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Amazing Cycladic Architecture on the Edge of the Caldera

These 7 luxury villas are all within a housing complex designed by Giorgos Alexiou called the Aenaon Villas located on top of Santorini, Greece on the edge of the Caldara. The setting is spectacular with views of the Aegean Sea that seem to go on forever and feature both the sunrise and the sunset. The building too is pretty spectacular with its traditional Cycladic architecture stepping down the rocky slope, following the natural curves of the landscape.

The traditional architecture of Aenaon Villas is a bold splash of white that incorporates rock walls to tie it into its rocky setting and the stepped design allows for several different levels of spacious terraces.
The curvy lines within the facade and windows are a stunning compliment to the boulder formations within the landscape.
The added detail of rocks to create the chimney covers is another perfect tie in to the landscape.
Boulders are also make appearances within the pool areas creating amazing sculptural statements.
The terraces surrounding the pools are large and spacious and accommodate several different lounging zones – each with shade provided by either umbrellas or trellises.
The pool has an infinity edge and the overall effect of it combined with the view is very surreal.
It’s a great place to watch ships pass by.
Its also a great place to watch the day end or begin – or even to stare up at the galaxy at night.
The steps leading up to the roof top terrace are located with the views in mind.
The roof top terrace has a small boulder bursting through the deck and a much, much larger one creating a backrest to the bench seating.
No boulders protrude from the decking of the lower terrace but the amazing stone wall that flanks it seems to flow right into the boulders of the landscape.
Curtains can be pulled to create private areas within the terrace.
Can you think of a better place to dine el fresco then here?
If you prefer to dine in your room, each of the 7 villas has its own dining area. I love how this one features a table with living edge solid wood slabs.
Another villa has a slightly larger table next to a fireplace whose tiles pick up on the natural colorations within the table.
A third villa has an even bigger dining area – this one has seating for 6 – but an identical fireplace within the living room and the same white slip covers on the chairs.
As with the dining areas, the living rooms within each villa are all slightly different, but a commonality within each is the fireplace and the white color scheme. This particular living room differs from the rest with its exposed beam ceiling and its super cool arched window.
This villa is the highest of the 7.
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Not all the villas are filled with living edge furniture. This living room has a pair of plank coffee tables with decidedly straight edges. It also features a more modern sectional and a very modern music system via the i-pod mounted in a red speaker stand.
The sectional within this modern layout expands into a deep pony wall separating the living room from the bedroom.
As with the living and dining areas, each bedroom has a different layout and position within the villas – this one even introduces the color brown within the lampshade and bedding.
This arched bedroom also brings in the brown, but this time it is within the plank flooring – most of the other rooms have white flooring.
Even the treads on the stairs leading up to this bedroom are dark wood and even though this setting is completely traditional, the modern tempered glass balustrade blends right in.
This bedroom is visible to the living room below.
I like how the bedroom creates a lower ceiling to the dining area, while the living room is within a slightly taller section.
This bathroom has a curved entry to the shower, visible through the mirror over the vanity.
No curved shower entry here, just a single sheet of frameless glass that you walk around to access the rain shower.
This rain shower is big enough for two!
Check out how the boulders are making an appearance below this vanity!
The Caldera, the views, the architecture – what an amazing place to stay
Aenaon Villas


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