Mykonos Collection – Part Two
I’ve shared the family history and story of this remarkable Greek family who own and manage the nine leading luxury hotels of the Myconian Collection on Mykonos, including three Relais & Châteaux, two Leading Hotels of the World, two Design Hotels and two Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
Each property is located on a spectacular site and respected for their supreme service standards born from deep family values, refined over decades at the forefront of the island’s hotelier elite.
My arrival at Myconian Korali, a Relais & Chateaux property began with a personal welcome from Markos Daktylides, owner and general manager. The lobby art is very compelling; however, it is hard to avoid the breathtaking view of Mykonos Town, the islands most iconic view onto the old port of Alefkandra and 16th-century windmills on the edge of the city of Mykonos. This property also happens to be the site of the first hotel built by George Daktylides in 1979. Entirely sea-facing, the Korali is the perfect lookout from which to let the hours wash away and be dazzled by the spectacle of the deep blue Aegean Sea.
A chic modern property, suites with private pools, divine sea views and relaxing spa. My Kythonos suite was exceptionally spacious, with two bathrooms, a broad expansive terrace with two loungers and an outdoor hot tub for star gazing. Comfy sofas and exceptional bed, I indulged in hours of laziness, reading and snoozing! Every room has a view of the coast and the sea from the slope above Mykonos Town. Less than 10 – 15 minutes by foot to town, the hot tub is a gift from the Gods after the walk up the hill in the heat! Drivers are also available to take you to town and back if you prefer not to walk. Attentive service, each time I passed through the lobby or near the lobby, a driver in a buggy inquired if I needed a ride or any assistance. I am assuming I haven’t reached an age where this is standard greeting! Hotel staff were all fluent in activities, restaurants and maps for navigating the charming streets of Mykonos town.
Bright colors, contemporary and modern art enhance the chic setting. The architecture is traditional white washed exteriors, has a modern clean feel that creates a perfectly relaxed atmosphere. Although the famed winds of Mykonos invigorated several umbrellas along the terraces, mine miraculously stayed put and provided shade for my multiple afternoon slumbers. At night with my doors open to the sky, the wind whipping the umbrellas reminded me of sleeping on a sail boat, soothing and peaceful.
Excellent dining, I enjoyed my meals at the edge of the pool, also privy to the amazing Mykonos Town view. Combined intricate flavors create classic Greek fare which is served by professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Seasonal classic recipes prepared from the finest local ingredients, locally produced and exclusively selected for Korali. Again, the history of this amazing Greek family translates to knowing the best suppliers over the decades of their successful hotel endeavors.
Μπράβο ( Bravo)!