Santorini, Thira, Stroggili, or Santa Irini, are many alternative names for the same beautiful island I visited with my wife for our honeymoon. After reading hundrends of reviews regarding Santorini island I concluded that this was the fitting choice for our Honeymoon. The next step as you’ll be able to understand was to book the flight tickets and one of the nicest hotel possible. The first part was easy, since two greek airline companies had about twice everyday direct flights from Athens to Santorini airport. But, the second part.. yes, how to decide on the appropriate hotel among hundrends one?
Therefore, I started searching hotels with 5 and 4 stars rating. Guess what? There were still around one hundrend hotels on my list.
I came upon that there have been 3 regions, that are less crowded so as to enjoy and avoid heavy buzz.
One in all them is called Akrotiri village. Akrotiri village is located to one of the cornerstones of Santorini, which is about 15min. from Fira by car, and near to more of the island’s beaches.
Ok, I selected the area so now I needed to decide among 30 hotels. The bad thing was that almost all of them were hardly 4 star hotels.
Then when i believed that I had run out of luck, I received the F.T. newspaper. You are actually all asking how did receiving a newspaper helped? The reply is simple. While I was reading the newspaper I saw an article regarding Santorini island. The journalist recommended a family running hotel near Akrotiri village! The name of that hotel was Astarte suites.
So I Google on Internet found the location and it was just perfect for my honeymoon.
I booked the tickets and the Junior suite with private jacuzzi for a 7night stay.
The view from the window of the airplane as we were landing to Santorini airport was exstatic.
Upon arrival there was a driver from the hotel, who transferred us to Astarte suites. After about 10 min. of driving the driver told us that we were there. One of the best view from all the time we were inside the car was just in front of the hotel. The Volcano and the whole island of Santorini was visible from our hotel! We went down some steps and we entered the hotel. The very kind receptionist showed us the approach to our suite. As we were going towards the suite, there is was.
The infinity swimming pool with the relaxing sunbeds ever.
We continued and entered our suite. Fantastic!!! Big king bed, jacuzzi and on the ceiling there were swarofski stones. Then the chef came inside nd welcomed us with a champagne and a few fresh fruits.
That was the most effective beginning for our honeymoon.
The thing that I noticed was that all the hotel was booked however you had the feeling that you just were just relaxing alone without many other guests around. This was possible because of every suite’s private terrace. Therefore, we had privacy in an effort to enjoy our honeymoon without any other people near us.
The three days of relaxation we decided with the assistance of the receptionist to rent a car and explore the island. Our first destination was Red beach, which was near the hotel and was marvelous. Throughout red rocks and a really nice scenery. Next we went to Fira, the principle capital of Santorini. It was so crowded that after 30 minutes we left back to Astarte in order to search out our peace. We decided not to go again to Fira.
The last day we went to Oia, a small traditional village with many nice places to shoot some pictures.
Oia was consisted of many many many (it isn’t a typing mistake) hotels. I used to be relieved that we did not stay there since privacy would be absent.
Unfortunately, the last day came and we had to leave from that beautiful hotel and island.
Hopefully, next year we are going to visit again both for our anniversary.