Trea­sure is­land

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Re­sorts in San­torini have long jos­tled for prime real es­tate and jaw-drop­ping views of the im­mense caldera on the is­land’s west­ern coast­line, leav­ing the flat­ter, but equally breath­tak­ing east­ern shores rel­a­tively pris­tine and undis­turbed by the madding crowds that ar­rive each sum­mer. On a par­tic­u­larly hand­some stretch of Perivo­los Beach, with its black vol­canic sands, the 12-suite Istoria Ho­tel is a lan­guid sprawl of raw stonework, green­ery and white walls. Be­hind the thick ma­sonry of the three-storey com­plex, Athens’ In­te­rior De­sign Lab­o­ra­to­rium has fash­ioned a cool, mod­ern in­te­rior of mo­saic and con­crete floors, roughly hewn tim­ber fur­ni­ture, bed throws in sum­mery hues, and ter­ra­cotta ac­cents. When not pick­ing the best sun­bathing spot at the 3km-long beach or by the ca­pa­cious pool, or be­ing mas­saged in the Asian-themed spa, guests can spend qual­ity time with chef Alexan­dros Tsi­o­ti­nis’ Mediter­ranean menu, in­clud­ing chicken with can­nel­loni stuffed with San­torinian zuc­chini and smoked Metsovo cheese. DW Perivo­los Beach, tel: 30.2286 085051, is­to­ri­a­ho­ Rates: from €390

full Of BEAMS Top, the Miya Lostvilla’s lounge is lo­cated in a former gra­nary build­ing fea­tur­ing spec­tac­u­lar tim­ber rafters white house Above, the Istoria Ho­tel’s ar­chi­tects found in­spi­ra­tion in the cu­bist vol­umes of the is­land’s ver­nac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture

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