The Captain had a reason for concern today and decided to give us an early wake-up call. He said we needed to get to the yacht ASAP. The forecast was for strong winds to begin kicking up mid-morning which would make for a roller coaster ride back to Athens from Spetses for our flight to Mykonos. What would normally take 2 hours would now take 4. Our flight was later that afternoon, so we were not pressed for time.
We took heed, hurried and boarded Harrylou. He wasn’t kidding. The waves were already 5 ft + swells and this time it looked anything but smooth. After two hours of big bumps, he decided to bring us closer to land to avoid the thrashing. Very happy to hear and we all agreed.
As we got into calmer waters, we were able to take in the beauty of the neighboring island of Poros, the middle sister of Spetses and Hydra. From what our Captain told us it is a small island, a traditional village where everyone knows your name. Maybe next time we will make a stop. Maybe next time they will know our name!
We pulled into Rafina port back in Athens. After bidding farewell to our Captain and crew our driver whisked us away to the airport for our short flight to Mykonos. Less than one hour away and we would be in Mykonos. This would be my second time on the island but a first for my guests.
Mykonos is the gateway to the sacred island of Deslo, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Aphrodite, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the most important and well-preserved archaeological sites in Greece. Mykonos is the life of the party!
My personal concierge, Iliana from the island greeted us and we sped to BILL & COO Coast Suites where we would live the 5-star Bill and Coo lifestyle for the next 2 days.
Located just about 5 miles from Mykonos town on Megali Ammos beach this 5-star luxury Mykonos beach hotel has spacious sea view beach suites, some with private pools and direct access to the beach.
Personalized services, outdoor pool at sea level, fine dining, waterfront fitness room, created on this 10-acre oasis with service that is better than exceptional. From the moment we arrived up until the second we left, the team’s dedication to excellence far exceeded our expectations.
Tammy and Ken stayed in the Honeymoon Coast Suite with a private outdoor jet plunge pool and amazing views of the Aegean Sea. Privacy is the name of the game and the concept of the resort is of rest and relaxation. Stylish minimalist design, a private terrace, and pool and what more can you ask for?
The answer to that question lies in Mykonos town.
After checking in we were off. A short ride to the tiny capital of Hora (aka Mykonos Town), the party animal of the Cycladic Islands and Greece’s answer to Ibiza, Mykonos is considered the great glamour island of Greece.
The town with its very narrow and enchanting pedestrian streets lined with bougainvillea are filled with tiny churches, restaurants, and boutiques. Shopping in Mykonos is fabulous. You can find designer shops on Matogliani, art on Mavrogenous Street and casual fashion, jewelry and souvenirs in Little Venice. In addition, you will find many bars, anything from champagne cocktails to cheap shots. Mykonos has it all.
With the help of Iliana, we decided on dinner at Sea Satin by Gryparis. Located under the Windmills in Little Venice, we dined on the seashore. What started off as a romantic candlelight dinner soon turned into a very festive and fun-filled evening which was the perfect introduction to the legendary Mykonian nightlife. Take a look at some of our pictures.
Dancing in the aisles and on the tables and shots of ouzo will do the trick. We could have danced all night, but it was getting late and the next day would be another crazy Mykonos day. It was a good thing that our driver met us at the restaurant. The streets of Mykonos are like a maze. I think we would have still been trying to find our way out!
Mykonos doesn’t sleep and we were quick to rise. During the day it is as hot as it is at night. Beach life is truly for the partygoers.
We reserved beach cabanas at Scorpios at the southern tip of Mykonos, one of the very rare beach locations on Mykonos offering uninterrupted views across the open sea.
They say that the colors of Zakynthos are amazing but the blue mix with yellows, golds, and pinks born of the generous Cycladic sun are picture-perfect.
The second time around is better than the first, and Scorpios was about to prove me right. Elegant yet simple wooden cabanas and sunbeds blend discreetly with their natural surroundings and the mixologists blend drinks to perfection. The private rocky beach is the hottest ticket in town, and the most expensive.
German owners Thomas Heyne and Mario Hertel have crafted the most successful venture on the island with a stunning property that sits on its own peninsula overlooking Paraga and Kavos lagoons.
A Moroccan Kasbah themed stone clubhouse mixed with ancient Greek agora, part Burning Man and old Ibiza, the vibe is truly intoxicating with music from deep ethnic to ambient tunes all from acclaimed DJ’s. With a reserved table for lunch, the acclaimed Sunset Rituals and the beautiful people we landed in paradise!
Of course, we could have chosen a host of other popular beach clubs like Jackie O Beach Club, the most unique Beach Club in Mykonos, located above the dazzling turquoise waters of Super Paradise Bay and made famous by none other than Jackie Onassis or Nammos which is well protected from the wind and boasts a beautiful view of the island’s rocky landscape and the shimmering Aegean Sea but with VIP guests only the best will do.
Lunch and spa treatments on the beach and we were ready for the Mykonos night style or not!? Not! We were exhausted.
Dinner at Bill and Coo sounded great. Poolside, quiet and casual with a few lite bites. Hanging out luxury never felt so good.