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Often described as "the supermodel of the greek islands" and "honeymooners dream", it's no wonder Santorini welcome millions of tourists from all over the world every year. Boasting breathtaking caldera sunset views from picturesque towns situated at the top of steep cliffs, I can tell you this is like not other destination I've visited. And to really submerge into the beauty of this island, whats better than choosing to stay at a stylish boutique hotel in Santorini.
"a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Fira"
The experience with four star Kalisti Hotel & Suites start just outside the arrival hall of Santorini airport. The hotel has its own transport service which conveniently brings you to (and from) the hotel, and the best, its included in your room rate. Only a 15 min drive from the airport is Fira, the capital of Santorini. The hotel is located in the heart of this town which makes it a great hub for exploring Fira and the rest of Santorini.
Arriving the hotel is a nice experience on its own. The beautiful and minimalistic aesthetics of the hotel are inviting, and stays consistent throughout the whole hotel which creates a unique and luxurious feeling. So does the greeting by smiling staff members carrying the baggage and giving a quick tour around the hotels main areas and features of the room.
And while talking about rooms, this hotel has quite a few options.
" rooms and suites designed to meet different needs."
There is several room categories to choose from, including suites with private pool/jacuzzi and seaview. We were accommodated in a Double Room with Pool area views. All rooms are nicely decorated in a calming modern Aegean Cycladic style. My inside tip for choosing a room at the property is getting a room at the top floor as the ground floor tends to be more busy outside the room with people passing by.
Main features of the room (not complete list):
Balcony, Room service, Air condition, Wifi , TV, Duvets and extra pillows, Slippers, Hair-dryer, Toiletries, Mini Bar, Cave style shower, Make-up table, Locker with Safe.
"lazy days by the pool and memorable evenings exploring Fira town"
The Hotel property is not very large, so you never have to walk long distances whether it´s for breakfast, a drink in the bar or a swim in the pool. The hotel only has stairs between the levels which is something to have in mind if elevator is crucial.
The included breakfast buffet is located downstairs, and has a wide variety of food to choose from as well as a bar serving delicious barista coffee. I was delighted to find several local dishes at the breakfast buffet, and they changed the selection of food from day to day.
The main feature of the hotel is the pool area which includes the biggest swimming pool in Fira, heated jacuzzi and and a bar serving alcoholic beverages and light snacks. Other activities available on site is massages and table tennis. The reception can help with arranging excursions.
"Exploring the higlights of Santorini only footsteps outside the hotel"
The hotel is only a few minutes away from the stunning caldera rim of Fira. Here you can find restaurants and cafés with spectacular views, souvenir shops and stores as well as churches and historical museums such as the Museum of Prehistoric Thira. There´s also a cable car service which bring you between the port of Fira and the town, or you can simply walk down and up the stairs to get your daily steps done.
in fact there are great experiences waiting for you by using your feet only. To walk along the narrow paths along the caldera rim you will not only experience breathtaking views along the trip, but also nice buildings, churches and so many cool spots to take your photographs. Starting in Fira town you walk along the Golden Street and continue to beautiful nearby towns like Firostefani and Imerovigli. Ending your trip in Imerovigli watching the sunset while having a better dinner is something you will remember for life.
Walking time Fira-Firostefani-Imerovigli approximately 30 minutes.
The famous town of Oia is also reachable by foot, although a much longer still very beautiful hike trail. Expect around 2 hours and 30 minutes for this trip. Using taxi or bus of course take you to Oia in much less time.
View from Scares Rock / Ortodox Metropolitan Cathedral, Fira
Oia at night