Mykonos, one of the Greek Islands, is a must-see destination. With its beautiful beaches, delicious food and entertaining party scene, you really can’t go wrong. It’s about an hour by plane or five hours by ferry from Athens, Greece and is well worth the trip. If you do get the chance to visit Mykonos, the Santa Marina Resort & Villas is the perfect place to stay. Located in Ornos Bay, this luxury resort has so much to offer, from a private beach and gorgeous views, to authentic Greek cuisine, the friendliest staff and much more.
If you’re a beach lover, plan to post up in a comfortable beach chair or couch for the day on the Santa Marina Resort’s private beach. Prefer the pool? There are three outdoor pools to choose from, all with exquisite views of the Aegean Sea. For those looking to get pampered, the Lotus Spa is the place to be. It has an outdoor massage pavilion, a hammam and a sauna, all designed to give you a relaxing vacation experience. There is also a fitness center, where you can enjoy the views while getting a workout in.
While you may be tempted not to, you can easily head off the resort to check out local sights and restaurants, as the resort offers free shuttle services to various locations, including the airport, which is close by. The staff at the Santa Marina go above and beyond your everyday hotel professional. They are extremely professional and are happy to cater to any request, big or small.
Resort Rooms & Villas:
You can’t go wrong with any of the room options at the Santa Marina Resort, as there are 100 different rooms, suites and villas to choose from, all of which were recently renovated in 2014. Lodging options range from the standard Superior Partial View Room to Seaview Suites and all the way up to a Four Bedroom Presidential Villa. A few of the suites and nearly all of the villas have their own private pools overlooking the Sea.
Resort Food & Drink:
Right on the resort, there are several dining options to choose from. The Colonial Pool Restaurant & Bar is a great place to enjoy a delicious buffet brunch and mimosa in an outdoor setting by the Main Pool overlooking the Aegean. The Buddha Bar Beach offers plenty of refreshing cocktails, bottles of champagne, rose and wine, and beers, all of which you can enjoy right on the beach. You can also order oysters and snacks, which includes everything from salads and sandwiches, to smoothies and ice cream.
The Bayview Beach Restaurant & Bar also overlooks the Aegean right and is located right above the resort’s private beach. For lunch, they have an amazing traditional Greek salad, along with a variety of appetizers, salads and entrees, all made with the finest ingredients. If you’re there for dinner, there are plenty of elevated seafood, beef and even duck dishes, and you can also order from the full oyster and sushi bar.
Mykonos has a wide variety of beaches, from quiet and secluded to party scenes (head to Paradise or Super Paradise if you’re looking for the latter). To get around, rent an ATV and you can easily tour the island at your leisure, stopping at various beaches, restaurants and sights. You can also try out a variety of sports, from windsurfing and horseback riding, to water-skiing, scuba diving and more. At night, the discos are the popular place to be, and in many cases, the party gets started in the afternoon on the beaches. If you find yourself at Agios Sostis Beach, check out Kiki’s, which is said to have the most authentic Greek cuisine on the island. Namos is also a well-known upscale restaurant, located on Psauros Beach.
Down the road from the hotel is the downtown area of Ornos Bay, and there you will find a few great restaurant options, including Kuzina and Ithaki. In the main downtown area of Mykonos, you can walk around the cobblestone streets to find local shops and restaurants, along with beautiful churches and tourist sights. Shopping tends to be best around 10 p.m., as the stores are open late and the streets are busy and entertaining to walk around at night. Most of the buildings are carved out of emblematic white stone and are quite picturesque.
For more on the Santa Marina Resort & Villas in Mykonos, visit santa-marina.gr.