2017 Classic Europe Independent Hotel Partner of the Year
Astra Suites Wins 2017 Classic Europe Independent Hotel Partner of the Year. Astra Suites is proud to have won the title ‘Independent Hotel Partner of the Year 2017’ at the Classic Vacations Awards. The Classic Vacations Awards Ceremony took place on the 4th December as part of the 2017 International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), Cannes. Mr George Karayiannis, Manager Director of Astra Suites, collected the award on behalf of the hotel. Mr Karayiannis stated; ’it is an honour and a pleasure to receive this accolade, which would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the small but skilled Astra Suites team. A hotel is only as good as its people, and I feel privileged to work with such genuine, warm and welcoming professionals every day.  We look forward to living up to the reputation of this award, and to welcoming new and returning guests for the coming season’. The Classic Europe Independent Hotel Partner of the Year title will compliment Astra Suites’ existing portfolio of prestigious awards, including Greece’s Leading All Suite Hotel 2016 and 2017 (World Travel Awards) and Best Hotel for Romance 2017 (Conde Nast Johansens Awards).
Astra Suites Wins Gold at Greek Hospitality Awards 2018
Astra Suites is proud to have been awarded gold in the category of ‘Best Greek Excellence in Service Hotel’ at the Greek Hospitality Awards 2018. Organised by Ethos Media, the Greek Hospitality Awards Ceremony took place on Friday 23rd February at the Divani Apollon Palace, Athens. Mr George Karayiannis, Managing Director of Astra Suites, collected the award on behalf of the hotel. Mr Karayiannis stated: ’Customer service is the backbone of the hotel industry, and here at Astra Suites we are committed to providing authentic and genuine hospitality for each and every guest. We are truly excited to host visitors on our beautiful island of Santorini and are proud to have received this recognition for our level of customer service today’. The Greek Hospitality Awards title will compliment Astra Suites’ existing portfolio of prestigious awards, including Greece’s Leading All Suite Hotel 2016 and 2017 (World Travel Awards) and Best Hotel for Romance 2017 (Conde Nast Johansens Awards).
Astra Suites at the Greek Tourism Awards 2018
Astra Suites is proud to have won Gold at the Tourism Awards 2018, in the category of all-suite hotels. With a nomination promising ‘the magic of Santorini at the ultimate all-suite destination’, Astra Suites impressed judges yet again, proving that the hotel’s combination of quality customer service and fine attention to detail really do provide the best all-suite experience. At a ceremony on the 20th March held at the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre, Athens, Managing Director Mr George Karayiannis collected the award on behalf of the hotel and its staff. He stated, ‘it is a great honour to receive Gold at the Tourism Awards again. Astra Suites is a small hotel, but we are truly dedicated to providing genuine hospitality to each and every guest. Today’s award is dedicated to the hard working of the Astra Suites team, and I look forward to working with them again this year’. The Tourism Award is the second prestigious accolade presented to Astra Suites already this year and adds to the promise of a special 2018 summer season ahead.
Astra Suites at the World Travel Awards 2018
Astra Suites is proud to have been named Greece's Leading All Suite Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2018, for the third consecutive year. This year's glittering Europe Gala Ceremony 2018 took place on Saturday 30th June in a red-carpet event at the Zappeion Megaron Hall, with more than 300 guests representing the elite of the European hospitality industry in attendance. Widely known as the 'Oscars of the travel industry', the World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to celebrate excellence. Today, the awards are recognised as the ultimate global benchmark of exceptional quality. World Travel Awards are the most coveted in the travel & tourism sector, with more than 200,000 industry professionals from around the world participating in the voting process. Accepting the award, Mr George Karayiannis, Managing Director of Astra Suites, said; 'Ιt is such a privilege to be awarded this prestigious title for the third consecutive year in a row, and I would like to extend my warmest thanks to our devoted staff, loyal guests and all those who honoured us with their vote'.
A bouquet of awards for Astra Suites!
Astra Suites starts off the 2019 season with a bouquet of awards! More than anything, these awards are a validation of our efforts in offering a memorable experience for our guests. It is appreciation from a very demanding industry for the high levels of service and attention to detail that we have instilled in our team to offer heartfelt, authentic service. These awards are also the perfect opportunity for us to thank our guests, suppliers, partners, collaborators and associates in making Astra Suites a benchmark in the hospitality industry. We are particularly humbled that we were recognized twice for our precious team of dedicated employees with the Greek Hotel of the Year awards rewarding us with the Service of the Year award and the Greek Hospitality awards bestowing us with the Silver Best Greek Excellence In Service. We were chosen by three prestigious Tourism committees, Greek Hotel of the Year awards, Greek Hospitality awards and Tourism awards 2019 as the best all-suite hotel and for GOLD Personalized & tailor-made experiences. At Astra Suites we have always believed that these annual awards are a cumulation of the unexpected surprises, little gestures, warm smiles, appreciative notes and sincere thank-yous that we receive daily from our guests. Come and live the Astra life to have an enhanced Santorini experience.
Vigla or viewing spot couldn’t be a more fitting description for Imerovigli as it offers the clearest vistas of the island and its famed caldera. One of the oldest settlements, this was where islanders gathered to keep vigil from marauding pirates. Imerovigli rises to an astonishing 300 metres above sea level, with arguably the most spectacular views of the Aegean and its sunsets. To its right is Fira, bustling with tourists. Smack in front, is Skaros, a rock formation that seems suspended between the sky and the sea, and the site of Santorini’s storied history, tracing influences from the Byzantine Empire, the Venetians and the Ottoman Empire. It is easy to see why this part of Santorini remains as coveted today by hoteliers and tourists alike. It is location, location, location. Imerovigli offers stellar views, without the frenzy, making it the perfect hideaway for couples. What is great about Imerovigli is that everything is within walking distance – award-winning restaurants, designer boutiques, terraced bars. Fira is just 3 kms away and for those who’d like to discover the island on foot, and soak in Santorini’s photogenic beauty, the trek from Imerovigli to Oia, is a picturesque 11 km walk, snaking through the island’s white-washed alleys.
Suspended between earth, sea and sky, Skaro clings on to the rim of the island, where sheer cliffs rise out from the sea, and the famed volcano that gave birth to the island, is in full view. This impressive promontory that juts out between Imerovigli and the caldera is widely believed to have been created through volcanic activity dating back to 68,000 B.C, further chiseled by erosion and earthquakes. Part of the 11 km walking trail from Imerovigli to Oia and the best vantage point to film the caldera, Skaros’ history is as rich and volatile as its fascinating topography. Recognizing its strategic value, Skaro was fortified by the Byzantine Empire in the early 13th century with Venetian architect Giacomo Barozzi supervising the construction. The initial structure, known as La Roka or the Upper Castle was completed in 1207. By the time the Venetian Republic took over Santorini in 1336, the settlement boasted 200 homes and several hundred inhabitants. A church complex, the Chapel of Panagia Theoskepasti, was built at sea-level, as was a small harbour, and within no time Skaros was named the capital of Venetian Santorini. Coveted by the Ottomans, Skaros succumbed to Admiral Piali Pasha’s onslaught in 1566. A series of volcanic eruptions from 1650 caused bits of the fortress to unravel but by the 18th century, the combined impact of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions was so strong as to destroy the once-magnificent fort. Skaros residents abandoned their homes and except for a few ruins, and the monastery of  Panagia Theoskepasti, there is little that captures the grandeur of this former capital. A painting by Thomas Hope in 1790 that now hangs at the Benaki Museum shows Skaros with its impressive fortresses. Today, Skaros is accessible from Imerovigli and can be admired in all its magnificent glory from Astra Suites.