The end of another stressful week has left me dreaming of calmer times – when my workload wasn’t a burden and when I didn’t feel like I had a million and one things to do in a ridiculously short time period. One of those times was a holiday to Santorini last summer; or in other words, one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Over the years, I have seen so many breathtaking photos of the island, of the pure white suburbs basked in the stunning Greek sun, standing proud against a backdrop of the rich blue Aegan Sea. I thought it looked magical and I longed to go. So when we were discussing potential holiday destinations, I mentioned Santorini and after a lot of research and hotel hunting, we found the perfect place to be for an 8 day sun-soaked summer holiday. We stayed at a gorgeous hotel called Astro Palace, where we were lucky enough to have suites with private pools, allowing us to sunbathe in tranquility (thankfully no screaming children!). The hotel felt like an exclusive community as the staff were friendly, helpful and keen to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. It was heavenly. And such a perfect location! Only a 5 minute walk away was the bustling town of Fira, crammed full of frozen yoghurt bars (we went to one EVERY day), arty shops and jewellery boutiques and narrow streets lined with quad bikes (the main method of transport on the island – we hired a couple for 2 days and it was SO much fun!). When we first walked up to Fira, we couldn’t believe that such a busy and vibrant town was such a short distance away from where we were staying – the atmospheres couldn’t have been more different! It was perfect to have that balance of serenity and insanity (in a good way!).
The holiday gave my family and I a chance to ‘recharge’, as we had all previously been tense with work-related stresses. As we lounged on a sunbed soaking up the sun by day and walked the maze of cobbled streets in Fira by night, we were able to drink in the beauty of the island and allow ourselves to forget our responsibilities and challenges back home. I doubt anyone can feel anything other than absolute peace when they’re having dinner in an elevated restaurant above the cobbled streets, with a side view of the Santorini sunset – when the sky is a marble swirl of rich and vivid pinks, purples and oranges. Though the sunset itself lasts no more than 30 seconds, the palette of warm colours that paint the sky last about 15 minutes and for those 15 minutes, you just want to sit and stare. Drink in. Appreciate. It’s nothing short of magical.
Though I didn’t take anywhere near enough photos during the holiday (and even if I had done, it’s impossible to capture the beauty of the island!), I managed to take a couple on my iPhone which I’d like to share with you, to try and convey how fantastic the experience was:
This is a photo of the private pool that my brother and I shared. We were so lucky because our suite was right at the end of the accommodation strip, meaning that we got this beautiful corner of the hotel with vibrant flower beds and plenty of privacy. We had a couple of sun loungers and a sofa beneath a shaded canopy which was handy when we got overheated and needed to get out of the sun (temperatures averaged at around 30 degrees).
A photo taken by my brother of me dangling my feet in the pool to keep cool – wearing a pink spotty (super girly) bikini from Boux Avenue.
This was a delightful beetroot and goats cheese salad with candied nuts, served on a bed of fresh greens and I can honestly say that it is one of the best meals I have had in my entire life. A party for my tastebuds!
An outfit I wore to dinner one evening. This chiffon shirt from Hollister was perfect for night time because despite the soaring temperatures during the day, it definitely got a little chilly after the sun went down. Also featured in this photo are the beautiful handmade bracelets that I bought from a boutique an Oia, an adorable little arty town that we visited during our quad bike tour of the island.
My attempt at capturing a Santorini sunset. Until you go and see for yourself, it’s hard to believe that this isn’t one of the official ‘wonders of the world’. It’s a sight that will remain ingrained in my memory for many years to come.
And lastly, a photo of me taken just before our last dinner in Santorini. I remember not having a huge amount of time to get ready so I threw on a pretty casual outfit and paired it with heels to make it appropriate for the occasion. I couldn’t have survived the holiday without these Topshop boyfriend jeans – they’re so versatile and because of the relaxed fit, they’re perfect for holiday season when you’ve over-indulged and don’t want to squeeze yourself into super-tight skinnies.
So there we go, a capsule collection of the photos I took when I visited one of the world’s most picturesque holiday destinations. I can’t wait to go back!
Sorry this post has been so long and wordy, I definitely didn’t intend it to be. Looking through the photos has brought back so many memories – I wish I could share them all.
Love, Beth xo.