Perivolas Hideaway | Thirassia, Santorini

Perivolas Hideway is the result of the renovation and restructuring of a former mining terminal (dated back to 1850) on the island of Thirassia into a contemporary and charming villa, with the touch of a luxury boutique hotel.

Mine workers used to live in Thirassia, back when "Santorini earth" was being excavated for use in the Suez Canal. The largely uninhabited small island on the caldera, is reached from lively Santorini by an about a three-minute speedboat ride.

Owner Costis Psychas (and his father before him) had already spent several decades restoring ruined caves in Oia, creating the first five-star Perivolas, a breathtaking complex of whitewashed houses on the village’s cliff. The family has a long history in the island, with the great-grandfather being one of the island’s great sea captains exporting Santorini wine, vinsanto.

Perivolas Hideway is a unique waterfront property that houses about ten people. Partially built in the water, it is a private haven with its own beach is accessible by sea only.

The owner, with the architect Maria-Marina Cavaya, were responsible for the design and oversaw the renovation process, that took almost four more years of painstaking work, together with local artisans.


The traditional exterior and old local volcanic rock structure has been preserved, while the interiors are sparely decorated, white and bright, with minimalist furnishing, everything (stone-built benches and beds, niches, walls, ceilings) smoothly curved. Wood-framed windows highlight the sea views in each room. In this villa, luxury comes with letting go.

Photos © William Abranowicz, Dan Kullberg, Henri del Olmo, Timos Tsoukalas

Perivolas Hideaway
Elle Decor (Featured in Elle Decor US Edition April 2013)