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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

hotels

Katikies

Katikies clings to the cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea and manages to effortlessly combine exquisite elegance with modesty. It is an architectural gem with stark white cubes, curves and steps contrasting the vast deep blue ocean. In the stakes for the best hotel setting in the world, Katikies is an exceptionally strong contender. The infinity pool is positively dreamy and captures fantasy-like views. The staff, dressed in head-to-toe white, are thoroughly attentive but unobtrusive, making the hotel feel more like a private villa to its guests.

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Kirini

Kirini, a premier luxe hotel, is a true version of the picture-perfect Santorini postcard. A pool merging into the view, dazzling white hues fusing with the blue of the azure sea, Kirini is a romantic treat. All spacious rooms are honeymoon material with magical views out to the volcanic caldera. There are several in-house dining options, including The Basilico Gourmet Restaurant, offering candlelit dinners on a spectacular terrace. But if you want the ultimate in romantic privacy, Kirini staff will arrange a private dinner in one of the “very special” spots in the hotel grounds. Kirini is seriously slick and lavishly luxurious.

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Mystique

Located on Oia’s cliffs, Mystique boasts mind-blowing views of the Aegean caldera and shimmering blue waters. Spend the day in the infinity-edge pool, enjoy a drink at the secret wine cave or retreat to your beautiful and lavish suite, some with private pools. Whoever said “time flies when you are having fun” has not been to Mystique … where your time stands still, allowing you to savour every moment of romance.

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Perivolas

Set on a cliff in Oia, Perivolas comprises a cluster of 17 cave houses dating from the 18th century, meticulously renovated in cool Santorini style. Retaining the original aesthetics, the private and elegant stone-terrace suites, complete with high vaulted ceilings, compliment the cliffside gardens and large infinity pool that fades into the Aegean horizon.

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Santorini Grace

Located in the picturesque Imerovigli in the northwest of the island, high above the caldera, the Santorini Grace is the perfect vantage point to view the exquisite Santorini sunsets. It combines luxury, first class service and the finest food and drink with a sense of privacy and serenity. There are 6 categories of chic rooms, starting with the deluxe rooms, some of which have private plunge pools and culminating with the luxuriously indulgent open plan Grace Suite with an enormous terrace and plunge pool, an interior plunge pool and a hammam steam bath. The whitewashed Santorini Grace is the sexy new jewel of Santorini and is effortlessly graceful.

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what we think

You would be forgiven for thinking that the picture-perfect snaps of Santorini splashed across every travel magazine were fake. The juxtaposition of the electric blue ocean against the white-washed villages built into a cascading cliff can be surreal. But do not be fooled, the photos are real. In Santorini, you wish you had a photographic memory to store the images of heaven. If your idea of the perfect holiday spot is to bask in the sublime sunshine, take a dip in the infinity pool, watch the most perfect sunset and enjoy tantalizing local seafood “al fresco”, then Santorini should be at the top of your list. This is one dream you won’t want to wake up from.