We went to Mykanos town on a cruise in 2011 and fell in love with it immediately. We went back in May 2012 and stayed in Ornos, in the Anixi appartments, we were not disappointed at all. The appartments are only ten mins away from the airport which is always a bonus, and they are so clean and pretty. The towels and tea towels are replaced daily and are so white that i didnt like using them. The rooms were cleaned on a daily basis and the sheets changed every other day, these were also crisp and white. We had appt number 10 in May which is a fab location when its not windy, which it wasn't for the first 4 days so we could sit outside chatting to our lovely neighbours Lynne and James, and the three boys next door, Adam and co. Then the winds came (which isnt unusual for Mykanos im told), it then turned quite chilly on an evening, but it was only early May so I suppose when its the height of the season the cool winds are a welcomed respite from the heat. We had fab weather for May and walked the short walk to the lovely beach regularly. This wasnt the beach that can be seen from the terrace of the appartments where the windsurfers go as it isnt a very clean or pretty beach, ( although i think Ornos is missing out here as it could be lovely if it was prettied up). The larger beach down the road is lovely, i have read many reports about paying for the use of the loungers but we never did, this could be as we were the first visitors of the season so the beaches weren't busy at all. The supermarket on the road down to the beach is good with very friendly staff who work hard and also sell the local olive oil based hair masks which are amazing. My hair is very curly (frizzy in the heat) and this mask made my hair soft, smooth, shiny and manageable, i will be ordering more as soon as i can find a supplier in the UK. CARAMELLO was the most amazing shop I have ever been in, their cakes and chocolate mousse are the best, with too many to choose from. I had the chocaolate and hazelnut one then the chocolate and caramel one later on in the week. They were both absolutely fantastic and only just over two euros each which is a bargain for Mykanos. This is a shop that you must visit if you go to Ornos, it is right next to the Anixi appts, and also sells lovely icecream, although I have had better.The bakery next to the flora supermarket is amazing too, lovely fresh bread and superb tarts, with either apple, chocolate, fruit and nut or lemon centres, and they are only 1 euro. each.
The owners of the appartments are all so friendly and can not do enough to help you. We had a few ants in the little kitchenette and they came to spray them almost immediately. They all make you feel welcome beyond anything i have ever experienced other than on Cruise ships. The Anixi restaurant down the hill is lovely and the food is great but the portions are huge, we could have shared our steak and Greek salad. The Ithaki on the beach is a lovely place to eat and do a mean moussaka with tasty fried potatoes. Their lamb chops are wonderful too and the Thai food looks very nice but I didnt get to try it. Lots of the locals eat there which is always a good sign to me and my hubby.
The local bus service to Mykanos town is regular and prompt, the bus stop is outside the beauticians on the corner or at the beach, but it goes past you all to another pick up point first so dont be annoyed if it sails past you,(as we were), just be patient and it will return. It costs 1 euro 20 for one way, dropping off at the top of Mykanos town. A trip to Paradise beach is a must, its a lovely day out, very picturesque with a great beach drinks and snacks service, sun loungers are free too. If you go to the Super Pardise beach be warned that the hill down to it is extremely steep, we only just got our car back up the hill in first gear. The poor people on the quad bikes struggled, some had to push them up the hill, so take pleny of water to keep hydrated. Some people have payed to have their cars towed up this hill, it is a lovely place but Paradise was more magical for me.
Be warned that the roads in Mykanos are not very good, this may apply to other Greek Islands but I only know about Mykanos so I was quite surprised. They are pot holed, narrow and very bumpy, with poor or no road markings.
All in all it was a lovely holiday, a bit expensive to eat out and the appartments were quite basic and rustic but soooo clean, well run and a lovely family feel. I would reccomend them to anyone. No pool but we didnt miss it as we prefere the beach, but the terrace would be lovely if it had a dip pool/and or a small jaccuzi.
Annie and Tony
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