Why Mykonos (not Ibiza) should be your next Island visit

 

The magical Greek island of Mykonos.
Known for its beautiful seas, wild beach parties, and celeb spotting.
This cosmopolitan Island did not disappoint its expectations as we visited the island in July for 4 nights.

“We had exhausted most city breaks in Europe, had already had a wild party holiday in Dubai earlier in the year leaving white nightclub on a golf cart at 3 am, and not that I want to admit it but, still recovering from last year’s Ibiza expedition, so with this we decided to mix both worlds with a 4-night break to this beautiful Greek paradise”.

 

The Islands sandy beaches and crystal clear seas make this the perfect vacation spot. But for me the best part of Mykonos is that you can be on the other side of this small island within 20 minutes, allowing visitors to explore the magical maze like town or spend the day by the beach very easily.

This charming island has an indescribable energy that leaves you wanting to discover more. So it’s unsurprising that this is a celebrity favorite.

With the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendal Jenner spending their summer days at Nammos Beach Club.

 

Before we booked, as always, I did my research on what to do and see.

Like anyone who enjoys digital media I went for the most visually aesthetic videos rather than the commentated travel guides I should have looked at.

And Yes, I am that person that can stretch out a holiday to a well formulated military operation. But after a few eye rolls from my partner, Anthony about taking some time to relax this holiday, I for once listened and decided we would just wing it.

 

This was definitely a first. No pre-planned dinner reservations, no car hire booked.

 

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How to find cheap flights

The initial idea to travel to Mykonos came from my nerdy enjoyment for finding bargain flights using the Skyscanner app.

To find the cheapest flights I search:

All month of July (don’t select dates) 

From: UK 

To: Everywhere.

This suggested £95 return flight with baggage from Thomas Cook for 4 nights, Thursday to Sunday flying from Manchester.  Bargain!

 

Mykonos Hotels – Where we stayed 

I then searched Booking.com, and came across Anna Maria Hotel.
I chose the hotel on its great reviews and the too good to be true price.

Mykonos Hotels are as expected, expensive.

So, as we knew we would be out and about for most of the trip we didn’t see any point in spending thousands for a 5* hotel.

This being said, to my initial surprise, Anna Maria hotel was beautiful.

 

 

 

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This boutique style hotel is so welcoming and accommodating to all its guests.

 

The mix of mostly Greek, Australians, Americans, Italians and British guests are under 40s. From the young groups of Australian girls to the few Greek families enjoying a weekend break. I would definitely recommend staying here if you don’t mind traveling in and out of town.

 

The rooms are clean and modern but are basic. If you plan to be out exploring the island all day like us and are looking for an inclusive breakfast with unlimited available coffee then look no further!

 

 

Every morning I had, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, and Feta cheese, washed down with lots of creamy Greek Coffee (why does it always taste so much better than in England!)

 

Where should you stay?

 

Mykonos Town

If you like the idea of being in the middle of it all then staying in the town center is the best option for you. The island only has around 30-40 taxis so some nights we would struggle to get back to Anna Maria until we rented the quad bike, as most people visiting the Island do. This being said if you like to bar hop and stay out drinking until the early hours, staying in the town center is the ideal place for you.

If we came back with friends we both said we would stay at The Leto Hotel 

We walked past this lovely hotel most evenings and it really caught our eye, not only for the perfect location but its aesthetic properties.

 

 

 

Booking.com Review:

Exceptional

“Location is the best. right at the entrance of the town. The hotel is very clean and luxury, all staff is very kind and nice. Compared to all room is bit small but functional. If I visit Mikonos again I will stay here again:-) Thanks, all staffs!”

 


Hostel option

If like us you like to explore and don’t plan spending hours in the hotel and just want somewhere to lay your head but want to be in the heart of it all, this brand new for 2017, hostel option could work for you?
We ‘attempted’ to get a taxi from outside here on the first night as that is the only taxi rank in and out of town but below is also a quad rental place that gets quite busy.
MyCoccon Hotel was full of under 30s looking to have a fun summer, I would definitely stay here with a group of my girlfriends the summer I finished university.

Don’t let the word Hostel put you off. This hotel has a rooftop hang out that we walked past with fomo as the people up there sounded like they were having the best night.

Perfect for hen and stags, which Mykonos, just as Ibiza attracts.

“Overlooking the gates of Old Mykonos Town entrance and its seaside called “Gialos” where most cafes, bars and restaurants are located, #MyCocoon hostel in Mykonos is the ideal option for guests who search for tasteful design accommodation in Mykonos, at value for money rates and the best location possible. My Cocoon Design Hostel in Mykonos offers 3 different dorm types, in 5 dorms.”

Booking.com Review:

 

“Very clean, strange and new design of the room (ive adored it). The girl at the reception is AMAZING, so kind, she helps and gives advice, she is funny!”

 

Ultimate Luxury

Kensho Boutique Hotel and Suites

Yes, Mykonos knows how to do luxury and the Kensho Hotel doesn’t disappoint.

If you are looking for a 5-star hotel to relax and unwind, the Kensho is not to be missed.

A 1-minute walk to the beautiful Ornos beach, this award-winning hotel, embraces a laid back atmosphere of sophistication and class.

Perfect for couples/ honeymoons or friends looking for a few days of tlc. This hotel is an unforgettable treat.

This hotel is located very close to where we stayed. Ideal for anyone who is looking to explore the island, but I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone who wants to be in town each night as previously mentioned, taxis are hard to get.

 

Booking.com Review:

“The staff were exceptional, the property was amazing, the food was outstanding, the rooms were impeccably designed. We would recommend Kensho to all who visit Mykonos. We were so well cared for. From the airport pickup

right until we left, our stay was simply perfect. Thank you Kensho!”

 

Perfect Beach club location for under £350 for 3 nights

In my youtube vlog (above) you can see some superb clear waters and a beautiful beach club backdrop. That would be Saint Anna Beach Club.

Straight above this beautiful beach is Hotel Anastasia Village

This hotel doesn’t have the outstanding reviews as all the others I have listed do, but location wise if you want to spend your day’s beachside, sipping porn star martinis and having the sand wiped away from the bottom of your bed with no request then this could be a bargain deal for you.

“I would suggest this side of the island for families as this beach, although perfect for couples, it is also child-friendly. With a stunning location for family photos, days at the beach here would leave lifetime memories for little legs”.

Again if like me and Anthony, you like to travel and explore I would recommend doing what we did and staying more central at Anna Maria hotel, hiring a quad bike for 40 euros a day and traveling to this beach club which was around 25 minutes away from us.

The drive around the island was unforgettable and made the day even more momentous.



 

 

Near celeb spot Nammos Beach

This part of the island, in my opinion, is the luxury hot spot.

Hotel Nissaki Boutique situated in the perfect cosmopolitan beachside location.  1 minute walk away from the famous Nammos Beach Club.

1 minute walk away from the famous Nammos Beach Club this beautiful hotel is a favorite with celebrities and socialites hopping off yachts for the evening.

 

 

Built with an exceptional view over Psarou Beach and Nammos beach club, Nissaki Boutique Hotel enjoys an ideal location on the island of Mykonos. It overlooks the blue Aegean Sea, and is within a short stroll from sandy Platis Gialos beach.

Booking.com review:

“Upon arriving in port, Nissaki had a complimentary shuttle waiting for my wife and myself to drive us back to the hotel (about 20 minutes). All of our bags were taken care of and the nice receptionist gave us a complimentary upgrade since it was our honeymoon. Throughout the entire stay, everything on site was always clean, from the pool area to the gym and everything between. The staff were quite helpful in making our reservations and renting us an ATV to drive around the island with and always made it a point to try and make sure we were happy and relaxed. If you choose here I would HIGHLY recommend going to Avli Tou Thodori, the #1 restaurant in all of Mykonos, which is less than a 5-minute walk down the road. All in all, I would definitely stay here again!”

 

 

 

What to see in Mykonos?

 

Nammos Beach

Nammos beach club, a favorite of Kendal Jenner, David Haye, Leonardo de Caprio and Lewis Hamilton to name a few.  

 

This cosmopolitan area of Mykonos attracts the rarest Rolex watches, exclusive designer handbags, and blinding engagement rings all while in a bikini.

 

While we were there people arriving by yachts and helicopters were the norm.

The mix of wealthy young Americans, socialite Brits, and Greek millionaires is a sight to see in its self. This abundant atmosphere starts off with a relaxed late morning of sunbathing and sipping cocktails over sushi, by 5 pm everyone is dancing on tables in bikinis.

 


 

 

The beds to hire for the day are a 120 Euros.

We stuck to the cocktail menu all day instead of buying bottles but everywhere around us, people were buying bottle after bottle of Brut.

But there were also people just drinking water and eating food. There is a real mix.

People watching on this beach is amazing! Linzi Lohan attracted quite an audience at one point and we saw a few big name editorial models eating in the restaurant.

We spent a small fortune and headed back to the hotel in a private car.

An expensive day but one to remember. Not something I would personally enjoy doing every day as I like to have a few days of relaxation by the pool or sea but im so glad we experienced Nammos Beach.

*Not a suitable beach for young children in my oppinion.

 

 

Saint Anna Agia Beach Club 

To get to can be quite difficult so we hired a quad bike for 40 euros for the day.

Seeing the island on the back of the bike was an unbelievable memory and i recommend it to anyone traveling around Mykonos.

The beach bar & restaurant Saint Anna in Agia Anna Kalafati, gives another “flavour” of summer, and welcomes a blissful relaxation.

 

In the quiet and beautiful beach of Agia Anna you can relax early in the morning. The beach service is available and willing to serve you from early in the morning with coffee, juices and a beach menu that will definitely cover your needs.

 

This is one of the best beaches I have ever visited, after traveling the Caribbean and most of Europe I have seen some incredible beaches but Agia Anna’s transparent multi-tonal blue sea caught my heart instantly.

 

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Mykonos Town at Night

As we planned to have a relaxing holiday, we ended up day drinking instead of going wild at night in the bars or clubs. We planned to go to club Toyroom on Saturday night but we ended up exploring the town and just having dinner, in a lovely Italian restaurant.

It’s rare we get to spend time together relaxing so we made the most of it.

 

 

A mistake I made was footwear. The town doesn’t allow cars or any form of transport into the town center. So you are walking around for a good 20-30 minutes before you get to your destination. Heels on a cobbled windy street were the most unpractical choice ever and I ended up spending 10 euros on some flip-flops one night.

 

 

 

Saturday night:   

Once London club Bonbonniere

 

It Looks amazing from the outside but reviews online are mixed, I still wish I had known about this place before hand and made my own opinion but I would want to be with a group of friends or couples to make the most of the night and get a private table.

 

Ling Ling

Ling Ling Mykonos has an open-air restaurant and bar, private dining and lounge, perfect for island living and late-night revelry.

The Cantonese menu of small dishes is inspired by the signature cuisine at Hakkasan and local ingredients of Greece. World-class mixologists create innovative cocktails to a soundtrack from resident DJS taking you through the night.

 

6 Things you need to know before traveling to Mykonos

 

Weather
The island is very windy. Ladies bring shorts and trousers or you will have a few embarrassing moments.

Transport
Bring your driving license. Taxis in an out of town are hard to get so everyone hires quad bikes or mopeds for €40 euros a day.

Shopping
Forgot something? Don’t worry the shopping in Mykonos is amazing!

Location

If you plan to go to the amazing bars and clubs every night during your stay, stay inside the town. The roads into town get stuck with traffic most nights and parking is limited.

Footwear

Wear comfortable shoes. No cars can get access to the town center. You have to walk, sometimes for 15-20 minutes to get to where you need to be.

Late Nights
Getting dinner reservations after 12 am is not a problem. Everywhere stays busy till very late.

 

 

 

Which is your favorite location we visited?

Which hotel would you stay in?

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