By Margarita Rentis, Marketing Intern at Grace Hotels
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Luxury Getaway in Santorini
Santorini is the picture-perfect island in Greece, with iconic sunsets, breath-taking views, crystal clear waters and flourishing culture. But, how did it become the stunning honeymoon location that it is today?
Around 1600 BC, Santorini was the site of one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in history. It sunk the centre of the island, creating the caldera, a volcanic depression. Similar to Pompeii, the eruption led to the destruction of the Minoan civilisation, whose advanced culture dated back to 4000 BC. Now, villages and towns painted in white cling to the top of the cliffs and the splendour of the caldera attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
The volcanic eruption created a unique environment for agriculture on the island. Santorini’s volcanic soil is made from volcanic ash, pieces of solidified stone and lava, as well as pumice stone. This soil, paired with a combination of the Mediterranean sun, sea breezes and minimal rainfall, produce flavours distinctive to Santorini cuisine. Cherry tomatoes that grow on the island are a quintessential part of Santorini’s cuisine, along with fava beans, yellow split peas. Another traditional local delight is Assyrtiko wine, made from grapes indigenous to the island. Chef Spyros Agious of Grace Santorini’s Santoro restaurant says that Assyrtiko has a characteristic acidity and is extremely flexible with food, “When young, its strong acidity highlights the freshness of seafood. When aged, it can be paired with rounder flavours like our braised Naxos island goat with mountain tea and ginger.”
All three – Santorini cherry tomatoes, fava beans, and Assyrtiko wine have gained a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) from the European Union and are a must-try for food aficionados while visiting the island.
Iconic Beaches of Santorini
Santorini’s landscapes are among the most photographed in the world because of the island’s unique geological features, including its beaches and awe-inspiring sunsets. There are numerous black sand beaches in Santorini, but Perissa Beach remains amongst the most popular thanks to the number of tavernas, cafes and restaurants along the beachfront. The island boasts not only black sand beaches, but also a red beach. Akrotiri’s Red Beach is situated near the ruins of the Minoan civilisation and is well known for the cliffs’ vibrant shades of red.
Take Your Seat for the Sunset
After sunbathing at one of Santorini’s beaches, watching the renowned dramatic sunsets is an unforgettable experience. One of the most beautiful spots for this is at the luxury boutique hotel Grace Santorini, located in Imerovigli. Here the utterly breath-taking view of the sun sinking into the Caldera is a sight to behold, whilst sipping a glass of Assyrtiko, or perhaps the hotel’s signature ‘Grace cocktail’ at ‘363’, its champagne lounge. The iconic Skaros Rock, upon which stands the remains of a medieval fortress built to protect the island from pirates, rises majestically above the horizon, adding to the spellbinding view.
For the best seat in the house, look no further that the Villa at Grace Santorini, which provides the ultimate in privacy to indulge in the Santorini experience. A two-bedroom sanctuary with its own heated swimming pool and expansive multi-level terraces for sunbathing, spa treatment room, Jacuzzi and hammam, it is the destination of dreams. A private chef, skilled in combining local ingredients and contemporary flavours, is available to cater to all culinary desires, and for everything else, the dedicated Villa Manager is on hand, ensuring the finest care and attention to detail. Santorini is truly a place where memories are made. What are you waiting for?