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News: the Emirates T3 lounge reopens, Hilton opening a 37-room hotel in Santorini

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News in brief:

Emirates reopens its lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3

The Emirates lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 3 reopened yesterday.

It will be open from 5.30am to 10pm. The ‘premium seasonal buffet’ is back – no table ordering here – alongside a complimentary bar. Showers are available.

Our last review of the Emirates lounge in Heathrow T3 is here. It is a good size and the 2015 refurbishment made it feel less like a Holiday Inn lobby, but it doesn’t aim for the premium experience delivered by the Qatar Airways lounge in Terminal 4. There is no dedicated First Class area and no facilities for children.

That said, the wine selection was always exceptionally good and you get direct boarding from the lounge, which is a novelty at Heathrow.

The Emirates lounge is quite a walk from the Terminal 3 shopping area, so it is best to get any purchases done before you head down there.

Hilton Curio Santorini Sea Breeze resort

Hilton announces a Curio boutique hotel in Santorini

Hilton is continuing to pick up new independent hotels for its Curio Collection brand.

This one sounds especially interesting, and the good news is that it is due to open in Spring 2022.

The Sea Breeze Santorini Beach Resort has its own private beach. At just 37 rooms, it definitely falls into the category of ’boutique’.

Each room will have its own private terrace as well as a private hot tub or swimming pool. Despite having just 37 rooms, the hotel will have two restaurants and two bars, two of which will be on the private beach. There will also be two communal swimming pools and a spa.

I don’t know the geography of Santorini, but it is described as being on the southern tip, less than 2km from Vlichada.

The hotel isn’t listed on hilton.com yet, and the only image released is the one above. It does sound very promising, however.


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Comments (44)

  • WaynedP says:

    Anyone know implications of Sofitel re-opening on hotel quarantine programme ?

    Is it winding down substantially, or will Sofitel just be replaced by similar capacity hotel signing up to the Govt contract ?

    • Rob says:

      At £193 for cash it would be easy for the Sofitel to make more on paying guests. That’s not the case at a Holiday Inn, Ibis etc.

  • Rory says:

    I stayed at the Sofitel on Sunday night, so not sure how accurate the Monday opening was…

    • Rob says:

      I think it was Saturday – might just have been left to Monday for them to put the word out.

  • Ant says:

    Just realised we only packed one of the 2 Rapid tests with us to Santorini. Any suggestions where we should go for a rapid test?

    • 1ATL says:

      A local pharmacy? Ask your concierge/front desk and they should know of some better ones in your area

    • James Harper says:

      Prolipsi Latriki on Santorini should be able to do a lateral flow for you, it was €18 when I had one but there is a discounted rate for Aegean customers.

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