Four Things To Do in Santorini

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetFrom the moment I set eyes on Santorini, scrolling through my Instagram feed, I knew I needed to visit and experience for myself the immaculate white landscape teamed with breath taking views and those famous sunsets that will leave you in complete awe, and last week this dream became a reality as Ali and I jetted off to this beautiful Greek Island on one of the many Aegean Airlines flights which leave London Heathrow on a daily basis.

I couldn’t believe we were finally going, it honestly didn’t feel real.

From the moment I woke up and took in the view from my hotel window I knew that this Island would go on to become a home away from home. But as well as taking in the visual side of Santorini, we also wanted to experience all that Santorini has to offer as a destination, not just an Instagram  back drop. From sampling the finest wines the island has to offer to breakfast above the Aegean sea at dawn, I’ve put together a list of a few great places and experiences for when, not if, you decide to visit the intoxicating Island of Santorini.


Lunch At Fabrica

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Situated beach front in Perivolos, Fabrica is super cool beach club and restaurant where you can begin a relaxing day at the beach with a table full of great food offering a twist on some of Greece’s most iconic dishes, delicious and incredibly Incredibly Instagramable cocktails along side a fully functioning Vitamin bar. As we sat enjoying an early lunch, the breeze from the Aegean sea and chilled music kept us cool before we retired for a snooze on the huge white  water front beds.

Here we enjoyed a full service of fruit platters and cocktails as we dozed and chatted in the afternoon sun. Fabrica offers a sophisticated and relaxing, yet uber cool take on today’s beach club, it’s somewhere you can relax and unwind whilst also fully embracing that hedonistic holiday vibe that takes on an entire new meaning when visiting the island of Santorini.


Sunrise Yoga at Notos Therme & Spa Hotel

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The Notos Therme & Spa Hotel was the first hotel in which we stayed in Santorini but as I found throughout the island, the mornings there were my most special times. I rose at 6am every day to just sit out on terrace of our room listening to the quiet, breathing in that ocean smell and watching the sky change from various shades of pink to blue. The only thing missing was a Vinyasa yoga session to start the day, so that is exactly what we did.

We booked an early morning class with Conny, a local yoga instructor from Santorini Yoga and yoga shop owner who enabled us to truly connect with Santorini’s  mysterious volcanic energy as part of the class ver looking Vychada Beach. It really was the most perfect and invigorating start to our day.


Lazy Afternoon Cocktails at West East Suites

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By far one of our favourite places to visit on the island, West East Suites goes against the grain of Santorini style with its mysterious black aesthetic which can be spotted from Oia amongst the usual white buildings on the Island. West East Suites is an unbearably cool hotel with a picture perfect infinity pool which leaves you feeling as if you really had found the end of the Earth and offers one of the best sunsets that we experienced whilst on the island of Santorini.

Sipping cocktails and lounging by the pool in the afternoon sun can work up quite the appetite, it’s serious stuff all that relaxation and the food at West East’s FlyAway Lounge Bar & Restaurant was the perfect choice with Ali stating the burger as “The best he’d ever had”. But it doesn’t stop at the burger, each dish was exceptionally presented and bursting with the flavours of local produce and all served by the most friendly, attentive and exceptional staff we had ever experienced whilst travelling. Although we were not guests of the hotel we were welcomed as if we were and allowed to enjoy everything that West East Suites has to offer. If you do one thing from this guide, allow yourself a lazy after noon here.


Breakfast with a view

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Taking a trip to the other side of the island offered up those quintessential Santorini views over the Aegean sea which meant there was only one spot we would be enjoying the golden ours of the morning and that was in our bathrobes, enjoying a continental breakfast spread at the stunning Iliovasilema Suites in Imerovigli overlooking the most stunning views, views which are so beautiful it was a struggle for me to process that we were actually sat there, experiencing it. I struggled to take it all in but savoured every moment. The croissants were something else too!


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  1. Jessica 17th June 2016 / 9:10 am

    It looks like you had an amazing time! Beautiful scenery, your snapchat story was amazing too! Santorini is somewhere I really want to visit, and this has just tempted me that little bit more, especially when the drinks look that good. Which lens did you use for these images please? They look perfect!xx

  2. Sophie 17th June 2016 / 9:22 am

    Thank you so much for the travel guide, this will be so useful!
    I post every Monday and Friday, I would love it if you stopped by! 🙂

  3. Jessie 17th June 2016 / 9:47 am

    I visited Santorini last year with my mum and it’s such a beautiful island! I’m really hoping we can head back this summer. Will definitely try out morning yoga! : ) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  4. Adele 17th June 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Beautiful photos Lydia. These bars & beach clubs look just the sort of places I love to chill when I’m away. Really enjoyed your Snaps when you were there too.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  5. Suzanne Barclay 17th June 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Amazing photography has inspired me to learn how to take a decent photos!!!

  6. nueyork 17th June 2016 / 2:55 pm

    What stunning photos, Lydia! Your Santorini adventures are making me want to visit so badly, what a stunning place!

  7. Ashley 17th June 2016 / 3:20 pm

    It looks like you had an amazing time. I was just in Santorini about 2 weeks ago and it was just gorgeous! One of my favorite things to do was having breakfast with the beautiful view every morning.


  8. Rhaea 17th June 2016 / 4:31 pm

    I’m going to santorini in two weeks and I’m literally going to make it my mission to visit all of these places! They look amazing! What vineyard did you visit aswell?

    • bloomamess 18th June 2016 / 12:07 am

      Lucky you! Have a great time :))

  9. Majean 17th June 2016 / 6:34 pm

    I love Santorini and your post brought back memories. Great pics!

  10. Nina 17th June 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Since I’ve seen your picture, I feel such a need to go there very very soon!
    It looks amazing! And its so near 🙂

    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    I think I might follow your tips.. can’t wait to really be there 🙂

  11. bloomamess 18th June 2016 / 12:12 am

    Wow, these pics are absolutely breathtaking. Surreal! You outdo yourself with every post Lydia ;))

  12. Erin Henry 18th June 2016 / 5:29 am

    Oh wow Santorini looks amazing!! I was supposed to go when I was younger and travelled Europe however got stuck having a little to much fun in Mykonos.
    Will have to return ASAP! xxx

  13. Carina 19th June 2016 / 4:06 am

    These are so different from what i did in santorini hehe! I visited grecian ruins, coloured beaches and had some wine and cheese tasting, but OMG I LOVE YOUR PICTURES! I wish i got to try these 4 things when i was in santorini, but it would probably have been over my budget heh!

    xx Carina

  14. trendissimo 19th June 2016 / 11:31 pm

    Looks like everyone has been or is going to Santorini this year 🙂 Your pictures are (as always) amazing. Can’t get enough. Love your blog and your youtube channel.

  15. Athena 20th June 2016 / 9:22 am

    Santorini is and will be a must island to visit in Greece! Your photos are awesome and somehow are tempting you for visiting the island! Great!

  16. Lori Dorrington 20th June 2016 / 3:33 pm

    Santorini is my all time favorite place for a romantic getaway. The views are stunning and the people are very welcoming. I also encourage visitors to visit the vineyards inland from the coast, the grape harvest is beautiful and the wines are sweet. Your photos are lovely.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  17. Lucy 20th June 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Eee I’m going in September so thanks for the tips lady! Might have to get some extra insider knowledge off you in person too 😉

    Lucy X

  18. Melissa Lee 21st June 2016 / 10:33 am

    This looks sensational – my dream destination

  19. Rebecca 21st June 2016 / 11:12 am

    Such beautiful photography!

  20. Hollie 22nd June 2016 / 3:26 pm

    I’d love to visit Santorini one day, it looks absolutely breathtaking and your photos have definitely confirmed that!

  21. Yvonne 22nd June 2016 / 4:52 pm

    What a dream, this island! You’re photos make it even better. Can’t wait for the day where I can finally go to Santorini myself!

  22. Rae 23rd June 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Wow your photos are incredible! This post makes me soooo excited for my holiday to Santorini next month. I’m actually staying at the West East Suites so will definitely be treating myself to a cocktail or 10!

  23. kendall chase 23rd June 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Great article! I was just in Greece and unfortunately couldn’t make it over to Santorini and this just made me even more jealous! Gotta go next time <3

  24. Mariana 23rd June 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Love it!!! Stunning images! Which lenses do you use with the camera?

  25. robyn samantha 23rd June 2016 / 11:38 pm

    Santorini looks amazing cant wait to visit

  26. Primrose 26th June 2016 / 8:27 pm

    always wanted to visit Santorini – especially after seeing all these beautiful images! Such a great idea to put a little guide together! x

  27. Osman 29th June 2016 / 12:01 am

    This looks amazing in am going to follow all that above ! I’ll defiantly be taking lots of photos and posting on Instagram! Thanks Ali and Lydia

  28. Tara 8th July 2016 / 4:07 am

    Your posts are sooo dreamy and elegant. This looks like an unforgettable trip. Santorini has been near the top of my wishlist for years.

  29. ANNA 6th March 2017 / 10:50 pm

    I call it my island!

  30. anastasia 14th May 2017 / 9:09 am

    Hello from Greece! Indeed Santorini is one of the most beautiful destinations, i’m glad that you enjoyed your stay here.. you should come again, there are many more wonderful places to visit!

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