When we think of cottages, we usually imagine a small English home with shuttered windows that overlook a garden. We don't think of classical Greek island cottages, which are more likely to have tile floors, whitewashed walls, and gorgeous ocean views. The Tsitouras Collection, a hotel in Santorini, is composed of five of these types of buildings, all clustered together on a cliff that overlooks the sea.
The hotel's owner, Dimitris Tsitouras, is a historian who has amassed an extensive collection of Santorinian artifacts. (His dream is to open a museum.)
In the 1980s, Tsitouras worked with British designer David Hicks to come up with a unique concept for the cottages. Each one has its own collection of art and artifacts, and they hold romantic titles like the House of the Winds, the House of Portraits, and the House of Porcelain.
Unlike a trendy boutique hotel that undergoes a redesign every two or three years, the style of each space is grounded in a unique collection of objects that have historic value and engage in a dialogue with the traditional Greek architecture. The interiors themselves have a sense of timelessness and gravitas, and although Hicks died in 1998, his influence is still evident in the color schemes and the arrangement of objects.
The Tsitouras is open from March through October — it's a five-star resort, so rooms don't come cheap. Guests have included Gianni Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Hugh Jackman. For more information, visit the hotel's website.
Photos: Tsitouras Collection