Friday, September 21, 2012

HOTEL CHECK GREECE, part 9, Grace Santorini

Grace Santorini revisited.
This magical boutique hotel is as beautiful as ever.  The views from all 20 rooms are amazing and the vistas from the infinity pool are to die for. All  rooms are white and fresh with spacious bathrooms and luxurious local amenities. In addition there is now a sole use villa with a large private pool and its own spa.
This is a romantic and intimate hotel and since almost every room has its own plunge pool there are not many people hanging around the terraces in the daytime.

In the evening people get together in the bar for an appetizer before dinner. Manos the bartender mixes fabulous cocktails. The kitchen is an “open” kitchen where you can see Spyros the head cook and his team preparing lovely food.  Both at the poolside  and in the intimate restaurant the food is excellent. 

Masterful cocktails

Creative dining

...delicious dining

Dining with infinity views

You also have a lot restaurant alternatives in the area. We recommend a beautiful walk along the top of the caldera. Walking for 15 minutes along quaint narrow streets you reach the small village of Firo Stefani, which offers a lot of charming restaurants. If you continue walking 15 minutes more you will find Fira, the Capital of Santorini. Here there is plenty of shopping, many  restaurants - and if you want to you can party.

A world of blue and white

Another must is to go to the fishing village Oia to have a “frutti the Mare” in one of the few restaurants in the port. We recommend restaurant Dimitris.
This spring the management couple Martina and Joseph launch the spectacular THE VILLA at the Grace. This accommodation is 400 sqm with two exquisite bedrooms. You have your own pool, own spa with Jacuzzi, hammam and your own treatment room.

We were there in mid-September – but the days were a glorious 25 to 30 degrees C, while the evenings were balmy, perfect for dining out of doors. Accommodation  is highly sought after, and you have to book quite a few months ahead.

How to get to Grace Santorini

It is located in Imerovigli, a 20 minute drive from the airport.

Who to stay

Couples and adults who want graceful serenity and an authentic Greek charm, and dont mind lots of steps.
Views forever

Note: For a fuller account see our last blog on Santorini Grace. Since then, one pool has become the private area of the new villa, and the small gym is no longer there, but we felt no lack. The images above are informal snapshots by the Select team.

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