With crystal clear waters, heavenly beaches and rustic, white-washed buildings, it’s no surprise tourists have loved the Greek islands for decades, but Mykonos has seen a particularly meteoric rise of late.
Now the place to see and be seen during the summer, Mykonos offers a glamorous party scene, but also the chance to rest and recharge, making it popular with busy professionals. As we discovered, one of the most peaceful oases on the island is , sitting on the hilltop above Ornos.
After a 15-minute transfer from Mykonos airport (a four hour flight from the UK), we were greeted with homemade lemonade and a tour of the hotel, which consists of traditional flat-roofed buildings in the island’s signature palette of white and blue.
Despite retaining the pared-back local charm outside, the rooms are extremely well-appointed, with comfy beds, a TV, a powerful shower and a coffee machine in each room. The big bonus for each room is a small private terrace with unspoilt views, the perfect place to enjoy coffee and a book in the morning, or a glass of wine at sundown.
The hotel’s crowning glory, however, is its swimming pool - big enough to have a proper swim in, and quiet enough for some serious relaxation, with sun loungers, complimentary towels and a pool bar to hand.
We loved the restaurant too; what could be nicer than a breakfast of scrambled eggs, local honey cake or creamy Greek yoghurt and fruit, enjoyed on the sunny terrace? Meals are also available in the evening, although most people tend to head out into one of the nearby towns, where you can watch a seaside sunset over tasty linguine at , or fresh fish and a buzzing atmosphere at .
Perhaps Mykonos’s only downfall is the transport. We definitely recommend hiring a car if you choose to stay at En Lefko, given that the island has only 30 taxis for thousands of visitors. Although you can walk to Ornos beach in around 20 minutes from the hotel, visiting anywhere further afield such as Mykonos Town or one of the island’s bigger beaches was tricky without a vehicle.
If you can get there, it’s certainly worth checking out some of Mykonos’s famous beaches. Go early to bag a sun lounger right on the sea front, and you’ll be literally four steps away from a refreshing swim in between sunbathing sessions. The water is blissfully calm, and the vibe relaxed, save for the inevitable Instagram photo shoots that this island’s stunning scenery induce.
At night, head to Mykonos Town for dinner and dancing - it’s certainly not cheap (cocktails tended to be around the 15 euro mark) but many bars offer balconies overlooking the sea, which is the perfect location from which to raise a toast to this most magical of islands.
The staff, who are attentive and eager to please.
The location, which definitely requires a car.
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Rooms start from £133 per night in low season, £330 per night in high season.
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