For an island of unbridled romance, it is extraordinary to think that Santorini is responsible for the largest single volcanic eruption known to man. An eruption so enormous it created what is now The Caldera, the horseshoe-shaped lagoon around the island, ended the Minoan civilisation on Crete and quite possibly created the legend of Atlantis.
While this historic nugget might not instantly conjure up images of idyllic tranquil beauty, it does perhaps explain just why Santorini’s landscape is so breathtaking; her whitewashed villages clinging like limpets to the tops of her steep cliffs.
Just such a village is Oia, lying on the northern tip of Santorini, her landmark blue-and-white domed houses, in many cases carved directly into the volcanic rock wall leading down into the Caldera. Here too lies the Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites, a luxury boutique property that offers sweeping views across the Caldera from its lofty perch, the dramatic 17th-century former wine caves hacked out of the cliff face, transformed into a clutch of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom luxury suites.
The whitewashed walls and arched ceilings are a marriage of traditional Cycladic architecture and lavish modernist art, while the spacious lounge areas and state of the art bathrooms provide a degree of pampering that is difficult to beat on the island.
All the suites have access to the beach far below via an exclusive lift, but stay topside and make full use of the infinity pool and bar where sunset views are mandatory, and a gourmet restaurant where executive chef Andreas Evangelatos, creates mouth-watering Mediterranean and Santorinian dining.
Staying true to its colourful wine-making lineage, the Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites offers a private wine-tasting journey across Santorini’s varied grapes from Assyrtiko and Aidani, to Athiri and Mavrotragano. Then again, why not indulge in an altogether different decadence and surrender your senses to the holistic embrace of massage and wellbeing therapies in the hotel spa.
The Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites makes full use of Santorini’s dramatic landscape to give you an unforgettable experience.
Club Members enjoy exclusive rates at this Santorini gem of an hotel. To check availability and current rates please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below.
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Santorini, Greek Islands