I’m having to look through the holiday blues to type this blog. They’ve hit me at full force and I’m pretty sure I still think I’m in holiday mode (I’m sat in the garden with my feet up and a white wine spritzer in hand…).
As my Instagram followers will probably be painfully aware, I have just returned from a lovely holiday on the picturesque and glamorous Greek island of Mykonos. It’s a place that has been firmly on my travel bucket list for a long time, and it certainly exceeded my exceptions. As well as the amazing people and absolutely beautiful whitewash buildings, this was largely due to the spectacular hotel that we stayed in, the Myconian Korali, a Relais & Chateaux design hotel in Mykonos town.
From minimalistic luxury to attentive staff, bright colour combinations to the cosiest and most stylish seating you will ever perch on; let me tell you just why this needs to be your hotel of choice on a holiday to Mykonos. From the get-go, you know that the Myconian Korali is incredibly chic from the beautiful aesthetics both inside and out. Upon arrival, you are met by reception managers ready and waiting to shake your hand and take your bags for you. The reception is a wonderfully relaxing sight after a plane journey, with plenty of stylish seating areas to relax on, including my favourite, seating placed behind a wall of folding glass, allowing you to see your first glimpse of Mykonos’ beautiful sea.
The hotel doesn’t have a huge number of rooms so it has a real boutique feel. You don’t arrive with a coach load of people; instead, it feels like all of the hotel staff are waiting for your specific arrival and eager to make it the best stay you will ever have.
Everyone working at the Korali is passionate about giving you the most relaxing stay possible. This means being lifted in a golf buggy to travel a few metres past the reception to the entrance that takes you to your room. Then, you’re walked to your room and given a personal tour around it. Showing you your personal Nespresso coffee machine and complementary bottle of wine, as well as information pack and complementary toiletry products. This made us feel incredibly welcome; the Korali definitely isn’t the type of hotel to hand you your key and show you to the lift!
We stayed in one of the Panoramic rooms, which featured a double bed and lovely balcony. The decor of the room is so beautiful, everything from the muted duck-egg blue tones to the textured wall feature. The light white decor oozes elegance and sophistication (a perfect fit for us, of course). It’s spacious, airy, and the perfect minimalistic sanctuary to retreat back to after a long, hard (ha) day of exploring Mykonos. We had a sea-view balcony with a view that featured a multitude of private yachts floating around the Aegean throughout our stay. It also boasts a beautiful sunset! To the right you can see the island bending round, and it’s a great place to see the famous whitewashed buildings scattered across the hillside. Its such a breathtaking view and one I am missing greatly! The bathroom has a really unique and contemporary design, hidden only behind a mirror and a separation of vertical wooden slats. The bathroom therefore very much merges into the bedroom, but there was just enough privacy and a separate room with a toilet.
In addition to a room clean every day, the rooms also get tidied on an evening (after you’ve turned it into a bombshell whilst trying to decide what to wear). Each evening, which was whenever we had ventured to the town for dinner, we would come back to a tidy room with sleep pouches left on our pillows and a pair of slippers arranged on either side of our bed.
The infinity pool has a tremendous design that drops off to make way for a sunken sun bed terrace. It’s a refreshing change from the usual sea of sun beds that you see at many hotels abroad, with the pool area at Myconian Korali instead being broken up with two different areas of extremely comfy seating, and a beautiful pool featuring angular shapes. Because it was the beginning of the season and the hotel is quite small, reserving sunbeds is absolutely unheard of. I’m not sure whether this changes as the hotel gets busier throughout the summer, but it was so relaxing to not have to worry about finding or reserving a sun bed. In fact, we actually once changed beds three times in one day so we could get a feel for the different areas.
Waiters and waitresses are always on hand to get you bottles of water and an ice bucket, as well as any other alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages that you desire. They are so friendly and attentive and don’t want you to lift a finger, even opening your sun brollies if needed.
(The important part). Overlooking the pool is a funky bar, which has a resident DJ playing vibey music everyday. Filling the bar area are the most bloomin’ comfiest seats you will ever come across. Everything from cushion-filled sofas to huge yellow swivel chairs. It’s the perfect surrounding to take a break from the sun and have a drink with a salad or some delish sushi. They even have portable chargers available for you to recharge your phone! G o a l s. The space has a great atmosphere and you’re unlikely to get bored with the fantastic view of the pool and view out towards the sea.
We had most of our lunches in the bar area of the hotel, where they have some good food options, including salads, fresh sushi, pizza, burgers, and sandwiches. I always prefer lighter lunches on holiday so I tried a variety of their salads and sushi, all of which were extremely tasty. My personal favourite dishes were the Thousand Island shrimp sushi rolls and their chicken salad.
Confession: I didn’t even like sushi before I tried it at the Korali. I only ever had vegetable sushi as I’m not a huge fish person, but I’m well and truly converted. The hotel have a sushi chef who makes everything to order and presents everything beautifully.Breakfast at the Myconian Korali was one of my favourite times of the day. The setting is out of this world and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t quite capture the full beauty of it on camera. There’s a variety of well-placed seating and tables that look out over a glass balcony. The view, a lovely stretch of sea and a few Greek islands in the near distance. It’s the most peaceful setting and the perfect way to start the day.
Each breakfast, you are offered freshly squeezed orange juice that is made that morning, as well as coffee and a whole array of teas. It’s then a buffet breakfast where you can choose how much you want to pile onto your plate (or how many plates you want to have). With a granola station, fresh greek yoghurt, bacon, eggs, sausages, cheeses and cold meats, the choice is far from limited. Everything is delicious and blew all other hotel breakfast buffets out of the park. As well as this, each and every staff member asks whether you slept well the night before, it’s such a lovely touch!
The icing on top of the extremely chic and stylish cake, was the brilliant location of the Myconian Korali hotel. Just a 10-minute walk away from Mykonos town, it was a quick commute into the bustling streets of Mykonos. However, although this was a short walk, our first experience was a bloody scary one. The roads leading into the town are far from what we are used to in the UK… few road markings and extremely small widths that didn’t quite seem big enough for both lanes of traffic. Not to mention the absence of pavements, just a mere line indicating where pedestrians can walk (which drivers ignored half of the time). However, you quickly realise that this is the norm and drivers are experienced at dodging walkers, so although slightly nerve-wracking, it’s do-able. (Not) Surprisingly, it was a lot less scary on the way home, after a few glasses of wine.
The Myconian Korali is part of the wider group of Myconian Collection hotels, a family-owned group of hoteliers with nine hotels on the island of Mykonos. If I ever return to Mykonos, which I hope to do, I definitely either have to return to the same hotel or try one of their others. They have set a high standard as one of the best hotels in Mykonos!
For anyone looking into this hotel, we booked our stay via Tui, although you can book directly on their website.
Keep your eyes peeled for my restaurant and bar recommendations for Mykonos!