If you’re in need of some inspiration for your next sunshine break (whenever the next opportunity to take one may be), may we bring your attention to the truly beautiful Canaves Oia Epitome resort in Santorini, Greece. Because not only is it a picturesque 5-star retreat with amazing coastline views, it’s just been voted the best hotel in Europe at the Travel + Leisure‘s World’s Best Awards 2020.
The resort, which not only won the title of best in Europe but also best in Greece, wowed the judges with its clean, minimalist design, secluded location and ‘epic sunset views’.
‘Hidden away from the bustling town of Oia, privacy, barefoot luxury, and quiet calm are priorities here, but its multilevel infinity pool lined with volcanic rock and its tasty local cuisine add to the appeal,’ they wrote.
The complex is comprised of a series of 24 luxury suites and villas, originally built in a series of converted 17th-century caves, once used to store wine. Each one is decked out with Canaves Oia Epitome’s signature sleek, sophisticated neutral decor, and even come complete with their own pools.
There’s also several dining options on site, from the Elements restaurant overseen by Executive Chef Tassos Stefatos, boasting a candlelit outdoor terrace where you can enjoy a menu of modern European cuisine with Greek touches, to the Veranda Raw and Bubbles bar, where the order of the day is tapas and champagne.
Team this with exemplary service, panoramic sea views, and the option to arrange wine tasting, yachting, yoga and private dining experiences, not to mention indulging in treatments at the spa, it’s little surprise that Canaves Oia Epitome has gained such a reputation.
However, if you’re not planning a trip to Santorini, you could also investigate the Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa in Málaga and the Hotel Caesar Augustus in Capri, which places second and fourth on Travel + Leisure’s list respectively, and still look rather dreamy.