Fo & Jay are back from Greece/Italy
Posted 19 September 2007 - 07:35 AM
we are finally back from our lonnnggg-ish honeymoon. I know there arent too many brides looking to get married in Greece, so my review isnt the biggest source of info...BUT if anyone is Santorini was beautiful and the weather gods really were on our side. AND our Wedding planner Helena from Yasena.com was the a godsend... everything she set up fabulous, i was happily surprised. From the beach day, that was stunning, and the fishing trip the guys went on, the spa day for me & my girls... and of course the wedding day. I kind of went with her recommendations hoping for the best, and everything was beyond my expectations. So if anyone is thinking about greece, she and her staff work on a few islands, and also athens.
If anyone is thinking about honeymooning in santorini here is some info:
1- definitely fly to the island, its a 20 min flight from athens Vs a few hour boat trip. While the boat trip from athens or another island is pretty & picturesque, but not really worth it if time is an issue. And in august there is a chance that the winds on the islands get so high that they do not let any of the boats leave the ports(and these are not little ferries), sometimes for a couple of days
2- Hotel El Greco- Was excellent, its a medium sized hotel(most on the island are boutique hotels) with 2 swimming pools, which is nice on the cliff side of the island that is 20 min from the beaches. The rooms were nice, actually very nice by greece's standards. Its a 10 min walk from the center of town, but I preferred the walk on the road rather than some other hotels that can only be reached by taking 30-60 stairs(some of our freinds opted for one of these hotels for the better view, but realized it was a bad idea after a few drinks).. Although from some rooms you do have some noise from the main road.
3-Spa-The museum spa & wellness hotel(best western)- in OIA, Santorini. The spa services and the location was fabulous, they had this aromatherapy steam room thing, and a pool you can use before or after you have treatments done.
4-photos by Jonathan thrasher- Some of you may have already seen the teaser pics from Jonathan's blog, he says he will have a slideshow available soon. All of my friends cant stop talking about the pics, so if anyone has the chance to hire him GO FOR IT!!! he was really great the whole time. He even offered to take extra pics the day after the wedding, so that we would have more time get to the reception.. THANKS JONATHAN (and no we didnt do a trash the dress)
5-Selene restaurant in Fira, santorini. This was the restaurant that catered our reception. I cant say enough about the food, it was excellent!! I never thought catered food could be so good. Some of my cousins arranged to go to dinner, before the wedding, at the restaurant not realizing this was our caterer.
6-Seaside lounge on Perivolos beach(one of the black sand beaches). This was the location of our beach party, they catered lunch and provided the beach chair set up, which was also excellent. Some of our guests went back there, to have lunch and spend the day on the beach.
Italy was excellent we went to sorrento for 7 days and then to the island of capri for another 5. Both locations were breathtaking... we did a lot of wine drinking and pizza eating... i'll post some of our pics soon.
and of course i am so jet-lagged today, i was wide awake at 4:30 am.(I am not a morning person)
Sorry this is a little long... happy planning everyone!
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