The Grace is an icon in Santorini. With an infinity pool that wraps around the front (the largest on the island, no less) and traditionally whitewashed rooms carved into the rock, the Grace has cemented itself as the luxury property of choice for those looking to experience the legendary Greek hospitality and those awesome sunsets from what is (in our opinion) the best spot on the island. Located in the pretty, traditional village of Imerovigli, the hotel is laid out over several levels as it clings to the rocky cliff face. This means incredible views of Skaros Rock, a jutting promontory home to fortress ruins and a hidden church, and the tiny church of Agios Ioannis that’s a much-photographed gem of the island. It does also mean a lot of stairs – 170 around the hotel in total – so this isn’t a choice for those with mobility issues. It will certainly help you to burn off all that moussaka, however.
The rooms, like the exterior, are whitewashed, cool and contemporary. There are no bad choices here as they’re all stunning, but we love the Grace Suite with double plunge pools: one indoors with a partition for privacy (or ocean-facing if you wish) and an outdoor plunge pool on the terrace. VIP Suites have plunge pools, plus steam rooms and unusual light installations. If it’s privacy (and fewer steps) you’re after, we’d recommend the rooms closer to the heated infinity pool and restaurant, but no matter the location all rooms manage to feel secluded.
The food at the Grace is, in a word, phenomenal; the intimate restaurant has an open kitchen serving contemporary Greek cuisine. The award-winning chef, Spyros Agious, meets with each guest before. Think locally-landed calamari with saffron aioli, Cretan beef and traditional tomatokeftedes (fried Santorini tomato balls – trust us, they are incredible) and light meals are available by the pool, where you’ll also find the stylish bar, the perfect location for sunset cocktails accompanied by Greek jazz. There are plenty of restaurants in walking distance if you fancy a change of scene.