8 Reasons Why Santorini is the Ultimate Winter Getaway
Think Santorini’s only good in Summer? Think again...
With its reputation for being every Instagrammer’s dream destination and views that lend themselves almost *too* well to a new profile pic, it’s hardly surprising that Santorini’s become a global holiday hotspot.
But while visiting in summer might be the obvious choice, it’s also the time everyone else flocks to the island, pushing up prices and crowding the little cobbled streets of Oia and Imerovigli.
Our tip? Visit the island in the low seasons. You’ll get yourself some much-needed winter sun and save a few quid at the same time!
Still not convinced? Here are our top reasons why Santorini’s an off-peak wellness paradise.
It’s less crowded
Look, Santorini’s amazing. Trouble is, the rest of the world agrees, and for a long time Santorini has been a favourite for travellers and tourists pouring off the cruise ships and planes arriving on the island. Save yourself the hassle of trying to book a trip in the high season, and instead walk deserted cobbled streets, take a solo dip in an empty infinity pool and watch the sunset from a quiet cliff-top restaurant without needing to fight the crowds.
Fed up with the UK’s eight months of dark drizzle? Yeah, we were too - but Santorini in November still regularly hits 20 degrees, which means you can be sipping Santorini-grown wine from your private terrace while everyone else struggles through sleet-y sludge. Not bad.
There’s more to Santorini than all those whitewashed walls and domed roofs - a short, nail-biting taxi ride down the hill from Oia is Ammoudi Bay, a picturesque fishing harbour packed with eateries and colourful boats. At the base of the cliff, it’s often shielded from the winds that can often whip across the other villages, and it’s the perfect spot for some squid and sweet Santorini wine.
The Architecture and Design
While it might be the same all year round, the gentler autumn light hitting the whitewashed stone buildings is something pretty special. Golden hour on the island lasts at least three, and coupled with the island’s signature domed roofs and softly curving walls, you’ll have plenty of time to snap those dreamy Greek paradise pics. Want something a bit different? The Andronis Concept Wellness Resort looks like a mid-century modern
Spend the night at one of the islands wellness-themed hotels like the Andronis Concept Wellness Resort, and you’ll be able to take part in complementary morning yoga looking out over the volcanic caldera (fancy word for crater), and book yourself in for a Polynesian-themed massage, before a sunset dinner at the incredible on-site restaurant, Throubi, without even having to step outside. Bliss.
Food with a view
If you find yourself staying in one of the traditional whitewashed hotels like Imerovigli’s Chromata, you’ll be able to spend the morning eating your breakfast from a private terrace overlooking the volcanic caldera like some kind of holiday God/Goddess. Stick a bathrobe on, order an enormous room service breakfast, sit back and enjoy the view.
Look, Santorini’s not cheap. But go off-peak, and the shock of those summer prices will be significantly less severe. Yeah, you’ll still need to part with some substantial stacks, but avoid the height of the season and you’ll be amazed how much further your money can take you. Get that infinity pool, you deserve it!
Seriously though, the food.
It might be the combo of delicious food, flavourful wine and breathtaking views, but everything in Santorini seems to taste that much better while sitting on the edge of a volcanic cliff watching the sun go down. With all the money saved from avoiding the high seasons, why not treat yourself to an eye-wateringly expensive (but mouth-wateringly delicious) steak at Lycabettus, a restaurant with arguably one of the best in the world?
By Cal King