Our flight arrived in Santorini late on a Sunday evening, where we had arranged our transport and accomodations with Ecoxenia (a villa located a kilometer downhill from Oía). I knew we would only be staying there for one night, but I still wanted our first night and morning in Santorini to be special.
Winding through the moonlit hills of Santorini was magical. I could see the twinkling lights from the various villages above us and not much else. We drove for fifteen minutes and passed luxury villas, vineyards, a tiny beach or two and suddenly we had arrived. The property was entirely quiet except the sound of the sea and windchimes.
It was a very breezy night and several of the guests and the owner were sitting outside enjoying wine and talking. As much as I wanted to join them, it felt amazing to retreat to our room after nearly 24 hours of travel. We fell into a deep sleep almost immediately.
The next morning we opened the shutters to a clear blue sky. We lazily made our way downstairs for breakfast and relaxed in the garden.
As much as I was looking forward to the next part of our adventure, I didn't really care to leave the retreat-like atmosphere of the property.
It would be so lovely to return to this quiet sanctuary after a day of exploring to prepare a meal, swing in a hammock or to enjoy a glass of wine in the garden.