Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan of the Greek islands, a favourite among sophisticated travellers and a stunning choice for your next holiday. I travelled to the island as a twin centre with Santorini, however for this article, I am focusing on Mykonos.
If you are looking for a glitzy and glamourous Greek island experience, then a holiday in Mykonos is for you. Whitewashed villages meet pristine golden sands and classy nightlife, alongside designer shopping, and mouth-watering dishes served up in tavernas. There is something for everyone including families seeking warm, shallow waters for paddling, couples seeking a romantic city break or beach hideaway, and adventurers looking for some water and land-based adrenaline-fuelled escapades.
Blue domed churches and pretty 16th century windmills are dotted around the island, with sandy coves sprinkled along the coast and bordered by sparkling azure waters. Known as the St Tropez of Greece, Mykonos attracts A-listers from around the world, in addition to families and couples alike. Psarou provide a more tranquil taste of Mykonos with quaint beach coves, Mykonos Town enjoys the best of both worlds with a balance of beautiful vistas, backed by galleries and boutiques.
We stayed at a small hotel, “Mykonos Ammos Hotel” not in Mykonos town, I did not want to be right in the centre. The hotel is lovely, very cool, styled well and its located right on a beautiful sandy beach. It would suit anyone that want some life at your property, its extremely popular with the Greeks, and as such sometimes you feel like the only non-Greek staying at the hotel.
The hotel is roughly 20 mins from Mykonos town, so its close enough if you want a night out, however you do have a few small restaurants, bars, and cafes in this small resort.
The rooms at the hotel can seem a little odd compared to other hotels you may have e stayed in before, as a rule the balconies are just big enough to get 2 small chairs and a tiny table on, the ground floor rooms have lovely terraces, so if an outside space is important the deluxe beach front rooms are the ones to pick, although these rooms as right on the beach can be fairly noisy at certain times of the day.
The hotel has a small internal swimming pool, if you are a sun worshiper who loves moving between the pool, beach, pool this wont suit, for the most part everyone goes to the beach, the hotel has a large expanse of beach, with day beds, umbrellas, and loungers, the sea is gently shelving, and crystal clear to boot.
Overall, the hotel was lovely, food is unusually a mixture of fusion Mediterranean, and sushi, not the normal find in Greece, however the sushi was perfect, and made a change from the normal Greek food.
As mentioned we stayed as part of a 2 centre with Santorini, personally for me, I would say the 5 nights was plenty enough, and worth considering staying on Santorini also, its only an hour by hydrofoil from Mykonos, so its easy enough and gives a very different feel to the holiday.
We also offer many other Hand-picked properties in Mykonos and many ooze luxury and authentic Greek charm, in addition to offering a wealth of facilities from infinity pools and private beaches to deluxe spas and excellent restaurants. Mykonos Town is the island’s hub, with a maze of cobbled streets lined with cafés, shops, restaurants, and cocktail bars. Eateries here range from Greek fusion to fresh seafood and modern vegetarian dishes, and if you fancy some posh nosh including black cod miso and caviar, head to Nobu restaurant, Matsuhisa. Little Venice provides waterfront dining as you enjoy the superb Mykonos sunset, and there are plenty of stylish beach clubs where you can spend the afternoon soaking up the sun in a stunning setting.
The flight to Mykonos is around 3 hours 45 minutes from the UK.
When to go
Spring and autumn are ideal for sightseers in Mykonos, with daily sunshine and temperatures staying around the early 20s. For the best beach weather, however, expect the mercury to soar past 30°C throughout July and August, although Mykonos’ location means you get some tempering winds to take the edge off the heat.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
Introduction to languages
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.
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