Located on Perivolos beach, on the island’s northeastern side, Istoria used to be an old “palazzo” owned by a noblewoman. Following extensive renovation work, the hotel today features 12 suites, each with a private balcony and in some cases a private jacuzzi or pool.
Its name “Istoria” means history and story in Greek. “Istoria is more than a hotel… it is a refuge where the bright sun and the blue sea set you free… and allow you to create your own unique story,” the hotel’s management said in an announcement.
The property’s architecture combines the traditional Cycladic style and impressive modern details such as white walls, wooden roofs, stone columns and floors, elevated structures, soft fabrics and vintage furniture among others, that “provide a sense of clarity in the simplicity of the space; an atmosphere of relaxation, joy and warmth”.
Furthermore, Istoria’s restaurant, Mr. E, invites guests to indulge in Santorini’s fine wines and the unique flavors prepared by talented chef Alexandros Tsiotinis. The gastronomy options of Mr. E promote Greek tradition with a modern twist, and include Mediterranean flavors.
“Every dish is a story… and a single bite can take you on a journey to the history of its ingredients,” which include local fresh ingredients, vegetables from the family biological farm and fresh fish.
Istoria is a member of Design Hotels, a Berlin-based hospitality services company that markets some 300 independent hotels in over 60 countries, including Greece.
Photos: Istoria Hotel Santorini