There is a new trend on Santorini. Hip adaptations of industrial buildings are the talk of the town, especially when they involve cutting-edge luxury. We wrote about Villa Fabrica—originally a winery and a corn mill—and now we come back to show you Villa Gaia, another example of a successful conversion.
The cool cavernous interiors of what was once a working bakery enchant with a perfect hideaway ambience and setting—ideal for couples or a small group of friends.
An accommodation full of character and design, Gaia enjoys an enviable position in the village of Imerovigli. The villa comprises two cave houses, Villa Nefeli and Villa Nafsika, set one on top of another, both ensuring phenomenal caldera views.
Tastefully designed in a classic Cycladic style with bright whitewashed interiors and delightful boheme touches, the homes are furnished without omitting any modern luxury elements (e.g. jacuzzi).
“The bewitchingly beautiful sunsets of Santorini contribute to the island’s appeal—undoubtedly this is one of the best places on Earth to watch the spectacle of sun disappearing into the sea.” —The Romantic Island of Santorini
Smooth and cool, sculpted interior of Villa NEFELI on the upper level invites space to naturally flow from one living area to the next. The living area of the master suite leads to a cozy bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom. There is also a light and airy living room, dining area and kitchen.
The second bedroom has twin beds, with en-suite bathroom and, most importantly, fantastic vistas, though these are best enjoyed from the house’s private balcony: the perfect outdoor area for the uninterrupted caldera view.
Exterior stairs lead down to Vila Nafsika, which boasts a spacious double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. “His and hers” vanities hint that this is ideally a villa for two, though there is an extra sleeping room for guests (on the banquette style couch, serviced by a second bathroom just off the lounge).
For those who love to cook, the piece-de-resistance of this villa will most definitely be the kitchen. It comes with an uninterrupted caldera view, from the stove top. A private sun drenched terrace with soul-stirring views and outdoor Jacuzzi complete the picture.
Villa Gaia has an Imerovigli address, a lively village with plenty of shops and authentic restaurants—all just a leisurely stroll away, few minutes from the houses.
You can book the villa via LuxuryRetreats.com.
Photos © Villa Gaia