Our party of 4 had our arrangements for early June made by the bride-to-be through Thomas Cook who organised a wedding on Santorini to her specification. The island lives up to its magic reputation: It was everything we hoped for and much more.
We stayed at the Aegean Plaza Hotel in Kamari for 7 nights. The hotel is smart, stylishly arranged round the attractive pool area, very well managed, clean and with good sized rooms. The family breakfasts were excellent. Although the hotel is only 20 minutes from the airport and one hears planes coming into land they are not so frequent or so intrusive to be a problem. The hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful, much better than experience at the Kamari Beach Hotel where some of the party stayed, but enough said.
The wedding ceremony was arranged at the Winery, in the sunshine high on the cliff overlooking the central lagoon of the volcanic Caldera. It is as dramatic and beautiful a setting as any couple could ask for as the really special day to begin their life together. Doreen, the Thomas Cook rep had organised it perfectly, with a wine reception afterwards. We returned by bus to Atmosphere, a delightful restaurant in Kamari for dinner and Greek dancing. The food was magnificent and kept on coming, the staff completely attentive and the dancers got everyone more or less up to standard. For those who don’t know, when the dancing in the ring of fire with smashing the plates begins, there are special plates provided to smash, not the restaurant’s best, as Paul and Simon now know!
We stayed a full week in Kamari and found it an attractive and lively family resort. We ate out once or twice every day. Two or three courses with drinks was typically 14-18 euros each so not that cheap. Amongst the best places were the Boat House for the great Greek dancing and atmosphere, the Almira for the best tomato fritters and Yazzu for lovely grilled grouper fillets. Actually, we didn’t have a bad meal at all, and it seems unfair to mention just those few.
We went to Fira, which is the famous capital of the island with its white buildings with blue roofs, almost on top of each other rising vertically above the cliff over the port, and enjoyed the orange sunset from Oia. We climbed the mountain between Kamari and Perissa, to the archeological remains at the top, which we now know close at 2.45 pm since we arrived at 4. We also took the water taxi to Perissa which is not so lively as Kamari during the day, but it wakes up at night. It has a better beach with gentler slope and less sharp stones.
Apart from very tight seating spaces on their planes Thomas Cook cannot be faulted. Greek tourism is up to the job as well, with the only hitches being firstly the attitude of the official whose job it was to register the marriage. One wonders why he should make the couple wait for 45 minutes then declare it was his break time so they had to wait some more. Secondly, departure from Santorini airport redefines chaos, yet we still got away almost on time.
Santorini is just the most wonderfully enchanting and romantic place to get married. I would recommend our experience to anyone especially in June, which is a good time as at 24-30 degrees and cooling it is not yet too hot to dress up in the late afternoon. Weddings abroad are getting more and more popular and it is not difficult to see why.
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