Built into the cliffs overlooking Santorini’s Aegean-filled caldera, Mystique isn’t fully visible from the road. But descend about 30 steep stone stairs and you’ll discover sea-facing terraces, alfresco dining nooks, and an infinity pool. In Mystique’s 18 rooms, local materials (limestone floors, driftwood headboards) and naturalistic forms (curved and sloping walls, egg-shaped tables) create an otherworldly effect, along with window views that look like a mirage. Check in, catch the sunset from your private patio, then wander over to the wine cellar—a 150-year-old cave—for a tasting.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.