Post # 1
DH and I were planning our Honeymoon for next year and we really want to go to Santorini. Has anyone ever been or have any suggestions for resorts to stay at/avoid? Or places or things to do on the Island?
Also if you did go there, how much was your trip or costs of resort etc?
This will be our first time flying over to Europe so we are completely clueless.
Post # 3
Are you planning to go just to Santorini, or to visit other places as well? I went last year as part of an Athens/island-hopping holiday, and I’m not sure I’d be too fussed about returning… It’s got some pretty scenes, but then you’re done, really.
We went on a bit of a backpacking budget so no idea about honeymoon-standard accommodation, I’m afraid! But if you do decide to go there are a couple of beaches worth a visit for the odd-coloured sand (black beach, red beac,h, no prizes for guessing the sand colour!) – but again, when you’ve seen it, you’re done.
Apparently a boat trip out to the caldera is a great trip, but we went at low season when there weren’t any running 🙁
Do consider carefully when you’re planning to go – Santorini really sucks in the crowds and there are a huge number of Chinese and Japanese visitors in particular. So wherever you go there are always coach-loads of people being herded around.
If you’re interested in Greece my vote goes to Athens – we spent a couple of days there either end of our island-hopping and I would LOVE to return, a really fantastic city! And pick some quieter islands to visit – don’t be afraid of going off the beaten track a bit. Vincenzo’s on the island of Tinos was our favourite place to stay – we actually had to check they’d put us in the right place as it seemd so luxurious for our budget holiday! And they were wonderfully welcoming. Although not a great deal happening on the island…
Anyway, have fun planning and happy honeymooning! 🙂
Post # 4
Oh also I used Matt Barrett’s guide a LOT when I was planning: http://www.greecetravel.com/ – hope it helps!
Post # 5
Santorini is a beautiful destination! Most of the nicer hotels are on the opposite side of where the beaches are.
Airfare to Greece can be a bit expensive, dependent upon where you are coming from. And of course you’ll need an inter-island connection as well. From Athens, you’ll want to fly over to Santorini.
We frequently find that a lot of the international flights leave from Athens very early in the morning. I would encourage you to fly back to Athens and stay at an airport hotel the night before you depart. While there are early morning flights out of Santorini, if it’s delayed for any reason you could miss your international flight home.
Packages to Greece can run anywhere from $5000.00 to $12,000 dependent upon your departure city and the hotels you select.
Have a wonderful time!
Post # 6
@cheesecakelove: Hey! I actually just got back from my honeymoon in Santorini. We stayed about a week (we wanted to go and relax as opposed to island hop).
We stayed at the Chromata in Imerovigli and we loved it! It was so clean, gorgeous and had excellent staff. Imerovigly is a little village about 30 minutes walking distance from Fira (the capital – busiest town). It’s 30 minutes drive from either end of the Island (Oia is on one of the ends).
The hotel is usually much more expensive but we scored our room on sale for around $600/night and we got our room upgraded 2 levels since it was our honeymoon.
With flights (from Canada), hotel, activities, food and shopping we spent around $8,500 or so.
It wasn’t cheap but it was worth it! If you can make it work, I strongly suggest going – it’s such a unique and romatic place to be… and the people and food are amazing! Here are a few pictures I took.
View from our bed onto our private terrace where breakfast was served daily:
Post # 7
@DeeVine1217: OMG that looks devine!! How did you get your rooms for $600? We’re looking to spend around 10,000 ish?
Post # 8
Greece changed my life. It is even the inspiration behind my wedding colors/simplicity.
That being said, I did go with my mom… so, it wasn’t a romantic trip, heehee.
We rented an apartment in Santorini for a week and it was absolutely perfect. We were able to go out for meals/excursions AND cook for ourselves. We spent two days just laying by the pool, reading books (the Mediterranean sun is so different from the mountain sun I’m used to)! The black sand beaches were cool to look at, but we honestly bored of them pretty quickly and ended up back at our apartment for the remainder of the day.
Post # 9
I also went via a backpacking trip, so not so glamorous. But I will say it was one of my favorite Greek Islands. The people were SO nice, beautiful black sand, and great food. Go for it!
Post # 10
Santorini was bit too crowded for me, but since so many people seem to love it, I’m sure you will have a great time! Like previous posters have said, do book a hotel from the caldera side of the island. I have stayed in Oia for 2 nights and in Fira for 5 nights, they were both lovely little towns with plenty of places to eat. Fira had more night life. Fira was very crowded during the day, since there were so many cruise passengers, and Oia was crowded during sunset.
Food can be expensive in Santorini, at least compared to other Greek islands. The places with a view are especially expensive. On most evenings we went for a drink to watch the sunset on the caldera edge, and ate after dark in a restaurant without the view. Although with your budget you probably don’t have to worry about food prices. Then again, the best food can be found usually at the small, family-owned restaurants. DH and I have usually spent about $1400/a week in Greece.
I usually use Booking.com to book hotels in Greece, but for luxury hotels in Santorini, check out The Luxe Nomad (theluxenomad.com). They sometimes have sales with really good prices, even 70% off.
You can take a ferry from Athens to Santorini. I strongly suggest that you leave Santorini few days before your flight back home, just in case there is a strike or bad weather.
Post # 11
@cheesecakelove: The hotel had a sale and we just happened to catch it. I booked directly through the hotel and our flights through the airlines and found we saved more money that way.
Post # 12
We went to Greece for our honeymoon in end of may – beginning of June. We stayed in Athens for 1 night (2 days) and checked out the ruins. And then we took a flight to Santorini. We stayed in the Atrina Canavas in Oia and we loved every minute of it. The breakfast at the Atrina was amazing…we got 3 options to choose from – would call from our bed and they would set up breakfast for us on our balcony every morning. Definately rent a 4 wheeler and check the island out yourselves! We did this twice and loved it. We even did our own wine tasting day.