Santorini, Greece

Searching for the perfect sunset? It’s hard to beat nature’s spectacular performance in Santorini, Greece. Cruise ships fill the caldera and people rush to cliffside restaurants, bars, and balconies on a near-nightly basis in the Aegean Sea’s southernmost island. Everyone is facing west.

Photo: N Preseault
Photo: N Preseault

Carving out a little piece of privacy as the sun begins to set can be difficult. Between Oia, the island’s western village, and Fira, the main town, is Imerovigli. The cliffside village has panoramic views of the caldera, the sea, and Skaros Rock. Amid Imerovigli’s whitewashed buildings is Astra Suites, a small resort built into the cliffs.

photo: N Preseault
photo: N Preseault

A bottle of Santorini wine is waiting in the suite’s kitchenette upon your arrival. But you’ll barely notice that, the simple white and blue living room and bedroom, or the cave-like bathroom once the shutters open to reveal the balcony and stunning water view. Breakfast is delivered here each morning. Add an infinity pool, a spa, and a gourmet restaurant, and you may quickly give up the idea of exploring the rest of the island. Astra even offers a hospitality room, for early arrivals or late departures, so you can still enjoy the resort and have a place to shower and change.

Time for the sun to set. A glass of Santorini white, please.

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