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Hotel Sunshine Hotel 2 star
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P.O.Box 53, Kamari 84700, Grèce Santorini, Greece -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Sunshine is a small, unpretentious family hotel which offers a pleasant ambience and enjoys a fine location on the Kamari beach-front. It is certainly more suitable for those looking for a good pied-a-terre on the east coast of Santorini than those looking for particularly comfortable accommodation.

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      Sunshine   -   © G.Giuglio / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 7.3 /10

    The Sunshine is located in the small town of Kamari, just opposite the large black sand beach. The island's capital, Fira, is around 6 mi away, just a 15-minute drive, whereas the airport is less than 4 mi away, a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The 35 guest rooms at the Sunshine offer a choice of two views: mountains or sea. They are all housed in the main two-floor building of the hotel, although it has to be said that the corridors are somewhat reminiscent of a hospital! All rooms are identical in terms of amenities, which include a television, air-conditioning, a telephone, a hair-dryer and hospitality products. The rooms themselves are not very big and the burgundy shades used are a little dark, but those on the beach side of the building do have beautiful sea views that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own balcony, complete with a plastic table and two chairs. As for the bathrooms, they are not very spacious either, but are nevertheless well-designed.

    Overview 6.20 /10

    We were welcomed to the Sunshine with a shy smile from the owner of the hotel. The reception, which is at the far end of the hotel lobby and consists of a small, wooden reception desk, is rather dark. The hotel itself is a two-floor building which opened in 1993 and is well-maintained, though the furniture could have done with replacing when we visited. The swimming pool is located within the hotel grounds, but the work going on in the surrounding area means that the views are not great. On the plus-side though, deckchairs and parasols are provided for your convenience.

    Beach

    The island of Santorini has been shaped by the activity of its volcano, which is now dormant. Some of its beaches are therefore pebbly, while others are covered in black sand. Given the sharp relief on the west coast of the island, Santorini's beaches are to be found along its east coast.Do not expect tropical beaches though, as Santorini's coastline offers nothing of the kind, but this does not detract from the beauty of the landscape.
    Kamari beach is located some 6 mi from Fira and is a black sandy beach stretching about 3 mi along the coast. A promenade runs along the seafront, and the fairly peaceful Monolithos beach, just up the coast, offers a similar landscape to that found at Kamari. The black sandy beach of Perissa is 9 mi south east of Fira and covers more than 4 mi of coastline. It is particularly lively in the summer due to its many shops, bars and restaurants. However, if you want to do something different, head for the red beach. This is also a black sand beach (with crystal-clear water), but it is surrounded by huge red cliffs and can only be reached by foot or caïque. One of Santorini's most famous and most beautiful beaches, it is located not far from Akrotiri. Vlychada is in the Perivolos region and is often the least busy of the island's beaches. There are also two pretty beaches in the north that are usually frequented by tourists staying in Oia. Ammoudi beach is located directly below Oia, on the north-western tip of the island, while Armeni beach is a bit further up.

    To know

    The Sunshine itself offers peaceful surroundings, but unfortunately, aircraft does fly overhead into Santorini's airport. There is also a building site near to the hotel and an additional reception is in the process of being built to provide guests with access to the hotel from the road side of the complex, as it is currently only accessible via the Kamari promenade.
    There is no restaurant at the hotel but breakfast is provided in the form of a cold buffet. A few tables are laid out inside, but those who want to can choose to eat outside. A snack bar is located just opposite the hotel and the local shops are also nearby.The hotel is open during the summer season, from April to October.

    Equipment

    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      mountain bike, water-polo

    advantage

    • On the beach-front (across the promenade)
    • Warm and friendly welcome

    disadvantages

    • The lack of facilities
    • Aircraft flying overhead

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