Pretty Imerovigli village, a few steps from the hotel, is Santorini’s best side. It’s jumble of white cubed buildings look like a sugar-bowl spilled down the cliff to the caldera and the Aegean beyond. Leave your comfy poolside spot to hike out to Skaros Rock’s ruins, or hop on a sailboat (the hotel can help with hiring one) for jaunts out to petite islands Nea Kameni and Thirassia. Wander the alleyways of capital Thira, a five-minute drive (or 20-minute walk) away, for jewellery, handicrafts and artwork. The Museum of Prehistoric Thira (+30 228 6022 217) is small but intriguing, with decorous pots, gold statuettes and well-preserved paintings from the Neolithic and Cycladic periods. North of the hotel (a 20-minute drive) lies Oia village, for wine tasting and gallery scouring; its Naval Maritime Museum (+30 228 6071 156) has some saucy figureheads and handsome galleon models. To the south is Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement in a remarkably good state of repair. The island’s volcanic sands are usually too hot to sunbathe on, but Kamari Beach on the east coast has softer sands, sun-beds and parasols for a beach fix.