Aside from spare splashes of colour, luxury resort Chromata’s minimalist style invites the bright blues of Santorini’s sky and sea to diffuse across its walls like watercolour paint on a blank canvas. However, as delightfully mod and monochrome cave-style rooms are, top billing goes to the hotel’s magnificent setting at the highest point of the caldera. The infinity pool hovering above the Aegean is glorious, staff fulfil requests from the ordinary to outlandish, and the food is superb; but really, the view’s the star here.
Brilliant blue views
A bottle of champagne on arrival. GoldSmiths get an additional room upgrade, early check-in and late check-out (all subject to availability)
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All guests are given a cell phone, so they can summon a member of staff when they’re off site. Butler service is available on request, charged at €100 per hour. Fancy your very own Jeeves? Butler service is available on request.
Pack swish swimwear and sunnies; something classically black or white from Orlebar Brown will keep you sweet by the swimming pool.
Something as swishy as the sea and pale as your room, flats will help you negotiate the resort’s steps.
Mr and Mrs Smith reviews
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this cliffside hotel in Santorini with a renewed love for minimalism and unpacked their bottle of Vin Santo, a full account of their luxury island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a postcard from Chromata in Santorini…
Fans of merlot may balk at the virgin whiteness of Chromata’s interiors, but never fear – if spillage should occur, a member of staff will graciously mop it up (even Oli Beale would be would be welcome here after his former incident). But, who’d sit in their room when there are such sights beyond your door? The expanse of blue over Santorini’s dormant volcano is given full attention from this on-high vantage point. It’s the first thing you see as you’re checked in – a precognitive bellhop absconds with your bags (presumably so the extra weight doesn’t drag you over the edge as you lean in to get a better view), and you’re settled with a drink to gaze lovingly before being whisked to your room. The island’s signature style is modernised with upcycled statement pieces, aesthetically laid hunks of natural rock and clean lines, a welcome complement to its timeless elements.
Imerovigli, Cyclades Islands, Santorini, 84700
0.8 mi / 1.3 km from city centre
- Valet parking
- Internet services
- Onsite laundry
Many of the tastefully dressed tables at Chroma restaurant have caldera views. Dine alfresco for a table overlooking pink and purple sunsets, or by candlelight under a smattering of stars. The menu gets rewritten each season, but the focus is always on timely ingredients and imaginatively updated Greek dishes – the souvlaki is flavourful, the fish just-caught, and the lemon meringue comes deconstructed and decorated with flowers. The breakfast buffet is laid out here too – an array of local treats with some gluten-free options. If you want a slightly different take on the local seafood, head to the intimate sushi diner – a sauve space with a sit-up counter and sea-to-chopsticks morsels.
Ditch fellow diners and book the small private cave for two. Soft lighting and caldera views will keep you moon-eyed from apéritif to digestif.
The hotel serves food from 8am–10.30pm; breakfast stops at 11am.
Dishes from the restaurant menu can be whisked to your door 24 hours a day.
The cocktail bar, also in brilliant white, wraps around the pool. Guests sprawl over huge grey pillows or pristine day-beds while nursing a pick from the epic menu. The wine list is also worth browsing and canapés will keep you sated in between sips. Tell the barmen which spirits float your boat and they’ll customise your pick of poison accordingly.