#MeetTheMindells: Our Honeymoon in Santorini

6/29/2015

Santorini, Greece

Hey, did I mention we went to Greece? No? 😉 I’m excited to share that part one of our EPIC honeymoon trip was just a total dream! We worked with Katie of Ever After Honeymoons and she hit the nail on the head with her recommendations for destinations, hotels, restaurants, the works! We have been wanting to go to Santorini for as long as I can remember and am so grateful to be able to check that box off my bucket list!

The whole time we were there it just felt like we were on a different planet. I’ve never seen anything like Santorini, the architecture, the colors. It felt, at times, like it wasn’t real. But there it was, staring us in the face like a SHOW OFF! It was hard to narrow down photos because Jeff was in HEAVEN so please indulge me as I share about 20 too many, but if you get through all of them you can check out a map that Kate made with all of our favorite spots, for those of you who may see a trip to Greece in your future!

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

Click through for more photos from our adventures, and for a map of our top places to hit in Oia!

So first, let’s talk about our amazing accommodations. We stayed at the Canaves Oia Suites and yes, that door below is the “entrance” to the hotel’s amenities. It’s a luxury boutique hotel carved into the cliff of Oia and a really perfect honeymoon spot. We had a stunning (all white! *heart eyes emoji*) suite with our own plunge pool and patio that overlooked the water. Dreamy. Every morning we walked to (an EPIC) breakfast by the pool and then we’d adventure around the village/island before finding ourselves back at the pool in the afternoon for a late lunch (the Santorinian sandwich and greek salad YUM) to relax before dinner.

Everyone at Canaves was so unbelievably kind and accommodating and the location was spectacular. It was so nice to be able to wander Oia and then head back to the hotel for a few hours of relaxing/freshening up before dinner. We felt central to everything, but far enough removed from the mass migration to the tip of Oia for sunsets making it was unbelievably peaceful. It was perfect.

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

We spent every afternoon just wandering the streets of Oia, which was our most favorite thing to do on the island. There is a car street and a walking street, and there are so many alleys, stairways, walls, doors, buildings along the walking street… GAH! THE COLORS! It was just a dream to walk around and we really enjoyed it.

I will tell you that finding things in Oia can be challenging because there really are no addresses. Every time we had a restaurant in mind, we would ask someone and they would just kind of point and say “It’s that way, you can’t miss it!” Needless to say, we missed a few reservations because we never did “just see it”, ha! This was mostly our fault for not really looking anything up in advance since we tried not to use our cell phones unless we were on wifi. SO, my advice: be prepared with locations before you leave your hotel or be ok with just stumbling upon random places instead!

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

We spent most of our time in Oia because we liked that everything there was walkable, but on our last day on the island we took a taxi to Fira which we ended up LOVING! It’s another village with lots of twists and turns and more beautiful doors, hotels and homes. You can take a cable car down to sea level, which we didn’t do but it looked crazy/fun! We ended up taking the bus back to Oia after our adventure and it was super affordable (Only 1.60€ I think!?) compared to the cab there. The ride along the edge of the cliff in a coach bus is mildly terrifying but if you close your eyes, it was worth saving 20€ +!

Santorini, GreeceSantorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

On our second day there, we took a catamaran with Sunset Oia that took us to the Caldera, along the coast and to few of the beaches. It was a great way to see the picturesque coast and take a dip in the hot springs AND they made the most incredible meal right on the boat for lunch (like literally a full Greek buffet, it was quite impressive). Alcohol was included and free flowing, for those of you who are talented enough to drink and balance on a boat at the same time. (*Hand not raised.*)

Dive In!Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

In case you hadn’t heard, sunsets are kind of like a religion in Oia. The tourists flocks in MASSES to the tip of the island to watch the sunset. If you want to see the sunsets (and yes, they are beautiful!) I recommend going over to the car road to watch them. Much less crowded, if you’re like me and aren’t a huge fan of crowds!

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

There were so many dogs and kitties running around the island! Which, of course, we loved. We asked a few shop owners about them and they said that they all collectively took care of them and fed them.

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

At the tip of Oia there are over 200 stairs (which is actually more like 1,000 steps FYI) that take you down to Amoudi Bay. This is where the boats (like our catamaran) leave from, but it’s also a really great place to have lunch literally right on the water. When you get to the bottom of the stairs, you can turn left and follow the coast around where there’s a little tiny island that you can jump and dive off of. The views walking down the steps are beautiful and you can ride a cute donkey back up if you’re too tired to walk it! You’ll also pass the house where they filmed Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (on the right side of that picture of me below), if you’re into that kind of thing. 😉

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece
     
Santorini, Greece

All Photos by Jeff Mindell

I asked Kate to make this fun little map of some of our favorite places in Oia for those of you who may be headed there in the future! I should preface this with we are pretty laid-back and frugal on vacations. Transportation and meals can get pricey, so we kept most of our excursions within walking distance and only did one “fancy” meal! Click the photo of the map below to view it in its full size!

Where to Go in Oia Santorini

Map Illustration by Striped Cat Studio

To Stay: Canaves Oia Suites

For Coffee + Smoothies: Passagio (Right across the street from Canaves and so delicious!)

For A Refreshing Treat: Lolita’s Gelato (This is right by the bus stop, and is just super cute!)

For A Casual Dinner: Thalami (Probably the best pita OF MY LIFE. The souvlaki is great, the tomato croquettes are great, YUM!)

For a Romantic Dinner: Ambrosia (Super tiny and romantic restaurant with great views. We didn’t make a reservation so we ended up inside, but it was like this quaint little cave and we loved it! We got some sort of blueberry + cheese pastry appetizer and just YES.)

For Baklava: Melenio (You walk down a tiny narrow set of stairs to get to this little subterranean bakery and the baklava was delish!)

For Linen Clothing: There are a ton of shops selling linen clothing, but we found one that was just to the right of where the stairs down to Amoudi begin and the owner was so kind. I bought an amazing linen shirt dress that I want to LIVE in and Jeff bought a couple shirts that he wore almost every day for the rest of the trip.

For An Adventure: Take a catamaran along the coast from Amoudi Bay and take a dip in the volcanic hot springs!

For Lunch: Walk down the stairs to Amoudi Bay and eat on the water! Take a donkey back up!!

And there you have it! Part one of our trip of a lifetime. A huge huge thank you to Katie for organizing this amazing experience and to Canaves for welcoming us and blowing us away with their exceptional service. You can see all the sources for my outfits in this post, if you’re curious! Stay tuned for part two tomorrow… Italy!!!

p.s. Jeff is selling some of his favorite shots from our trip in his Society 6 shop here!

For more of our travel adventures, click here!

24 comments

  • brittni

    Eeeee! All of these photos are so beautiful! Can’t wait to see Italy as well.

  • Kathleen

    Absolutely STUNNING photos!! Santorini looks like it was made for you two – the colours are spectacular and Jeff is so freakin’ talented at capturing them in the coolest ways!! I can’t wait for more photos, I wouldn’t mind looking at hundreds of them!

  • Will

    We loved Amoudi Bay sooooo much! I have a picture of octopuses hung out to dry like that as well. So cute seeing all the fishermen come in with their daily catch. Great post and pictures, you guys!

  • brittanyMakes

    LOVE IT! A bucket list destination for me as well. And I could look at these photos all day. Jeff should update his Society6 shop with a few of these – they’re seriously so frame worthy!!!

  • Kelly Golightly

    EPIC trip + photos! Makes me really wish we would not have skipped Santorini when we traveled through Greece. Good reason to go back!

  • Rachel | The Crafted Life

    This place looks so magical! Loved following along to all of your snaps. Now excuse while I pin all of these beautiful photos 🙂

  • Dee

    OMG! I have ridiculous travel envy! Thus looks delish 🙂 I only hope I can find this pits when we are ready for Grrece!

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    Oh wow! I am a bit jealous now! Greece looks amazing, everything is such a POP of colour!

  • Malissa

    Must go here! It has been on my list for awhile and these pics are just gorgeous!

  • sue

    STUNNING photos you guys. And trip of a lifetime. Thanks for sharing.

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    […] It seems so many people have been visiting Greece recently. Funny enough, as I was stalking my friend Kelly of StudioDIY‘s incredible Greece updates on Instagram, I received a cake request for one of those beautiful blue Greek church domes. The order came through for a bride-to-be’s bachelorette party cake. The bride will be getting married next month in Greece, so her sister and friends wanted a cake to celebrate before they head over. Such a great idea…and a perfect way to celebrate an upcoming destination wedding, in my opinion! Continue on to take a look at the cake.  And if you feel like taking a virtual vacation to Greece (as I’ve done multiple times already) you can find a recap with the most incredible photos from Kelly and her husband’s honeymoon in Santorini HERE. […]

  • Jess

    Literally pinned every door in this post haha 🙂 beautiful photos! It was so fun to watch you guys do all this stuff on Snapchat!

  • Toni Marie

    Great post! All of these pictures are amazing! I love the colors of Greece. Definitely want to visit this place one day. And congratulations 🙂

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  • audrey - this little street

    haaaaaaa the colors….I die!!!!! Must.go. Thanks for sharing these with us 🙂

  • Rachelle

    i need to find that neon yellow door when I’m there next month!! Love all the photos

    • Jeff

      Hey Rachelle! The neon yellow door was RIGHT up the path next to the dock at Amoudi Bay! Basically at the base of the steps, it’s going to be on the right side of the little walking path of the one street that’s down there on sea level. Good luck!

  • JY

    Hi Kelly, where can I find those colourful shoes you took a picture of in Santorini? Are they everywhere or just one specific shop you passed by? Amazing photos by Jeff, as always!

  • BASH

    […] Everyone is wearing them, I want to jump on the bandwagon too! Another inspiring post by Emily. If you make this punch, will you invite me over? This pillow is everythang. Did you check out the start of my herb garden?! One of my best friends got engaged and we’re taking her to Palm Springs! I contemplated scrapping buying a house and just going to Santorini. […]

  • Lucy

    Such a beautiful place, i really want to have my honeymoon there but we can’t decide which package to choose for our wedding ceremony http://7.agency/destination/santorini. It’s such a hard choice for us)) Can u advice us something? Thanks!

  • Sthefany

    Just wanted to let you know where you ride the donkeys is agora not Oia where amoundi bay is;) xoxo

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