Aenaon Villas Santorini is a contemporary residence of boutique luxury suites perched on the very edge of the famous Caldera, the hotel's romantic secluded position sees it set between Imerovigli and Oia.
Santorini is more than just a place for honeymooners – although we see why they flock here – it is a place of mystical proportions, jaw-dropping Caldera vistas and awe-inspiring natural beauty, where the panoramic villages cling to the steep slopes reminiscent of cream running down the sides of a cake berg.
Aenaon Villas Santorini is like a boutique hotel, but with the luxury of something more private, born of a dream 15 years in the making. You get a sense of the exact detailing that has been bestowed on these luxury villas perched high on the rocks, with dramatic views and boutique interiors that marry with sensitivity to the Santorini landscape, customs and climate. This is no ordinary build on the edge of the Caldera.
Smooth layered white interiors reference contemporary lines of design, which are cleverly provoked by the traditional crafted elements of sun bleached woods and quarried stone – this is the signature of identity, locality and the simplicity of luxury.
Aenaon Villas has soul, and captures the mystical spirit of the once charred island of Santorini using a smooth natural tone against the unmistakable blue of the Aegean.
Location next to style is key when visiting the sun-kissed Cycladic Island of Santorini, as it is all about that view of the Caldera. Aenaon Villas smashes this at every level, sitting on a very secluded plateau on the edge of the Caldera, just between the villages of Imerovigli and enchanting Oia.
This special spot means you get your very own slice of uninterrupted Caldera views, gaze into infinity from pool and sun loungers, all void of the crowds. Aenaon Villas is a romantic boutique setting nearby to beaches, vineyards, ports and villages.
Serenity is at the foundation of Aenaon Villas - so when they came to design the spaces around the villas, they opted for a tasty room-pool-service concept rather than a full kitchen. Simple tastes of the island, including the sweetest Santorini tomatoes you have ever tasted, are matched with fond favourites from breakfast on your private terrace looking into the infinity of the Caldera, to lunchtime's classic Greek salad served poolside, to a little pre-sundown snack - you won't starve here.
Some of the villas have a kitchenette so you can opt to cook yourself - or pop out to dine in one of the owner's listed top 10 restaurants, all a short drive away - tried and tested of course, the owners know each place personally so you get to be treated like a local rather than a visitor - delish.
Giorgos and Alexandra Alexiou are simply two of the nicest people you can ever meet, a couple who infuse you with their beautiful Greekness. They are the brains, hands and creative duo behind Aenaon Villas - Giorgos has the architectural eye and Alexandra is the hand of style that narrates the soul of this Santorini abode in pure white – her favourite colour.
“Doing something crazy was not always easy and our drive to create something different not always logical, but it was the best thing we ever did. We found our special spot on the edge of the Caldera itself.”
This couple, as hosts, are rare to find, and we are glad we found them for you.
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