NOŪS Santorini

Owned by Cyprus-born industrialist Dakis Joannou, one of the world’s leading collectors of contemporary art. In 1983, Joannou established the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, a non-profit that organizes exhibitions and publications with the goal of popularizing established and emerging artists. As Santorini’s largest resort, NOŪS was designed to resemble a whitewashed ancient Greek village, with 119 rooms, bungalows, and suites scattered along a central 164-foot pool—the island’s largest—and clustered in distinct “neighborhoods.” Athens-based arts curator Nadia Argyropoulou, a long-time collaborator of Joannou and DESTE, who has been developing site-specific research projects in Greece and abroad, called on 15 well-known Greek artists & artistic duos to study the local culture in relation to global realities. They created an entire storytelling body with more than 160 original artworks (paintings, photographs, sculptural objects, and even augmented reality pieces) exclusively for NOŪS with works that draw inspiration from Santorini’s rich history and volcanic landscapes, adding energy and visual stimuli to the rooms and common areas. Wellness also takes centerstage with an array of treatments using local ingredients, such as Greek yoghurt, white pine and pomegranate.