Greece – Part 4 – Mykonos


Mary’s Greek adventure continues with Mykonos.  Mykonos is famed as a cosmopolitan destination amongst the Greek islands and widely recognized as one of the great travel meccas. It is one of the most touristic islands in the Aegean. This means that visitors should be prepared for loud dance clubs on parts of the island, an option to have ‘English’ breakfasts that could consist of an egg, some bacon and a few rolls with butter.

Mykonos tends to be extremely crowded with visitors in July and August. The best time to visit Mykonos is mid-May through June (early season, accommodation is much cheaper and it’s not that hot), or September through mid-October (post season).


Top Tips for Mykonos

Arrange hotel pickup: If you’re arriving at the port, be sure to arrange a pick up from your hotel prior, it can be impossible to get a taxi.

Rent a Scooter: Regardless of where you stay, rent a scooter or ATV for the duration of your stay. You can take scenic day trips to different beaches around the island. Nothing is really all that far to get to.

Explore By Kayak:  For a memorable experience, spend a day exploring Mykonos on a kayaking tour. You’ll be put into a group with other travelers and an experienced tour guide who will be able to lead you to some of the island’s most hidden gems including coves, bays, and islets. Most tours are suitable for beginners too.

Throw A Few Sweaters In Your Bag: Mykonos has great weather almost everyday, but there are days when the wind is so strong it almost throws you down. Also, take a hair band with you when is windy outside, or else you won’t be able to see anything while walking.

Choose Your Visit Wisely: Mykonos is at its most popular from June to September, when the kids are on holiday and the Greek weather at its most scorching. However, this popularity is reflected in the prices with flights, accommodation and even restaurant prices all being hiked. To avoid this price rise, visit Mykonos outside peak season, such as April, May and October. During these months, the weather is still warm, indeed, the weather is actually more pleasant as you’ll be able to participate in activities without needing to rest every hour or so to escape the heat!

Check out a Club: Paradise Club – Paradise is open every other night with big name DJ’s during the summer months. There is a pool in the centre of the club but unfortunately at night due to safety reasons, swimming isn’t allowed so don’t be tempted ;). Tickets can be bought the day of from promoters roaming the beach.

Our Favorite Spots in Mykonos

Exhibits of ancient pottery & sculpture

Small museum showcasing urns, funerary art & figurines from prehistory to the Hellenistic period.

The Mykonos windmills are iconic feature of the Greek island of the Mykonos. The island is one of the Cyclades islands, which neighbour Delos in the Aegean Sea. The windmills can be seen from every point of the village of Mykonos, the island’s principal village, which is frequently called the Chora on Greek islands.

Maritime museum and museum

The Aegean Maritime Museum is a maritime museum in Mykonos, Greece. The founder and chairman of the museum, George M. Drakopoulos, received the Athens Academy Award and the World Ship Trust’s Award for Individual Achievement for the foundation of the museum.

Whitewashed 17th-century church complex Completed in the 17th century, this whitewashed church complex is made up of 5 joined churches.

Paraportiani Orthodox Church
Paraportiani Orthodox Church

Famous Shopping Street

Here you can find everything, good restaurants, nightclubs, gift shops, street food and many other options for sweets, drink, coffee and shopping. It is better to wear comfortable shoes, so you can enjoy the walk.

Museum in a classic local home Museum featuring a traditional, historic Mykonian home with furnishings & objects.

Model ships, furniture, art & more

Established in 1958, this museum houses 19th-century furniture, sculptures, model ships & more.

Picturesque beach with turquoise waters

A wide sandy beach & tranquil waters are the draws to this scenic locale in rustic surrounds.

Where we Stayed in Mykonos

Myconian Ambassador Hotel

The Ambassador combines the art de vivre of a Relais & Chateaux with the privilege of one family’s island roots, capturing not just the inimitable lifestyle luxury that brings the world to Mykonos, but the very essence of our island. For those who can read between the lines, we are not just a hotel…

The tranquility of being away from the island’s party pulse changes in a moment with a short stroll across to Psarou, with its beau monde and superyachts at anchor, or to Paranga’s lively small tavernas frequented by the locals. Our private launch can take you to the mysterious ruins of ancient Delos or Rhenia’s hidden coves, and even the vibrant Chora, with its whitewashed maze of boutiques and bars, is only minutes away by car.

Guests can enjoy an array of amenities including use of an onsite hair salon, gift shop, and the Thalasso-Spa Center. The Thalassotherapy Spa features four sea water Thalasso pools, essential aromatic oils, underwater music, Hammam, and sauna. In addition to the single treatments, a variety of 1-6 day packages are offered. Specialists are available for consultations and health menus are available.

Luxury Spaces We Also Visted in Mykonos

Set into the rock 985 feet above Elia beach, the Myconian Utopia Relais & Châteaux lives up to its name as the quintessence of sophisticated hospitality and sheer natural beauty, designed for true connoisseurs of Mykonos. In addition to seducing with the highest standard of luxury and service excellence, the hotel combines the natural beauty of its location with modern opulence. A ‘green conscience’ underpins the structural use of locally quarried, hand-cut stone and sustainable materials, achieving a harmonious counterpoint to the iconic design pieces and customized furnishings of ultra-glamorous interiors.

The Myconian Utopia Resort is designed to be a striking beacon of Art Deco elegance and glamour and a quintessential nexus of culture and aesthetics. This combination of boutique hotel and luxury resort is a real Utopia come true. An oasis of beauty, with breathtaking views under the bright summer sun of Greece, the Utopia Resort offers the perfect magical holiday for the true connoisseurs. Relax in front of the great pool that stretches toward the horizon during the day and reflects the stars and the moon during the night, carrying away all your worries. Guests can enjoy complimentary use of sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach as well as a complimentary shuttle service to town.

Nestled into the hillside above Elia Bay, the 5-star ​Villa Collection is a unique​ly ​luxurious​ resort​ ​concept​​. ​The essence of Myconian beauty and lifestyle runs like a blue thread through a constellation of exceptionally spacious suites and rooms, while superb villas offer the discreet yet unbounded opulence of a private house on Mykonos, complemented by personalised 5-star service around the clock.

The Myconian Villa Collection Resort is situated above beautiful Elia beach, offering the ultimate in style and luxury on the stunning island of Mykonos. Discreet opulence and privacy are combined with modern facilities, providing an indulgent getaway for guests. Hypnotic panoramic views of the Aegean Sea endless blue along with the magnificent interiors influenced by the traditional Myconian architecture and a seemless blend of contemporary design, modern amenities and exemplary service offered by the experienced staff, create an unforgettable experience.

Formed in equal parts by the work of nature and the art of man, the Avaton is a luxury hotel of singular beauty, built into the bare rock high above Elia Beach, the longest fine sand beach on Mykonos. Dramatic double volumes, panoramic decks and private balconies offer truly exceptional views, yet Avaton is much more than a unique location. With exceptional design features, infinity pools, fine dining and a superb spa, it’s where personalised service and absolute privacy are taken to another dimension, anticipating a guest’s every wish. As a member of Design Hotels, Avaton is a true original, drawing on one family’s island roots and a tradition distilled into the essence of genuine hospitality.

This Mykonos hotel also offers a library, coffee/tea in the lobby, and concierge services. A roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request), a beach shuttle, a shopping center shuttle, and a ferry terminal shuttle are complimentary for guests. Complimentary self parking is available on site.

It was back in 1993 when the aesthetically intriguing image of a French antique mirror against a dazzling white wall flickered the owner’s imagination and inspired the creation of a blissful holiday retreat. The stunning architecture and incredible interior design of all rooms, suites, villa, SPA, restaurants, and public areas of Kivotos Luxury Beach Hotel in Mykonos are truly inimitable.

A 5-star architectural oasis, the beachfront Kivotos in Mykonos Greece treats its guests to a plethora of premium services and amenities. Its world-class facilities include impressively decorate.

With a stay at Kivotos Mykonos in Mykonos, you’ll be by the sea, a 4-minute walk from Ornos Beach and a 5-minute drive from Church of Panagia Paraportiani. This 5-star hotel is 2.1 mi from Windmills of Mykonos and 2.3 mi from Mykonos Old Port.

Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, Mykonos

Experience the mesmerizing magic of Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, Mykonos. Just 10 minutes from the airport and town, Santa Marina makes it easy to explore all the island’s must-see attractions – then return to our sanctuary of authentic Aegean beauty at Ornos Bay. Choose from 101 guest rooms and suites, along with 13 villas featuring two to seven bedrooms. Beach-chic interiors offer modern, natural luxury, opening to balconies with hypnotic Aegean views. Discover the only private sandy beach on Mykonos, gorgeous infinity pools, the international-caliber Ginkgo Spa and four options for dining and drinks, highlighted by the world’s first-ever Buddha-Bar Beach. Santa Marina invites you to savor the glamorous lifestyle of Mykonos in the island’s most fashionable and sophisticated setting.

The Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, Mykonos offers a floodlit tennis court. There is also the new Gingko Spa with a state of the art gymnasium, sauna, treatment rooms and hammam. The resort promises a truly relaxing stay and a time to rejuvenate in one of the infinity pools, whirlpool and in its outstanding Ginkgo Spa, offering a wide range of soothing facial and body treatments, with ESPA and Phytomer fine spa products, combining traditional and contemporary techniques.

At Grecotel Mykonos Blu luxury hotel, every detail has been carefully considered, from a warm welcome to a private dinner on the beach. Refined and considerate service mirrors the resort’s meticulousness and utmost respect for privacy.

The hotel is set on the world-famous Psarou Beach featuring an infinity pool created by nature. A culinary delight: discover delicious Aegean treasures, European delights, impeccable service and sumptuous décor are the keys to the success of perfect Mykonos dining with stunning views. In our spa, pamper yourself with a sauna before enjoying the treatment of your choice, a wonderful antidote to a night of partying!

The Grecotel Mykonos Blu offers 111 blue & white-coloured island bungalows, suites and villas, some with private pool or open-air Jacuzzi, private garden & sunbathing terrace, private gym and reception area. Guestrooms are accessible via exterior corridors and offer fully-stocked minibars and air conditioning, and feature LCD flatscreen television with satellite channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, bathrobes, and bathroom phones. Guestrooms are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access. Services include a turndown service and housekeeping.

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