Above Blue Suites

Santorini, Greece

A gem set on the majestic shoulders of Santorini's Caldera, Above Blue Suites caters to couples seeking a romantic haven in one of the most photogenic destinations on earth. They provide about twelve suites dressed in the classic blue and white cave-like dwellings that are so popular with the Cycladic Island architecture. This boutique hotel has a unique option to make your own price offer. If accepted, the contract is non-refundable and requires at least a three-night stay. However, Santorini is a place that is meant to soaked up over a longer amount of time (recommended for at least 4 days). My first offer was accepted and I saved about $50 (US) per night. Keep in mind that your chances of negotiating successfully are far more probable in off-season or shoulder months. Santorini's peak season is during the warm summer months of June through August. In order for us to make the most of our trip in the most cost-effective way, we decided to take our trip in May right before the high season - so that we could still enjoy the warm weather but with lower costs and lesser crowds.

Set in Imerovigli, Above Blue Suites is located halfway between the main hub of Fira, and the the popular resort village Oia. Imerovigli is the smaller, quieter option on the island and many of the hotels here cater to those on honeymoon or other romantic holiday. If you are looking to shop or for popular restaurant options, head to the other towns on the island. If you forgo the hotel's shuttle option (extra charge), other options for transportation include taxis, buses, car and ATV rentals. Imerovigli's location, although not in walking distance from the popular tourist sites, is a great place to stay as it is the highest point on the island and gives you a great vantage point for looking out over the rest of the towns that are scattered across the caldera.

Above Blue's small staff were quickly welcoming and friendly, confirming the "Greek" personalities you may have found depicted in Hollywood in many movies, which we found to be consistent throughout our stay in the Cyclades. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable to your needs, whether they concern exploring the island, or relaxing in your suite. We utilized their concierge services for scheduling everything from a private catamaran sail, to a peaceful in-room massage. One member of the staff performed as our bellman, server, bartender, and Greek language instructor.

Be prepared to enjoy breakfast on your private balcony each morning from the menu you personally select the previous day from their full rotating menu (including mimosas). This is included in the room rate and is enough to fill you for a full morning. Every guest should take advantage of the private Jacuzzi on their suite balcony, which faces out towards the Aegean Sea where some of the most world's most highly acclaimed sunsets can be viewed. On one night while enjoying the private Jacuzzi, we had the surreal experience of watching as a cloud came up on the edge of the caldera and engulf our balcony.  Inside the suite is both spacious and stylish with many luxurious amenities. Above Blue Suites succeeds in making their guests feel as though their every want has already been thought of, an experience that leaves you feeling like royalty.

While I enjoy exploring different accommodation options, I find that sometimes when you have such a positive experience in everything from the price to the service,  you can't imagine staying anywhere else once you return. Above Blue Suites is one of the few places where this feeling rings true.