Mykonos Mirage? Two Relais & Châteaux Stunners – Myconian Utopia Resort on the aqua marine Aegean. Arrive by boat or at the hotel’s helipad to indulge in the resort’s luxurious spa. Whitewashed blocs clinging to the rock above Elia Beach, offer stunning views down over the sea and distant islands. This ‘place of perfection’, with its traditional architecture, modern materials, original artwork and contemporary furniture, invites you to enjoy the best that Mykonos has to offer: water sports on the private beach, lounging beside the infinity pool, which appears as if suspended over the sea, or relaxation on the terrace. All hotel guest rooms boast stunning sea views. And a regular shuttle to the picturesque port of Mykonos offers you the opportunity to enjoy island life.
Myconian Korali – A bright new star in the constellation of Myconian Collection luxury hotels, Korali Relais & Châteaux enjoys the best of both worlds. Perched on the hills above the historic harbour, it is a coveted haven minutes away from the cafés of Little Venice, boutiques, tavernas and famously alluring nightlife of Mykonos Town. The elegance of simple lines, espoused in both architectural structure and detailing, lends added impact to the vibrant touches of signature yellow and touches of red and orange that will get your first three chakras humming. Its contemporary spaces come alive with the best of international design that lends an unmistakable air of sophistication to complement the gracious hospitality, haute cuisine and exceptional views which celebrate the ethos of excellence and savoir faire that defines a Relais & Châteaux retreat.
Athens – Ancient wonders abound in Athens, this graceful city has been drawing visitors for years and it’s time to revisit. For nearly 140 years, the Hotel Grande Bretagne has been recognized as the “Royal Box” of Athens. Occupying the most prestigious block of the city’s center, the Hotel Grande Bretagne stands across from Constitution Square, the House of Parliament and the National Gardens. Ideally located within short walking distance of exclusive shopping areas, restaurants, open-air cafes, museums and the business district, the hotel has hosted countless heads of state and international celebrities.
Newly restored with meticulous attention to detail, the 320 rooms and suites marry charming old-world elegance with state-of-the-art facilities. Luxurious rooms with sweeping views over the Hellenic Parliament and Acropolis, this five-star oasis in the city is a must-stop for any visit to Athens.
Amanzoe, a recent Aman junkie destination, is the perfect place to plop after you’ve enjoyed the marvels of Athens. A mere two hours’ drive down the stunning coastline, head south down the Argolid Peninsula.
Or if you prefer, an 18 minute heli-jaunt from Athens. Situated on a gentle rise surrounded by undulating olive groves, Amanzoe’s 360-degree views take in the Peloponnese countryside and rocky coves. The luxury resort with 38 pavilions is within easy reach of a wealth of Greek archaeological sites and bustling Porto Heli. Dotted across the hillside, Amanzoe’s Pavilions and Villas are classically inspired and contemporary in attitude. Amanzoe’s private Beach Club is set on a scenic bay beside the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Activities include trips to the islands of Spetses and Hydra. Or step aboard one of Amanzoe’s boats for a Greek cruise and watch the sunset from the water.
Follow me to glamorous Mykonos in heart of the Cyclades then down the ancient steps of the Parthenon in Athens and to the ancient Peloponnese hills above the Aegean Sea.