Grace Santorini

The ‘wow’ factor: In recent times, thanks to some extraordinary climatic conditions, we have become strangely familiar with some of the largest volcanic events ever recorded. Yet, one such event caused crop failure, as far afield as China, destroyed a significant part of Crete and was implicated in the collapse of the Minoan civilisation.

Did you know?: About 3600 years ago, where the Greek island of Santorini now stands, is the fabulous Grace Santorini hotel, which proves that even a volcanic ash cloud can have a silver lining. From the hotel is an uninterrupted view of the caldera, the resting volcano, as the cascading pool snakes alongside, almost floating on top of a dramatic cliff. It is striking and it promises a stay as romantic as you want it to be, with service that is second to none, superior food and the last word in understated, luxuriously elegant style in a country that is literally as old as its hills.

Getting there: Classic Collection Holidays offers seven nights at Grace Santorini from £1,438 per person this summer, which is based on two adults sharing a deluxe room, on a bed and breakfast basis, but which includes return flights and private transfers. www.classic-collection.co.uk Tel: 0800 008 7299

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