We had been on a boat in Turkey for a week and felt like we needed to share a few days on land, Mykonos was the next stop. We had to take a detour through Athens to take the short flight to Mykonos. Remember that they will charge you for your luggage unless you have a premier gold card on one of the Star Alliance airlines. We boarded the plane for the short flight to Mykonos, 35 minutes, and we greeted by the hotel bus and whisked off to our home for the next 3 nights.
We stayed at the “Mykonos Grand Hotel”, about 10 minutes from the downtown area. This hotel has just been added onto and each room has a little different configuration. We booked a small suite facing the sea. The best room was 320, it had two bathrooms and a large bar set up in the living room. We had room 325 down the hall, it was very spacious with a bath tub and shower on one of the decks. the service is first
The first evening we had dinner in the hotels lovely dining room with open windows that overlook the pool and sea beyond. The food was excellent and the service was great. they were willing to split many of the dishes since we wanted to try many more things than we could ever finish. The next morning we decided to take the local bus into the village, trying to experience the local life. The downtown area does not allow cars so the bus drops you off at the top of the maze of winding alley ways all taking you towards the harbor. Walking along the narrow streets loaded with hundreds of tourists from the cruise ships is a challenge in its self. The narrow streets are lined with tourist brick brack, t- shirts and colorful linen shirts for men and women. We did find one very high end group of stores and realized that things at this time of year are discounted up to 50% and then you can bargain on top of that. The town closes down on 10/1 so their remaining selling time was drawing near.
Everyone found a few great buys, mine came from a shop called “Envy Monaco” next to Louis Vuitton’s store. Then we all met for lunch at Nikos Tavern
down by the harbor. We shared a huge greek salad, grape leaves rolled and stuffed with rice and herbs, octopus grilled and served with lemon. The rose wine in Greece is not expensive and their local beer was a big hit on such a warm day.
Back to the hotel via cab, 10 euro, and pool time. the pool at the hotel is beautiful and they have great late afternoon service of snacks and drinks. The spa offers many services worth treating yourself to.
That evening one couple had a room with a roof top terrace so they hosted all of us with drinks and platters of cheeses and meats to watch the sun go down. Then we returned to the village for dinner at the restaurant “Ling Ling”, owned by the restaurant Hakkasan. hakkasan.com/lingling. This space is two floors, one is like a garden setting, full of grown trees and evening light. Since we went at 8:30, very early for most people in Greece, we had the place to ourselves, including the staff. Since there were 10 of us they suggested a set menu and we added the peking duck, since we did not want to miss out on one of their best dishes. Be sure to reserve in advance and this is worth the trip.
The last day we wanted to go to a different beach. After our lovely hotel breakfast, an hour reading by the pool and a couple people making use of the spa we headed out. We had a driver pick us up and take us to Nikolas Tavern on the beach called Kalaua. We wondered over to visit the new restaurant called Scorpio, lovely new upscale place overlooking the water. A quick tour of the beach with chairs at the ready. We went back to Nikolas, had a lunch of local fish, displayed by the owner on ice. Enjoyed the fried local shrimp and beer before our driver arrived for the return trip.
The staff at the hotel, lead by Georgia, does a great job of helping get transportation, make reservations and offer suggestions of things to experience during your stay. The last evening they suggested “Avra” , http://www.avra-mykonos.com. A hidden restaurant set in a courtyard full of large trees and flowers to create a cool setting in the middle of the town.
We had a wonderful waiter that helped us navigate the menu and order a perfect meal shared by all of us for our last night in Mykonos.