It’s that time of year again, the long winter has nearly passed and we’re all trawling the net in order to find that perfect holiday destination. The Greek Islands are always a great choice for the weather, food and fantastic selection of accommodation. There is one little jewel that stands out from the crown and that is the beautiful Santorini.
Santorini’s distinguishing landscape and stunning surroundings are only few of the reasons why tourists are drawn to this Greek island. If you arrive by boat, you cannot help but notice the stunning white washed buildings that cling precariously to its stunning cliff side, sporadically broken up by the island’s iconic blue domes.
If you are thinking about planning a trip to this beautiful destination look no further than the Islands capital, Fira. This bustling town is centrally located, making it the perfect base to explore what the island has to offer and providing a perfect balance of both energy and relaxation.
With an abundance of restaurants and bars taking advantage of the natural caldera view, you are spoilt for choice to find somewhere to sip on a crisp Greek wine whilst watching the infamous Santorini sunsets.
If you want something more adventurous, wander the steep pathways that meander on the cliff edge or climb over church roofs to get that perfect photo opportunity.
For a unique and relaxing stay, I recommend the beautifully quaint, Infinity Collection located in Fira. This authentic boutique hotel is located only a few minutes walk from the towns central square and a short driving distance from both the port and the airport. The hotel provides a fantastic private transfer service which ensures your arrival is convenient and relaxing.
Nestled in a traditional and quite part of town, you can enjoy the peacefulness of the area whilst being close to all the action. As soon as you walk into the property it feels as if you have been transported to an oasis of calm. The white washed buildings reflect the warm Greek sunshine and the sound of the distant church bells can be heard in the air.
As your bags are taken to your room, you are checked in by the lovely Sara, who is full of enthusiasm. There is no need to visit any tourist office when you have Sara right on your doorstep. Her knowledge and energy is outstanding as she recommend the best places to eat, drink and visit. Her warm hospitality makes it the perfect start to your Santorini stay.
The hotel boasts five exclusive white washed deluxe cave rooms burrowed into the property, providing you with your own unique and intimate stay. Each of the cave suite-rooms are pristine clean and adorned with a simple white design that echoes the tradition of the island.
The room includes a comfortable double floating bed and adjoining traditional bathroom with bathrobes and complimentary toiletries. The addition of a kitchenette gives you the option to prepare food in your room. Don’t worry if you still want to be connected to the world, the room also contains complimentary WiFi and a smart TV. The room is delightfully quiet, the only noise you hear is the odd donkey walking on the pathway above, adding to your authentic Greek experience.
The hotel itself doesn’t contain a restaurant, however this brings me to my favourite part of my stay… breakfast! Each morning a beautiful Greek continental breakfast is delivered to your room. This allows you to enjoy a delicious breakfast without even leaving the comfort of your own room. With a selection of breads, meats, cheeses, eggs, fruit, Greek yogurt, honey and coffee it is an impressive and satisfying breakfast that will keep you going until lunch.
If you wish to remain at the hotel, their delightful swimming pool is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Their quiet sun terrace provides an area to lay back on the sunbeds and read a book while music plays softly in the background.
This hotel encompasses a perfect blend of incredible customer service, luxurious accommodation and a great location. I would not hesitate to book again and cannot recommend it enough. Although Santorini has an abundance of hotels which have rooms looking out onto the caldera, they do not have the privacy and intimacy of this impressive hotel. This is a little piece of heaven in the middle of this stunning island. I only spent four days here, but I could have gladly stayed for a longer duration.
PK Cocktail Bar – situated in the centre of Fira is this busy cocktail bar where you can sip on a delicious selection of high-quality cocktails while looking out onto the caldera. This three-level bar can get rather busy due to its outstanding views of the spectacular sunsets, therefore booking is recommended prior to your visit.
Tsipouradiko – This lovely taverna has an amazing selection of authentic Greek food and it was one of the best meals I had on the Island. I recommend their filo baked feta drizzled in Greek honey and their delicious homemade bake beans.
If you venture to Oia, in the north of the Island, I would recommend The Sunset Restaurant in Ammoudi Bay. Here, you can dine on deliciously prepared fresh seafood with an unbeatable view of the sunset.
Santorini alludes such a charm that it is simply difficult to summarise in just one blog. Find out what the island has to offer and see all the areas that you can visit in my Santorini article, coming out soon in Issue 3 of Guild Magazine.