The British weather is the most deplorable flirt – giving us sunshine one day, and grey skies the next. We want some unwavering warmth, a boutique hotel hideaway, a shot of coastal cool and a holiday sans umbrella – magnificent Mystique in Greece‘s sun-kissed Santorini should do the trick…
Style Leisure, luxury and linens
Setting Cycladic volcano summit
Our favourite bits The mind-blowing vista of the caldera cliffs makes for holiday snaps to be proud of, and the hotel’s cloistered quarters guarantee privacy and relaxation. Mystique’s suites are spacious and airy, with camera-pleasing private terraces overlooking the sea. Room 16’s generous terrace provides the most impressive view, while snug and slinky Room 7’s harmonious layout is a visual delight. You could happily holiday here without leaving the hotel – the linen-clad tables of the Charisma restaurant offer uninterrupted views of the sea and the refined Mediterranean menu nods particularly to Greek cuisine. Aura, the dinky pool bar, serves up a moreish speciality cocktail known as the Mystique, and there’s also Secret, the ancient atmospheric wine cave, stocked with intriguing local potions.
Mr & Mrs Smith say “A chauffeur was waiting to whisk us to Mystique, the latest A-list establishment perched on the rim of Santorini’s caldera, with uninterrupted views of volcanic cliffs and the sparkling sea.
Arriving from Athens at dawn, delirious with fatigue, the glasses of champagne greeting us at this boutique hotel in Santorini were slightly redundant, sadly, but a nice touch. We wanted a bed to sleep in right away, but nobody checks out at 6am so we made do with a gorgeous breakfast by the pool and a snooze on the sunbeds for a couple of hours. As other guests awoke and staked out their spots for the day they must have thought two travelling tramps had invaded their immaculate and pristine world…”
Read our anonymous review of Mystique in Santorini…