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- not a phony place set up for tourists
- quiet elegance
- friendly, discreet service
- the usual endless steps
- the pool is tiny
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For a taste of old aristocratic Santorini, venture to Aigialos ("seashore"), comprising a cluster of buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, and discover the most comfortable and discreetly luxurious—as well as the most poetic and serenely quiet—array of one- and two-bedroom villas to stay in Fira. Outside, various abodes are built in traditional volcanic stone, lime-washed in heavenly pastels. Inside, you'll find marble floors, beautiful antique furniture, and walls decorated with 19th-century engravings; the feel is aristocratic. Nearly all guest rooms have sublime terraces or balconies overlooking the caldera—no need to venture out at sunset. There's maid service twice daily, impeccable 24-hour service, and fresh flowers. The gourmet restaurant serves its Mediterranean cuisine only to residents, and you can eat on your private terrace. Breakfast, included, is served in a deep cave house, on the pool terrace, or on your balcony.
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