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Grace Santorini Hotel by Divercity and mplusm Architects

By Eric Meunier


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Grace Santorini is an exclusive 20-room hotel and a member of the award winning Grace Hotels Group. Designed by Athens-based studio Divercity Architects in collaboration with mplusm.

The hotel is included in Tatler’s 2011 list of the 101 Best Hotels in the World.

Located in the beautiful setting of Imerovigli in the northwest of the island, high above the Caldera, the Grace Santorini is the perfect vantage point from which to view the famed Santorini sunsets that envelop the Aegean Sea, and the Cyclades Islands.

The hotel has two beautiful swimming pools including an infinity pool offering uninterrupted views.

This graceful boutique property with its individually styled suites and rooms, appeals to those seeking a relaxing and romantic escape.

It combines luxury, first class service and the finest food and drink with a sense of privacy and serenity.

Accommodation includes Luxury Suites, Deluxe Rooms with personal plunge pools, Superior Suites facing the sea and Junior Suites with spectacular views. For the ultimate in exclusive accommodation choose from one of the Honeymoon Suite or the ultra-luxurious Grace Suite.

The Grace Santorini is the new jewel of the Greek Islands and has been named among the Top 10 Hotels for Romance in Europe in the Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2010. it was also shortlisted for The European Hotel Design Awards 2010.

Santorini Grace Hotel operates seasonally from mid-April mid-October. Rates per night vary from €375 to €1050, depending on the room type and the season.

Grace Santorini Hotel by Divercity Architects:

“This 20-room hotel is carved into the cliff-face 300m above Santorini’s volcanic caldera. The understated design allows this extraordinary landscape to take centre stage. The hotel provides a contemporary interpretation of vernacular architecture: economy of space, radical simplicity, and organic forms.

Like Santorini’s yposkafa – cave-like dwellings with rounded walls and domed roofs excavated from the rock-face – no furniture is free-standing. Custom-built storage and vanity units are moulded into alcoves. All-white interiors with brushed concrete floors reiterate the trademark whitewashed houses of the Cyclades. The infinity pool’s jagged outline echoes the zigzag paths that criss-cross Santorini’s sheer terrain.

Santorini’s hotel rooms are invariably front-loaded to face the view, leaving residents exposed to passers-by. To ensure privacy, fragments of volcanic rock are positioned in the windows of four rooms, interspersed with apertures that provide glimpses to the sea. The feature echoes a local architectural technique, more commonly used for retaining walls, in which minimal amounts of mortar are used, leaving gaps between the stonework. By exposing the stones and exaggerating the spaces between them, this light-filtering screen allows privacy and ventilation and casts dappled shadows as the sun goes down.”

Photos by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle

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About Eric Meunier

Currently the Owner and Chief Executive of HODYO Design, Eric Meunier's expertise in the design industry spreads over 20 years. He was the driving force behind HomeDSGN's early success, founding this website in 2011. Today, he loves to channel his passion for design into remodeling houses and transforming interior spaces with his keen eye for detail and architectural finesse. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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