You may have heard the phrase “that famous Greek hospitality” in passing. You may have even been lucky enough to experience it during a week’s break in Athens or island hopping around the Cyclades. The country's instinctive need to offer generosity and courtesy to strangers is part of what makes Greece such an enticing holiday destination and why the Myconian Collection has become one of the most popular luxury hotel chains on the island of Mykonos.
Founded in 1979 by George and Elefteria Daktylides, Myconian Collection spans 11 five-star properties across the island, each managed by their four sons: Panos, Markos, Vangelis and Marios. As Myconian natives, you could say good service is practically in their blood. Here are five properties from the collection where you can sample that famous Hellenic hospitality in a luxury island setting.
The one for breathtaking views
While there are plenty of incredible vistas to be discovered across the island, the Myconian Korali Relais & Chateaux has the privilege of being located beside a particularly prized lookout. A row of five 16th-century windmills located in the charming old port of Alefkandra is one of the island’s most photogenic backdrops. Thankfully, the Korali’s panoramic pool terrace offers the ultimate vantage point, with views that stretch across the harbourside and out to the Aegean Sea. Order yourself a refreshing afternoon spritz and watch from the hillside as the boats drift in and out or book a table at hotel restaurant BAOS – accessible by non-guests, and TripAdvisor's top-ranked eatery in Mykonos – and pair the view with a sunset dinner out on the balcony.
The one for all-out luxury
Opening this July, Myconian O is the latest in an impressive line of refined five-star hotels on the island – and the first Myconian Collection gem to be located right on the beachfront. The property is situated in Mykonos’s trendy Ornos Bay area, a spot renowned for its convivial seafront bars and restaurants, not to mention one of the best swimming beaches on the island. Inside, its 65 rooms and suites boast private verandas and balconies with interiors elegantly decked out in stone, wood and marble. Meanwhile, The O! suite and The Grand O residence take things up a notch with their own glass-fronted pools overlooking the ocean and European king-sized beds.
The one for honeymooners
With breathtaking panoramas, a state-of-the-art spa and easy access to the island’s most stunning beach, it’s no wonder Myconian Utopia Relais & Chateaux is a couples’ favourite. Start your day enjoying the morning island views with an indulgent Mediterranean breakfast for two before making your way down to Elia Beach, where private lounges and table service await. Spend the rest of the day moving between cooling dips in the infinity pool and a good book or checking-in for a couple’s massage at the spa. Complete your romantic itinerary by taking the complimentary 30-minute transfer into Mykonos Town for a seafood dinner or take a water taxi to the island’s vivacious clubbing quarter Cavo Paradiso and dance into the wee hours.
The one for the wellness crowd
As if a week in the paradisical surroundings of the Cyclades wasn’t relaxing enough, Myconian Avaton has created a wellness offering designed to help you reach peak zen in no time. A wide selection of treatments includes a Frangipani Salt Glow Scrub, a Pro-Collagen Age Defy Facial and a Chill-Out body massage with warm shells, all supplemented with products from Elemis and Ligne St Barth. Meanwhile, heated thalassotherapy pools use the curative properties of seawater for the ultimate stress-busting soak. Keep that restorative glow going with a dip in your room’s private infinity pool or with cocktails and light bites at Kokkino Bar.
The one for large groups and long stays
Nestled in the hills above Elia Bay, the Myconian Villa Collection is tailor-made for parties of families and friends seeking a bit of privacy during their visit. The estate of luxury two- to six-bed freestanding villas combines private living with plenty of five-star flourishes, including private infinity pools overlooking the ocean, large entertainment decks with 360-degree views and an on-site fine dining restaurant and spa, as well as a 24/7 concierge service.
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