A hip clifftop resort in the quiet Imerovigli, Chromata Santorini effortlessly blends a sense of glamour and luxury with an exclusive style inspired by the local Santorini design vernacular, redefining the style and elegance of Cyclades.
Chromata means “colors” in Greek, but it’s a tongue-in-cheek name for the Chromata Hotel, because—other than the white-edged, dove gray steps—everything here is white, from the exteriors to the rooms, which sport white walls, mottled white tile floors, white furnishings, white fixtures, and fittings
The only injections of color come from the swish throws slung over each bed, and the flash of blue from the small infinity pool, hanging over the cliff edge 1,150 feet above the Aegean Sea.
The all-white design decision makes a lot of sense. First, it blends Chromata with the zen cool of its sister property, Katikies (20 minutes away, in Oia). Second, by visually decluttering the hotel, Chromata designers put the focus on spectacular views of the Santorini caldera. And, finally, the hotel now has that quintessential Greek island feel.
Chromata Santorini’s twenty-six sea view rooms and suites organically cascade down the cliff, all enjoying amazing caldera views.
Despite the tiled floors and bleached surroundings, rooms are exceptionally cozy, with organically curved ceilings and style of interiors embodies luxury and Santorini romance.
Bathrooms are very large, especially for Santorini standards. They continue the cave theme with alcoves, arches and walk-in showers modeled to look like they’ve been sculpted from huge boulders. Many rooms also have Jacuzzis—some indoors, some outdoor.
The hotel also features an extraordinary villa, called San Nicholas Cave House. Originally a private home, with a history reaching as far as the Venetian era, it is a luxurious accommodation built on two levels, each with a balcony, two bedrooms, and four bathrooms.
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Each room comes with a terrace, on which breakfast is served each morning — and, of course, amazing views over the ancient Santorini caldera.
In fact, the Chromata Hotel enjoys one of the best positions on Santorini, with the entire croissant-shaped caldera below, from the ancient Minoan settlement of Akrotiri in the south to the sparkling Oia in the north.
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On the outside, Chromata may look like just another Santorini hotel, but from the moment you’re handed your welcome glass of juice, you’re aware that it’s far more special than that.
The service here is exceptional. The discreet white-clad staff never drop their Santorini-sunny smiles. At check-in guests are also given a cell-phone pre-programmed with the hotel’s number, in case you want the concierge’s help at any moment, from any location on the island. There’s also a twice-daily maid service and a dedicated travel desk.
Text with minor contributions from Julia Buckley, courtesy of Jetsetter.com