Known for its stunning caldera and azure waters, the island of Santorini is one of the most beautiful in the whole of the Aegean. Vedema Resort is nestled on the edge of Megalohori, whose domed churches and whitewashed houses are picture-perfect. Enveloped by a vista of hills, vineyards and fields – from which the fresh produce has only to travel to your table – you’re also within sight of the blissful, glistening Aegean Sea.
From the fresh, salty sea air to the feel of volcanic sand between your toes, the island is a delight for the senses. Let yourself become immersed in relaxation at Vedema, whose Asian Spa features experienced therapists from Greece and the East who practice holistic healing and pure pampering. Cutting-edge Phytomer products are used at the spa, and with a decent range of massages, facials, wraps, scrubs and masks all you have to do is work out how to spend your day.
Bathed in sunlight and coming with sea, village or garden views, these traditionally designed white spaces are peppered with pops of bright fabrics and chic modern twists. Fitted out to a high standard, they come with marble floors, rainforest showers, signature Luxury Collection beds and polished wooden Cycladic-style shutters. Each has a separate living space, plus a private terrace or patio. The private villas are dripping in grandeur and offer a Jacuzzi and private pool.
If you can tear yourself away from the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, set within the tranquil olive- and pistachio-tree-studded grounds, there’s plenty you won’t want to miss. A private sunset cruise, helicopter tour over the volcanic islets, private tours – these can all be arranged. If you prefer, hike up the mountainside to the classical ruins of Ancient Thera; see Santorini’s answer to Pompeii near the red-sand beaches of Akrotiri; or join the crowds waiting for Oia’s famous sunset to arrive. Or simply take the shuttle down to Vedema’s private spot on Perivolos beach.
Sample some of Santorini’s renowned wines at Canava Wine Bar, housed in renovated catacombs, or relax with a drink from the sleek, poolside bar. Breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed at adjacent Pergola with its sea views; or head to Vedema’s volcanic-sand beach by day for Mediterranean lunches and cocktails. Greek cuisine is rendered creatively by chef Melina Chomata in a 400-year-old winery at Vinsanto, and her cleverly executed dishes can be enjoyed alfresco too.