Having read some truly glowing reviews on the 'Hotel Sunny Villas', my boyfriend and I decided that it sounded like the ideal setting for a romantic summer break.... We were not wrong!
'Sunny Villas' has plenty to offer: Danny and I stayed in one of the cave rooms: we were actually rather impressed by its size, despite what previous reviewers say! The rooms are large and spacious with a bed area, kitchenette, bathroom and terrace. We were very fortunate that our terrace was particularly large. In my opinion, the bedrooms are far more appealing in person than on the photographs. Every morning a delicious array of food was delivered to our balcony for breakfast - including cake, Greek coffee (wonderful stuff!), bread and condiments and a variety of meats and veg. Very continental! The pool was a little walk away, but well worth it! Even though 'Sunny Villas' is always busy, the pool was quite quiet most of the time. A great atmosphere is created by Timmy, though - he brings the tunes to the poolside and makes divine cocktails! He became a good friend of ours. He has a lovely amiable nature and can never do too much to help. We miss you, Timmy!
Imerovigli was an ideal location. Set back from the bustling Fira and separated from the night time hot spot Oia, it emanates tranquillity and calm. Up a flight of stairs from our apartment was a mini market, bakery and tavernas facing away from the Caldera - meaning they were somewhat less expensive. One of the downsides to Santorini is that its cosmopolitan reputation has led to prices as steep as the surrounding cliffs! Imerovigli is a great base and has some good surrounding tavernas with amazing views of the sunset; you really do not have to travel to Oia for this, but it is a great experience, because the sheer quantity of excited people is really something to behold! One of our favourite places to visit was Firostefani, which is on the way to Fira. We became fans of 'Il Cantuccio', a local Italian restaurant. You can order a bottle of wine for about 5 Euros - a snip of a price in comparison to most other restaurants. It has a lively, homely atmosphere, integrating local and tourists alike.
For those who desire activity, visit the Volcano and the Hot Springs. In the heat, it is exhausting work, but it is of interest, although the 'Hot Springs' are changeable in temperature - not quite as 'hot' as they claim to be. There are plenty of museums to see, some of the black beaches are fascinating and bars and nightclubs are there for the taking. There really is something for everyone!
I would like to take this opportunity again to thank Andreas, Michealis, Timmy and all the staff of the 'Sunny Villas' for their outstanding hospitality. Santorini is a breath-taking island and the care of such warm-hearted people only made the holiday better. I hope to return again soon.
Grace Bird and Danny Robinson
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