SANTORINI, GREECE: Some travelers say that arriving at the Greek Islands Iconic Santorini by boat it appears that you are seeing snow-capped mountain peaks. Others describe the Greek island’s buildings having the appearance of “sugar cubes”. Still, others think Santorini looks like an open-air salt mine.
All are accurate descriptions to describe the unique setting of one of Greece’s most popular destinations.
But if Santorini is unique, Iconic Santorini, is even “uniquer.”
“Uniquer” may not be a real word (until now), but the ambiance of Santorini’s boutique cave hotel is so unusual we had to invent a word to describe it. Just like its island home, Iconic Santorini is one of a kind. And that’s what makes it all “uniquer.”
Santorini – An island out of the fables
Santorini is a fabled island destination that has been linked with the Lost City of Atlantis for centuries. As Dimitra of Iconic Santorini’s reception team says, the idea behind the hotel is
“to explore one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations. There are so many diversions beyond its antiquities, beyond its centuries-old vineyards and our guests always seem surprised that there are so many ways to see them, by wave-runner, sea kayak, helicopter, even by donkey.”
A Once Upon A Time travel destination
What better way to begin a “once upon a time” journey than by staying in a deluxe setting atop the caldera of a legendary volcano?
With 360-degree panoramic vistas, Iconic Santorini is so special, it is oftentimes difficult to rouse guests from their personal balconies or the sun-drenched terraces to get them to explore the island. Nonetheless, one more thing that helps make Santorini “uniquer.”
Perched 1,000 feet above the Aegean waters of the caldera, 19 individually appointed cliffside cave homes. Each unit featuring stone ceilings and local decor peer out in pure white buildings. Those buildings blinding white in the Aegean sun, making sunglasses necessary.
New concepts in hotel accommodations
One of the rapidly growing trends in travel is hotels that are conveniently scattered throughout a destination. Without being located in a single high rise building, travelers can enjoy the feeling of a destination there just for them. Now, Iconic Santorini is taking that idea one step further.
The result is a sense of freedom and independence for travelers.
Just because the residences are set within caves doesn’t mean you are “roughing it.” Not with flat-screen televisions, dedicated wi-fi, JBL sound systems, all-natural Coco-mat bedding and, naturally, air conditioning included in each and every “personalized” accommodation.
Make sure to explore Santorini
For those who can be lured from their luxurious surroundings to explore Santorini’s numerous attractions, there are at least a half-dozen outings to entice visitors who share a sense of adventure and wanderlust.
Why not try scuba diving in tucked-away caves, one of which even boasts of a secret church?
Hiking is a favorite activity on the rim of the crater. With an ancient well-marked pathway connecting the villages of Fira and Oia, travelers can get their exercise fix with unforgettable views to guide them.
By the way, don’t forget to stop for some pistachio nuts along the way. Santorini may just have the best in the world.
Adventure found at Iconic Santorini in the Greek Islands
Visitors who prefer a leisurely exploration can opt for a helicopter tour over the centuries-old vineyards and Iconic Santorini’s distinctive white “sugar cube” villages.
Other options for viewing the volcanic cliffs include sea kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. Have your waterproofed camera ready on this outing. Cliff jumpers are another example of Iconic Santorini’s past times you will want to capture.
For the adventurous try powerboating to Nea Kameni, one of the caldera’s islets. The popular thing here is a beach picnic including a dip in volcanic hot springs.
Rounding out the six insider tips is a stop at a traditional Santorini vineyard to sample the island’s distinctive Assyrtiko wines.
That’s just a half dozen ways to begin. Shopping has long been an island favorite along with numerous sports shacks, offering parasailing, balloon outings, horseback riding, donkey tours and snorkeling adventures.
Iconic Santorini – The Greek Islands Leading Boutique Hotel
With so much to offer, it is no wonder that Iconic Santorini has earned the World Travel Award as “Greece’s Leading Boutique Hotel” for four years in a row.
In addition, TripAdvisor has also honored Iconic Santorini with its “Traveller’s Choice Award” for 2018.
For more information contact Martha Morano (212-860-5566)
Let yourself go. “Cave in” to Iconic Santorini and its “unique boutique” which is otherwise simply described as “uniquer.”
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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