For as small as it is, the Greek island of Mykonos might be one of the few places in the world with the most diverse group of globetrotters.
At first thought, the party-goers, of course: Mykonos is home to some of the biggest and boldest beach clubs in the Mediterranean, second only to Ibiza. But, as you explore the island, its different personalities appear: young couples on their honeymoons enjoying a lavish weekend, families of all types relaxing on the best beaches, stylish bohemian socialites from around the world fanning themselves in cushy beach chairs, retirees on a long journey of exploration across the country, and the list goes on. These different personalities do not clash in the least, due to the spaced out different neighborhoods on the island, each with their own vibe and atmosphere. Reflective of these different atmospheres is the luxurious hotel group of the Myconian Collection, spread out in three parts of Mykonos to suit all the glamorous visitors no matter their vacation plans.
The old kid on the block, that singularly caters to every single of these crowds, is the Myconian Ambassador. Crowning jewel of the Myconian Collection and a Relais & Chateaux hotel, the Ambassador is located in Platis Gialos, along some of the finest beach stretches in Mykonos, and a mere 10-minute drive to Mykonos town. Renovated in 2015, it consists of 67 rooms/suites and two villas, with a pool that overlooks the Aegean sea. Its seniority and rank as a Mykonos institution comes to life in many ways, but mainly in its understanding of the holistic Mykonos experience.
Health and wellness are a major focus of the hotel, inspired directly by its owner. Featuring a Pilates studio, a Thalassotherapy spa that includes four pools (the first with essential oils, the second with therapeutic salts, and the third and fourth that feature the ever-trendy hydromassage pools for each body part), and a healthy menu across the board with fresh juices.
“You have to balance things out in Mykonos,” said Konstantinos Panormios, a manager at the Ambassador. “People come back from the clubs at 7 a.m., and head straight to a healthy breakfast, before turning in to rest. With the energy of this city, you need this kind of respite.”
Indeed, even the restaurant had a local focus, with the head of service explaining to us that the olive oil was actually from his family’s acclaimed estate, and that the lamb we would later eat was from the owner’s family farm.
The client-facing serving is also world class. When another hotel concierge was asked about where to go for dinner, they suggested Hakkasan, a global tourist staple. At the Myconian Ambassador, they send guests to restaurants unique to Mykonos. Another guest quickly mapped how to get to the famous Nammos beach club, which seemed like a 20-minute walk. A host at the Ambassador quickly pulled out a map and showed them a back route that would get them there in five.
The Myconian Ambassador attracts mostly Europeans and Americans, honeymooners and families, and all kinds of celebrities from the worlds of sports, politics, art and acting. “Our clients like to see but not be seen—quite the opposite of the usual Mykonos guest,” said Panormios, emphasizing that privacy is key, and that other hotels in the area tend to over-pamper these A-list guests.
In Mykonos Town, the Myconian Kyma (a Design Hotels member) is the most classic embodiment of elegant Mediterranean style in its sleek décor and curvy Cycladic archictecture. Many of the rooms and suites have their own private pool overlooking the sea, and this is sure to be the next most popular hotel in the area.
The Myconian Naia (Luxury Suites) retains the elegance of the Kyma, but can be better described as energetic. Catering to the fun, the bohemian, the young and free-spirited, the Naia is a gift to travel Instagrammers everywhere. Pops of bright colour, subtle nods to Asian and Scandinavian décor, fun shapes, rattan furniture and swings by the infinity pool make this the ideal place for a girls’ getaway and couples.
The Myconian Korali (Relais & Châteaux) in all its luxury is happy at its core. The yellow motifs throughout emulate a bit of Miami, a bit of St. Tropez and a bit of lively Mykonos. The Korali is the absolute number one choice for a hotel with a million-dollar view of the famed island sunsets from the immaculate pool. With connecting rooms aplenty, the Korali is the best bet for groups of friends, families and all those in search of Mykonos’ real vibe.
Finally, Elia, but a 20-minute drive from Mykonos town, is home to 470 guestrooms villas and suites, 6 restaurants and 5 spas. It sits on one of the sandiest, most beautiful beaches of Greece. Visitors flock to Elia’s Myconian hotels when they are in search of peace, and a bit less of the famed Mykonos energy. Here you will found the Myconian Imperial (Leading Hotels of the World), the Myconian Royal (Leading Hotels of the World), the Myconian Utopia (Relais & Chateaux), the Myconian Villa Collection and the Myconian Avaton.
A cohesive collection of boutique hotels, the Myconian Collection is sprawling in the hottest spots of Mykonos. No matter what you choose, you are certain to be surrounded by a variety of cosmopolitan jet setters, who have one thing in common: a desire for an idyllic getaway unlike any other.