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5 reasons Santorini is the ultimate destination

Santorini, or better known as one of the most Instagrammable destinations on earth, is an island that combines it all. Natural breathtaking beauty, luxury services to the highest level, impressive accommodations, mouthwatering dishes and romantic activities. So take your plus one and allow the island to guide you to all the must-see locations. Where to sleep? The new five-star hotel located in Imerovigli is all that everyone is talking about. Omma, a luxury boutique hotel, overlooks the iconic Caldera cliff providing a sense of serenity and tranquility. The unobstructed sea views, is definitely what will have you captivated, up until you see the two pools that stand majestically in the center of the property. The most comfortable sun beds and the fluffiest towels are waiting for you to place your body and soak up the Santorinian sun. The spacious rooms, most with their own individual plunge pool, are minimalistic and have kept the traditional Cycladic look but with a modern twist. What to do? Private sunset catamaran cruise Embark on a journey around the mesmerizing waters of the Aegean Sea on a luxurious private Santorini catamaran cruise. Sail along the coasts of Santorini to the Red Beach followed by the White Beach. Take a swim in the shallow waters or benefit from the services of a fully equipped boat including complimentary towels, snorkeling equipment and open bar. Set out towards the Indian Rocks, the Venetian Lighthouse and the volcanic landscape. Enjoy a therapeutic swim in the hot springs before indulging in a well-prepared seafood and BBQ meal on board while overlooking the sunset from the Caldera. Private wine tasting There is a reason why Santorini is one of the most popular destinations in Greece and the world, and you can find out why yourself, on a Santorini Wine Tour. Enjoy the breathtaking sights of this unique island and learn how different wine varieties are made. Try various wines and see which one suits your preference the most. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the famous Assyrtiko, a rare Greek variety that was the only life form that survived the volcanic eruption in the island back in 1630 B.C. There’s no better way to experience this beautiful island than sipping traditional Greek wines and nibbling on delicious hors d’oeuvres on a Santorini Wine Tour. Private Akrotiri guided tour A cultural exploration designed for the lovers of historical mysteries and philosophical matters! The journey begins in the most peculiar excavation site found in Akrotiri, which was buried under the ashes of the volcanic eruption in 1646 B.C. There, this sightseeing tour in Santorini will unfold the enigma of the unknown ancient village. Your next stop will be in the cultural center of ‘Symposion” at Megalochori where you can experience music with handcrafted wind and string instruments! Enjoy the end of your tour while enjoying an organic meal overlooking the beautiful lighthouse. What’s for dinner? Don’t need to look that far as Omma Restaurant is one of the best in Imerovigli. Serving traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes packed with incredible aromas and having the incredible Caldera view as your companion, you should most definitely not hold back and immerse yourself in the seductive unique flavors. George Koletsos is Co-Founder of Kudos Life Experiences. Kudos Life Experiences is a custom-designed private travel specialist to Greece, for the discerning and sophisticated traveler who is seeking to return to the authentic form of personal discovery and explore really life-enriching travel experiences. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

George Koletsos

George Koletsos is the Founder and CEO of Kudos Life Experiences. Kudos Life Experiences is a bespoke luxury travel specialist, delivering life-enriching journeys that can deeply touch the soul of the sophisticated traveller, through a selective offer of authentic experiences that most people are unaware they could discover. In doing so, we create and deliver unique travel stories, we uncover and provide handpicked accommodation, and we are proud of our insiders extraordinary service, always preserving the highest standards of privacy and execution that set us apart. Prior to Kudos, George has served as the Secretary General of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO).

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  1. I must confess to never having been to Santorini. Yes, even before the Instagram era I had always wanted to go there and take a classic pure white village / blue sea / and blue sky photo. The problem was that I had always wondered about what else we would do so this is a reassuring post for me. It’s good to know that there would be plenty to occupy us for a few days.

    1. I hope you do get there one day, I’d like to as well at some point. I don’t have that problem with wondering about how to fill your time, I think I’d be happy to do pretty much nothing but relax, eat and enjoy the views – I’m pretty boring! I’d definitely head for a sunset catamaran ride though, that sounds amazing!

  2. Omma sounds fantastic and like it’s ideally placed for breathtaking views. I’d pay more just for the views alone. How amazing would it be to cruise at sunset in a catamaran? I’ve actually never been on any boat after peak daytime hours I would love to do that, especially with the peacefulness of it being more private and away from the noise of the day as things start to wind down. Santorini always looks so beautiful in holiday brochures. I can see why lots of people, celebs included, go there to get married or choose if for their romantic getaway escapes.

  3. I’ve thought about Santorini in the past but been a bit disappointed about the accommodation on offer. Good news that the Imerovigli is now open.

  4. When I was a lad a holiday was my parents sitting shivering in deckchairs for two weeks whilst I dug up tons of sand on the beach. Occasionally there might have been an ice-cream or a donkey ride.

    It never ceases to amaze me at how much more sophisticated tourism has become and how much better it has got at really representing the locality.

    The ‘Symposion” at Megalochori must be a great way of getting a real feel for the traditions of Santorini and sampling authentic Santorini culture.

  5. I’m relieved to see that it is a “private catamaran cruise”. In some parts of the world these cruises where there is alcohol freely available can get a bit out of control and very rowdy when you’ve got a boat packed with travellers.

    I’ve seen some “party catamarans” where they might as well have been flying the Jolly Roger. This sunset cruise looks to be much more top end and civilised than that.

  6. During my visit back in 2016, I stayed at the Canaves Oia Suites located in Oia. This was also a gorgeous, 5-star boutique hotel in the western part of the island (perhaps its best amenity was the infinity pool). The town of Oia is one of the main shopping zones of Santorini and even though it surrounds some amazing views, the locals there were persistent (which I agree, to quite some extent) that no place can beat the beauty of Imerovigli that offers a plethora of breath-taking sights of the Caldera Cliff, sea, volcanoes and mountains. However, the absence of any lavish 5-star in the town was a major put-off for me. Glad that the authorities took notice right in time and inaugurated this much-needed 5-star.
    Anyway, I guess, deciding where to stay depends on ones personal interests. So, for shopaholics Oia is the place to stay whereas for nature admirers Imerovigli is the best choice.

    1. True that!! Deciding on an accommodation totally depends on one’s lifestyle and inclinations. For instance, I am a big time socialite so I prefer booking hotels or guest houses in or close by all those busy and bustling places. It was for this reason, that during my tour to Santorini I considered staying in Fira (the capital and the largest town of the island). And believe me for a lively person, like me, there couldn’t be a better base. Even though, it didn’t have any extravagant 5-star hotel, there were ample of other recreational activities, museums, restaurants, malls, markets, parks and historic sights in-stored for the tourists. The cherry on top was the town’s night-life. Truly enjoyed each and every moment spent here.
      But then again, if solitude is your thing, then you must consider more quiet, calm and romantic areas like Imerovigli and Oia that offer plenty of uninterrupted sights and high-end, posh accommodation options.

  7. Santorini wine tour? It doesn’t get any better! I know plenty of people who would just love to do something like that. I don’t think I’ve ever even had a Greek wine, so what a treat that would be.

  8. Although I’ve seen the posters and a few of the millions of pictures taken on Santorini- and I felt the pull of that beautiful island – I’ve still not made it there. Now, I’m feeling the pull again! Which is why I came across this really helpful post. After reading this what could stop me?

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