But folk tales apart, what we have is one of the most sought-after vacation spots in the world with amazing vistas, carefree island lifestyle and the most glorious sunsets in the Mediterranean, the ideal place for a romantic getaway.
Perched 300 meters above the shimmering waters of the Aegean, carved into the sides of the volcanic cliffs, the Sun Rocks hotel offers inspiring views of the volcanic islets of the caldera basin. The discreet elegance of the resort reflects the luxurious low-key lifestyle that has made the island famous worldwide. This seductive hotel exudes peace and tranquility and allows the vistas to hold center stage. The design is soft in muted earthy colors that make up the 17 sparsely furnished rooms and honeymoon suites, for couples only, featuring silky Frette linen sheets on Balinese-style beds. The dramatic vaulted ceilings, sensual polished concrete floors, the impressive verandas that open up to magnificent views in typical Cycladic architecture complement the furnishings: chandeliers from France, antique tables from Romania and Italian hand-made furniture that complete the eclectic design.
The surrounding landscape is dotted with whitewashed houses against the eternal blue of sky and sea, and quaint narrow alleyways lead to rustic churches overlooking the caldera. At night, the twinkling lights cascade to the water and the reflection of the moon over the dark Aegean makes for a magical sensation. The village of Firostefani perched above Fira is ideal for couples that want to spend their holiday in a secluded setting but still have access to the main tourist attractions.
The nearby beaches, known for their colorful sands and cobalt-blue waters, offer a variety of water sports, swimming and sunbathing, as well as typical tavernas and bars where to sample the local cuisine and wines. The island is home to ancient archeological sites, charming villages and picturesque wineries.
If this romantic setting has you hearing wedding bells, the hotel offers dream-like wedding and honeymoon packages brimming with the unquestionable charm of the Cyclades. You can leave all the preparation to the expert wedding planners at Sun Rocks, who will take care of the necessary arrangements. The packages include the décor, flower arrangements, guest transportation and accommodation of the wedding party, opulent catering and unique honeymoon, as well as all the necessary paperwork for the civil ceremony. Imagine saying “I do” in a dreamy gazebo against the backdrop of awe-inspiring Aegean sunsets. That’s romantic! ■