Sun-drenched happiness in Mykonos

by Lacey Keebles
   
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Mykonos is famous for its natural beauty, rich history and local colour. Sun-drenched beaches, whitewashed buildings, bright bursts of bougainvillea and picturesque windmills give Mykonos a colourful, romantic air. Although known for its nightlife, the main town of Chora is also fun to explore during the day. Strolling through the town’s cobbled alleyways (and trying to not get lost) we discovered stylish art galleries, upscale jewellery stores and numerous tavernas, bars and cafes.

After hopping on the hotel shuttle bus and spending the day exploring the town, we were glad to get back to the quiet calm of the Archipelagos Hotel and rest our weary feet.

The hotel features 42 luxurious rooms; our double was spacious and light with white furnishings and a private terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea. After the heat of the day, our cool haven was a blessing. Sitting on our pretty terrace later that evening and watching the sun set over the crystal blue sea was lovely.

The hotel has a good size pool with sun loungers, shady umbrellas and the ubiquitous sea views. There’s also a jacuzzi and bar serving snacks and drinks – the cocktails were divine. The hotel restaurant was conveniently close to the pool area, so when we wanted lunch we didn’t have to venture far.

One day we sat on the picturesque veranda and feasted on fresh fish, then returned to the pool area and lazed the afternoon away soaking up the glorious Mediterranean sunshine. It’s hard to leave the comfort of Archipelagos, but after several days relaxing by the pool and walking down to Kalo Livadi beach, which was only a few yards away, we decided to book an excursion to the nearby island of Delos. According to Greek mythology, this island was the birthplace of Apollo, God of light and music. We spent the day wandering around the historic ruins, and soaking up the spectacular views before investigating the local museum. Boarding the boat later that day, we were pleased to have made the effort to see this sacred spot together. It was a charming place, steeped in history and magic.

The hotel also offers other excursions and a rental car service. Hiring a car and driving through the hills is a great way to explore the island together. Away from the hustle and bustle of the main town, we were told there were many romantic hideaways and deserted spots. The natural beauty of the island is endless, from dramatic cliffs to sparkling clear water. The surrounding houses sit comfortably in the landscape, with their traditional Cycladic style of whitewashed walls and blue window frames and doors. The hotel has its own chapel for weddings and services.

With Kalo Livadi beach just a few steps away, it was lovely to stroll along the beach at sunset and feel the soft white sand beneath our toes. With the gentle roll of waves lapping against our feet it felt like the perfect start to our marriage. In the distance we could see the whitewashed walls and twinkling lights of the Archipelagos Hotel. We decided to dine at one of the local beachfront restaurants, and enjoyed plates of fresh fish, meze, olives, cheese and a jug of wine.

The next day we spent a peaceful afternoon wandering through the cobbled alleyways of Mykonos old town, before heading for a drink and snack at a taverna on the waterfront. While we ate a bowl of juicy olives we watched the small boats come in and saw the locals haggling over fish.

Later, we browsed through the shops and handicraft stalls and bought some jewellery and presents for friends back home. As we returned to the hotel the sky started to turn a gorgeous pink, so we headed to the beautiful, and quiet, Elia beach and watched the sun set over the sea.

  • With a mix of Greek and international cuisine, along with a snack bar, the restaurant is a comfortable, cosy place
  • Pool bar, lounge bar
  • Free wireless internet throughout
  • Excursions arranged around the island; day trips to nearby islands
  • Swimming pool
  • Sauna, jacuzzi, gym

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