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)!

Summer at the Ranch at Rock Creek

Our favorite adult & kiddy  Relais & Châteaux Ranch in Montana books up fast in summer – time to plan for your lavish Western Glamping escape. Adventure and glamping make for a superb visit to Ranch at Rock Creek, just a short distance from Missoula. Our multi-generation families stay for a week, sometimes two weeks.

The Forbes Five Star guest ranch has more activities than one can actually enjoy in a week, something for everyone and whenever you feel like moseying out from your rustically elegant and very comfy lodge room, private home or an over the top Glamping Tent, set on the banks of the gurgling Rock Creek. Camping in the most elegant style, bug free, full indoor bath and a roaring stove to ward off the cool night chill. Consisting of 29 private homes, lodge rooms and elegant Glamping Tents, some easily accommodate a large family gathering. Named after the aromatic mountain plant, Sweet Grass is their most spacious and lavish Glamping tent. It is ideal for families or two couples, with two master suites, connected by a main living area. Each master suite is appointed with a king bed, a claw foot bathtub, a private full bath and a gas stove. The master suites can accommodate additional guests, one with a day bed and the other with a queen pull-out

The main living space has a large seating area, kitchenette, dining table and wood-burning stove. It opens onto an outdoor patio, where you can relax to the sounds of nearby Rock Creek in a private cedar soaking tub

Winter is also a popular time to visit. Ski and cross-country adventures during winter season or ice-skate atop the frozen Bikini Beach pond; or be lazy and enjoy a sleigh ride around the pristine snow-covered Montana terrain

Located on 6,600 acres in Philipsburg, Montana, approximately 90 minutes from Missoula, the red-carpet experience begins the moment you step off the plane. Guests are picked up at the airport and whisked away to the property. Each guest is also all provided with a bicycle to explore the sprawling property, kids can safely roam free all day.

No schedules, other than meals, this fully inclusive lodge has a small weekly rodeo with tiny cowhands barely able to mount a goat to full-size burly cowpokes and fearless cowgirls willing to take their chances on a bucking bull. Your kids are invited to mingle and chase the goats around the corral, fun for everyone!

Summer barn dances, horseback riding, archery, fly fishing on a pristine Blue Ribbon Creek, shooting sports, rope courses, geocaching, mountain biking…oh, did I mention the cinema and bowling alley for keeping kiddos occupied after their day at Little Grizzly’s Camp?

Ranch at Rock Creek is not just for families, great girlfriend glamping weekend or travel with a group of old friends and enjoy memorable experiences combined with rugged adventure.

Executive chef Josh Drage and his team turnout noteworthy meals, seemingly all day long, boundless and bountiful delicious recipes, including braised Elk Shoulder, which was scrumptious! Recipe:

Giddy up and call me to reserve Ranch at Rock Creek – Highly recommend!