The Andronis group offers Aegean luxury that draws from Ancient Greek history
Arcadia is the name given by Ancient Greeks to a utopia, a verdant paradise that celebrated the beauty of the natural world. It’s also the name for a new luxury resort created by the Andronis group on the beautiful island of Santorini, located outside the beautiful village of Oia and providing guests with unspoilt views of Santorini’s spectacular sunsets.
“Most of the luxury hotels in Oia do not have a sunset view,” explains Andronis Sales Director Elsa Choleva, who has seen the resort grow from scratch. “It can be a real hassle to see the sunset. Our location allows people to enjoy the sunset from their room or the restaurant or the main pool – there are many options.”
That’s not all Arcadia can offer. The hotel’s sizeable luxury villas are aimed at families and larger groups, and each one has a stunning infinity pool. There is also the Evexia Spa, which has numerous treatments and one very unusual service. “We offer a wellness screening service from a strand of hair,” says Elsa. “This allows us to identify the best lifestyle needs for each individual. We can get the results within an hour.”
Arcadia has two first-class restaurants. The Pacman Santorini specialises in local seafood and Mediterranean dishes using ingredients grown in the Andronis gardens; it also hosts sunset shows with a range of incredible musicians and DJs. In addition there’s also the flagship Opson restaurant. “At Opson we have a tasting menu developed in collaboration with a classical scholar,” explains Elsa. Dishes include “wine-dark sea”, which takes inspiration from a quote from Homer and features a combination of calamari, squid ink and fennel.
Visitors can use the facilities at the five other Andronis resorts on the island – there is also a hotel in central Athens – while a concierge service will arrange excursions. Arcadia opened in June 2019 and Elsa promises this is just the start. “We are planning to add more things next summer, including the biggest pool in Santorini,” she says. “We will also add more villas and connecting doors between villas for larger families or bigger groups.” Paradise has arrived in Santorini, and it’s going to get better.