Why You Need to Stay at Astra Suites in Santorini
It was our honeymoon.  We were in Santorini.  Dubbed one of the most romantic places on Earth.  
We obviously wanted a large comfy bed for peaceful night sleeps and a remarkable sunset view for our champagne-evenings.  On the caldera.  We didn’t need 1000 thread count sheets or lavendar-scented bubble bath.  However, after some research and digging around, we quickly learned that an affordable option with amenities wouldn’t be as easy as we initially had thought.A relatively quiet, beautiful hotel, with a view.  Astra Suites fit the bill absolutely perfectly.

The hotels/suites I had been looking at were around 700euro a night.. that’s only one night!  Definitely wouldn’t cut it on our 2 week + honeymoon adventure.

Astra Suites wasn’t too far out of reach, as long as we opted for the studio suite room. Wish we could have splurged for the honeymoon jacuzzi suite, but then scuba diving, ATVing, and volcano-hiking may not have happened..So why am I downright urging you to stay there as well?  Let me explain:

1) Typical Santorini-styled rooms

Our room was pretty basic, and I liked it that way!  Arched rooms, windows with shutters, and colorful tiled floors gave the room a whole ton of character.  Our studio suite included a lounge with a kitchenette, a sofa, tv, dvd player, and all the amenities you could ever need.  Our bedroom was lofted, which was pretty neat.  Definitely a new experience for us both!
2) The Staff

George Karayiannis, the owner, and all the other staff were amazing.  They helped plan all of our activities, including scuba diving, volcano and hot springs tour, and even arranged for our ATVs.  Just what we wanted/needed on our honeymoon.  Someone else to do all the work :p  Basically, they were really helpful with anything we needed, providing us with great maps of the island and dinner recommendations too.

3) An unbeatable Breakfast

Every morning they served us breakfast on our own private balcony.  You fill out your order the night before, and you could get as much as you wanted!  The food was of good quality and quantity.  The chocolate drink was like no other- I had it every morning!  It was obvious the orange juice was freshly squeezed, the bread was still warm, and the drinks were just made. Eating on the balcony with such an incredible view is just something that has to be done to be truly appreciated.

4) Stunning Sunset Views

Every room has an exceptional view of the sunset.  With the hotel perched right on the cliffs of Imerovigli, it’s impossible for a less than stunning view every hour of every day.  There are no bad rooms here. Every room is top notch. I’d say we had a better view from our balcony sipping wine and eating cheese than anyone in Oia (where it is too crowded and touristy for my liking).

5) A perfect Location

The location, Imerovigli, is great, midway between Oia and Thira.  It is for some reason a bit less inhabited by tourists, which make this location on the quiet side.  Absolutely perfect for us lovebirds on our honeymoon (insert gag sound here).  And the sunsets are even better in Imerovigli (in my opinion).

6) The infinity pool

Oh the infinity pool.  Looking at the pictures initially drew me to this hotel.  There is no way to describe the feeling of being in the hot Santorini sun, drink in hand, and looking out far onto the bluest waters.  No words.

7) The “Extras” 

Our check-in was flawless, and we were welcomed with wine and a fruit plater on the house upon arrival. It’s the little things that make me excited. Shows that you are appreciated and the hotel is excited for you to be their guest.    Every night we were surprised with either (more) bottles of wine or champagne, chocolates, or some other scrumptious dessert.  You don’t see that everywhere nowadays (unfortunately).

From the superb breakfasts served on our balcony every morning, to the sunset cocktails pool side, and the starry alfresco dinners served late into the night, talk about romantic!  How could you possibly go wrong here?

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