A Late Summer Trip to Mykonos
Less crowds, blue skies, cooler temperatures, there are so many reasons to visit the Greek islands during the late Summer and early Autumn months, and that’s exactly what Charlie and I did last week to enjoy the last of the Summer in Mykonos. We’d visited Mykonos before; I’d been on a press trip with Rimmel a few years ago, and the island was also a stop off when we sailed around the Greek islands on our trip aboard the Galileo two summers ago – both trips had been fleeting so we were desperate to return.
We wanted to see as much of the island as possible so decided to split our four night stay into two, spending a couple of nights each at two different hotels as part of the Myconian Collection. The hotel group has a selection of luxury hotels across the island, and we began our time in Mykonos at the Imperial – located half an hour from the airport on a beautiful beach, it’s the perfect location for a relaxing visit to Mykonos. With spectacular views over the ocean, bright and fresh interiors, and a wonderful pool area with both filtered and natural waters, it was just the calm and peaceful atmosphere we wanted. We spent our days lounging by the pool or on the beach, and enjoyed delicious meals in the hotels restaurants. Their half board offering means you don’t have to worry about heading out for dinner – and why would you when the hotel restaurant offers delicious dinners including freshly caught fish, steaks, fresh pasta courses and more – and beautiful views over the twinkling hills and the vast ocean.
The family-owned Myconian Collection includes three Relais & Châteaux properties as well as two Leading Hotels of the World properties, two Design Hotels, and two Preferred Hotels & Resorts – as you can imagine each hotel has it’s own charms and characteristics, capturing the charm and beauty of Mykonos, but each with its own unique hospitality experience.
These were our spectacular views at the Myconian Imperial Resort!
Our second hotel was at the Myconian Ambassador, which was located closer to Mykonos Town, and was within walking distance of some of Mykonos’ most stylish beach clubs. We visited Scorpios and SantAnna, both of which were fabulous places to spend the day, with Scorpios (below) offering a wonderful bohemian vibe and gorgeous setting to watch the sunset, or spend the day lounging on the beach cabanas, and SantAnna (above) had an incredible sea-water pool surrounded by stylish seating and lounging areas including a sunken VIP area on an island within the pool, hammocks, cabanas, and an excellent fine dining restaurant serving extremely high quality, delicious dishes prepared by an ex-Nobu chef using fresh local ingredients.
The Myconian Ambassador, a Relais & Châteaux property also had wonderful coastal views, our room was quite spectacular with an infinity pool, and fresh, bright, white Myconian style interiors. The food at the hotel was truly wonderful too, and the restaurant was located just above the pool area, giving it a relaxed vibe, perfect for watching the sunset and enjoying a cocktail or two before dinner.
We booked our flight home for late on our final day so that we could maximise our time in Mykonos, so after checking out of the hotel we explored the main town in Mykonos. A maze of stone streets, the contrast of the black stone and white concrete is an iconic Myconian sight! The winding streets opened up to reveal cute cafes, souvenir shops, designer boutiques and lovely restaurants alike, you never knew what you’d discover around the next corner! Charlie and I decided to have a late lunch at a pretty Taverna called ‘Familia’ where we enjoyed tasty dishes such as Zucchini Croquettas and Pumpkin risotto – YUM!
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Thank you to the Myconian Collection for hosting us during our time in Mykonos. Find out more here.