From the colossal Parthenon atop the Athenian Acropolis to Santorini’s mystifying volcanic caldera with its matchless views of the Aegean, Greece is a destination to be discovered over and over again. Whether you’re a history buff, a spa enthusiast, a wine-o, an adventure seeker, a gourmet foodie, or a little bit of everything, Greece has something to reveal to everyone. Let us help you explore Greece by showing you where to eat, stay and play in Santorini and Athens as the next installment of our Photo Diary series.
WHERE TO EAT
Lycabettus Restaurant in Santorini
Lycabettus, at Andronis Luxury Suites, is one of the most sought after reservations in Santorini’s buzzy neighborhood, Oia. Perched on one of the best terraces we’ve ever encountered, Lycabettus offers its guests something truly special with a charm and mystique that’s difficult to match. Start with the Jerusalem artichoke, move on to the lamb or red sea bream and finish with any of their indulgent desserts – you can’t go wrong at Lycabettus.
Just caught octopi at Dimitris | pc: Troy House
For one of the freshest, most delicious seafood meals you can find, head to Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna in Santorini’s Ammoudi Bay. Try their lobster spaghetti, grilled octopus or catch of the day served with local sides like fava beans or a Greek salad at this simple, authentic spot. The hospitable staff and carefree atmosphere will keep you coming back each time you return to Santorini!
Lauda Restaurant in Santorini
Make a table reservation for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Andronis Boutique Hotel‘s Lauda restaurant to experience Greek Nouvelle cuisine at its finest. Spectacular views complement the restaurant’s traditional Greek dishes, made from the island’s freshest ingredients (that are mostly grown in the hotel’s garden). It’s no wonder Lauda is on everyone’s wish list!
Caviar at Spondi | pc: Spondi
“Elegance, refinement and authenticity. These are the words that describe the atmosphere and philosophy of Spondi” in Athens. Dine here and you’ll be dining at a two-Michelin-star restaurant with an imaginative, ever-changing menu that features exquisite French gastronomy dishes.
WHERE TO STAY
Andronis Boutique Hotel
Carved from a crescent cliff on Santorini and facing the infinite blue expanse of the Aegean Sea, the Andronis Boutique Hotel features multi-leveled suites, all with private jacuzzis. Stay in the Executive Suite and you’ll have your own plunge pool or in the Prestige Suite with its own infinity pool! As a guest, you’ll be spoiled with around-the-clock front desk and room service, cooking classes, wine tasting, concierge assistance, private butler service, spa treatments, sun chairs and towels at the pool and much more!
Andronis Luxury Suites
For a rich way to indulge in the most dreamy destination, retreat to your choice of one of Andronis Luxury Suites‘ 27 award-winning suites and villas in Santorini. Renowned for its tranquility and unique sense of elegance, each accommodation option showcases the iconic whitewashed architecture of the Cyclades, with interiors brimming with color and opulent touches.
Set in Psyrri, the historic center of Athens, Andronis Athens is the city’s chicest retreat where simplicity meets elegance. For an unforgettable experience, stay in a Deluxe Athenian Suite with its quirky mix of design touches that echo the city’s playful character. Or stay in an Acropolis Elegant Suite with its spacious private balcony overlooking the Acropolis and Athens’ urban landscape. Talk about views!
WHERE TO PLAY
Santorini’s Red Beach | pc: Santorini View
Head out on a private or semi-private sunset yacht cruise around Santorini for an unforgettable evening. With stops in the late afternoon at White Beach, Red Beach and the hot springs, you’ll see and swim the best shores the island has to offer without having to encounter any traffic!
Venetsanos Winery | pc: Venetsanos
What better way to enjoy an enchanting Santorini sunset while looking out over the famed Caldera than with a glass of wine in hand? Taste Assyrtiko and Mavrotragano wines – the white and red wines Santorini is known for – and tour picturesque wineries on your next visit to the island. A few spots we recommend include: Santo Winery (the most popular), Venetsanos and Domaine Sigalas.
Acropolis Museum by night | pc: Crete Post
While a private tour in Athens of the Parthenon is a must, be sure not to miss the neighboring Acropolis Museum. Established in 2009, this fascinating museum is a work of art in itself and is built on top of ancient ruins. It features nearly 4,000 artifacts and objects original to the Athenian Acropolis and hosts an array of exhibitions.
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