Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Multi-faceted Mykonos - One Island, Many Destinations

From the cobbled streets of lively Mykonos Town to the beach clubs and restaurants of Platis Gialos, and the golden sand and Aegean blue sea at Elia Beach, modern-day Mykonos may be one island - but it boasts many ways to play…and stay.

Whether you seek a ‘flop and drop’ beach vacation, a party destination, or a holiday that’s all about local culture and cuisine, there’s a corner of Mykonos tailor-made for the time of your life.


The longest beach on Mykonos, located on the stunning southern coastline, Elia is a world away from Mykonos’ party beaches. Renowned instead for its soft yellow sand, clear water, shaded sun loungers, water sports and culinary excellence, Elia is a popular choice for all types of travellers, from families to honeymooning couples and more. For easy daily access to Elia, stay at one of the Myconian Collection’s beautiful boutique properties which enjoy prime positions perched above the beach.

Myconian Avaton, a member of Design Hotels, is an ultra-luxe secluded property with unrivalled views and accommodation options. Boasting an impressive infinity pool, the chic Kokkino Bar, an indoor-outdoor restaurant and its very own helipad for VIP arrivals, it’s the epitome of luxe island living.

Relais & Châteaux member, Myconian Utopia, is set into rock, a soaring 300 metres above Elia Beach. Incorporating ultra-glam interiors with hand-cut local stone, Myconian Utopia is a firm favourite among couples and honeymooners. Features include unique villas, a lively late-night Pool Club and the elegant Pavilion Restaurant, acclaimed for its fresh fish, lobster and hand-reared local lamb.

A Leading Hotel of the World, Myconian Imperial boasts rustic stone walls, quirky décor, gorgeous views, gourmet dining and an expansive entertainment deck with a pool and bar. Celebrities Seafood Restaurant is a hotspot for starlit dining, while Nostos bar and Sishu Sushi Bar offer sustenance from sun-up to sunset.

With a rustic stone façade contrasting with contemporary interiors, Leading Hotel of the World, Royal Myconian, boasts a panoramic pool deck, swim-up bar, sublime Sunset Terrace and spacious rooms and suites with optional infinity pools or jacuzzis.

The Myconian Villa Collection, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Legend Collection is a unique accommodation concept which features rooms, suites and opulent villas of up to six bedrooms with private pools and outdoor jacuzzis. With international designer furniture, a vast entertainment deck, infinity pool, sun-baked terraces, the exceptional Cabbanes Fine Dining restaurant and attentive staff available to fulfil the most extravagant requests, The Myconian Villa Collection is an excellent choice for special celebrations, romantic retreats or group getaways.


South from Elia Beach is Platis Gialos, a playground for the chic and cosmopolitan crowd. Visitors can enjoy life like the rich and famous among luxury yachts, fabulous fine dining and perfect people watching.

Platis Gialos is also home to Relais & Châteaux member, Myconian Ambassador Hotel, the ideal spot to base yourself for easy access to the iconic beaches of Psarou, Paradise and Super Paradise. Home to some of the island’s best luxury beach clubs including the newly opened and decadent SantAnna, and world-famous Scorpios, where you can play and stay from midday until midnight - and beyond, those with a penchant for partying will not be disappointed.

Myconian Ambassador is the ultimate destination for a taste of the hedonistic side of multi-faceted Mykonos. Here, luxe bedrooms and suites spill out onto the spectacular pool deck with glorious Aegean views, and one of the island’s top tables - Efisia Relais & Châteaux is a popular pick for candlelit dinners.


It’s easy to lose yourself among the labyrinth-like cobbled streets of Mykonos Town, lined with boutiques, tiny churches, local cafes and traditional tavernas which spill out onto piazzas where impromptu post-dinner parties pop up at a moment’s notice.

Other highlights in Mykonos Town include watching the fishing boats come and go at Alefkandra Harbour; or exploring the colourful waterfront shops, homes and restaurants of the island’s own Little Venice, one of the most romantic spots on Mykonos for a sunset stroll.

Its central location makes Mykonos Town the ideal spot to stay for those keen to explore some of the island’s lesser known treasures, such as a best-kept secret, Agios Sostis, a laidback beach that’s only reachable by taxi or rental car along an unmarked road; and the village of Ano Mera, with its Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, marble fountain, purring cats and carved timber temple located just half an hour from Mykonos Town.

History aficionados will enjoy the 30-minute ferry ride to Delos, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage island which boasts epic archaeological ruins and is renowned in Greek mythology as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis; and the Church of the Panagia Paraportiani, a 15th century church located on the north western edge of Mykonos Town.

For easy access to all of Mykonos Town’s spectacular sights, the Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts boasts three properties which are ideally situated for those who like to be close to the action. Relais & Châteaux member, Myconian Korali enjoys a prime position on the hills above the harbour and is just minutes from Little Venice and Mykonos Town. Haute cuisine, sophisticated décor and exceptional views are hallmarks of this luxe retreat which is home to Kitrino Bar and inventive dining at Baos.

The King of the Hill, and recently featured as one of the “most beautifully designed Greek island hotels” by Architectural Digest, Myconian Kyma occupies the special spot where George Daktylides set the very first stone that founded the Myconian Collection. Attracting a jet-set clientele, this Design Hotel member blends the trendy with the traditional and enjoys famous views over Little Venice and the Mykonos windmills.

Also enjoying a hillside perch overlooking Mykonos Town and the Aegean, member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, LVX Collection, Myconian Naia is an exclusive 18-suite retreat full of objets d’art, designer décor, an infinity pool, poolside bar, floating deck and gourmet Naros Restaurant serving everything from lavish breakfasts on the balcony to international fusion cuisine.

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