I never wanted to check out of this hotel. It was absolutely gorgeous and the perfect way to relax in luxury. From the moment we arrived, we couldn't stop smiling. After we were greeted we were given cold towels, drinks and given a tour. We were blown away by the pool area - it's the sexiest pool ever. The music they played there was a perfect mix of soothing, low- key and relaxing while still being fun. There was always plenty of seats which were incredibly comfortable and you could always find some in the sun or shade. The service was fantastic and truly felt 5 star. The touch that blew me away was when they offered to clean our sunglasses and mist our faces with a refreshing spray. Drinks and food by the pool and at the hotel in general are very expensive but the quality was fantastic and they have a gourmet, unique selection. I had some of the best drinks I've ever tasted and the bartender was great . The whole experience is very similar to that of a W Hotel, but I liked this even better. However, nothing was complimentary except for a piece of fruit maybe once a day. They should stop advertising "Iced tea, fruit assortments, mini-sorbet sticks" as part of the rate when you book through their website. There were never any drinks offered and a small glass of Iced Tea was 5 Euro.
The negative part that we experienced was when we checked in to room 650. It was described as an "Elegant Villa Guestroom with Private Pool." While there was nothing necessarily bad about it, it was just incredibly underwhelming. It did not feel like a honeymoon retreat that we had travelled 5,000 miles for. The two twin beds pushed together, small bathroom and the odd location (behind the breakfast area) took the romance away. Plus, Mykonos was much cooler in temperature than we expected (it's windy!) so we never wanted to use the private pool, especially since the main pool was so incredible. Also, there was no sun or lounger chair on the balcony so jumping in to the very deep pool just felt cold and awkward. On our second day we asked to be moved to a room with a jacuzzi instead. What an incredible difference and we finally had the honeymoon experience we were looking for! Room 740 had a regular king bed, much more space and two balconies with incredible views. The jacuzzi became the best part of our trip. We were able to control the temperature so during the day we kept in cool but at night we could make it wonderfully hot which is necessary since nights in Mykonos can be windy and cool. Then we could wear the super plush and soft robes and slippers they provided. Not only were the towels and sheets all soft, luxurious and clean but they even had a wonderful smell like almonds or something.
Our new room and the pool area made us never even want to leave the hotel but Mykonos is an incredible place so we did a lot of exploring as well. We never bothered to take the shuttle to the beach. Instead we found a path leading to the Imperial so we would cut through there to walk down to the beach or catch the buses going to town. First - the beach. Wow! It's gorgeous. The Myconian provides a private section with very nice cushioned lounge chairs that were very comfortable. We would always walk to the end where we could find empty chairs and a quite spot. The sand is a bit rocky but the water is crystal clear, clean and beautiful. The drink selection is very limited on the beach but we went up to the Imperial's swim-up pool bar when we wanted a drink and had a very nice time there. There are also two other places to eat on Elia beach too.
Second- the shuttle to town. The buses only run a few times a day and can get very crowded but overall it's a good experience. The hotel is very far from town. However, we never minded that at all since I really do believe that the hotel has the most beautiful location on the island. The ride is about 25 minutes along winding but scenic roads. A trip to town is a great experience and that's where you can find authenic Greek food. All of Mykonos is built on hills, cliffs and small winding streets so there's a lot of walking required in both the hotel and the town so you need to be decently fit.
The downside is that the last shuttle is at 1am. Being a young couple, we did want to check out the famous party scene but it's quite far from the hotel. This was fine for us, since we only wanted to visit once but if the purpose of your trip is to party, it would be difficult to travel back to hotel without a car. We took the shuttle to town and ended up taking a private taxi to Paradise Beach. The hotel had given us lots of information including a taxi driver's number to call when we needed to get picked up (there's only 30 taxis on the island and many do not want to travel to Elia beach so we needed to be prepared).
Breakfast was worth getting up for each morning, even after a night of partying until 5am. They made the most delicious iced lattes and I loved the sunny side up eggs on toast, greek yogurt with toppings and cheese pies. The harpist was a nice touch and looking out at the view while eating is just blissful. I found the service to be excellent and all the staff to be attentive and caring. The only thing that ruined breakfast was crying babies. I really wish that this was an adults-only hotel. It's so stylish, sexy and modern that it's the perfect spot for couples looking for romance. That romance is ruined when parents are not minding their poorly behaved children.
We never used the spa so I can not comment on the service but it was too beautiful outside to want to spend any time inside. We also ate at their restaurant and found the service to be great and we really enjoyed the food and wine. I loved all the little artistic touches all over the hotel and we even met the designer.
Overall, this was probably the best hotel experience I've ever had. I very highly recommend staying here and would definitely stay with them again!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Myconian Villas, a superb all-villa resort, ideally situated above the beautiful Elia beach is offering the ultimate stylish, comfortable and wonderful holiday on the stunning island of Mykonos. Discreet opulence and privacy are perfectly combined with luxurious and modern facilities to provide an indulgent getaway for the guests and make them feel truly reborn! ... more less
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