Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini
With Santorini's rich history dating back beyond 1645 BC, Vedema Resort both pays homage to the past and plays an important role in the island's present. Situated on a more than 500-year-old vineyard overlooking the medieval village of Megalohori, the resort was built in 1993 when Antonis Elliopoulos, the son of a notable shipping family, had the idea of developing the family’s summer estate into an innovative first-class resort reflective of Santorini’s culture and customs. He then commissioned renowned architect Mary Kavagia and interior designers Yiannis Tseklenis and Aggelos Aggelopoulos to create a traditional fortified Greek village made up of sophisticated Grecian-style villas and small handcrafted houses, surrounded by an indigenous stone wall.
The old wine-harvest spot on the estate was selected as the resort’s focal point. And, in fact, its name, Vedema, is the direct Venetian translation for 'harvest.' Today, wines produced here are sold and celebrated internationally. Additionally, the resort renovated the old cellars under the village to fulfill important resort functions as a meeting center, wine-tasting room, private dinning room, and the charming Vinsanto Restaurant.
Elliopoulos continued the transformation in 2008, when he undertook an interior renovation that included creating spacious marble bathrooms with bathtubs and showers and updating technological equipment to include flat screen TVs along with CD and DVD players. All furniture was replaced with antique, island-style offerings, sugar-white in color and upholstered in sumptuous fabrics.
This ongoing fusion of traditional and contemporary makes Vedema Resort Santorini’s top spot year after year.