Tourists left in the dark after fire causes power cut across Santorini

Tourists left in the dark after fire causes power cut across Santorini

Tourists on holiday in Santorini have been left in the dark - literally - after a power station fire left the entire island without electricity.

According to the Straits Times, no injuries were reported from the blaze, which has now been extinguished.

It appears it will be candlelit dinners and cold showers until at least Wednesday, when, according to the BBC, a Greek naval vessel carrying generators is due to dock in the morning.

The cause of the fire has not yet been identified, reports the Guardian.

Attracting 1.7 million visitors last year alone, Santorini is one of Greece's main tourist hotspots.

Santorini an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 120 miles southeast from Greece's mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera.

Holidaymakers flock there for its sunsets, wine and turquoise sea. It is famous for its white cubist villas jutting dramatically out of the cliff face, and boasts a host of lively tavernas, restaurants and boutique jewellery shops.

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St Nicolas Bay Resort & Villas, Greece
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Tourists left in the dark after fire causes power cut across Santorini

Rooms start at the Classic Double level, where, although they are the most basic, standards are still high, offering sea views and Philippe Starck furniture.

Holidaymakers with a little more cash in the coffers can treat themselves to a suite with a private pool, carved into the rocks on the stunning cliff top coastline.

Or, you can even make like England football player Theo Walcott, and take your family to stay in one of the six plush Thalassa villas. The Aphrodite House (pictured), is a three-bedroom space offering stylish day-beds next to its private pool, as well as a Jacuzzi with serious views.

The Blue Bay All Day Beach Restaurant & Bar is where you take a break from the beach (it's a hard life), and stroll up the stairs for a mid-day snack. You can keep it simple with a burger and chips, or push the boat out with delicious kebabs.

The Labyrinthos Restaurant, located next to the hotel reception, is where you'll head for actually-very-good buffet, but if you want to splash out there are a number of fine-dining options, of which The Greek Kafenion (pictured) is one. Sitting above the private beach, with views over the bay, this is where you'll find authentic Cretan dishes cooked on an outdoor BBQ, including lip-smacking seafood (the grilled octopus starter is a highlight). For a real treat, book in to the poolside Minotaure Restaurant (located below the Labyrinthos), and enjoy high-end Asian and International fare by candlelight (top tip? Order the lobster risotto).

When you feel like indulging in some me-time, the Poseidon Spa offers a host of treatments using Elemis products. As well as the indoor pool, there's a number of treatment rooms, but by far the best one is accessed via a lift, which opens up to a single room with a view that would boost your senses even without the massage.

The huge seawater infinity pool is the perfect spot for relaxing while looking out to the sea and the beach below. It's just a short stroll to the  Blue Bay Beach Restaurant, but staff will ensure you don't need to leave your seat to eat if you don't want to.

The Astra Bar Terrace overlooks The Minotaure Restaurant and lagoon pool, and is the perfect place to catch the sun setting over the bright lights of the Agios Nikolaus fishing port.

Right on the beach, the Bonaccia Jetty Bar is a breathtaking spot where you can watch the moon rise, and enjoy a cocktail at the same time. Underwater lights embedded in the beach bay's rocks add to the magical atmosphere.

St Nicolas Bay has an idyllic beachfront location just 1.5km from the cosmopolitan port village of Agios Nikolaos. Made up of 40 rooms and suites, as well as six Thalassa villas with private pools, there's accommodation for every budget.

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