The island

A TRAVEL GUIDE TO Santorini, Greece

Thousands of years ago, the Greek island of Santorini, officially 'Thira', was the site of a massive volcanic eruption, simultaneously sinking the center of the once-round island and raising its edges. Today, we see stunning cliffs known as caldera flanking a half-moon shaped island that has risen from the ashes to be arguably the most breathtaking of all the Cyclades islands. With whitewashed buildings climbing from the sea to sky, stunning panoramic views and incredible sunsets, Santorini is a popular destination for honeymooners looking for romance. Upscale restaurants, shops, wine tastings and volcanic sand beaches add to the magical feel of this elegant island.

Sleeping

WHERE TO STAY IN SANTORINI: Charisma Suites

With spacious rooms and spectacular views of the caldera, Charisma Suites offers a luxurious and romantic stay in Santorini. An all-suites boutique hotel perched on a hill in tranquil Oia, Charisma features pristine white walls and decor to contrast with the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. As if the main infinity pool were not enough for Instagram fodder, many of the suites have their own private pools and hot tubs with spectacular views. Every suite is equipped with a private veranda and guests have access to the restaurant and bar on-site as well as in-room massage and beauty treatments. If you are able to pull yourself away from the beauty of this unique hideaway, you’ll find nearby beaches and upscale village shops to explore nearby.

Eating

WHERE TO EAT IN SANTORINI: Fino

Foodie favourite restaurant and cocktail bar, Fino is another treasured hotspot of Oia. Escape the tourists in this upscale, yet unassuming restaurant and bar housed in a traditional settlement that feels both local and world-class all at once. A cozy ambiance of sparse wooden details and clean, minimalist decor evokes the sense of serenity that pervades Santorini. The fresh Mediterranean menu is crafted with seasonal ingredients and creative flair and served with a smile by the friendly staff. We recommend the fresh lobster spring rolls, tuna tataki and seabass ceviche for light bites that pack flavour. In the summer, soak up the sun on the outdoor terrace as you dine al fresco with friends.

BEST RESTAURANTS IN SANTORINI

Metaxi Mas: Delicious Creation and Santorinian cuisine made from the freshest ingredients straight from the kitchen garden.

Sunset Ammoudi Taverna: A waterfront seafood restaurant nestled in an idyllic cove offering incredible sunset views.

Argo: An elegant restaurant overlooking the Santorini Caldera with a menu of international flavours.

Seeing

WHAT TO DO IN SANTORINI: sunset oia catamaran cruise

Embark on a spectacular adventure at sea with Sunset Oia Sailing Cruises. While they have many vessels to choose from, we recommend the luxury catamaran cruise that will take you around the surrounding waters to see the stunning Red and White Beaches, where a walk along the warm sand offers close views of the exotic stones that make up the colourful cliffs on the island. Sail past sites such as the ancient settlement of Akrotiri, the lighthouse Pharos, and incredible rock formations poking through the turquoise waters. An on-board barbecue is included on many of the cruises with fresh fare and wine to keep you fuelled for the journey. Top off your sailing excursion with a once-in-a-lifetime swim in a live volcano crater where the naturally forming chemicals in the water will do wonders for your skin.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN SANTORINI

Domaine Sigalas: Wine tasting in the stunning ancient plain of Oia.

Seaside By Notos: A vibrant and buzzy beach club and restaurant located on Perviolos Beach.