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Carpe Diem in Santorini

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Just after we launched our new Santorini Travelwrap we heard about a boutique hotel on the Greek island that inspired it. The hotel is called Carpe Diem and is perfect for Eat, Sleep & Simply Be.Carpe Diem opened on a hillside in Pyrgos, Santorini’s highest village, a decade ago. It was built in the Cycladic style by the late George Kopatsaris and is now run by the Kopatsaris family as part of the Aqua Vista Hotels group.The two most salient points about Carpe Diem is that it enjoys a fabulous location, with 270-degree views over the northern part of the island, and that it has been designed exclusively for couples, with just 10 very private suites, each with butler service and its own pool. Not surprisingly, it scoops a lot of ‘Best Honeymoon Hotel’ awards, including World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway in the 2017 Boutique Hotel Awards.The 10 suites are divided into two categories. Each is different: Lava Suite, pictured here, has been designed as a tribute to Santorini’s pre-historic wine-making heritage and boasts its own temperature-controlled bar stocked with some of the island’s finest red and white wines. It even has a retro record player and a stack of vintage vinyl. Not sure what that’s about, but it’s a nice touch.All of the suites have generous living space, both indoors and out. The private pools, though not huge, are beautifully placed for maximum privacy and for enjoying that spectacular view.Carpe Diem has a fine dining restaurant which serves fresh, local and authentic cuisine crafted by Santorini’s most influential chef, Vasilis Zaharakis. There’s also a bar and an underground spa, with a sauna and hamman, couple's treatment rooms and a Yin and Yang-shaped Jacuzzi.So. Carpe diem? With B&B from around £239 a night in early April, we rather think we might.


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