The “Gold List” is CNT’s edit of the best hotels in the world – classics that have crafted their reputation and outlook over many years, or more recent favourites that have emerged fully formed. The list includes city big-hitters and safari greats, beachside island escapes and jungle dens, from Australia to the Caribbean, Hong Kong to LA.
The Vasilicos is the only Greek hotel – and one of only 12 in Europe – on CNT’s Gold list for 2022.
“Formerly the house of a passionate art collector, The Vasilicos is a boutique hotel like no other. Years of carefree holidays as a happy summer residence have lent it an air of laid-back luxury that permeates every little detail,” CNT’s Rachel Howard says while describing the property.
It was built in the 1980s by Vassilis Valambous, a Greek art collector and bon viveur, from a cluster of collapsed yposkafa – the island’s unique cave houses.
“The atmosphere still has the warmth, intimacy and personality of a home,” Howard says.
Perched high on the Santorini caldera, The Vasilicos consists of a constellation of cave-like structures – typical of Santorini architecture – which have been transformed into seven airy and elegant suites. Large terraces, unobstructed sunset views, and a rare level of privacy make it special.
Furnished with unique pieces, made-to-order or handpicked from the family’s private collection, the history of the property can be seen in every lovingly curated detail.
Upcycled keyrings, customised beach towels, and a capsule library in each suite all get a nod of appreciation, but the great winner is The Vasilicos team of ten who work tirelessly to make guests feel at home.
The hotel also boasts a sister winery – the Vassaltis Vineyards – on the island, therefore, its cuisine is carefully designed around the famous Santorini wines.
A sunset dinner on the private terrace is an experience not to be missed.