|Posted in||Architecture, Design, Interior Design||Location||
847 00 ImerovigliGreece
|Telephone||+30 22860 27014|
|[email protected]||Completed||2009||Rooms||7 luxurious villas|
|Rates||from € 320 per night|
We cannot ignore the fact that in this part of the world, spring has officially arrived and summer is only a breath away! Recently, I was reminded of the beauty of a property on Santorini which happens to be one of my favourite Greek islands. After coming across the title ''Bucolic Sun Bleached Escapism'' that encapsulates the 'Aenaon Villas' one of the founding members of White Line Hotels, staying at this property has to be added to your TO DO list at least once in your life!
The secluded housing complex which makes up the ‘Aenaon Villas’ consists of seven luxurious white washed cube shaped villas built next to and on top of one another. Situated at the highest and narrowest part of Santorini, they almost balance on the very edge of the world famous Caldera between the settlements of Imerovigli and Oia. All of them are open from East to West offering breathtakingly unobstructed views of the endless blue Aegean Sea, the volcano and the most unique sunset in the world. Each villa is built in complete harmony with the region’s natural environment and follows the values of traditional Cycladic architecture whilst artfully displaying the owners’ love and devotion to elegant simplicity in every detail in the luxe white-on-white interiors.
The original decision of mechanical engineer George Alexiou and his wife Alexandra back in 1989 to buy a plot of land in Santorini and build a housing complex brick by brick, was to prove life changing. George’s brother who rejected buying the plot for himself, recommended it to the couple who then spent twenty years chasing their dream up until 2009 when 'Aenaon Villas' opened its doors to the outside world. Since then, its allure has enthralled the handful of guests from all over the world that have been lucky enough to discover it.
In a recent conversation I had with George Alexiou he explained how the property’s name came about: ''We had to find a name which started with the letter A, not only because it is the first letter of the alphabet or the highest grade awarded in exams but because it is also the first letter of my wife's name.'' And that’s how they ended up with the name ''aenaon'' which in Greek means ''flowing continuously-unstoppably-eternally''. Suffice it to say that George’s vision and eternal love for everything beautiful - including his wife Alexandra - cannot be ignored in every detail in this distinctively grandiose and hospitable property.