Rid your minds of rain-soaked roads and leaf-strewn pavements, and picture this instead: late-summer lounging beside an endless infinity pool on Santorini’s tip, with shimmering oceans, volcanic islands and the twinkling lights of distant Greek villages plunging below…accompanied only by a glass of crisp, dry white, and maybe your partner (if they’re lucky). Yup, it’s Astra Suites – our hotel of the week.
Why this week? Life’s too short to prowl the autumnal streets armed only with your post-Olympic blues, lamenting as the summer slides out of sight. So why not squeeze the last drops of sun out of 2012 before it’s time to fold up your bikini and beach shorts, hide away your Piz Buin and put your bronzed body into winter hibernation? From now until 10 November, you can enjoy Astra Suites’ hotel offer: four caldera-filled, candle-lit nights for the price of three.
Our favourite bits The suites perch on the island’s edge and every private balcony has an expansive view of the surrounding volcanic islands, to be toasted with your very own free bottle of Santorini’s finest. And there’s no better way to see out the summer than with a deep-tissue massage from one of the spa’s world-class masseurs.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Super-luxe hotels can keep their personal butlers, hot-towel assistants, sunglass-cleaning technicians and other trappings of nanny-like pampering. What we want is a funky room with a world-class view and a jaw-droppingly good bottle of wine to help us enjoy it. If you’re of a like mind, then this boutique abode delivers in spades. Hugging the island’s postcard-perfect cliffs like a particularly pretty limpet, Astra’s apartments provide a level of satisfaction that would be surprising in a five-star big-city hotel, let alone a place perched on a quiet corner of a Greek island…’
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