You could possibly make a case that Santorini is simply too stunning for its personal good. Or no less than that was my impression after being almost flattened by a stampede of vacationers on the marble-paved streets of Oia, a winding village that pulls Instagrammers the world over. Touring to this island is just not for the faint of coronary heart, particularly in the summertime months, when it’s extra crowded—and rather more costly—than its Aegean neighbors.
But there’s nowhere on the planet fairly like Santorini. Cast by some of the violent volcanic eruptions in historical past, the island is a geologic surprise of spiraling cliffside, black-sand seashores, and infinite blue waters. What you could actually take pleasure in all this dizzying magnificence is an effective base, a perch from which you’ll be able to absorb the perfect whereas avoiding the remaining.
Enter Grace Resort, Auberge Resorts Assortment, a 21-room seaside sanctuary alongside Santorini’s western coast, which opened in 2008 and was revamped this spring. (Final month, it was named the perfect resort in Greece—and the second-best on the planet—by Journey & Leisure.) Regardless of its tiny footprint, just some beautiful white blocks jutting out of the volcanic crater, the miniature resort is now dwelling to a serious cocktail bar and restaurant that permits lodge company, and guests, to style the perfect of recent Greek delicacies whereas feasting their eyes on panoramic views of the Aegean.
The restaurant, Varoulko Santorini, is run by Lefteris Lazarou, the chef behind the famed Varoulko restaurant in Athens, the primary in Greece to be awarded a Michelin star. Like at his first restaurant, the cooking is quietly bold, however the setting right here is rather more relaxed, extra pool bar than palace, with tables secreted into shady stone alcoves. Above the restaurant is the lodge’s 363 Lounge, whose cocktail program was designed by Thanos Prunarus, the founding father of the Athens bar Baba Au Rum, usually thought to be the highest cocktail joint within the Greek capital.