Thank you to Ikies Traditional Houses and the linked restaurants below for hosting me. As always, all opinions and recommendations are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure policy here.Last October, I got the amazing opportunity to travel to Greece with my friend Amanda! I was ecstatic because Greece had been on my bucket list for quite some time. Our first stop was Santorini. Oh, how I fell in love with Santorini!! This is one of the world’s most iconic locations and seeing its amazing beauty was something that had only been in my dreams previously! I definitely became Sentimental for Santorini!
Flying into Santorini, I was getting so excited. Visions of white buildings and blue domes were dancing in my head!
Even so, I had no idea the true beauty that I was about to witness.
Santorini in October
Getting into Santorini on October 17, we had been warned that we might run into some rainy weather towards the latter part of October. However, we really had bright, sunny days for most of our stay. We had one or two days that were cloudy, but no rain. We also felt it was a great time to go because the season was ending shortly thereafter. This meant that the crowds of people were not present. There were still plenty of people, but apparently during the summer (and even in the couple of weeks before our arrival), the insane crowds can make things a little more difficult. Also, although still plenty warm for swimming, it wasn’t ridiculously hot while we were there!
Ikies Traditional Houses
We stayed our first three nights at the Ikies Hotel and it was nothing short of amazing.
We were in the House of the Captain luxury suite. The living room was cute but modern and most of all, very Santorini!
The bedroom was spacious, light, and airy. The bed was extremely comfortable. Another favorite of mine, it had individual reading lights. I love this since I’m a reader and I like to read until I fall asleep. 😉
We even had our own private jacuzzi accessible right out of our bedroom window!
Our large, spacious balcony…perfect for dining or relaxing in the sun. In fact, this is where they serve breakfast if you order room service!
It’s also where we had unbelievable 180 degree views of the Aegean Sea as well as the island itself. Is this not incredible??
Looking off to the left from our balcony…
and this one is looking off to the right at Oia. I couldn’t believe how stunning the views were!
I will admit I might have gotten WAY too excited over a room key, but look what it is! Loving the complete Greek experience! Bonus: Since the keychain is rather large, they will hold it for you at the office so you can pick it up and drop it off.
Where To Eat
Petra at Canaves
Petra at Canaves is a beautiful poolside restaurant with views of the Caldera.
The interior had so much personality. Look at this cute setting!
Not only do they have all kinds of seating options, but they have fabulous food too!
Their fresh seafood is absolutely wonderful!
Ombra at Esperas
You MUST have dinner at Esperas! This hotel with lots of personality overlooks the water on the western coast.
This is PERFECT for watching those gorgeous Santorini sunsets!
Here we discovered our most favorite Greek dish. It’s feta cheese in a sesame and honey crust with homemade cherry tomato marmalade and poppy seeds. It quite possibly was one of the best things I have EVER put in my mouth! We loved it so much that we ordered it everywhere we could find it for the rest of our trip in Greece. Nowhere was quite like here though because that cherry tomato marmalade was just delicious! This is something you MUST TRY!
The grilled calamari was amazing!! It was stuffed with Greek cheeses, peppers, cherry tomatoes and served with a lime dressing drizzled over a side salad. If you at ALL like seafood, this is a great selection!
We loved it here so much we came back another day for lunch!
Don’t you love the maze of stairs?
Don’t forget to look straight down so you don’t miss out on this view. The colors were so vivid!
Once again, the food was fabulous! My chicken tortilla wrap was yummy!
Definitely don’t miss out on a dining experience at Esperas!
Go to Skiza for the cheesecake. Yes, I do mean the cheesecake. Yes, they have great pizza and yes, they have great views. But, yes, I’m telling you it’s about the cheesecake!! It is sincerely the best I have ever had and I’m very picky about cheesecake! 😉
I was very impressed and I can’t wait to share more of Santorini with you! This island really is paradise!
‘Til next time…