Villa Charissa is a new addition to the minimalist Aenaon Villas, a group of 7 eco-luxury properties laying in between the small villages of Oia and Imerovigli on the island of Santorini.
Tucked away from the tourists that flock to the famous Cycladic island, the villa is perched far above the sea enjoying the most outstanding view of the Caldera, a rim carved by the volcanic eruptions full of rough charme. The white architecture harmoniously follows the rythm of the territory, only interrupted by charcoaled rocks, pockets of wild plants and the contrasting blue of the Aegean Sea. Built in the local cave house style, called yposkafa, Villa Charissa is dug entirely into the volcanic landscape and shaped by the natural curves of the bedrock that make the interior look like a private alcova and the outdoor a sophisticated extension of the land. The architects Elly and Maria-Christina Alexiou paid attention to leave the minimal environmental impact while keeping Villa Charissa extremely sleek and sophisticated in its essential look. Even electricity has been minimalized by exploiting at best the natural light and the position of the villa that is both blessed with incredible sunrises and sunsets. Named after the Greek word ‘charis’ meaning cute, Villa Charissa stays true to her title.