28 Jan Aqua Vista Hotels: Endless luxury on an island of romance
With its towering cliffs, awe inspiring views and picture postcard whitewashed villages Santorini is renowned world over as the perfect destination for a romantic escape. Leading the way in exclusive luxury accommodation on the island is Aqua Vista, an exceptional collection of boutique properties offering unparalleled service in breathtaking locations.
The hotels’ impeccable reputation has seen them play host to numerous celebrity clientele over the years. Previous guests, to name but a few, include Hollywood elite Harvey Keitel and Hugh Jackman, and fashion icons including Jean Paul Gaultier and Gianni Versace. Occupying a commanding position on the cliffs of Firostefani, Aqua Vista’s Tsitouras Collection is a hotel that offers art lovers the opportunity to sleep among priceless masterpieces by artists including Picasso.
Once the home of renowned Greek collector Dimitri Tsitouras, the five suite ‘Tsitouras Collection’ hotel (www.tsitouras.com) has been converted to a stunning luxury showcase. An eclectic mix of paintings, furniture and sculpture adorn the interior of this unique boutique hotel, where art is combined with top level hospitality and the accommodations are themed around the works in them.
A little further north the cliffs rise to a heady 450m above sea level in the Imerovigli area. Here, taking advantage of the unsurpassed views and sunsets, sit a further four of Aqua Vista’s 5* properties: the Above Blue Suites and Villa, the Dreams Luxury Suites, The Villa Iokasti and the Aliko Suites.
These accommodations are ideal for couples, with the focus on complete privacy and bespoke service. Many have private plunge pools, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and secluded balconies and terraces. All suites in all properties are completely individual in their styling. Many were once cave houses occupied by villagers and fishermen which have been painstakingly restored, staying true to the original architecture and design but with a contemporary luxury touch.
Each property has its own personality and offers guests a different thrilling and memorable experience of Greek island luxury.
The cliffs are so steep at the Dreams Luxury Suites that there is nothing between you and the sky. Views are completely 180 degrees, and standing on the terraces looking out on the caldera you have the feeling that you are flying.
At the Aliko Suites, guests are sent a questionnaire in advance of their stay to help customise the accommodation to exacting standards. This includes adjusting the scents, and selecting bedding, pillows and temperature so the suites are prepared differently for every guest.
Dining is an essential part of the Aqua Vista experience. For completely private dining, terraces are transformed to restaurants for two, decorated with hundreds of candles and with a private chef. The breakfast menu at the Aliko Suites is quite literally endless with guests offered whatever they would like to eat!
Aqua Vista’s full portfolio also includes several great value 3* and 4* properties across Santorini and in Crete. For information including a full list of properties and seasonal rates, visit: www.aquavistahotels.com