South of Mykonos, north of Crete, this island of the gods is a wondrous place. Some call it the site of the lost city of Atlantis: it is certainly near to paradise, with houses perching on the volcano edge, and unimaginable sunsets

Santorini is unlike other Greek islands. Yes, it has the sugar-cube white houses, the twisting cobbled alleyways and blue-domed churches of its neighbours. It has the brilliant blue waters of the Aegean Sea, the long days of sunshine and the brilliant light. But what makes it so different is its imposing landscape, the caldera, with its impressionistic contrasts of colour and its black sand beaches. If you want to see a still-active, though slumbering volcano, here it is, still tinkling the wine glasses in the bars as a reminder that it is not yet extinct.


The island’s dramatic beauty was created by that massive volcanic as it erupted 3,500 years ago, forming Santorini's crescent shape and burying Akrotiri, its prosperous pre-historic settlement, in a similar volcanic smothering to Pompeii, wiping out the Minoan civilisation on nearby Crete and giving rise to the legend of the lost city of Atlantis.

Today the inner edge of the island plunges 300 metres into the deep blue sea. Santorini is certainly steeped in history and spectacular beauty, and Akrotiri is one of the most inspiring sites in the Cyclades. Not far from here is another product of the volcano—one of the island’s most incredible beaches, the Red Beach, with its soaring red lava cliffs. Nobody could ask for a more breathtaking setting for a swim. It could be a scene from another planet, if not for the familiar blue of the sea.



Water sport and beach lovers head for the long black sandy beaches of Kamari and Perissa, both of which are centres for diving and other aquatic sports. For photographers, the island’s breathtaking scenery, its villages and towns, and its spectacular light, make it a dream location. And for those who enjoy good food, the Greek restaurants and tavernas are excellent and Santorini is currently celebrating its Year of Gastronomy, its chefs creating glorious recipes using fresh local fish, fruits and vegetables. Add the great variety of wines produced on the island, from the dry whites to the sweet Vinsanto and the wonderful taste combinations that they create, and you will have an all-round holiday.


La Mer Deluxe Spa Resort is a contemporary white stucco five-star boutique hotel in Kamari village, 50 metres from Kamari Beach. The hotel won a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2013 and is receiving rave reviews from its guests.

A contemporary, minimalist, locally-inspired designer hotel, it has an indoor pool, outdoor pool, outdoor hydromassage spa tub, full-service health spa, poolside bar, restaurant and mini-golf course. Guest rooms are high-tech and well-equipped, with air-conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player, radio/CD player, and the en-suite bathrooms have hydro massage bath or shower.


When to go? The high season is July and August—and ideal for sun worshippers—but if you go in spring, early autumn or early summer you will find fine weather and fewer crowds: June and September are both excellent, warm but not hot, and the walking is breathtakingly beautiful and of course more comfortable away from the white heat of summer.

How to get there? EasyJet flies direct from London and Manchester; BA, Olympic Airways and Aegean Air fly via Athens (and there are quick ferries from Athens all summer).

Exclusive Club rates

Our Members enjoy special discounts on the rates which others pay at this five-star resort, saving up to 60% off rack rates, together with complimentary room upgrades (on availability) and advantageous rates when dining at the excellent restaurant.

In addition, the first Members to book here can take advantage of our exclusive Blue Ribbon Club deal for five nights in a Suite for two or three guests, with a living room and either a private balcony or terrace and marble en-suite bathroom. Our special Club rate includes the delicious breakfast, free Wifi and a welcome bowl of fresh fruit, bottle of wine and water.

To be first to snap up this Blue Ribbon rate, and to check other rates and availability, please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below.

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