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As a travel enthusiast and somebody with a never-ending bucket list full of places all across the globe I’d love to visit, Santorini was definitely up there at the top for my next adventure.
My friend (also fellow travel buddy) and I arrived on the beautiful island of Santorini in the late hours of the evening with a smooth airport and transfer process and checked in to our hotel in good time afterwards. For our stay we opted for seven nights at the Hotel Amaryllis, which is situated in the stunning resort of Perissa.
Perissa is known for its black pebble beaches backed by shops and bars, crystal blue waters and unforgettable views. The typical vision of Santorini encompasses blue domed pure white churches met with the vivid blue sea – this resort most definitely lived up to those expectations.
After being greeted and checked in by a lovely lady at reception in Hotel Amaryllis we were taken to our room and advised of our amenities. Our room was spacious, airy and the décor was crisp white with rustic features and small bursts of blue for a traditional Greek feel. Home-style touches during our stay included a fridge, coffee station, safety deposit box, hairdryer, toiletries, dressing table, air-conditioning, fully equipped bathroom, private balcony, and plenty of wardrobe and drawer space.
As well as the room we opted for the breakfast-only option, which was something we always looked forward to at the start of our day. The breakfast was buffet-style and had on offer hot drinks, cereal, bread, spreads, meats, cheeses, yoghurt, and sweet Greek delicacies. There was definitely something to suit everybody amongst the lot.
The staff during our stay were extremely helpful and attentive and through the reception desk we organised several trips. These trips included sampling the grapes at Santo Wines Winery, discovering the excavations of the small town Akrotiri and checking out Fira, which is Santorini’s capital. Buses were very regular and were generally an easy process, so it was never difficult to get out and explore all the island had to offer.
If there’s one thing I can recommend you do during your visit to Santorini, it’s to enjoy a 16 wine flight and cheese platter at Santo Wines Winery. The most famous winery on the island delivers exquisite wines to suit everyone’s taste and the experience is complemented by a front-row view of the crystal blue ocean.
The excavations of Akrotiri were completely fascinating and discovering some of the history of Santorini was certainly eye-opening. My ideal holiday consists of fun-filled trips but I also appreciate cultural and historical insights, which meant this adventure was perfect.
Fira, the capital, was crammed with shops, restaurants and bars which made for an extremely lively resort. We bought most of our souvenirs from the quirky shops dotted up and down the streets and indulged in some tasty frozen yoghurt.
We also made an impulsive decision to go parasailing in Perissa, as it was my friend’s birthday we felt like we just had to do something to remember her special day. It was truly an experience of a lifetime and one I’ll never forget. Several feet in the air, we were treated to some of the most spectacular views of Santorini. What a memorable moment!
Something that’s also definitely worth seeing is the sensational sunset of Oia. There is no better feeling than watching the sun go down in a lively outdoor atmosphere with a cocktail in-hand – I promise.
Bustling with bars and restaurants, Perissa offered us somewhere new and different to sample every meal time. We ate a lot of food – and that’s the understatement of the century. My friend and I are full-time foodies, so we revelled in trying traditional Greek cuisine like moussaka, gyros, lamb kofta, and baklava. Yum!
Temperatures on the island never fell below 27 degrees all week, so it’s safe to say we were whacking on the SPF 50 and making the most of those ice cold beers.
All in all, I’d say Santorini is perfect for couples, friends or families as there’s something that everybody can take from the stunning destination. It really does have everything.