EXPLORING SANTORINI

13th Oct 2017 - Places, Style

Last weekend Aslan and I found ourselves waking up in ACTUAL paradise on the beautiful island of Santorini, Greece. Despite travelling often, neither Aslan or I had ever visited Santorini so when the lovely team from Discover Greece got in touch and asked if we’d like to spend a weekend exploring some of what the island had to offer we jumped at the chance! Although we’re away from home a lot, its rare that we get the chance to really sit back and relax on a trip like this, so we were both super excited to make the most of a couple of days soaking up that Santorini sun in such an idyllic setting.

I had a pretty good idea of what Santorini would look like (thanks to loads of pictures popping up on social media) but as soon as we woke up that first morning and opened up the curtains in our room I was amazed at just how beautiful the island really is! I didn’t realise this but the Santorini that we know today was formed when an enormous volcano erupted on the island, causing the earth to form the infamous rugged landscape and iconic cliffs. Santorini is EXACTLY how it looks in the pictures (even better actually!) it’s a vision of beautiful white washed buildings, vast skies and blue water as far as the eye can see. I’m pretty sure Aslan probably got fed up of hearing me say ‘wow’ every time we reached a view point but I have to say, Santorini is one of the most beautiful places I’ve EVER been and I’m already dying to go back.

Before I tell you a little bit about what kind of activities we got up to on the island, I need to take a minute to mention how stunning our hotel was! While in Greece we stayed at the beautiful ‘Iconic Santorini’ which is a boutique cave hotel in the heart of the picturesque village, Imerovigli. As the name suggests, the hotel is literally carved from the volcanic wall of a cave so every one of the rooms is super cosy and unique. Aslan and I have been lucky enough to stay in quite a few beautiful hotels over the years, but I think we would both agree that neither of us have felt quite so relaxed and content as we did at the Iconic Santorini. Every morning we would wake up and head out to the balcony for breakfast and swoon over the view of the island while we munched on fresh fruit and pastries. I literally can’t even begin to express how breath taking the view from the hotel was so I guess you’ll just have to watch the video and see it for yourself! I swear if I had to describe heaven, Santorini would be it. Everyone who worked at the hotel was so warm and friendly,  we really did feel at home!

MY OUTFIT:

  • RIXO LONDON DRESS

    One of my favourites!

  • Lucy Williams x Missoma Gilded Fan Earrings

    Make a statement

  • Cult Gaia 'Gaias Ark' Bamboo Bag

  • Maria Tash Hoop Earring

    Love this colour

  • Nude Heels

    Classic shape!

Despite the fact that we arrived in Santorini in October the weather was absolutely PERFECT. We were blessed with glorious sunshine throughout the entirety of our stay in Greece and the temperature was ‘just right’ – not too hot, but still waaaaaay warmer than it was back in the UK. Since the weather was so great we decided to spend our first morning on a 2-4 hour hike to the village of Oia. Hikes aren’t usually something I’d choose to do on a relaxing break such as this, but since the view from literally every where on the island is absolutely breath taking,I decided that it wouldn’t be so bad to explore the cliffs by foot. Not gonna lie, the hike turned out to be a lot more intense than either of us expected (especially in the beating sun!) but as soon as we reached Oia we decided that it was totally worth it. Oia is a busy town jam packed with cute little boutiques and ocean-view restaurants and according to Aslan’s research (lol) it’s apparently well known for its spectacular sunset views. This place is totally bliss!

MY HIKING OUTFIT:

  • Celine Sunglasses

    Don't look at me

  • Lululemon Workout Top

    Comfy and cool

  • Shock Absorber Sports Bra

    The BEST sports bra you will ever wear

  • Urban Outfitters Cap

    Hat person

  • New Balance Trainers

    My new fave shoes

Our second day in Santorini was definitely my favourite. I’m not the biggest fan of boats (any OG viewers remember that video from the Nordic Vlogs? *shudders*) We actually spent Sunday cruising around the island on a catamaran which was actually INCREDIBLE! Having spend the previous day high up on the cliff tops it was really cool to be able to get down to sea level and see the island from a totally different perspective. At a few points during the cruise the boat stopped and we were able to cool off and dive into the sea. I don’t remember a time Aslan and I had the chance to swim in the open water like this so it was absolutely blissful to be able to jump in and feel the sun on our faces. I hate to keep saying the word ‘paradise’ but I feel like at this moment we really did experience something close to it. If you fancy cruising around Santorini check out the website > here <

On our last day we spent the morning on a ‘food tour’ at a place called Nomikos Estate which meant that we got to try loads of local and traditional food from the island. Aslan and I are both big foodies so we were super excited to try some of Santorini’s delicacies and get a real taste of the island itself. Most of you will know by now that I don’t drink alcohol but I actually tried a small glass of sweet wine and OH MY GOD it was absolutely incredible! Santorini is also famed for its sun dried cherry tomatoes and capers and I can confirm that I’ve never tasted anything quite like them! YUM!! We got loads of stuff to take home with us and it goes without saying it has all been eaten up by now! Another food related place to mention was our delicious dinner at Mr E Unfortunately it was too dark to photograph, but take a look at the vlog to see what we ordered!

WHAT I WORE:

  • French Connection Dress

    Love the embroidery

  • Pink Gucci Shoulder Bag

    I'm in actual love with this

  • LANCÔME MATTE SHAKER 'ENERGY PEACH'

    I adore this colour

  • Lucy Williams x Missoma Gilded Fan Earrings

    Make a statement

  • JIMMY CHOO STUDDED MULES

    I'm in love

Although both of us were so excited to get home to our beautiful boy Reggie, we were also super sad to leave Santorini behind. I honestly have never been to a place quite as stunning as this. The island itself is absolutely beautiful and surrounded by the most breathtaking views that I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Before we’d even left the island we were already talking about planning our next trip. I can’t remember the last time I felt quite as relaxed and calm as I did in Santorini and I can’t wait to go back. Thank you so much to Discover Greece for whisking us away for a weekend that we’ll NEVER forget! A big thanks to the wonderful team at Iconic Santorini for making our stay so wonderful and another huge thank you to Aegean airlines who brought us from London to paradise and back again. We really can’t recommend Santorini enough so if you’re dying to go then definitely make sure you book that trip right away, you won’t regret it!

  • emma

    Loved this post! We went to Santorini for our Honeymoon three years ago and i really want to go back. Your post has me itching to look at holidays!
    Emma – agirlintheworld.co.uk

  • Emily (byemily)

    It looks beautiful ! Loved the vlog as well

    by-emilyx.blogspot.co.uk

  • Santorini looks amazing!! And all your outfits are so on point – I am honestly in love with those Lucy William earrings! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • Diana

    The pictures! The red dress! The earrings! Love it all, Santorini looks like an amazing (!!) place and I would love to visit it

    https://thedianaedition.com

  • Greece is absolutely one of the top places on my list of places to visit!! Love all your outfits – the dress is the perfect fit to the gorgeous background. Can’t wait to watch the vlogs too cause Aslan + Estee travel vlogs are always the best to watch!

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  • I’ve wanted to go to Santorini for what feels like forever! It really does look like paradise…
    http://www.millievyse.blogspot.co.uk

  • Shakira Sacks

    You always look so gorgeous Estee, especially in that stunning red dress!

    SHAKIRA / SHAKIRA SACKS

  • This looks like the greatest vacay EVER! Also I’m totally drooling over your dresses – they are SO BEAUTIFUL and you are rocking them! Loved the vlog too – I’m going to need to add Santorini to my bucket list! 🙂

    It’s Me, Maggie | https://maklonowski.wixsite.com/mysite

  • oh you are just gorgeous! you put santorini to shame!!

    haha. absolutely love the golden colour in the last few shots as well, swear we get nothing of the sort in the uk! sucha treat when on hol.

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

  • Sepideh

    Such beautiful pictures! I can’t wait to watch the Vlog!!! And that red dress looks amazing on you!

    I haven’t been to Greece yet but it’s definitely on my top 10 list!!

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

  • peonies passionfruit

    Gorgeous photos, this makes me miss Santorini so much

    Eme xx

    http://www.peoniesandpassionfruit.com

  • You’re too cute Estee

  • Santorini looks so dreamy! A food tour, that sounds amazing, I adore greek food, the salads and the gyros or souvlaki yummy! I can’t wait to explore myself one day xx
    http://www.pagesfrombeth.co.uk

  • I SO badly want to go to Santorini! Your photos look amazing!

    Isabel | isabelmarcelo.com

  • Lisa Autumn

    I saw both of your vlogs and now I have such an urge to go there.. looks like paradise!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • Absolutely stunning! I loved both vlogs. Beautiful photos Estee and stunning blog post. I absolutely love Greece. I lived there for 4 years and also went back and forth from Canada to Greece to see my grandparents. It was the best time of my life. The lifestyle is incredible and the air smells like heaven! They should bottle it so we can spray it at home. LOL Much love!

  • I’ve always wanted to visit Santorini and the islands, the white and blue architecture is my dream combo!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Cruelty-Free/Vegan Beauty • Lifestyle • Photography