Ever since I chanced upon this wallpaper n years ago, Santorini has always been on my mind but I haven’t had any opportunity to travel to Greece yet.
Well, here’s a list of Santorini-inspired destinations located in Asia which I could target to visit first..
1. Happy House HH Santorini in South Korea
Photo Cr + more photos: http://blog.daum.net/j68021/13745232
This pension was previously featured in one of my articles for being a unique accommodation in South Korea. This 20-room pension, situated along the western coast of Korea, was built in 2010. Having only a korean website, booking is likely to be difficult without being a native-speaker. If you’re planning to visit, do make a reservation at least 3 months in advance, especially if it is during summer (peak season).
Price: SGD $140~$330/night | Website
2. Santorini Park Cha-am in Hua Hin, Thailand
Pretty excited to chance upon this park while surfing the net as Hua Hin (few hours from Bangkok) is a lot nearer in comparison to Greece. Apart from the usual blue windows, they even replicated the windmill! Sadly, my excitement level dropped after reading the poor tripadvisor reviews where people commented that this park is nothing more than just a photo-taking destination and the (not exactly too pricey) 150 Baht admission was not worth the money. Well.. but I‘m still pretty keen on visiting this place =p
Price: 150 Baht/admission; rides from 120B | Website
UPDATE: Visited this place in Sep 2015. Read my experience here!
3. Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa in Marinduque, Philippines
Img cr: http://bellaroccaresorts.com/
Despite not having any tinge of blue in its building, this private island resort and Spa located at the southern tip of Marinduque (an island south of Manila, in the middle of Philippines) is known to have some resemblance with Greece’s famous island with its coastal-feel. According to its mainly positive tripadvisor reviews and photos, it is a very luxurious resort! For now, there is an on-going rehabilitation of Marinduque airport, private transportation (think private helicopters/luxury yachts) has to be arranged.
Price: unknown (need to email the resort to check) | Website
4. Santorini-inspired architecture in E-da Theme park, Kaohsiong, Taiwan
Newly opened in 2010, this theme park has been receiving a lot of attention not just from its thrilling rides, but also its interesting architecture and countless photo-taking opportunities. Apart from the Mediterranean styled architecture (Santorini feels), there’s also a wooden trojan horse!
To see more photos of this theme park and get directions, you can read this blogger’s post.
Price: 899NTD/adult | Website
5. Bethlehem B&B Kenting, Eluan, Taiwan
Img Cr: booking.com
Just by looking at the photos, I’m almost certain that this is the place I will want to stay when I visit Kenting in future. However, the reviews online seem to label this place as being overly hyped and not worth the price. Will decide when the time comes I guess but the cute blue gates and cobbled floor looks good!
Any other places to recommend that is not in the list? Do share with me!