break from the beach, visit the spa, where a team offers organic and regionally enhanced services such as seaweed body wraps, hot stone treatments, and sun-relieving rituals incorporating aloe vera and soothing massage techniques.