My friend and I went late June for 2 weeks. Perfect weather. take clothes that are really light and cool, could be quite hot at times. Santorini is a lovely island, quite barren but has very dramatic scenery and beautiful picturesque villages. The resort Perissa is by far the best out of all the resorts on the island. It is shielded by the mountains and therefore gets the best weather conditions. Hotel Gardenia is a truly great find. The pool is really clean and not cold. Do patronise the hotel/pool barbeque, great evening and great food. Rooms are just fine, always kept clean and adequately furnished. Hotel is perfectly situated for shops, beach and restaurants. The hotel reception staff are really very helpful and knowledgeable, so take their advise it is worth it. Instead of spending buckets of money on the tour operator trips do them yourselves. The buses are very frequent and on time and travel the whole island. Costs about 1.60-2.20 euros for each trip depending how far you want to go. We went on a Kamari boat trip (booked in the shop by the bus station at Thira) to the Volcano, Hot Springs,Thirasia and Caldera sunset for only 30euros each. Can't recommend it enough.You can visit by bus the excavated city of Akrotiri..well worth seeing. Places that we would highly recommend near the Gardenia, Gods Garden just up the road, had one good meal and one not so good, turn left AT the main road for the 24 hour bakery (500yds), turn right for Dorians with Rob/Bobs(?) bar opposite and if you want a cheap day, go toTranquilo on the beach (all orange decor) and have a salad (its huge) and tomato/potato fritters and ask for a doggy bag if you can't eat it all, that then went towards our evening meal, you can also stay on their sunbeds all day free. Lovely tranquil evening walks along the beach front, all very civilised. The water park (not very large) near the hotel didn't bother us but we were pool side. ONE WORD of WARNING...travel out light because if you want souvenirs and goodies to take home, with many of the tour operators you are allowed only 15kgs & 5kgs hand luggage so when you weigh your luggage to go home if it is over that you will pay dearly...mark my words..the airport has a field day...for every Kg over there is a high cost. Gardenia, Perissa is in our opinion a good choice. Enjoy.
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- Gardenia Hotel Santorini/Perissa