White and blue. This is how Santorini can be described.
Last October I turned 40, which is a pretty big number, and my lovely wife surprised me with a very unexpected trip. I had instructions to pack the night before and I only found out that we were heading to Greece once we arrived to Heathrow. Finally in Athens the ultimate destination was revealed: Santorini!
We flew with Aegean for the internal flights, also another first time experience. The flight from Athens to Santorini is quite short, but I was greatly surprised with the service and attention we received. No wonder Skytrax has awarded them as one of the best regional airlines in the world.
This was my very first time in Greece, and I totally fell in love with the country.
We arrived quite late to the amazing Oia Suites Hotel. Because it was already dark and we were pretty exhausted, the morning after I received the real surprise. This little hotel overlooks the stunning caldera and the light and scenery were just breathtaking.
This is a very small hotel, really close to Oia, but far enough to enjoy absolute tranquillity and privacy. The staff are tremendously friendly and no request was a big one for them.
We had a really cool suite with everything we could possibly need. The minibar was always full and the plunge pool ready for my daily dip.
The decoration of the room was very smart, soothing and totally relaxing. These suites are caves excavated on the mountain with direct views over the caldera.
Breakfast was always served on the terrace with all our requests. What else could you possibly need?
We decided to dine just across the road where there is a very authentic Greek tasca that serves local dishes accompanied by live music.
I totally forgot about London, but with these views, who wouldn’t? The temperature was still very nice but without the extreme heat of the summer, just perfect.
Sunsets in Oia are really famous and tourists fly from all around the island to witness this event. But we had such a perfect view from our room that sipping a G&T as the sun came down was total bliss.
I think I didn’t stop smiling once.
Oia Suites is certainly perfect for a relaxing trip away from everything. This side of the island is very abrupt and all the buildings follow the slope, which makes the picturesque scenery that everybody captures.
This was an amazing way of celebrating this new decade in my life!
Oia is one of the most beautiful little villages I have ever seen. It is just a 20 min walk from Oia Suites, and what a walk! As you approach the white houses and domes of the many churches you can totally understand why so many people want to visit this little Greek island. It is simply breathtaking, the colour of the sea and the white houses against the sky is pretty unique.
As you look down the cliffs you will spot lots of tiny pools and intimate terraces. One of the things I like the most was the fact that the hotels are basically groups of old houses that have been adapted and revamped inside. But the place hasn’t lost the look of a true Greek village. Although in fairness all you will encounter are tourists since only a bunch of locals still live in this part of the island.
It seems that I don’t have many pictures not holding a drink, but well one doesn’t turn 40 every year…
This post is dedicated to the most wonderful wife who kept the secret and organised a fabulous trip. And because she is expecting our first child I had to do all the drinking. Here is to many more adventures and trips together!
And this is only ‘hasta la vista’ to Greece. I totally fell in love with the food, the scenery and all the kindness we encountered everywhere.
You can read more about some of the places we visited on my TripAdvisor reviews: