Katikies, this cliffside hotel in the picturesque town of Oia is blindingly white. Without sunglasses, you wouldn't last long here. The steps, the terraces, the roofs, the furniture, the outdoor curtains and cushions, the staff uniforms, the china - everything is white; the aesthetic reflects the signature exteriors of the region.
Santorini has it all - including the fervent belief, which persisted well into the twentieth century - that the island was home to a much-feared population of vampires. A perfect excuse not to go to bed.
Katikies combines the simple, authentic, whitewashed heritage of these islands with the sophisticated, the party atmosphere of St Tropez and the laid back, the hippy-chic attitude of Ibiza.
The rooms at Katikies are a stylised interpretation of a typical Santorini fisherman's cottage.
The Katikies restaurant with its four tables suspended on the secret rooftop veranda on the volcano rim is one of the most sumptuous dining experiences in the world.
If you long for a bit of scene, with a healthy helping of posing and poseurs, then you have to head to Katikies Pool.
Around mid-day, the white takes on a blue-ish tint as a result of the blue sky that is completely cloudless for most of the summer.
Santorini - Greece
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