Many locales purport to be the most beautiful spot on earth, and Santorini—with its sun-bleached houses, blue-domed churches, and breathtaking views—can certainly throw its hat in for the title. And there is no better perch from which to appreciate the sublime natural splendor of the island than at Vora, which has been painstakingly carved into the cliff face of Santorini’s caldera. Hand-built over a period of four years—the position of the site made it inaccessible to construction machinery—Vora’s three private villa accommodations are a lesson in minimalistic Cycladic design, defined by a chic neutral palette that is augmented by dark brown wood. A private plunge pool with each villa completes a picture that seems as impossible to create as it is perfect to experience.
▼酒店组成部分之一的Ro别墅，建于悬崖上，由白色水泥和深色石材共同打造而成，Villa Ro, components of the Vora Hotel, is built into the cliff face and made of white cement and dark stone
Taking up the mantle from Kapsimalis Architect, progressive Athens-based design firm K-Studio were tasked with taking a seemingly inhospitable vertical landscape and crafting one-and two-story dwellings from its steep cliff face. Local press-cement construction techniques allowed for the stacking of the villas, which are rendered in white cement and dark stone to harmonize with Santorini’s distinct architectural landscape. Clean angles, strategic stairwells, and private terraces with equally sequestered pools set the scene, which provides a soothing contrast to the dramatic, craggy edges of the hotel’s cliffside location.
▼Ro别墅，拥有私人露台和嵌入式无边泳池，Villa Ro with a private terrace and an infinity plunge pool
▼Ro别墅的嵌入式无边泳池细节，可以欣赏到壮丽的远景，details of the infinity plunge pool of Villa Ro where can enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas
Ensuring that the hotel’s striking setting remains centerstage, the design concept at Vora has been conceived to frame and complement the awe-inspiring vistas. The minimal yet ultra-luxurious interiors are defined by an earthy color palette of beige, dark wood, and black, and feature a series of charming arches throughout, paying homage to the local architecture. A mix of custom-made furniture by neighboring craftspeople and K-Studio, as well as local materials such as black volcanic rock and vasaltis marble, give the spaces their unique stamp.
▼酒店组成之一的Alpha别墅室内，白色水泥墙、深浅木色和黑色的装饰打造出一个干净朴实的空间，interior view of Villa Alpha which made of Vora Hotel, white cement walls, dark and light wood, as well as the black decoration create a clean and earthy color palette
▼豪华浴室，the luxurious bathroom
▼酒店组成之一的Omikron别墅，拥有干净利落的建筑折角，Villa Omikron as one of the components of Vora Hotel with clean angles
▼Omikron别墅的露台一角和泳池，可以看到远处的白色建筑，a corner of the terrace of the Villa Omikron and its pool, where can view the white buildings in the distance
▼Omikron别墅的露台和泳池细节，details of the terrace of the Villa Omikron and its pool
Overlooking the volcano with uninterrupted views of the island’s celebrated sunsets, Vora’s three villas are sublimely private. Spanning up to 145 square meters, each has a full kitchen and dining area, king-size bed complete with Tempur mattress and, of course, a spectacular infinity plunge pool. The luxurious bathrooms feature blue Gascoigne double sinks with Pierre Boon faucets, while generous showers and freestanding bathtubs soothe away any residuals of stress from everyday life. The Villa Alpha and the Villa Ro both extend across two floors, with the former boasting two verandas and a black marble bathtub next to the bed. An authentic reflection of the island’s traditional structural design, Villa Omikron is a one-level, cave-like cocoon with an extensive terrace that is perfectly placed for evening sundowners.
▼中性色调的Omikron别墅室内，拥有一个宽阔的露台，interior view of the Villa Omikron in the neutral palette with an extensive terrace
▼Omikron别墅室内，一个洞穴般的单层茧状空间，interior view of the Villa Omikron which is a one-level, cave-like cocoon
▼用餐空间，深棕色木质家具突出视觉效果，dinning area with the dark brown wood furniture to augment the visual effect
Set in the north of Santorini, Vora is ideally located to explore the pristine, white-washed buildings and meandering, cobble-stoned streets of the capital Fira. The hotel’s concierge team can also arrange private boat tours and yacht rentals as well as helicopter rides around the island for the consummate Santorini experience. For those guests reluctant to leave their idyllic hideaway, a private chef can be arranged to cater for the ultimate dinner date.
▼在别墅的室外露台上欣赏夕阳，viewing the sunset at the terrace
Location: Santorini, Greece
K-Studio Design Team: Dimitris Karampatakis, Marianna Stavridou, Georgia Mouratidou, Fay Mylona, Thodoris Kantarelis, Marilena Stavrakaki