And to romance. With each villa on a separate level, and every one complete with its own private veranda, it’s not uncommon to feel like you’re the only two people there. The villas’ interiors are luxurious - spacious, light filled, tasteful and elegant. They all offer a separate living and dining room, a fully equipped kitchen and in our case, a fireplace.
It’s entirely possible to come here and do nothing more than relax by the infinity pool - built on the caldera’s edge it offers uninterrupted views of the deep blue sea and the nearby volcano. Start the day with a delicious fresh breakfast and end it with a glass of local wine watching the breathtaking sunset.
However it is worth walking to the nearby village of Oia to wander its cobbled paths and pick up an item or two from one of the many little boutiques. We found incredible copies of Hermes sandals and Chanel espadrilles, as well as a vast selection of jewels, and the quintessential Greek kaftans. Walk the steep stone steps down to the port to enjoy an unparalleled fresh seafood lunch, and follow with a quick dip in Amoudi Bay.
- The 1 hour walk/hike from the hotel to the village of Oia is breathtaking (and not just because it’s pretty steep)
- Secluded Amoudi Bay is stunning. Feeling brave? Join the locals and jump off the 10-meter cliff into the crystal clear Aegean Sea.
- Watch every sunset and sunrise possible – they’re exceptional.
- The grilled octopus at Katina in Oia port is the best I’ve ever had.