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Santorini, Greece

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The Premises 

Aside from spare splashes of colour, luxury resort Chromata’s minimalist style invites the bright blues of Santorini’s sky and sea to diffuse across its walls like watercolour paint on a blank canvas. However, as delightfully mod and monochrome cave-style rooms are, top billing goes to the hotel’s magnificent setting at the highest point of the caldera. The infinity pool hovering above the Aegean is glorious, staff fulfil requests from the ordinary to outlandish, and the food is superb; but really, the view’s the star here.


Imerovigli Santorini, Greece


Compliments of the House 

A bottle of champagne on arrival. GoldSmiths get an additional room upgrade, early check-in and late check-out (all subject to availability)

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Rates usually include a generous buffet breakfast.


Spa, concierge, laundry, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, free bottled water and Korres bath products.


Pack swish swimwear and sunnies; something classically black or white from Orlebar Brown will keep you sweet by the swimming pool.


Over-14s only, but three (or more) is a crowd when it comes to caldera gazing.


The hotel can whisk you by car to A Spa (a 10-minute drive away in Oia), where you’ll abscond to one of three gardenia-, vanilla- and lily-perfumed suites, each with twin massage beds, a steam room and rain shower. Iris has a heated pool; Thalia has a footbath; and rooftop suite Kalliste has sea views. Caribbean Ligne St Barth products are used, and treatments range from quick fixes (30-minute massages) to bespoke rituals carried out over two days. Mani-pedis, facials, body wraps and scrubs complete pampering options. Book in advance to work out in the two-person Techno Gym Suite (10am–6pm) with spinning bikes, a kinesis machine and treadmill.


The unheated infinity pool is the centre of attention in the bar area – a ring of seats surrounds one end of it. It’s larger than most Santorini pools, set by the day-bed and cushion-dotted lounging areas stopping at the caldera’s edge. There are parasols to seek shade under if the sun gets too hot, and you’re just a few steps away from your next cocktail.


All guests are given a cell phone, so they can summon a member of staff when they’re off site. Butler service is available on request, charged at €100 per hour.
Fancy your very own Jeeves? Butler service is available on request.


The glossy Honeymoon Suites live up to their romantic title. An expansive terrace with blue views, a secluded Jacuzzi room from which you can snoop on the caldera and crisp white interiors conspire in romantic fashion. The Chromata Suite is equally couples-courting, but the addition of a unique upcycled bath tub appeals to our quirky side. If these two are a little above budget, the Superior Suites are cosy cave dwellings that also have a playfully private Jacuzzi room.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Many of the tastefully dressed tables at Chroma restaurant have caldera views. Dine alfresco for a table overlooking pink and purple sunsets, or by candlelight under a smattering of stars. The menu gets rewritten each season, but the focus is always on timely ingredients and imaginatively updated Greek dishes – the souvlaki is flavourful, the fish just-caught, and the lemon meringue comes deconstructed and decorated with flowers. The breakfast buffet is laid out here too – an array of local treats with some gluten-free options. If you want a slightly different take on the local seafood, head to the intimate sushi diner – a sauve space with a sit-up counter and sea-to-chopsticks morsels.

Liquid Bliss 

The cocktail bar, also in brilliant white, wraps around the pool. Guests sprawl over huge grey pillows or pristine day-beds while nursing a pick from the epic menu. The wine list is also worth browsing and canapés will keep you sated in between sips. Tell the barmen which spirits float your boat and they’ll customise your pick of poison accordingly.
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Experience the Extraordinary 

Pretty Imerovigli village, a few steps from the hotel, is Santorini’s best side. It’s jumble of white cubed buildings look like a sugar-bowl spilled down the cliff to the caldera and the Aegean beyond. Leave your comfy poolside spot to hike out to Skaros Rock’s ruins, or hop on a sailboat (the hotel can help with hiring one) for jaunts out to petite islands Nea Kameni and Thirassia. Wander the alleyways of capital Thira, a five-minute drive (or 20-minute walk) away, for jewellery, handicrafts and artwork. The Museum of Prehistoric Thira (+30 228 6022 217) is small but intriguing, with decorous pots, gold statuettes and well-preserved paintings from the Neolithic and Cycladic periods. North of the hotel (a 20-minute drive) lies Oia village, for wine tasting and gallery scouring; its Naval Maritime Museum (+30 228 6071 156) has some saucy figureheads and handsome galleon models. To the south is Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement in a remarkably good state of repair. The island’s volcanic sands are usually too hot to sunbathe on, but Kamari Beach on the east coast has softer sands, sun-beds and parasols for a beach fix.


Walk down a narrow street from Imerovigli’s main square and there’s Chromata lounging over the Cliffside, at the highest point of the caldera rim. It’s snuggled up to Smith stay Iconic Santorini, and capital Thira is a five-minute drive away.


Santorini Airport is 25 minutes by car. International flights usually connect via Athens, though some airlines also run a direct service to the UK, particularly in high season from June to September. Fly direct to the island from London Gatwick from June to November or connect from Athens in 45 minutes. The hotel can arrange transfers in a shared shuttle (€15 a person, each way) or private car (€100 for up to four guests, each way).


When leaving the airport, take a right at the crossroads in Messaria village. Follow the road towards Thira and pass through the town; Imerovigli is around two kilometres drive from there. Free valet parking is available on site.


Athinios Port in Thira is a 10-minute drive away, Aegean Speed Lines, Lane Lines, Anek Lines and Zante Ferries run frequent services from the islands (Mykonos, Kos, Crete, Folengandros, Heraklion, Ios, Naxos, Paros and Rhodes) and mainland Greece (Piraeus and Rafina).


Imerovigli Santorini, Greece

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