An island cemented on a volcano’s crater, built with more churches than houses, more donkeys than people and more wine than water, Santorini will leave you breathless as it’s a place like no other.
Waking up to hundreds of white washed tiny buildings neighboring each other against the blue Aegan sea while the rich blue church domes perfectly compliments the Mediterranean, is so striking it almost leaves you forgetting about everything else in life. Talk about morning yoga view goals achieved.
5 days in Santorini was not enough. I could almost live there if I were to perpetually pick a place to start building my roots in. We rode donkeys, ran to the edge of the island to catch 5:45 pm sunsets, ate too much tzatziki and drank too much Vinsanto while climbing rooftops overlooking the beauty of the caldera. And oh what a beauty she was. Thanks to Ducato Di Oia’s hospitality and warmest of welcomes, we were able to have the best view of it day in and out. Keep in mind that visiting in February can be quite the difference as you take in the selfiestick-less view and deserted island’s richness.
In between the never-ending unknot lifestyle of the island, we would walk through the puzzle-like alleys trying to get as lost as we could, and every turn we took always held a site unlike another.
The island’s character is just as exquisite as their food. We found ourselves indulging in heaps of Moussaka, Avgolemono, and of course, all the freshly squeezed orange juices and Grecian brewed coffee ( but why not , right?) at Lotza, a homemade spot overlooking the cliffs of Oia and yes, the caldera.
As they say, the best things in life are simple. Lotza never failed to satisfy our hunger from something fresh, refreshing, homemade, or just something hot.
I came to Greece to meet the Aegan sea, to see the beauty of the white painted buildings layered on top of one another as if to find the best view of their queen, the Caldera. I came for coffee, for culture, for the food (partially because I also wanted to eat all the olives). Lastly, I came to see if the legendary hospitality of the Greeks the philoxenia, was real.
Staying at Ducato Di Oia proved it to be. We came into the resort as guests being welcomed into the luxurious all suite boutique hotel, its hand-crafted walls, stairways and pools ever so majestic as it overlooks the Caldera and the endless Aegan sea. Treated like royalty inside the finest cave style suites all with private heated outdoors and indoors heated pools, featuring modern and state of the art facilities. We left as friends, bringing home philoxenia to share with our own here at home.