Escape the Santorini Crowds at This Villa Built into Volcanic Rock

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The secluded getaway is a short walk from the village of Megalochori—and near local vineyards.

Located inland on Santorini, walking distance from the quiet village of Megalochori, Villa lo feels removed from the tourist crowds and caldera cliffs. And it seems ideal for a truly rejuvenating Grecian retreat. The decor is minimalist, and the space features arched passageways carved from stone. As a whole, the villa is unexpectedly airy and bright inside; sunlight floods through the rooms, where white-painted walls are juxtaposed with dark-wood furnishings and smooth tile floors. 

Outdoors, the clay-colored facade and squared-off roof recall the American Southwest, but the bean-shaped swimming pool and hand-laid cobbled terrace have an authentic Greek Islands vibe. This idyllic courtyard is dotted with clay pots, bougainvillea, sun recliners, and even a hammock.  Doors lead into the living room, followed by an arched passageway into the spacious farm-style kitchen. Look up and around to spot nods to history and the natural setting: an antique dining table, a dresser filled with crockery, and light fittings crafted from vineyard vines. 

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While Villa lo is equipped with satellite TV and around-the-clock concierge service—and it's possible to add an in-house chef and a private masseuse, of course—this is a place to embrace the simple island lifestyle of the past. Stroll the narrow cobblestone lanes to the village for lunch; spend a lazy afternoon by the pool; and have a quiet dinner at the antique table. Up to six guests can stay here, and both of the main bedrooms feature ensuite bathrooms, one of which touts a spectacular stone bathtub. Another charming sleeping area is found in the loft that features two single beds—ideal for kids over age six. 

If you're drawn to the serenity and scenery of Villa lo and Megalochori, from the cobblestones to the vineyards to the volcanic rock, then head over to for details and booking information.