TRAVEL INSPIRATION: SANTORINI
Santorini has been on my wishlist for ever. And after seeing these incredible images from Roberta Facchini I’m more convinced than ever. The beautiful white-washed buildings scattered across the clifftops of Santorini are characterised by their bright blue rooftops, matching perfectly the colour of the sea and sky. If I can’t persuade Mr B to book a trip now I never will!.
DESTINATION: Santorini, Greece
The Greek island of Santorini has been at the top my bucket list for as long as I can remember, and I can’t even describe the excitement I had for weeks and weeks as soon my fiancé told me he was taking me there for a romantic getaway to treat me for my birthday and to celebrate a surprise early honeymoon! He had to win the prize for the best fiancé ever.
This treasure island just has it all: an outstanding view on the caldera, the most stunning sunsets, little lovely villages, great local taverns where you can taste homemade greek foods (moussaka!!), luxury boutique hotels with stunning infinity pools and, of course, welcoming and charming people. I assure you, you’ll want to buy a little house with the blue windows the moment you touch the grounds.
If you are dreaming of a romantic yet luxurious getaway with your other half, look no where else but Santorini in Greece. I’m quite addicted to travelling, having visited almost 30 countries and lived in a few of them, but Santorini, seriously, is now right at the top of my favourite places in the world and it will make the perfect honeymoon destination or a dreamy getaway with your other half.
WHERE TO STAY?
I was lucky to experience the honeymoon suites of two of the most gorgeous hotels I’ve seen in my life: the Kirini Suites & Spa and the Chromata Hotel. The staff on both hotels were the nicest and most attentive people you can hope for. The view is out of this world, just unbelievable and so were the rooms and the hotels’ infinity pools! I just have a thing for infinity pools, what I can I do.
At the Chromata Hotel we stayed in the honeymoon suite which even has 2 private jacuzzis in the room, how cool is that?
The Kirini Suites & Spa is like being in a beautiful cave, with so many floors and turns and steps that it feels like a labyrinth! Our suite was incredible. We had a private terrace with our own outdoor jacuzzi, and from the shower we had a window facing the caldera, how is that possible?! Just stunning.
WHAT TO DO?
Rent a car and drive around the island following your instincts. I loved discovering Oia, Pyrgos, Imerovigli and Fira. Stop in locals bakeries and traditional taverns to taste the real greek food. Obviously, find a good spot to enjoy the Greek stunning sunset.
The best place is obviously Oía, however it is so packed with tourists and photographers that you could be disappointed. But when I say packed, I mean seriously packed, you can’t move, you will fight for the best seat, you have to go hours in advance hoping to find somewhere to stay. It’s definitely nice but probably not worth it if you have to stand for hours.
A nice and private area we found later on was at Santo Wines, where you can enjoy the romantic view while sipping local wines.
WHERE TO EAT?
Find authentic and typical Greek taverns is sometime tough, as the majority of the places are very very touristic. Even with a half greek fiance was not that easy, however, we weren’t disappointed and on our last night, by walking in the little village of Megalochori we just stumbled upon Mousiko Kouti, which means the music box! This little special tavern seemed to came out from a painting, with its front little garden presented with colourful tables, windows and flowers. The lady who welcomed us was soo sweet that we couldn’t resist and we made a reservation for our last evening. This is a very romantic spot to end your stay in Santorini, full of locals and homemade greek food: the unmissable moussaka, the greek salad and some stew.
Needlessly to say, this was one of the most luxurious experience of my life and I will remember this birthday and early honeymoon for a very long time!!!
Roberta Facchini Photography