You enter into your hotel room. Crisp white linens adorn the bed, the sparse art hangs colored in the various blues of the sea, and a bottle of perfectly pink chilled rosé beckons. You slip into your lace Johanna Ortiz dress — the fabric mimicking the textured, whitewashed walls surrounding you, you layer your Gigi Clozeau turquoise necklace over the gold chain holding the evil eye charm you've been sporting for weeks now (eager much?), you lace up your Gianvito sandals, the tanned suede matching the hand-cut floor tiles of the hotel, and grab your straw hat, the natural fibers really could camouflage themselves into the high grasses. Walking out to your private terracing you silently congratulate yourself as you visualize the perfectly coordinated, envy-inducing Instagrams to come. Babe brings out your wine and as you take in the views the sun begins to set. While the yellow sun intensifies, the blue-sky fading into soft purples, which deepen to plums and burgundy that highlight the fluffy clouds above. You underestimated this island.
Born of volcanic eruptions dating back to 3,000 B.C. Santorini, a crescent shaped island is an incredible sight. Infinity pools impossibly hang over orange and red cliffs that plunge into the sea. Black beaches, white beaches and red beaches rest in the coves of the island’s shores. Terraces look out onto the whitewashed buildings with their bright blue rooftops that rest on even the steepest of cliffs. Needless to say, Santorini has been a destination of choice among the jetset since Jackie and Grace first set foot in the Greek Isles in 1961. Today's vacationers include Hollywood Power Players — Angelina Jolie and Hugh Jackman; fashion's elite — Karolina Kurkova and Heidi Klum; and the Instagram-obsessed influencers of today — Chrissy Teigen and Olivia Palermo. And now(!) you can be one of them.
With a more mellow, laid-back scene than its sister island Mykonos, Santorini is all about easy luxury. What is more-envy inducing and indulgent than boating among European islands? We suppose being on a yacht with Leo and his p***y posse but that's beside the point. Moving on, literally. Hire a private boat tour, making sure it lasts thru sunset. This allows for a very, very important fashion moment. Try and tell us there is something more amazingly chic than wearing a Brunello Cucinelli cashmere cardigan (bonus points if its men's) over your Eres swimsuit. No seriously, we dare you.
Fortunately, we can skip the Google searches and take Ulla Johnson, the luxe-bohemian designer's advice: “We took an incredible boating trip to Milos and Folegandros and stopped along the way at countless gorgeous beaches inaccessible by foot or car, where we could dive off the boat and swim wherever we liked.” Unclear if you should warn babe it takes 7-10 pics to get the perfect diving shot. The fashion crowd has spoken and Antiparos is a must. There for a July family vacation Valerie Macauley, former Voguette, co-founder & creative director of La Ligne and all around it-girl, has been showing us that a glowing tan, hair brightened from sea and sun and feminine maxi dresses (LoveShackFancy) deliver the picture-perfect look for relaxing, rose drinking days. Top on Ulla Johnson's must-do list is Beach House. This spot is all about sweet vibes. Sheltered in a cove it allows for a private beach where you'll laze about on sunbeds while creative cocktails magically appear. Antiparos is your caftan "moment". The deep blue cotton of you TWO caftan with its gold specks goes surprisingly well with your evil eye necklace... Smart girl. Babe paddleboards...