Luxe Honeymoon Stay in Oia Santorini

#AndronisExperience
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Leaving back the Ultimate Easter Escape

#Destination
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Spend the Day at our New Infinity Pool

#ExclusiveStay
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Dégustation Menu and Wine Tasting

#Taste
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Find your inner balance at the veranda of Mare Sanus Spa

#Wellness
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Luxe Honeymoon Stay in Oia Santorini

#AndronisExperience
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Andronis Experience by Korissa Singh, March 4 2017

All about my stay at Andronis Boutique Hotel!

I could not have found a more posh place. I came across this place on Trip Advisor. It's listed #5 as the best hotel in Oia, Santorini.  The location is in the center of the village of Oia with plenty of shops and restaurants surrounding the area. It's a boutique hotel that captures the greek traditions, but still looks chic. The Andronis Boutique Hotel pictures online looked so perfect it almost looked fake or too good to be true. Well, the photos are definitely real. All I can say is, Wow! Where do I begin?

Let's start from the beginning.

We had a car pick us up from the airport. You can ask the hotel to arrange this for you or take a taxi. It was about a 20-minute drive to the hotel. Well sort of arrived. Most of the streets in the village of Oia are only accessible via foot which means the car will only take you as far as they can go. The hotel bellman met us at the parking lot to help with our bags and guided us to the hotel. This man was STRONG! He carried 1 backpack, 1 large purse most likely the side of a carry-on, 2 very large suitcases and 2 carry on suite cases all by himself.  Thankfully the hotel wasn’t too far from the parking lot, however, he still carried our bags all the way down to our suite. Depending on where your hotel is located be prepared to walk some steps.

Upon arrival to the boutique hotel we were greeted with a glass of champagne, my favorite! The only way to start a fabulous vacation. The front desk told us a little about the property and assured us anything we wanted was just a phone call away. We completed our check in and were escorted to our beautiful suite. The room was exactly what I had expected and the pictures from the website were the same in person (THANK YOU!).  I can't tell you how many times I've stayed somewhere where the pictures and visiting in person were polar opposites.

We had a large patio in front of our suite where were could enjoy our breakfast or a glass of vino. Our suite was gorgeous! Everything was white, the walls, the couch, and the bed. The ceilings were caved and the bathroom looked like I was entering a cave.  Off our living room we had a balcony with two lounge chairs and an infinity hot tub. Other suites come with a personal pool as well.  We immediately changed into our bathing suites and enjoyed the sun setting on our perfect balcony. Taking in the view and enjoying the complimentary wine with some homemade greek yogurt and jams. The best greek yogurt in the world, the yogurt is so fluffy it feels like your eating cotton candy, well a healthier version.

All of the rooms come with free WiFi (disclosure: the connection wasn’t very strong but that was okay because who wants to work when you're in Santorni), satellite TV, CD selection, bathrobes, minibars and safes.

Make yourself at home and enjoy the two infinity pools on the property.  The pools sit on the side of the cliff so you can enjoy the views of the island of Therasia and New Kameni.  We spent one day lounging all day and enjoying all of their lovely mixology drinks. The cucumber basil was my favorite! The bartender was fabulous he will make you anything with all of the freshest ingredients.

EAT

The food on the property was incredible and unique.

Breakfast: Choices beyond choices.  Breakfast can be delivered to your room or you can go down to the restaurant right by the outdoor pool. The breakfast consists of a full buffet: yogurt, jams, toast, pastries, salmon, meats, cheese and more. It doesn’t stop there, your meal also includes a choice of eggs, pancakes, waffles and omelets prepared by the chef.

The entire team at this hotel was very friendly and accommodating. Someone is always around making sure you have everything you might need or want. The staff is genuinely happy and makes you feel welcomed. All of their recommendations for restaurants, things to do and shopping were very accurate and pleasing :)

Our stay at Andronis was magical, perfect and awesome!!!

Source: http://escapegal.com/blog/2017/3/6/luxe-honeymoon-spot-in-oia-santorini

 

Leaving back the Ultimate Easter Escape

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Santorini is a magnificent place and especially during Easter seductively unveils its hidden secrets. Whether you are in the mood of exploring Easter traditions or just of viewing the locals celebrate the Holy week (the week before Easter), Santorini always offers you an original and unforgettable experience.  

The Holy week on the island was full of smells and flavors. The ladies prepared the local delicacies for Easter such as Tsourekia (a type of brioche), special Easter cookies, as well as melitinia (the most famous sweet pastries during these days) that filled the air with mouth-watering smells.

Each day of the holy week was ideal to enter a church and relax. Even if you didn’t understand the words there was a certain feeling of peace and tranquility that surrounded you.

The Good Friday in Santorini has been synonymous to the village of Pyrgos, due to the unique way of the Epitafios celebration (the funeral bier paraded in a somber march), an event that made the village internationally known. The villager’s preparations were consisting of lighting up thousands of aluminum cans, stuffed with flammable materials and placing them on every house, every roof top, every church, every path, on the entire village even on the Venetian castle, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. It was a truly magical sight, just unforgettable.

On Good Saturday evening, the monastery of Prophet Elias at the highest point of the island was magnificent. The view was breathtaking and everyone enjoyed an impressive spectacle of fireworks that illuminate the starry sky of Santorini. Every year, most people bring a candle along, and according to tradition, they light it up from the Holy Flame, and try to keep it lit for as long as they can.

On Easter Sunday, flowers blossomed in every garden and the cobbled streets were overcrowded as whole lambs were roasted over fire pits for several hours, before being taken home for the family feast.

Every year the visitors are fascinated by the devoutness and the dedication of Santorinians, no matter how religious they are! With no second thought, it is an experience not to be missed.

Spend the Day at our New Infinity Pool

#ExclusiveStay
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No doubt about it, there is nowhere quite like Santorini for unique experiences: not for nothing is this beautiful island known across the world for its wealth of activities and places to visit. And Alta Mare by Andronis is taking your idyllic holidays a step further, a step closer to the Aegean Sea.

Whether you decide to enjoy a relaxing walk in the picturesque streets of Oia or take a more intensive approach to the island’s attractions, there will always be space in a romantic getaway for a day’s rest. And when that day comes, this small luxury boutique hotel’s brand new infinity pool will be ready and waiting. At Alta Mare, we have prepared the perfect atmosphere for mesmerizing moments and total relaxation.

As well as a variety of different services, you can now add the infinity pool to your holiday’s schedule; Alta Mare has made sure to take care of everything. Just one step out of your romantic suite, you can lay down and relax, cooling in the clear water as you take in the wonder of Aegean Sea. Let your mind swim through the Aegean’s shimmering blue waters, without ever straying more than a step away from all the full services of this small luxury boutique hotel and the comfort of our romantic suites. Let yourself be overwhelmed, as if by the gently lapping waves of the Aegean and extend your horizon to include the deep blue gaze and the warm, welcoming sunshine of the Santorini summer.

So, armed with your favourite book and your most worry-free mood, take a dip and drink in the breathtaking views and peaceful environment that Alta Mare has prepared for your romantic vacations. While your luxury romantic suites wait for you, you can enjoy fresh cocktails served by our expert staff, and reflect on your freshly made memories of the island, not to mention planning your next day with the near infinite options on offer at the Alta Mare.

Dégustation Menu and Wine Tasting

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The magical and charming beauty of Santorini captivates its visitors’ hearts from the moment they step on the island. A stay in Santorini can be marked by many different unique experiences waiting to be discovered… and many more flavours waiting to be tasted. All blends of colors and savors can be presented to you at the Best fine dining restaurant in Santorini, Lycabettus Restaurant.

Lycabettus’ dégustation menu consists of genuinely inspired dishes. The exclusive chef unfolds a whole new world offering the perfect combination of fresh Mediterranean tastes with mastery and creativity, served to you while you gaze at the perfection of the surrounding landscape. Located on the cliff of the Caldera, it is the ideal spot to admire the sunset and the infinite blue along with a glass of wine chosen from an extensive list of the restaurant’s recommendations. Lycabettus’ experienced staff have all the knowledge to guide you through a marvelous Wine Tasting experience.

Filled with handmade and original dishes, this specially tailored menu features gourmet versions of fresh vegetables, seafood, fish, meat and surprises such as ice cream in a main plate and eggplant in a desert – which gives you an idea of the originality of the dishes. Just what you needed for that final piece of your dream holiday puzzle.

After a day’s wandering around the mystic island’s corners, the combination of masterly catered dishes with the deep red colours left behind by the sunset (accompanied by one’s drink of choice) provides the perfect epilogue to a fascinating day spent experiencing the island.

Find your inner balance at the veranda of Mare Sanus Spa

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The volcanic energy and the astonishing surroundings of Santorini inspire a wholesome desire for self-indulgence and caring. After a long day enjoying the warm sun of a Santorini summer, it is more than possible that your body will appreciate a special idyllic massage. Without ever needing to tear yourself away from the island’s magnificent views and energy, in Andronis Luxury Suites, there are exclusive massage sessions. By the side of the infinity pool, just before the sun comes down you can let your body be taken care of by the hands of two professional masseurs for a guaranteed moment of full relaxation.

The almond oil combined with essential oils used during the exclusive massage nourish the skin and leave an incredible sense of smoothness and softness. Almond oil contains Vitamin E which, among other beneficial elements for the skin’s health, is also responsible for deep cleaning of the skin. Its antioxidant elements protect the skin from UV radiation damage, reduce the fine lines that come from exposure to the sun, and contribute to a full muscle relaxation.  

And best of all you can enjoy this romantic experience gazing the starry night sky and silver moon while listening to the natural sound of sea waves. With this exclusive spa massage, you can count on enjoying an inner state of completeness and relaxation.

The essential oils used prevent the body from dehydration, revitalizing your energy and clearing the mind. The open-air massage lets the energetic touch of the island immerse the body and reach the soul to restore the inner balance with yourself.