Akrotiri Private Residence
The most Exclusive Property on Santorini Island. A most Treasured Destination
When talking about booking a holiday on Santorini, there’s always so much more to look forward to apart from the obvious… It’s not only the delightful sea and the soul-warming sun… Especially when you’re staying at Santorini’s most exclusive villa, Akrotiri Private Residence, where you’re bound for a sensational place of unrivalled comfort and tranquillity staged in an ethereal scenery.
But, there’s also a whole lot of places to go, things to do, scents and flavours to explore! Outside!… And that’s besides all the usual water sport activities, hiking, sunbathing or shopping souvenirs. This is about extraordinary experiences, a gift to your senses that stretches beyond the mundane…
Like a wine tasting tour… You can visit family estate wineries and taste distinctive volcanic wines, where a seasoned wine expert guides you through a rich wine presentation and you get to savour 12 to 14 different wines and local delicacies, find about Santorini’s one-of-a-kind viticulture & the homegrown grape varieties and feel a part of the island’s legacy, or…
…stroll through Fira and adjacent Firostefani for a tour of the senses. Discover hidden alleyways and exquisite local eateries – all part of unravelling the best-kept secrets of Greek cuisine. Start your day sipping on Greek coffee while enjoying the amazing view. Then follow up the caldera trail for an extra chance on taking pictures of more astonishing scenery, stopping for a refreshing local beer served with Santorini meze (nibbles). Later on, meander through the medieval streets of Fira and visit famous sights, taste arguably the best souvlaki in town or treat yourselves with a scrumptious dish of moussaka, downed with a glass of local wine at any one of the cozy deli’s. Finally, end the tour on a sweet note by relishing a traditional Greek dessert.
Add to all that the exceptional museums that shed light on Santorini’s ancient and cultural legacy and the heritage of its people, taking you on a travel down history lane, the diverse and extraordinary nature unfurling all around you, the picturesque villages and towns, full of colour and life, scents and flavours, sights and moments, and it can’t get any better than this.
Experience a different kind of holiday. A feast for your senses.
A true must-see!
Besides all those exciting things and activities that await beyond the lavish retreat of the villa, there is one highly intriguing attraction you definitely should not miss… the ruined city of Akrotiri. Dubbed Santorini’s Pompeii for suffering a similar fate, namely been buried in a volcanic eruption, it does though offer a couple of differences…
First up, Akrotiri is an odd 4000 years older than Pompeii! This is also how it precedes Pompeii in having been destroyed some 1500 years before it… And, secondly, unlike Pompeii, Akrotiri lacks any human or animal remains; probably because there might have been foreshocks, a handy warning of the impending doom, so people were able to prepare and abandon the island. Tonnes of layers of volcanic ash and rock shot up, following the fatal eruption that tore a gigantic hole in the middle of Santorini changing its shape for ever into a crescent-shaped caldera surrounding the remnants of the volcano; the settlement had been lost and kept buried for millennia until gradually unearthed by workers quarrying ash for the Suez Canal, then abandoned again for years until an official, state-run, excavation began in the 60s to reveal mud-and-brick built houses with hundreds of pots, drinking cups and large storage vessels with geometric pattern decorations, some still containing left-overs of olive oil or fish inside! It’s a stunning insight into the culture of the people that lived centuries ago, all thoroughly housed in a modern and airy building, with walkways that meander through the various findings, and organised in guided tours around the ancient city ruins.
A true must-see!