Following a ferry trip from our previous stop in Santorini, Greece, we arrived in Mykonos. Our hotel sent us a car for us and we arrived at the hotel in about 10 minutes. The island is not that big and the airport is close to the main town.
The first three nights we decided to stay at the Vencia Boutique Hotel. This hotel is at the top of Mykonos town. The rooms and the infinity pool have sweeping views of the whole town and sea. The rooms were well appointed for a Greece island hotel, and the service was better than most other hotels in the area. This hotel is one of the best on the island for value of your money. The breakfast is nice and the lunch and dinner in the main restaurant are rather good. The hotel has a great pool environment with upbeat music in the afternoons and good bartenders making specialty cocktails.
The walk to town is about 15 minutes downhill from the hotel, which might be a put-off for some guests. I found it rather easy and the only issue I found was trying to find my way back up to the hotel. You find after a while all the white buildings start looking the same, and it can be hard to remember specific pathways. I normally grabbed cab when I wanted to come back up to the hotel.
Most of the first day was spent unpacking and relaxing by the pool. I ventured out to the old town to shop, have dinner and find a fun bar to have a cocktail. The town and stores are open late in Mykonos town. My group found a nice little restaurant to have some fresh seafood before we ventured out to check out the nightlife. The old city is filled with many bars and discos that last until the early morning hours. It is easy to lose track of time in the Mykonos town and wind coming home in the early morning.
Day 2: Beach Club Fun
The second day we decided to check out one of the beach clubs on the island. I found out that you really need to rent a car if you want to explore the island. I noticed a lot of people riding around on rented four wheelers and scooters. I personally found this a rather scary option as a lot people drive kind of crazy on the island especially in the afternoon after drinking at the beaches. One great thing about the hotel was that they would bring the car rental company to its guests. I picked out a rental car in the lobby the night before and the hotel had it waiting in the driveway in the morning. I rather loved this option.
We decided to spend the day at Nammos Beach Club. This chic beach is the place to be seen and live large in Mykonos. The clear water is warm and inviting, while large private yachts anchor in the natural cove where the beach club is located. We had our hotel rent a group of beach chairs the night before. This is a very popular beach club and I would suggest doing this if you plan to spend the day one the beach.
The food and cocktails are expensive but when paired with the music and amazing view it was easily digestible. If you happen to be in the main lunch area past 3:30pm be ready to dance on your table. One minute you are eating, the next minute the music is turned up and people are jumping on top of their tables to dance and sing a long to the music. This goes on until the evening and is quite fun. Also make a reservation in advance if possible at the restaurant.
The late afternoons are reserved for naps or earlier dinners. I find once you are on the island schedule you take naps in late afternoon to be able to have fun at the many bars and clubs at night.
Day 3: Changes of Scenery
To get a flavor of a another hotel, I booked myself into Hotel Belvedere Mykonos, which is known for its celebrity clientele, attractive staff, amazing restaurants and incredible service. This luxury boutique hotel is located closer to the heart of Mykonos town. This hotel is expensive, but a great option for the traveler that wants it all. The hotel has a Nobu restaurant (Matsuhisa), gym, great views, and a great location with service and amenities that are among the best.
I booked a ferry over to the island of Delos. This is a must do if you are in Mykonos. It was a 30-minute ferry ride over to the small island. The crossing was fairly easy; and soon we were strolling among the ruins and remnants of what had been one of the finest cities in the Aegean. Rich in history from its beginning over 3,000 years ago, Delos was a sacred destination for religious pilgrims who brought offerings to the gods. Famed and revered as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, in addition to the numerous temples and shrines the island became home to a thriving city.
To get the most out of your visit, I would hire a private tour guide or go with a with a group tour. There is a lot of walking and climbing, so comfy shoes are a must. If you go on a ferry you only get two hours to explore. Next time I go, I think I will hire a boat and a guide for a half-day tour.
Day 4: Exploring Town
The following day was spent mostly exploring the town, stopping to have lunch in Little Venice on the water. It was fun to walk by the famous windmills in this area where the most western part of the town meets the sea. Here the buildings have been constructed right on the sea’s edge with their balconies overhanging the water. During the 16th and 17th century pirating was common and it is believed this area was used for the necessary quick loading and unloading of goods.
After a full day of wandering around town, I headed back to the hotel for a little relaxation at the pool and a disco nap. It was just enough time to recharge before going out at night again.
Day 5: More Beach Club Amusement
My group checked into a private villa that we rented for another week. This villa was on the other side of the island, in the Pouli area. The villa was a five-bedroom two-story house on a small hill overlooking Delos Island and Agean sea. It was far removed from the hustle of Mykonos town. This can be good or bad depending what you are looking for in a villa.
It was beautiful property, however. If you are looking to enjoy the villa and stay around the that particular local part of the island, the villa was amazing. If we wanted to go to town at night is was a little more challenging.
If you have a large villa out of town I would suggest renting two cars as to keep options open for the different people in the villa. The taxi situation in Mykonos is not the best. I spent many a night trying to get one of the few cabs on the island. I found myself stranded at night in Mykonos town and parties at other private villas without an easy way back home – in a reasonable amount of time.
After checking into our villa we decided to visit Super Paradise Beach for the day. We called ahead the night before to order chairs for all of our people by the pool at Jackie O’s Beach Club as well. I think it is important to call at least a one or two days ahead for any of the popular beach clubs like these, particularly during the months of July and August.
This Jackie O’s Beach Club is nicely laid out with a pool and bar overlooking the water. The beach club plays upbeat music and is known for its great cocktails, food and people watching. You find a lot of the guests in great shape and not afraid to show themselves off. This beach club caters to a primarily chic crowd of gay and straight individuals, looking for a beach scene with a more happening environment. I did see some families with kids but not that many.
This beach club also has a guest singer performances near the end of the day. I would recommend this club as it is definitely fun and entertaining way to spend a day at the beach. It is easy to rack up a large bill by the end of the day as it with most beach clubs on the island.
Day 6-9: Chill Mykonos Outings
We mostly stayed at the villa during the last couple days with occasional outings to some of the islands beach clubs. We had a few nice dinners in the town of Ornos, a town in Mykonos with its own beach and restaurant scene. We also spent some time in Korfos Bay, where there’s plenty of windsurfing and kiteboarding.