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Santorini’s Athina Luxury Suites Ready to Open its Doors After Renovation

Photo source: Athina Luxury Suites

The Athina Luxury Suites, a boutique hotel located in Fira on Santorini, will open its doors on April 1 to the first guests of the season, following a period of renovation.

Athina Luxury logoThe opening of the hotel’s doors follows an investment of some 800,000 euros, which included a full refurbishment of almost the whole property, the addition of a new infinity heated swimming pool with a pool bar, a new restaurant area with an exterior bar, a new venue for wedding ceremonies and private dinners and five brand new rooms.

Located in Fira, Athina Luxury Suites is perched on the cliffs of the caldera, just meters away from the vibrant town center, and offers breathtaking views, world-class services and an exquisite stay, aiming to offer guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Photo source: Athina Luxury Suites

Photo source: Athina Luxury Suites

Sharing the news with GTP Headlines, the hotel’s owners and managers, Panagiotis Iglesis and Artemis Argirou, both underlined that 2018 was a very good year for Athina Luxury Suites and for Santorini’s tourism in general.

Impression on new pool bar. Photo source: Athina Luxury Suites

Impression on new pool bar. Photo source: Athina Luxury Suites

“Our hotel saw a very high occupancy rate that reached 93 percent last year,” Iglesis said, adding however that 2019 is predicted to be a more difficult year, with a slight drop in incoming tourism.

“But we hope that it will eventually pick up to the same levels last year… Anyone who has invested in proper infrastructure and empowered its workforce will not have a problem, as the market now provides many choices for visitors across the cost range,” he said.

Infrastructure is essential

Fira, Santorini. Photo © Maria Theofanopoulou

Fira, Santorini. Photo © Maria Theofanopoulou

Argirou reminded that Santorini is one of those places in the world that most express a desire to visit.

“This is its advantage, as it is a very strong brand name within the global tourism market,” she told GTP Headlines.

Moreover, Argirou stressed that Santorini needs additional infrastructure to support the incoming tourist flows and facilitate visitors.

“The island is in need of a better road network, a more organized marina, decentralization of public services from the center of Fira, cleanliness… These issues should be solved before it’s too late and the island suffers the consequences of overtourism,” she concluded.

Athina Luxury Suites operates on a seasonal basis and will remain open until November 30.

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Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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