Luxury Rating: ****/*****
Holiday type: Greek Islands
Budget: Approximately £1,100 – £3,600 for 14 nights for 2 people in June
Santorini – the hidden jewel in the Aegean
Santorini is a beautiful crescent-shaped island in the southern Aegean Sea. The island’s stunning scenery stems back to 1450BC, when a huge volcanic eruption caused the centre of Santorini to fall into the sea. It left behind a crater, known as a caldera peeping out above the waves, which creates spectacular views from the island’s clifftops.
However, it’s not just the rugged geology of Santorini that makes the island such a popular honeymoon destination. The traditional whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and unending vineyards give the island that traditional Greek charm.
Santorini’s volcanic legacy is responsible for the very distinctive beaches that skirt the island’s coastline. Many of the beaches are long stretches of black sand and small black pebbles, whilst others have red or white sand with pebbles. Some might say that long white beaches are a must for any honeymoon destination, but we think what they lack in white sandy splendor, they more than make up for with their unique sands and breathtaking scenery.
Where to stay
Celestia Grand – Fira – c.£9,500 for 2 people staying 14 nights in June
Perched on the edge of the volcanic Caldera cliff in Fira, the Celestia Grand offers breathtaking views across the Aegean Sea. Some say that the views from the hotel must rank in the top 10 hotel views in the World – take a look and you’ll see why!
The Celestia Grand is a collection of 6 luxurious and exclusive one and two bedroom villas which are designed in the island’s traditional Cycladic architecture. The villas are beautifully decorated in traditional whites and creams, with arched ceilings, and are furnished in a contemporary minimalist fashion. Each of the villas has its own individual style, but all benefit from their own spacious cliff-side terrace with loungers, a private pool and fabulous views over the Aegean.
The lively centre of Fira, Santorini’s capital, is just 1.6 miles and offers a wide variety of dining and nightlife options.
San Antonio Suites are set in a secluded location, around 100ft above sea level, overlooking the caldera and blue Aegean. The hotel is one of the most romantic boutique hotels on Santorini with luxurious cave rooms cut out of the volcanic rock. It enjoys a peaceful, intimate atmosphere and is perfect for couples seeking a romantic retreat in a charming resort
The hotel has a glorious infinity pool, and a restorative spa accommodated in a cave. The hotel’s gourmet restaurant offers stunning views out across the Aegean, making it a perfect honeymoon destination
Set between the villages of Oia and Imerovigli, Santorini Airport is 9.3 miles away from San Antonio and Fira, the capital, is just 3.1 miles away. Free private parking is available on site.
Cavo Bianco – Kamari – c.£2,000 for 2 people staying 14 nights in June
Located in Kamari Village, this elegant resort is set amidst a lush garden just a 5-minute walk from the renowned Kamari beach. The modern clean lines and natural materials used throughout the hotel make it a true sanctuary of tranquillity perfect for a romantic stay.
Opening to a balcony or terrace overlooking the garden and the pool, all rooms and suites are decorated with modern furnishings and white-washed walls. The hotel offers two outdoor pools, the perfect location to recover from all of that last minute wedding planning!
The archaeological site of Ancient Thera lies within a short walk from Cavo Bianco. Athinios Port is 5 miles away, while Santorini National Airport is at a distance of 3.1 miles. The lively Fira Town is 6.2 miles away.
What to do in Santorini?
Visit the idyllic village of Oia with its whitewashed houses and blue shutters. Situated at the top of an impressive cliff, it offers impressive views over the volcano of Palia and Nea Lameni. Wander among the narrows with its numerous art galleries and tavernas. Oia is renowned for the most beautiful sunsets so don’t forget to take along your camera.
The island is famous for its wine production which dates back to Roman times. The volcanic landscape is said to give the wine here special features, so why not see for yourself and book a winery tour. The award-winning Sigalas Winery offers tours http://www.sigalas-wine.com/english/index.asp.
Santorini is a great place to get out in the water. The island is known for its sailing, whether you choose to charter a yacht or opt for a catamaran tour. Scuba diving is also taking off here, and you’ll certainly get a unique view of the volcanic landscape from ‘under the surface’. Try Santorini Dive Centre
Visit the beautiful village of Emporio, with its well-preserved ancient castle or ‘Kastelli’, collection of churches and its historic architecture. Overlooking the beaches of Perissa and Perivolos, this is the perfect spot for people watching from a pavement tavern.