Ready for a cool clifftop hideaway with awe-inspiring vistas? Grace Santorini, our hotel of the week, is perfectly perched to provide tranquil respite from the hustle of the nearby tourist towns. With its soul-soothing scenery and sumptuous dining, this Grecian nook is the type of place from which it’s hard to pull yourself away…
Style Whitewashed waterside palace
Setting Caldera clifftop
Why this week? If the wet, cold spring has tried your nerves, escape to the islands: at Grace Santorini, you’ll soon be ensconced in a cliff-carved cocoon with magnificent views of volcano-birthed blue lagoons, soaking up sunsets on the infinity pool terrace. For an extra sumptuous getaway, treat yourself to the five-night Romance Package, for stays until 27 Oct, 2013.
Our favourite bits For double-dipping fun, pick a Grace Suite with a plunge pool – you’ll get one pool indoors, with a partition so it can be ocean-facing or totally private, and an extra one out on the terrace. VIP Suites are similarly endowed, only their plunge pools are bigger, and they’ve got steam rooms and some flashy light installations, too.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘”I don’t ever want to leave,” I said at the end of the first day as we closed the shuttered double-glazed windows. And why would you ever need to? The Grace is one of those hotels that conspires to keep you happily captive: If you ever wondered what it feels like to be a victim of Stockholm Syndrome, this would be the place to try it. When we weren’t bobbing gently in the outdoor heated Jacuzzi, we lay supine under the sun umbrellas next to beds of lavender abuzz with lazy fat bumblebees. The April weather was still a little too cold to dip into one of the two spectacular pools that stretch out on separate levels. “Maybe we should stay on until the weather turns really hot?” I suggested hopefully over our breakfast of Greek yoghurt with nuts and blossom honey, and poached eggs.’
Compiled by Mishka Chisholm