Santorini has always been on my list of places to travel to, visit, go to and spend time with the love of my life. It has always been a dream meant to come true – those blue and white washed domes and churches, boutique hotels with views of the caldera, infinity pools, Jacuzzi and the romance for which Santorini is well known for, especially for couples and honeymooners.
August 2015, the dream became a reality and I found myself in the beautiful island of Santorini with the love of my life, Pepper. Santorini was our third stop during our travels in Greece. I have to admit that during the planning of our trip, I worked on looking for our hotel in Santorini first as we are aware that since it’s peak season (summer), the island will be extremely busy; to find a beautiful hotel at a good price would be hard.
It took me a while searching, reading trip advisor reviews and comments about hotels in Santorini and which area is the best to be in. I was blessed (lucky too!) to have found and book a room at Aisling Micro Hotel and be assisted by the best host you can ever have, Joanna. (I’ll write a separate review for this hotel) She made our stay so lovely, relaxing and enjoyable!
We stayed in the area of Oia, probably the most famous area in the island of Santorini, alongside Imerovigli. First look at the view from our balcony, I was already in awe. I was literally out of words to describe the beautiful view infront of me. I just really had to take a few minutes to savour that beautiful view.
We arrived around lunch time and since we’ll be on the island for four days, we thought of taking everything easy. There’s plenty of time to walk around, enjoy the view, eat yummy Greek Food and spend time together. So first order of business was eat and siesta (afternoon nap) !! One of Joanna’s recommendations was Melitini Tapas Restaurant Café. Check out their food!!
This restaurant has amazing views and was highly recommended as one of the best spots for sunset (Aside from the view from our balcony!) Food and service was great. I can’t say anything bad about this restaurant. Their staff is so helpful and took their time to explain the menu!
After a hearty meal, we decided to chill in our hotel and have a siesta. (It’s a thing for Greeks to have an afternoon nap, just like the Spanish and Filipinos too!) We didn’t have any problem with that, especially with a cave room like this!
And a view like this (when we wake up!)
Santorini was the part of our trip that was planned and meant to be slow paced. The time where we really just rest and enjoy our time together, talk about our plans and the future. We took our time walking, we ate our food with delight and we did enjoy every bite! We slept in everyday and have siestas every afternoon. It was our most relaxing holiday so far (we plan to have more and eventually make it our lifestyle!) Oia was never short on giving us beautiful views to look at. Even if it was peak season and there were lots of tourists, we didn’t find it stressful as we can always escape to our Cave Room and enjoy time at our Jacuzzi (and still see the caldera!)
The island is how it actually looks on postcards. Blue and white and beautiful!
So what is our verdict on Santorini? Definitely a 10 out of 10!
More thoughts about Santorini:
- Accommodation in the island is more expensive compared to Athens and Ios. Most of the hotels are somewhat “priced” for weddings and honeymooners – especially Oia and Imerovigli. You don’t only pay for the comfort but also for the views.
- Souvenirs are also dearer here compared to Athen and Ios. Well, you won’t really go to Santorini to buy souvenirs, right? haha
- There isn’t actually a proper beach. Well, if your notion of beach is a wide shoreline and sand, then there’s hardly an option. Most of the “beaches” are cliff-side. This is the reason why hotels have infinity pools and Jacuzzis.
- Booking is essential even for restaurants – especially dinner time. In peak season, everyone wants to eat and enjoy the view, especially the sunset. Some of the places we really enjoyed are Melitini Tapas Restaurant and Katharos Sunset Lounge. (Will write reviews and separate post for these!)
- European Summer is peak season (June-Aug even up till beginning of September) hotels are fully booked and it can be extremely hot during the day. Our lovely host Joanna mentioned that September and October is still a good time to go. It’s not that hot, not as crowded and you still get a beautiful sunset! Not a lot of hotels are open around this time though. But you’ll be happy to know that Aisling Micro Hotel is open from APRIL to NOVEMBER!
- If you are still cautious because of the recent crisis and not being able to access your bank accounts or withdraw money, don’t worry! The situation in Greece is not as bad as what the media says. Even when we’re in Athens, everything was ok. It’s peaceful and you can withdraw cash from ATMs. It’s actually the best time to go and travel to Greece. They thrive on tourism and it will greatly help their economy.
- Santorini is indeed one of the most romantic places on earth. It’s something you can’t just describe in words or photos, you will feel it once you are there!
- One thing I really like about Santorini are the doors! Those colourful and artistic doors, most leads to nowhere but are still there!
- We would happily go back to Santorini! Might try other areas like Fira and Imerovigli and try more Greek food! Their food is so delicious and nutritious, no wonder Greeks live for a very long time!
- Food is prepared from fresh produce. Orange juice is the best here (in the whole of Greece, actually). I never though bread dipped in olive oil can be that great! (Their olive oil is amazing!)
We loved our time in Santorini so much! Would be writing a few more posts about the hotel we stay in, the best spots for sunset (and not be fighting the crowd) and places to eat. We’ll be posting more photos too.
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Ciao and happy travels! Big hugs! x
Pepper and Tin