Seeking some European sun, our Platinum Account Manager Jackie jetted off to Greece for an island escape. She visited three outstanding hotels on the picturesque island; read more below, and check back on the blog for her account of a stay on Mykonos too!
Flying from wet and cold Manchester, I couldn’t get to Greece fast enough! Arriving in warm and sunny Santorini I was immediately struck by how genuinely stunning the island is; as it is volcanic it has an incredibly dramatic landscape with high cliffs and amazing sea views.
Our first stop was the Vedema Resort for lunch. This charming hotel is located in the village of Megalohori with great access to local restaurants and bars. I was particularly impressed with the brand-new five-bedroom villa, which benefits from its own staff and stunning views out over the rocky coast; this quite a unique accommodation type on the island and is perfect for families or groups of friends looking for their own space. This is probably the more authentic end of the island, and is less busy during the peak summer months when cruise ships start to roll in.
Onwards to Oia, where most visitors to the island find themselves. There are some amazing hotels here, all clinging to the side of the cliff with rooms carved into the rock face. This is not the place for visitors wishing for a beach break, but is perfect for those looking for amazing sea views, a romantic setting and great dining.
We stayed at Canaves Oia, which has another family-friendly sister property, the amazing Canaves Oia Epitome, just further down the coast opening in summer 2018. If possible, I would definitely recommend opting for a room with a plunge pool – an oasis of calm and peace in the bustle of the main Oia thoroughfare. A ‘must’ here is enjoying a cocktail at the Canaves Oia Sunday Suites whilst watching the sun go down.
From here it was just a 25-minute drive to Grace Santorini. This hotel has just undergone an extensive refurbishment and the rooms – although retaining the typical Santorini style of décor – now have a few cosier touches which add to the charm of the place. This hotel is not for those with any kind of walking difficulties; it is incredibly steep, though this means you get a great workout on the way to breakfast! The panoramic sunset views here are world-class and not to be missed.