The super chic isle of Mykonos is today considered one of Europe’s most renowned holiday destinations and should be at the top of every discerning traveler’s 2018 ‘book it’ list. While for many, the mention of the Greek island brings flashes of glitz and glamour with its vibrant cosmopolitan party scene, today it draws a diverse and upscale crowd who travel to the island to take advantage of its golden sandy beaches, crystalline blue sea and turquoise skies.
STAY AT SANTA MARINA RESORT & VILLAS – A MEDITERRANEAN ICON
For a genuine local experience away from the crowds, stay at Santa Marina Resort & Villas. Here you will find unrivalled seclusion with the only private hotel beach on the island, handsomely manicured gardens, a tranquil new infinity pool and elegant, contemporary interior, all only a 15-minute drive from the town. Having recently relaunched following a three-year, top-to-toe refurbishment, Santa Marina Resorts & Villas is a beauty, offering a total escape from the hustle and bustle of the crowds and access to pristine sands, secluded coves and hidden bays waiting to be explored. Set on its own peninsula, the privately-owned resort, which comprises 100 rooms and suites and 14 beautifully designed villas, has unrivalled panoramic views across the blue sea of the Aegean.
DISCOVER EUROPE’S BEST BEACHES AND CULTURAL HOTSPOTS
Perfectly located to explore the island, guests can use Santa Marina Resort & Villa’s private speedboat to explore Delos Island – one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece and just 35 minutes by boat from the hotel, and its uninhabited neighbouring island of Renia surrounded by turquoise waters. Another must see is Paraportiani Church – a beautiful, whitewashed church comprising five separate churches dating back to 1425 and the Monasteries of Panagia Tourliani and Palaiochoras. No trip to Mykonos would be complete without a visit to one of the island’s beautiful beaches, all of which are within easy reach of the resort.
For foodie lovers, Mykonos has something for everyone. Santa Marina Resort & Villas is home to the world’s first Buddha Beach Bar offering exceptional Mediterranean and Greek fusion cuisine as well as celebrated signature Buddha Bar specialties and cocktails. During the season, there is a mix of famous chefs, mixologists and DJ’s, not just for hotel residents to enjoy but also guests from visiting yachts. A firm island favourite and just a 15-minute drive from Santa Marina Resort & Villas is Little Venice; perched at the southwest end of the harbour and home to rows of 18th century fishing houses that look out to the sea. Relaxing meals can be eaten at local cafes and restaurants in crooked white-washed buildings with dazzling blue shutters and balconies. Mykonos Town is home to an array of world-class restaurants including Greek specialties, quaint off-the-beaten-track tavernas and sandy beach clubs.
REST AND RECHARGE AT THE NEW GINKGO SPA
Back at Santa Marina Resort & Villas, guests can relax at the new Ginkgo spa with its beautiful and serene aesthetic. Home to five large treatment rooms, expert therapists are on hand to deliver soul enriching and body pampering treatments with ESPA and Phytomer products. The new hammam is a major highlight of the spa with its stylish mosaic tiled décor and specialist exfoliation and ancient cleansing rituals utilise heat for therapeutic purposes. The relaxation area, encircled by shallow waters, long flowing curtains and plush beds, provides a quiet pre-and post-treatment sanctuary. Located within the spa is the new gym, which overlooks the infinity pool and comprises state of the art TechnoGym equipment. The resort is also home to a new spectacularly designed, large infinity pool and OASIS lounge for adults only with stunning views of the bay gives the resort another dimension for those looking for a more relaxed vibe on the well-known party island.
Rates at Santa Marina start from €500 (approx. £440) per night on a B&B basis
Santa Marina Resort & Villas reopens mid-May 2018. www.santa-marina.gr