Myconian Korali Mykonos Town

Myconian Korali, Hotel Mykonos

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.

Myconian Korali, Hotel Mykonos

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.

Myconian Korali, Hotel Mykonos

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.

Myconian Korali, Hotel Mykonos

Μπράβο ( Bravo)!

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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 Utopia Resort, Mykonos Greece

Myconian Korali Mykonos, Greece

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.

Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens Greece

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.

Postcards Soon!