Seemingly carved into the cliff face, with timeless views of the volcanic crater created millenia ago, Mystique has an enviable setting within Oia, the most exclusive cluster on this most chic of Aegean outcrops. Walking the narrow streets of this artistic, soulful village, you can be lost in time, but it’s still only a short trip to the likes of Fira with its buzzing old town nightlife, or vineyards where the newly popular Assyrtiko grape is king. The airport is only about 11 miles away too.
Almost as magical as the caldera itself, the Asian Spa brings nature and tradition together to create a haven of calm. Boasting two treatment rooms designed to resemble Cycladic homes with curved white walls, it’s all you can do not to drift off as you let the skilled therapists get to work. After an invigorating massage or revitalising skincare session, step out onto the spa’s balcony to soak up the views with a healthy drink prepared specially for you.
Fusing ancient Cycladic stone style with modern designer trappings, the themed suites at Mystique ooze luxury and cool. Vibrant Suites are cave-like, with sculpted doorways and muted colours, opening up to panoramic balconies; Wet Allure Suites have Jacuzzis that are perched on your own private terrace with the endless blue sea as your backdrop; or maybe go for a villa with its air of privacy, boasting a gym, outdoor Jacuzzi and steam bath.
A wander around the upmarket shops of the village, admiring the elegantly restored houses as you go, is de rigeur. The Naval Maritime Museum is worth a peek, with its old sea chests and rare figureheads, while heading further afield the churches of Pyrgos village stretch back centuries. Ancient houses three storeys high were once preserved in ash at Ancient Akrotiri, and for more ancient wonders, the Archaeological Museum deserves plenty of time. Perivolos beach has a place reserved for guests of Mystique too – a wonderful stretch near its sister hotel.
A true Santorini bolt-hole, this hotel has the Aura Bar up its sleeve, offering snacks and smoothies by day, and clinking cocktails by night with the little lights twinkling in the bay. Charisma Restaurant’s tables are set out by the pool and cliff edge, promising mouthwatering flavours that fuse island produce with Mediterranean flair. You can also disappear below stairs to the stunning 150-year-old wine cellar, stocking scores of bottles ready to taste with your romantic meal under barrelled stone cave ceilings.