Volcanic island with striking landscapes, Santorini, like Mykonos, has largely contributed to forge the legend of the Cyclades. Famous for its dramatic cliffs populated by small whitewashed houses with azure roofs, the myth wants Atlantis to have been swallowed up by the waves at this very spot. Since then, the Greek archipelago has become the favorite spot for travelers and other honeymooners, and is even more pleasant to discover out of high season. When the Aegean Sea is still warmed by the summer sun, and the villages deserted by the usual crowd.
At the top of the list of the best hotels on the island, the Canaves Oia Epitome is one of the best places to stay. Opened shortly before the start of the pandemic, far from the frenzy of the Caldera, this small Cycladic haven of peace was designed by K-Studio. Built from dark volcanic rocks, the 24 suites and villas are pure and simple, with a focus on natural materials (stone, light wood, canework…) and all overlook the Aegean Sea.
Opening onto a large pool, overlooking the horizon and a small Orthodox church, the place has two restaurants. And if one declines the great classics of Greek cuisine: homemade tarama, seasonal salads, grilled octopus … The other honors the culinary expertise of Tassos Stefatos. Named Elements, this gastronomic table reinterprets, with great finesse, all the local soil. From olives in trompe l’oeil, fruity, through summer tomatoes accompanied by raspberries, raw fish snaké, wafers filled with goat cheese and honey, bass topped with caviar … All accompanied by good Greek wines.
But what makes the place special is undoubtedly its ideal position to admire the sunset. (The locals call it the “sunset hotel”). Cherry on the cake? The construction of a titanic spa and a panoramic swimming pool which should be completed by next year.
Canaves Oia Epitome
Main Street, Oía 847 02, Greece