Rock Of Ages

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The Greek island of Patmos is a place of wonders both natural and divine. The island has drawn solace seekers for nearly 2,000 years – without ever loosing its cool. Patmos doesn’t have an airport. So you take a seven – hour ferry from Athens of fly to a neighboring isle and then catch a catamaran.

ON ASPRONISI, A ROCK ISLAND NEAR PATMOS. VPL BATHING SUIT WITH ATTACHED PARACHUTE, SHOWPIECE ONLY. FOR SIMILAR STYLES, GO TO VPLNYC.COM. FASHION EDITOR: ANNE CHRISTENSEN

A town – Chora on the island was named by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. The monastery, a fortress rising above whitewashed Chora, dominates the island physically and psychologically. Patmos’s 3000 inhabitants feel they live on blessed ground.

WHITE OUT IN CHORA. TOMMY HILFIGER DRESS, $498. GO TO TOMMY.COM.

The photo session was taken at Agriolivado beach, where Kyria Eleni rents out sun loungers, swam in an ample black bathing suit, pearls and gold cross that bobbed in her cleavage.

GRECIAN FORMULA IN CHORA. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG BATHING SUIT, $230. GO TO DVF.COM. TIFFANY & COMPANY BRACELET.

ON ASPRONISI. MICHAEL KORS BIKINI, $270. GO TO SAKSFIFTHAVENUE.COM. IN CHORA. MAX AZRIA BLACK BATHING SUIT, $260. GO TO MAXAZRIA.COM. CARTIER RING AND CUFF.

ON ASPRONISI. MAX AZRIA GRAY BIKINI, $750. GO TO HERVELEGER.COM. FASHION ASSISTANT: COURTNEY A. WEINBLATT. HAIR BY WARD FOR LIVINGPROOF. MAKEUP BY ROMY SOLEIMANI AT MANAGEMENT ARTISTS FOR NARS COSMETICS. LOCATION SCOUT: EMANUELE MASCIONI. MODEL: TIIU KUIK.

SWIM GODDESS IN THE TOWN OF CHORA, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE ON PATMOS. ERES BIKINI TOP, $215, AND BOTTOM, $380. GO TO ERES.FR. CAROLEE BRACELET.

Photographs by Camilla Akrans

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