Travel Guide: Where to Stay in Santorini

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Nestled in the post-card perfect hills of Santorini’s Caldera in Oia, is the Andronis Boutique Hotel, a five-star luxury hotel that we had the pleasure of staying in for three nights this July.

Andronis Boutique Hotel is in the most prime of locations In Santorini. It’s smack in the middle of the caldera: those white-washed homes in the hills and blue domes that you conjure up when you think of Santorini, and so many of the island’s other hotels aren’t located in this area so they don’t have the idyllic views you come to expect when you imagine Santorini.

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Andronis is one of three hotels run by this boutique hotel group. It is built into the side of the mountain in all white with giant suites carved into the side of the cave, making the hotel part of the beautiful scenery in Santorini. It’s on Oia’s main stretch, meaning walking outside of the hotel puts you in the middle of Santorini’s best restaurants, bars and shopping. And yes, even the famed donkey trail.

We were greeted upon arrival at Andronis with glasses of chilled champagne and the most unbelievable views. This set the tone for the rest of our stay, where the staff went above and beyond to make our trip perfect.
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The hotel itself is beautiful. Think white washed buildings and bright pink bougainvillea flowers growing throughout the archways and walls. Our room blew us away. It had arched ceilings because of the cave and a zen-like atmosphere. An example of the type of luxury service provided at Andronis: there is a pillow menu so that you can specify which type of firmness you prefer best while sleeping.
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The bathroom was a showstopper. Gray stone and a giant shower with a rain drop faucet as well as a swim in-swim out jacuzzi that overlooked the Mediterranean ocean. We pretty much spent the end of each night in the jacuzzi sipping on Greek white wine and Ouzo. The bathroom has luxury, organic bath products and a killer blow dryer by hotel standards. Our room had an amazing outdoor deck with two sun loungers that fit the aesthetic of the hotel: they were light wood and really eclectic-looking. What we loved and missed once we left was that the views from literally any place you stand at Andronis are just breathtaking. This included the views from our terrace.

The pool area is spectacular. There is an infinity pool and a separate pool overlooking the Mediterranean and lots of beach loungers and umbrellas to take the sun on. In another sign of how Andronis knows its clientele and caters to it: Vogue and other fashion and travel magazines are in a basket at the pool for guests to enjoy. The views from the pool are breathtaking and when the sun starts to set, the whole area is awash in a pink/red glow reflecting off of the mountains that is truly beautiful.
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The pool staff is super attentive. From the second you sit down, they are over with chilled bottles of water on ice with lemons and lime. They also treated us to a bottle of their very own white wine. (Andronis also produces its own olive oil!) our first day after we arrived we laid out at the pool and took in the scenery while eating Greek salads from the hotel’s restaurant, and they were the most fresh Greek salads we’d had on our trip. The chef later sent over a Greek yogurt mousse with fresh berries that we are still talking about.

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While we’re on the topic of food, Andronis had the most delicious breakfast buffet, which is included in the charge of your room. The breakfast area has every local delicacy available from spinache and cheese pies to local cheeses and cured meats, to our favorite: The Greek Yogurt bar featuring what they call the “Breakfast of the Gods.” Side note: Andronis has ruined Greek yogurt in America for me. the yogurt at Andronis was a million times better than what we get at home, and I made sure to have the breakfast of the gods each morning alongside delicious fruit and pastry. The breakfast of the gods is a toppings bar for the yogurt featuring everything from pistachios to coconut flakes to raisins and currants. Legend has it that the Greek gods ate this mixture each day to give them their energy. Whether the legend is true or not, it’s delicious.

Fresh-squeezed juices and a bottle of chilled champagne also are in the breakfast room for those who wanted to start the party early (Hint: we did). There is also an amazing omelette and egg menu that is made to order for those wanting eggs. We had every intention of ordering omelette but the Greek yogurt was too good for us to pass up!

The concierge and all of the hotel’s staff were super friendly and eager to help. They made us a reservation at their sister property’s restaurant, Lycabettus (a separate post on dinner there to come), and arranged our transportation and activities for us. Aside from the two other hotels, Andronis has a few high-end boutiques in Oia with labels such as Pitusa, and those staying at an Andronis property get a 15% discount on shopping.

What we also loved was that Andronis is the perfect backdrop for any sort of vacation you would like. It has wonderful private areas, such as your own private sundeck (pictured above) and jacuzzis/private pools. Or, you can go to the main pools and strike up conversations with other travelers. It’s in the middle of the beautiful town, giving you access to everything you could want to do when in Santorini.

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The Andronis is the definition of luxury and exclusivity. We would gladly recommend Andronis to readers, and have already recommended it to friends!

Summer Edit: Off The Shoulder

This summer’s biggest trend is arguably the off-the-shoulder look. From dresses to rompers and blouses, this look is everywhere and invokes a cool-girl, off-duty look that we just can’t get enough of. Here’s some of our favorites that will be on heavy rotation this summer.
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I just ordered this Joy Han Victoriana dress from Revolve for my trip to Greece and I am in love with it. It’s perfectly fitted and has off the shoulder neckline, but also is in a great fire engine red color that makes me think of the dancing girl emoji. It’s $85.
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The beachy stripes on this Misa Nikka dress really make it.
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Totally want to pair this Trina Turk dress, $248, with some caramel gladiator sandals and call it a day.
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This print can fit in at a beach club on the Mediterranean or Surf Lodge out in the Hamptons. This dress from Heartloom is just $99.
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I’m pretty much planning on living in white this summer, so I picked up this Endless Rose cutout dress, $75.

Summer Edit: Rompers

We’ve been living in rompers so far this summer, and see no signs of that abating. They’re comfy, can go from day to night and have fun touches. Want to get in on the trend? Check out our favorite rompers across a number of price ranges below:

Steal:

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This romper from Forever21 is less than $25!

Mid-Priced:
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I personally own this Rip Curl Lost Dreams romper and have been living in it. I love the blue and white pattern, which will look great on our trip to Greece, and the off the shoulder look is right on point. It’s $48.99.
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Loving the deep plunge neckline and lace overlay on this romper from Asos, $56.

Splurge:
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I adore everything about this Miguelina Alejandra romper, $380. The eyelet detail and crochet can go from beach to the bar.
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This Harriet romper, also from Miguelina, has a fun neckline and nice pop of color. The crochet detail really makes it stand out. It’s $420.

The Perfect Summer Scent: I <3 Juicy Couture

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We’re super excited to pair up with Juicy Couture on their launch of new fragrance I <3 Juicy Couture. This new perfume is the perfect summertime scent, a light mix of florals and vanillas and musk. The spokesperson for the launch is Behati Prinsloo, wife of Adam Levine and South African model.
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See her Instagram post above announcing the new fragrance. We’re loving the bottle design and embezzled topper. You can buy I <3 Juicy Couture at Macy’s for $94.

The Hunt for the Perfect Beach Bag

As we’ve been planning our upcoming trip to Greece, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect beach bag. It needs to be chic, functional and eye-catching, and luckily, fashion labels have seriously stepped up their game in the beach bag department.
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I had the hardest time choosing a bag, but ultimately settled on this Merona beach bag from Target, above, which was only $35! It’s super roomy, and I love the colorful tassels hanging from the straps.
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I also fell in love with Mar Y Sol’s range of colorful beach totes, marked with their signature pom poms. The bag above, called Ibiza, is $135.
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Mar Y Sol’s Collins bag, above, comes in a range of bright colors for $125.
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This Misa Hola tote adds a fun twist to the beach tote for $108.

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