8. Mykonos Grand Hotel - Mykonos
The Complete Luxury Hotel Experience
I have stayed at the Mykonos Grand Hotel on many occasions now and it's my first choice on the island almost exclusively. When I want everything on my doorstep, I don't want to think, or stray too far, I want to be pampered and cared for, this is the place I go. It has it all.
The excellent American Style Champagne Breakfast sets you up for the day, the massive hotel pool gives you plenty of space and opportunity to relax, the private beach (Still marketed as the Shirley Valentine Beach, although having seen the film recently, it's very dated, and so is the antiquated link to it), the poolside bar and restaurant, the spa, the spacious, well considered rooms and suites, and the amazing views across the bay to Delos. The excellent main bar situation opposite reception, is also a wonderful place to relax and grab an sunset aperitif or old school cocktail before heading into town or a friendly nightcap upon your return.
There is also an excellent complimentary shuttle service into Mykonos Town and reception will help with any excursions and bookings you wish to make during your stay. There is even the wonderful Hippie Fish restaurant adjacent to the Hotel's private beach, Agios Ioannis. When you can be bothered to raise yourself from your sun-lounger, the short walk here, will be well rewarded. The beach itself is well sheltered, clean and you'll be served refreshing ice creams, sorbets and chilled water at every opportunity.
It really is luxury, well considered. There are various other micro pools and facilities to use at your leisure and the staff are superbly attentive and well trained. Here, at the Mykonos Grand Hotel, you really do feel that you are getting bang for your buck, but it also conveys the fun and laid back elements that this island is famous for. It's not stuck up or chokey in any way, so you really can take from it what you wish, let your hair down and fully immerse yourself in the Grand experience. Highly recommended when one of the islands wonderful small villas is just going to be too much work. Sometimes you just have to let things wash over you so you can fully recharge those batteries. The Mykonos Grand really is the place.
With overnight flights from London available, the Hotel seem more than happy to accept early check ins, as there are so many rooms available to you, that by arriving at dawn, you not only get the spectacular sunrise during your flight, you get almost an full day to take advantage of the Grand's hospitality. Courtesy shuttles will pick you up from either the airport or harbour, and return you when you are less ready to depart. You won't want to leave. Fabulous.