We’ve visited many Greek islands and loved them all with magical Mykonos being the most recently added to our list … and it didn’t disappoint! We stayed at the quirkily named Bill & Coo Hotel which is beautifully laid out with views over a quiet bay – your eyes skimming out across the infinity pool and beyond – heavenly! The open bar and restaurant, where we had breakfast every morning, sits under shaded areas to the back of the pool terrace. From here the cool, white hotel suites are cleverly laid out on private plots up and down the slope that the hotel is set upon – stunning! TIP : if you love chocolate ice cream then order some by the pool – impossible to explain as they have their own way of serving it with a magical ingredient that will have you hooked!!
If you didn’t want to venture out then you could easily stay around the hotel and the bay below – having everything you needed for a relaxing, stylish and pampered holiday – as the food was delicious on site too! The staff were very relaxed and friendly with that incredible professional art of keeping everything ship shape and running smoothly without you really being aware they were around and working hard! But Mykonos town beckoned for us and after just a short stroll along the coastal road down from the hotel we came across the distinctive windmills that sit over looking the first sweeping bay of waterside bars and restaurants! You can easily sit and lose yourself in the stunning views back across to the windmills or around the bay to ‘little Venice’ where that stretch of buildings literally sit in the water – some really amazing places to sit and eat in this area with the freshest of fish on the menus!
Behind the buzzing and busy waterfront you can escape any crowds and cool off from the heat within the labyrinth of charming whitewashed cube buildings and cobbled, shaded alleyways that criss cross madly with each other! There are glimpses of interest around every corner pulling you one way and then another – go with it as you see and discover more than just the regular beaten path when you get lost!! Boutiques, cafes, churches, homes with washing hanging overhead – it all makes for a wonderful mix of authentic island life with a more luxurious level of tourism that we’d not experienced on other islands … it felt unspoilt! And so pristine and clean!
By night Mykonos town comes alive with eateries throughout the maze of lanes but again with a cool, relaxed vibe – it wasn’t over the top busy or rowdy – perfect for us it has to be said and we enjoyed some excellent and traditional food … so simple and fresh with little fuss but oh so very tasty!! This trip, at the time, was about us recharging our batteries and Mykonos served us very well and we chilled out in such style … but we know that this is one greek island we have to return to as there is so much more to see and discover – so we will be back and can’t wait!