Last week I got to tick off a place I had wanted to visit for so long – the incredibly beautiful island of Santorini in Greece. I am always amazed when people say they haven’t heard of Santorini, I’m sure you have all seen those white washed buildings all over Instagram and it seems as though pretty much every blogger I follow has taken a trip there over the last couple of months and yet it still seems like a relatively unknown part of Greece.
West East Suites have been designed by their architect-proprietors, their aim and ambition being to transcend travel accommodation into a unique living experience.
I spent the week at West East Suites which sets itself apart from the other hotels on the island by boldly rocking a shade of grey. Each of the rooms comes with its own jacuzzi or plunge pool and there is a pretty spectacular infinity pool overlooking the caldera, too. Not only is the hotel design stunning, but the staff could not be faulted and the views were second to none! Set slightly out of the main town, it was perfect for a relaxing getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle, but was still within easy reach of the central areas.
Places to eat
Best for presentation – Fly Away Lounge Bar & Restaurant at West East Suites
If you like fine dining then Fly Away is well worth a visit. This is the most expensive of my recommendations but the food is presented beautifully and the setting is just perfect. I loved the complimentary soups the chef created and the warm breads. The mains are quite small but that just means more room for dessert, right?!
I definitely recommend the scallops. Oh, and you have got to try the chocolate dessert!
Best value for money – Astra Suites
Astra Suites offer a mixture of Greek and Mediterranean dishes. My top tip would be to book a table for around 8pm so that you are there to see the sunset. I loved the romantic setting and the waiters were very friendly and funny.
If you like seafood then give the calamari a go.
Best for traditional Greek food – Avocado
Avocado had a lot of good reviews on trip adviser so I thought it was worth a try. I was blown away by the hospitality of the waiters who treated every guest as though they were part of their extended family.
For a starter try the tzatziki with pittas, for main the pork gyros are number one!
Things to do in Santorini
Explore Oia – If your hotel isn’t based in Oia then I would definitely recommend taking a trip there to see all of the beautiful architecture. You will find those infamous churches with the blue roofs in abundance. Make sure you take your camera, you will want to snap everything! Yes – the buildings really do look like that in real life, and yes – the sea really is that blue! There are so many cafes and restaurants about so be sure to stop off for some traditional Greek food. If you like to shop until you drop there is also a mixture of high end designer stores, galleries, boutiques and quaint little shops selling more touristy items.
Wine Tasting – I’ll be honest, Greek wine has never been on my radar and I’ve drunk a lotta wine in my time! We booked the wine tasting experience at the West East Suites and am now completely obsessed. (Apologies to anyone who follows Beauty at Brunch on snapchat – there may have been a drunken overload of wine tasting snaps). 7 glasses down and there wasn’t one I didn’t like! I tried 3 whites, 1 rosé and 3 reds and every single one was delicious! I loved it so much that I returned home with a bottle and will definitely be looking out for more Greek wines in future. The cheese board that came with the wine was also pretty good; gotta love a cheese board!
Boat trip – If you get a chance it is well worth booking a boat trip around the island. Whilst there are different companies and packages you can pick from, I went on a day trip which lasted around 5 hours and included a barbecued lunch on board. Stopping off at various points to snorkel in the sea, I also got to see the red, white and black beaches of Santorini and swam in the hot springs. If you want to experience the hot springs then make sure you wear a dark coloured swimsuit or an old one that you don’t mind getting ruined as the sulphur will discolour it – definitely don’t wear white! If you suffer with sea sickness remember to take some tablets with you as there’s no stopping off on land.
Here’s a little video I created of my week spent in Santorini.
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