Astra in Santorini Offers 25% Savings in October

Santorini, GREECE, August 18, 2007 "“ One of the leading boutique properties in Santorini "“ that iconic Greek island all over movie screens this summer and glimpsed in Mamma Mia* "“ is offering a fall special for the first time ever. Through October 31, Astra is providing guests who stay for three nights, a fourth night free "“ a 25 percent savings off the regular rates. The "Fall in Love at Astra" package starts at about $1,100 and includes a traditional Greek breakfast daily, champagne and chocolates served at sunset on the second day, and taxes "“ a savings of about $360.

High up on a cliff overlooking the Aegean, offering a bird's eye view of the 3,600-year-old caldera, Astra provides genuine Greek hospitality in a setting of simple elegance. Wildflower-filled paths and whitewashed staircases lead to the cozy reception area filled with books and artwork. The signature colors of the Cyclades are reflected in the sparkling infinity pool hanging 1000 feet above the turquoise sea and the roomy day beds draped in white linen. Consistently rated one of the top three on the island, this boutique hotel has a loyal following with guests returning year after year.

In October, as chilly winds begin to blast the U.S., a refreshingly cool breeze finally arrives on the beautiful Cycladic island of Santorini, where average temperatures hover around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. With the temperate weather and no summer crowds, visitors can relax in luxurious accommodations at a substantial savings

Each of the 28 spacious suites and rooms are decorated in traditional island style with works by local artists. The complex has 16 domed-ceiling apartments and 12 luxurious suites "“ eight with private plunge pools or outdoor Jacuzzis. A day spa offers a full range of massages and facials. Opened this year, Astra's restaurant serves delicious fresh fish and Santorinian specialties under the stars.

The peaceful village of Imerovigli sits at the highest point on the rim of the caldera. Quaint white-cube houses are carved into the rocky cliff or line narrow cobblestone streets. Astra looks directly across to the towering rock of Skaros, with ruins of a 13th century castle built during the Venetian occupation which stood unconquered for 600 years. .

While it is hard for guests to pull themselves away from the view and the pool at Astra, Santorini offers other pleasures. There are beaches, archaeological sites, charming medieval villages and a pulsating nightlife.

Astra's special offer is good through October 31, depending on availability. The rate for a standard apartment is about $367 or €250 and includes: a bottle of Santorini wine upon arrival, daily maid service and a traditional Greek breakfast of yoghurt and fruit, eggs, ham, cheese "“ served on the guest's private balcony. The "Fall in Love at Astra" fall package represents a savings of about $360 "“ and means the daily room rate goes down to $275. A superior apartment is about $440 or €300, and a two-bedroom apartment for four people is $484 or €330. Suites range in price from $587 to $939 (€400 to €640.) Free high-speed Internet access is in all rooms and suites.

Rates for the suites include: a bottle of premium Santorini wine and flowers upon arrival, full continental American breakfast on your balcony, twice-daily maid service, newspapers, bathrobes, slippers and additional luxury amenities. All rates based on single or double occupancy and taxes are included.

For more information about Astra Apartments and Suites, go to or For reservations, visit the website or call: 011-30-2286-2-47-65.

* While most of Mamma Mia was shot in the Sporades Islands of Skiathos and Skopelos, Grecophiles know that several iconic views were really Santorini.

Written by Astra Apartments and Suites