If you are looking at honeymoon destinations around the Mediterranean then Mykonos is an island you MUST include in your shortlist. The island can be reached either by internal flight from Athens or boat and as soon as you set foot you are hit by an incredibly chilled out vibe thanks to the sun, sea, air and extreme friendliness of the people.
The Island is the San Tropes of Greece, the destination of choice for not only film, football and music stars (to name a few), but also people who appreciate the finer things in life, such as pampering, shopping and a level of customer service that you`ve probably never experienced anywhere else.
We stayed at arguably the finest resort on the island, The Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort, which is a hugely popular spot for honeymooners and from the outset it`s easy to see why. The resort is situated on the idyllic cliffs overlooking a stunning stretch of the Aegean sea with views directly across to Delos, an uninhabited island rich with Greek history and mythology.
What was immediately apparent from this hotel was that the levels of service were absolutely incredible, every member of staff is there to make your stay a memorable one. From collection at the airport to walking into the lobby for the first time, the smiles are real and the hospitality incredibly relaxing. The staff for us made the experience… well, fantastic.
Every year the resort closes for the winter months (Oct – April) for renovation work, and they look at every single detail… and improve on it year on year. Due to the laws on the island that nothing can be build higher that 2 levels, the hotel spans a wide area and the benefits are that there isn`t any missed views or ugly architecture. The rooms vary in size and price as you`d expect, from a standard room to a suite with a BBQ, much privacy and its own pool. Every room is kitted out with wireless internet, although we suggest you leave work at home on your honeymoon!!
There are two restaurants to choose from, we tried out both and have to say that the food was faultless. Typically Greek with rich flavouring, the chef is clearly at the top of his game and will create anything you like if you ask for it – nothing is too much trouble at Mykonos Grand.
If it`s fitness and wellbeing you`re after then there is a fully kitted out air conditioned gym with the latest TechnoGym equipment and also a Spa that is by far the best we have experienced over our four years of reviewing. Once again, the spa staff can`t do enough to please you. In terms of therapies, you are provided a menu of fifty or so therapies to choose from on entering. There are therapies specifically for men as well as all the popular treatments you`d find elsewhere. I opted for the Hot Stone Massage, something I have always wanted to experience. It lasted over an hour and a week on I`m still just as relaxed as I was straight after the treatment… hats off to my masseur!
The pool area is also delightful. The pool is unusually filled with salt water, and having never swum in a salt water pool, I can honestly say I much prefer it. Around the pool are extremely comfy sun beds (with all day sun), shaded gazebos and a steaming hot Jacuzzi. The resort also has its own private beach, which was the setting for the film Shirley Valentine.
In terms of getting out and about to explore the island, hiring a car is easy (the hotel will arrange for you), or a taxi is always only 5 mins away. Definitely check out the shops and take a boat to Delos and explore. Also check out the beaches around the island. If it`s a party you`re after, the island can certainly accommodate – head to Super Paradise.
The hotel is a member of the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels Of The World chain and rightfully so, this I promise you, is probably one of the finest resorts on the med and a perfect spot for a romantic get away.
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