A luxury holiday in Mykonos & Santorini

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Marie Sheldrick | 19 Nov, 2014

This October I took a short break to Mykonos and Santorini which was only a four hour flight from the UK to both islands, with options from Manchester and London.

First stop: Santa Marina Resort and Villas for two nights. Just a 15 minute transfer from the airport takes you through the small resort of Ammos with white wash buildings and a lovely small beach with tavernas lining the sea front. Newly refurbished after a three year project to renovate all of the rooms and suites, it’s own private beach and public areas including a new beach restaurant; this is a superb choice for your stay on the island. 

The majority of rooms here look to the sea, with the deluxe suites located the nearest to the beach and affording a separate bedroom, living area, walk-in wardrobe and lovely terrace looking out over the clear skies and calm sea.

I would definitely say that the unique selling point for this property is the private beach, which only hotel guests can use meaning is will never be over crowed.

Our following day, after breakfast, we took a 20 minutes road journey to the fantastic Psarou B Beach, home to the famous Nammos Beach Club. Nammos has become one of the most famous beach restaurants in Europe and a beloved destination for locals and visitors from around the world.

Located here is the beautifully chic Mykonos Blu, set on the hillside overlooking Psarou Beach this hotel is typically Grecian in style with all white walls and furniture and hints of the ‘Greece blue’, which brings the style of this hotel together. Rooms are minimalist and look like they have been carved from the hillside, some even boasting their own plunge pools. Guests staying at the Mykonos Blu have full beach service located in front of the hotel on Psarou Beach. What makes the hotel particularly special in my view is the heated pools (the only heated pools on the island) and the close proximity to Nammos Beach Club for those looking to experience the lively evening vibe of Mykonos.

That evening we visited Grace Mykonos for dinner. On arrival we were welcomed with Champagne and were shown around this small, intimate hotel. We were taken to see the honeymoon suite with its own rooftop terrace and plunge pool with amazing views to Mykonos Town. The main pool looks out to Mykonos Town, and being only 5 minutes drive away this would be perfect for guests wanting to experience the culinary delights and be within close proximity to the vibrant nightlife Mykonos Town has to offer. The ‘Grace Cocktail’ was incredible!

On finishing dinner the General Manager took us for a tour of Mykonos Town and it is a beautiful myriad of white washed buildings, bougainvillea and cobbled streets (heels are not advised!). We went for a drink in Little Venice which has tavernas and bars all long the waters edge.

The following day we travelled from Mykonos to Santorini by flight via Athens. Mykonos Airport is very small and the hotels ensure you don’t have to wait a long time at the airport as there is nothing much there. The transit through Athens was a breeze with a member of Aegean Air waiting on our arrival to escort us onto our onward connecting flight; very efficient!

On arrival in Santorini we were driven 30 minutes to Vedema Resort located in the centre of the island and which feels like a small village with selection of suites, town houses and villas all centred around the main pool area where breakfast and lunch are served. The wine tasting experience we had in the beautiful wine cellar they have on site would be perfect for a romantic dinner.

The following day we travelled 40 minutes to the resort of Oia. The most amazing views and sunsets can be experienced from this side of the island. We visited the beautifully boutique property of Katikies, located cliff side and where the accommodation is built into the cliff face. Perfect for a private romantic break with breakfast served on your balcony or terrace each morning.

Following our visit to Katikies we walked through the town of Oia, which is full of boutique designer shops, local tavernas and quirky local shops. We walked the length of the town in the morning which was beautiful to see, although on our way back to the Mystique Resort I did notice that is had got busy with cruise passengers (there were two ships docked we noticed), so I would definitely advise visiting Oia in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Mystique Resort is the sister hotel to Vedema Resort both part of the Starwood group. Mystique is dark cream in colour which makes the property stand out from all the other white washed building of Oia. The resort is a little further out of the town of Oia but still within 5 minutes walk, but this makes the hotel more private. Some 35 suites make this hotel one of the largest in Santorini but this does not deter from the amazing service and standard of accommodation. Rooms here are again built in with the cliff face and guests have a choice of three restaurants. If you’re having lunch here I can highly recommend the food and also the local bottled beer, Yellow Donkey! The beautiful small spa with just two treatment rooms is an experience I would highly recommended, and our Concierge team can pre-book your treatments.

That evening we had dinner at the Grace Santorini, with the clearest and most amazing view from their main pool area! The hotel was fully booked so we were unable to see a room but the hotel is beautiful, with a slightly modern feeling and with coloured lighting and trendy interiors in the main restaurant. The food once again was beautiful and pre-dinner drinks consisted of the Santorini Grace cocktail which was a mix of local herbs and Champagne.

After wanting to travel to these destinations for a long time, it was no disappointment. It was everything I could have imagined and more.