This years ceremony was hosted by Yades Greek Historic Hotels and their two member hotels in Santorini, the Aigialos hotel in Fira and the Esperas hotel in Oia.
A full programme of events
The Chairman of the Historic Hotels of Europe, Ms. Barbara Avdis, opened the events with cocktails at the idyllic terrace of the Aigialos hotel, where the participants from all over Europe gathered together surrounded by the magnificent colors of the famous sunset. This was followed by an exquisite dinner prepared by Chef Konstantina Faklari and was paired with Santo Wines.
Later in the day, distinguished Prof. Dumas, director of the excavations of Akrotiri Archaeological site since 1975, greeted the participants in person for an exceptional guided tour of the archaeological grounds and a discussion about the cultures that flourished in the Aegean islands in the past.
The Gala Dinner
An exclusive degustation menu by Selene was served at the Gala dinner paired with outstanding Boutari wines, one of the finest winemakers in Greece.
The menu celebrated Santorini in the autumn, starting with a Bonito “Fasoalada” – a twist on the traditional Greek soup made with a white bean cream, carrot and celery. To follow, guests enjoyed a Greek salad tortelli with tomato, green pepper jelly, caper, feta cheese foam, dried olive with breadcrumbs and onion chips. The third course was Etouffe Pigeon cooked with local Vin Santo, sweet red pepper ketchup, beet, cibrio with apaki, baked carrot and leek. Finally, dessert was Santorini chocolate with a chocolate cream, biscuit, zabaione Vin Santo, caramelized pistachios and a sour cherry syrup.
Nominees and finalists from all over Europe received their Historic Hotels of Europe Awards and were warmly congratulated by their counterparts on what was a jubilant evening with a dazzling atmosphere.
All winners were emotional and touched, with many dedicating their award to their staff.
Barbara Avdis gave a thank you gift to Prof. Dumas, the owner of the Aigialos Hotel and also the owner of Selene Restaurant in honour of his thirty year contribution to the Greek gastronomy scene, all of whom received their gifts to a standing ovation and great applause.
Guided wine tour
The event came to an end over sunset at the Esperas Hotel in breathtaking Oia. Finalists and winners took part in a private wine-tasting session held by Sigalas Estate. Dinner on the dreamy terraces of the Esperas hotel and a toast with Ela Gold marked the closure of this year’s Historic Hotels of Europe Awards ceremony held in Santorini.
A special thank to Prof. Dumas for honoring the Historic Hotels of Europe participants with his presence and guidance at Akrotiri Archaeological site.
All events were under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organization.