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You’ve spent months meticulously planning a memorable wedding. The band is booked, the florist is putting the finishing touches on the beautiful bouquets, and the dress is being tailored to your exact proportions. The only outstanding question: where to honeymoon? Santorini is a popular pick among newlyweds, and for good reason — the vertical whitewashed villages, sheer seaside cliffs, and jaw-dropping views create a romantic backdrop for ringing in your new chapter together. To help you plan the ultimate escape, we put together a list of honeymoon-worthy hotels in Santorini that will leave you smitten from check-in to check-out.
Picture whitewashed walls beaming against rugged volcanic rocks. Add the Aegean Sea below and a piercing blue sky above. Mix in modern suites with large private terraces (some with pools). It’s this marriage (pun intended) of upscale amenities and a stunning setting — away from the hustle and bustle of town — that make Astra Suites a solid pick for couples. Seat yourself at the gourmet restaurant serving contemporary Greek fare or in the heated outdoor infinity pool — a blue oasis overlooking the sea. But first, raise a glass to your union with the free welcome bottle of Santorini wine.
Santorini is synonymous with stunning cliffside hotels — and the 22-room Andronis Luxury Suites is no exception. Unlike many other properties, however, this one also offers fast access to the village of Oia. Explore the shops and restaurants in town, then return to hotel’s restaurant for some tasty Greek grub. Quintessential Cycladic architecture (whitewashed walls, steep stone steps), suites with private hot tubs (and some with private pools), and an infinity pool also await. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place to celebrate your nuptials, but it gets better: Children under the age of 13 aren’t allowed here, so honeymooners don’t have to worry about screaming kids killing the mood.
Is Canaves Oia Hotel the most romantic property on Santorini? You decide: Taking full advantage of its privileged position on top of Oia’s steep hillside, the hotel grants front-row seats to the breathtaking Aegean Sea below. Plus, the pool here is one of the largest on the island, the wine cellar hosts regular tastings, the suites feature private terraces with seating and stunning views, and the open-air dining area draws guests looking to linger over a meal while enjoying the sea breeze. In-room spa treatments are also available — just what you need to unwind after a whirlwind wedding
There’s romance to be found in every corner of the 14-room Andronis Boutique Hotel, from the kidney-shaped pool overlooking the crystal-blue Aegean to the cave-like quarters with private balconies, hot tubs, and spectacular sea views (some even have private infinity pools). Toast to new beginnings at the large domed bar specializing in Greek wines, or at the open-air restaurant doling out traditional Greek cooking.
Overlooking the Aegean Sea, this boutique luxury hotel cranks up the romance factor. A gorgeous swimming pool and sun deck promise memorable moments, while the on-site spa is perfect antidote to the stress of wedding planning. The spacious rooms and black-and-white lounge and bar overlooking the water are sure impress, too, but the sunset views steal the show. Just keep in mind that a car or shuttle is necessary for exploring the rest of the island, as the hotel is a bit off the beaten path (a shuttle service to the town of Fira is included in the rate, as is parking and breakfast.)
It’s tough not to fall in love with and in Pezoules, a six-room knockout set a few steps from Oia. Set up for beautiful views along the lower caldera cliffs, the property is small and quiet — save for a few people and donkeys — making it a prime option for honeymooners seeking solitude. Many of the rooms sport that Instagram-worthy Santorini style (think cave-like accommodations with whitewashed walls), though it’s the picture-perfect infinity pool that will keep the spark alive.
Daydreams of a perfect honeymoon might summon images of sunny days, romantic evenings, and pampering amenities. Aenaon Villas, comprised of seven luxury villas, offers it all and then some. You can expect to find an obligatory infinity pool overlooking the sea, plus a traditional Cycladic design, including a gleaming white exterior. However, the property goes one step further by delivering both butler and room service (there’s no restaurant or bar on-site), as well as in-villa massage treatments upon request. Rooms come with fireplaces, private verandas, and other high-end details, and no kids under 12 are permitted — only elevating an already upscale experience.
Swarovski crystals above the in-suite hot tubs, gold mosaic tiling in the Honeymoon Suite bathroom, and multiple chartering services (private jets, yachts, helicopters, and sailboats) – this 11-room boutique luxury hotel is designed to turn heads. Also vying for attention are the infinity pool, hot tub, excellent on-site restaurant serving Mediterranean fare, and high-end perks like in-room massages and Champagne and fruit on arrival. Arguably the most show-stopping feature, however, is the sunset views.
Located along the Imerovigli cliffs, Anastasis Apartments has many of the same trimmings of other Santorini hotels — iconic Cycladic architecture, a lovely infinity pool with out-of-this-world views, and 11 large apartments with private balconies and kitchenettes. However, it stands out for what it lacks: steep steps, making it great for anyone with mobility issues. Bonus: It’s within walking distance of bars and restaurants, but leave time to soak in the property, including the romantic cave-like spa.
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Work & live in LA for 40 years, now live in Bangkok. So I am quite biased. Not the most friendly of cities, but world class in every sense.
have a local show you around, it’s not an easy city to enjoy. But whatever your passion is, you will find it in high quality in LA and it’s surrounding areas.
If visiting on your own, a car is a must. That’s America for you.
This place is a traffic nightmare, there is no good time to go anywhere, I really do not know how you can do that traffic everyday.
A beautiful if woefully crowded city. A rental car is a must as the attractions are spread out for miles in differing directions.
Like the Grand Canyon or D.C. you need to visit the City of Angeles at least once in your life.
it’s good city for shopping and have great time with friend or family . and it’s easy to find cozy LA style Restaurants for relaxing .
most people in there are friendly and helpful if you’re polite and my friends and I had wonderful week in LA.
I enjoyed it.
everything been close or walking distance from Hotel.
LA live and the Staples Centre, and Regal (Cinemas).
buses and light rail/train close or within each other.
the fact You can get a train to Hollywood to.
that is were most of the action and night life is.
great Experience, I will be back soon.
Great city, great people and wonderful food. This place has it all. I would highly recommend this as a stop off for a tour of the USA.
The place has some wonderful sights and wonderful women.
With an advanced transportation infrastructure, LA has become and exciting city where all cultures intersect.
You really need to stay at least 10 days to take in all the sights. Take a trip down to Long Beach and to Malibu.
LA is interesting city to explore. we went downtown, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Korea town and of course Hollywood.
Very expensive city to travel, make sure have enough cash for tippings. Transportation is the main problem here, not every place can be accesible by metro.
Need to plan ahead when taking the buses as it can be very complicated.
It is big but it is a collection of people who are happy about where they live and are willing to share their city with visitors.
Cedars Sinai has saved our lives. It is the best attraction in the city.
The traffic is unbearable , A total nightmare.
Unless you are a Hollywood Fan, otherwise, not exactly the best city to hang around as prices are typically on the upscale.
USS was impressive though and prehaps Santa Monica is another attraction to look out for. There are far more fun cities around West Coast to look forward to.
The Hop-On Hop-Off Bus tours were great. They took you to most of the main attractions around L.A. and we used them as our main transport around the City.
There is so much to do, so we recommend you stay more than 5 days. 3 Days for us wasn’t enough!!!
I recommend everyone must go and see Universal Studio.
To safe your money. No need to take tourist bus.
Just simply take the red line train to Universal Station. Second last stop on the redline train. It costs $1.75 and the universal bus provide free ride into Universal Studio. Admission is $92 per person buy one get one free valid until 2015. People under 48 is $84 per person and senior at a concession rate.
Hollywood is hectic so 4 days was enough. Go to Santa Monica and Venice beach. Beautiful and culturally diverse.
Cabs hard to get. Smog, traffic. LA is really large so you’ll need to catch cabs or hire a car. Get the cab app UBER. I will return to Santa Monica in the future but probably don’t need to see hollywood again in a hurry. You must see it once!
I lived in Los Angeles from 1981 to 2008, so there isn’t much about the city that is intimidating to me.
However to the traveler that has never been to a mega-city, it can be overwhelming, intimidating and difficult to get around. The freeways all stop n go from 6a-8p everday except Sunday. The rail system would be a good option. and if you have a rental car…..use your smart phone as a gps and always ALWAYS use streets to get around between downtown LA, Hollywood, beaches, etc. Remember Sunset Blvd goes from downtown out to Santa Monica and the beaches and pier. The Getty Museum (a must see…make reservations) is just off Sunset. Once you are at the beaches, you can take Pacific Coast Highway up and down the coastal area. Definite recommend. Getting around will definitely be frustrating, so leave yourself an extra 60 minutes if you have a place you want to be at a specific time.
Malibu Beaches are a MUST SEE. Santa Monica Pier and shopping promenade is also amazing. Universal is great for everyone but you need one day at minimum.
We drove all over LA and still only saw a few sights. You absolutely need a week or more in this big, beautiful city. DON’T GET A THRIFTY CAR RENTAL. Go Firefly in LA.
Lots of things to do, if you’re a first time at least spend 3-5 days to enjoy the city. highly recommended to rent a car
LA is the big city and very very busy city, There are many things you can do in this city for business, traveling, studying and you can go around the Hollywood.
California is blessed with great weather, beaches, mountains and loads of theme parks! Only thing about LA is that it is quite expensive, otherwise it is a great place!
There are a lot to see in LA because it’s more than just downtown. The various beaches from Redondo, Long Beach, Venice, and Santa Monica are beautiful to visit beyond hop on hop off.
You can also visit West Hollywood that is famous among LGBT community, Bevery Hills, the famous Hollywood, and of course don’t forget the Griffith Observatory/Park to see wider LA from above.
Although LA offers a lot of interesting sites to visit, it is quite expensive to go about from one place to another unless you are willing to take the bus or metro.
Shopping and sightseeing are the 2 most prominent attraction this city offers.
When one think of Los Angeles, Hollywood immediately comes to mind. However, the city seems rather run down in general compared to the glitzy outlook that one sees on TV.
Overall it was a disappointment saved by a few nice spots in the city such as The Grove, Farmer’s Market, Hollywood of Fame, etc.
Sunshine, sunny, fun people. Hollywood and universal are the must visit places in LA. Do visit the beaches and get some tan while enjoy the cold breeze.
Specifically Hollywood is fun, but can be a little superficial after 5 days. Plenty to do with the tours to famous homes, Madame Tussauds, Chinese & Dolby Theatres, Universal studios, not to mention shopping and a trip to Santa Monica Beach.
Easy access via trains and buses and the airport super shuttles. Lots of places to eat, but beware of the super sizing in the U.S.
We were in California for 12 days. Drove up the PCH – most beautiful drive ever, San Francisco – liked the golden gate bridge and Alcatraz, rode a trolley car, Yosemite was terrific and Sequoia National Park is must see.
Coming back to LA after all of that was somewhat of a disappointment. But we like nature made sights better than man made attractions. Toured Warner Brothers but don’t watch the shows we saw on the tour, not much from the 50’s or 60’s TV or movies, saw Grauman’s Chinese Theater and walk of fame, took a stars homes tour which is REALLY REALLY overrated. Saw the hollywood sign and Hollywood Bowl. Lots of hawkers and pitchmen along the route.
There are so many things to do in Los Angeles. Plan your places of visit, you may want to cluster the places of interest together to make full use of your trip there, because you may need to drive a long distance to get to another place.
Nothing much in LA comparing to ASIA and Europe, the only Unique things is Studio Tour in Universal Studio.
The rest doesn’t make me want to go again.
So much to see. You could spend two months here. Downtown is best for cheap mementos and shopping. Musts are: Downtown Art Deco buildings, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Beach, Griffith Observatory at sunset- you will see the twinkling lights of LA.
West Hollywood on Santa Monica blvd at night – everybody looks like a model, movie star, muscle hunk, movie director. WholeFoods at Venice Beach is possibly the largest organic food store in the world. Disneyland is looking old and jaded and every day at least 1/3 rides are closed. They charged $50 for a photo of us on Space Mountain. Disneyland has few toilets. Food at Disneyland way overpriced. Los Feliz area is charming. Get a TAP weekly pass for $20 and you can go anywhere – only found out about this when an assistant named Wes at Union Station pointed out what great value it is.
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