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Having seen numerous photos of the picture-perfect Greek Island Santorini, I had always wanted to see for myself if the famed island lived up to its esteemed reputation. I was finally able to visit last summer and was blown away with the Greek charm and raw beauty of the destination. Santorini is one of the most photographed destinations in the world, and it’s really no wonder why.

I stayed with The Greek Villas, at the beautiful Villa Aero, where bright white colours prevail throughout the house oozing the luxurious simplicity that Santorini is known for. Arriving in time for the impressive sunset was all I needed to relax into holiday mode and confirm what I suspected all along – Santorini is extraordinary.

My days were filled wondering through the narrow cobbled streets, admiring the Cycladic architecture of houses carved into caved shapes and domes of which almost all are white and blue. I later discover that in the 1930s, it was mandated that all buildings be painted with white lime as it was thought to have antibacterial properties and it later became a legal requirement for Greek houses to be painted blue and white.

The Greek Villas team was on hand to cater to all of my requests, including arranging sunset yoga class on the terrace followed by a fresh fish dinner made by our private chef. It was the little luxuries like this that The Greek Villas arranged throughout our stay that made all the difference in ensuring we had the holiday of a lifetime. I can’t wait to return to the Greek Islands and stay in what feels like a home away from home.