If you’ve been in Dallas since April, you’re probably feeling like the rain season of Seattle has invaded Dallas and won’t go anywhere anytime soon! While we needed the rain very much – we’re out of the nasty, lingering drought for the first time in years – the gloomy clouds make you wanna jet off to some exotic, distant place full of sun and fun. Mykonos is one of those places. Flight time from Dallas is just under 17 hours.
Mykonos island is known for its tranquil beauty, great spas and energizing night life. According to some, the best time of year to go if you want to swim a bit in the sea is mid Summer when the water is warmest (it’s still cold in April and May). If you prefer luxurious resorts, the Royal Mykonian Resort is one to consider. “All 151 soundproofed rooms feature free WiFi and DVD players. Comforts include Egyptian cotton sheets and premium bedding, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches like bathrobes and slippers. ”
We were so happy to be in this hotel, everything was perfect from the concierge, the large room with stumming view on the blue sea, the Spa and the balnéotherape with 4 dedicated swimming pools (one with essential oil, the top spa treatments and the really gastronomic restaurant top class.
It is a Leading Hotel of the world in an hellenic style with marbles. It is 14 km from the Mykonos city (the hotel have free luxury mercedes bus shuttle so it is really quiet in a beautiful landscape with a very nice private.
We had an half board and it was really a gastronomic one with top quality dishes (5 to choose in the menu), and wines or swimmingpool food are not overpriced.
Diffult to find a default to this hotel, except perhaps the noise of the helicopters bringing VIP to the hotel and that sometimes it was a bit crowded with big weddings but the staff was always very professionnal.Room Tip: Choose a room with sea view higher
Firstly Mykonos itself is a very authentic Greek Island, having been to Kos and Rhodes previously I’d say be prepared for tracks rather than actual roads but it’s very authentic feeling and beautiful.
The hotel room was certainly not that of a 5 star hotel, we had a superior room with an outdoor jacuzzi and the bed, decor and bathroom did not match the standard of even 4 star hotels I’ve been to- that said I think this is the kind of authentic feel the hotel is going for, but don’t expect luxury in this kind of room, this is what let’s the hotel down.
The breakfast was amazing, clean with lots of choice and a fantastic view! Unlike some hotels they are okay if you arrive just before it’s about to be the end of breakfast.
We ate in the town each night. Mykonos town is a real gem, you are spoilt for choice with various standards of restaurants and an array of cocktail bars- definitely go here and go to little Venice for the sunset. To get to Mykonos town the hotel puts on free buses there and back each night, it is a good 30 mins but look on the bright side- it’s free, it’s immaculate and comfortable with air conditioning, you can go there are multiple bus times and you get to see the scenery on the way- for us this was not a problem at all and you get to stay in a peaceful location with a lovely beach! Note that the hill outside the hotel is very steep! Probably not an issue for most but I found this slightly daunting on the first trip.
Make sure you stock up on litre bottles of water at the end of the night in town- way cheaper than the hotel and you just take them back on the bus- voila.
The beach outside the hotel is nice, the pool at the Royal Myconian is also nice. What the hotel don’t tell you and which we found out through other means is that you can go up to the Utopia pool area- very top level in a hidden away lift or you can walk. It has a beautiful infinity pool, cool beds, the lunch is AMAZING- the best burger in Greece was up there. And they do swish cocktails. Definitely ask at reception about this place.
I wouldn’t bother with the thelasso spa treatment, we got it for free but wouldn’t say it’s worth the money.
The staff at reception were very polite and welcoming, they gave good tips about where to eat.
Overall we had a good holiday and if they decorated the rooms and updated the beds and bedding- a few more pillows wouldn’t go amiss- this could be a really nice hotel.
“Crisis? What crisis?” That’s a question many regular visitors to Mykonos will probably ask when they see all the new and completely-renovated businesses that are opening on the island this year.
While Greece shudders through its sixth straight year of devastating economic turbulence, Mykonos appears to be in a different world altogether, virtually unscathed from the recession that has ravaged the rest of the country.
Last year, the island enjoyed a record year for tourism, and a number of longtime local residents told me they could not recall ever seeing the island as crowded and busy as it was during July and August. Hotels were filled to capacity, flotillas of luxury yachts were common sights at many beaches, and champagne flowed by the caseload at bars and restaurants across the island.