June 21, 2013
Our little trip to Greece was a little while ago now but I still wanted to share the hotel details with you, it was such a great little place…
We started off quite badly by missing our flights so missed our first night, the hotel couldn’t have been nicer about the whole thing and reassured me via email that our booking would be unaffected and we could be picked up the next day.
We were met at the airport by a driver (despite our flight landing a little late) who refreshed us with bottles of iced tea and told us about the island’s places of interest as we drove and a short ride later we arrived…
I loved the lobby!
If, unlike my Husband and I, you don’t travel with laptop’s then they have some for you to use here… we also had free wi-fi at the hotel for our stay, I really dislike hotels that charge especially as it only seems to be the bigger chain that do so.
It means my Husband can stay on top of his work (being self-employed) which means we are both more relaxed… also I can get my instagram fix.
The hotel is such a calming place, it felt like a spa with all the whites and muted colours…
We were then shown to our huge room… that bed, man I miss that bed…
There was also a seat and a sofa-bed plus a long bench and a table. So much room to spread out.
The bathroom was, as most hotels have now, a basin and shower in the room and a separate toilet.
I loved the brushed concrete walls and the mood lighting in the shower…
Most of all I loved our view, we were overlooking the pool, although not huge this was the bigger of the two pools… and waking up to this every morning was heaven, for the first time in a long time my Husband slept in and I was the early riser getting in little swims before he woke…
The practicalities… the pool is fairly small but we never found it overcrowded, and we always managed to get one of the six sun loungers when we wanted one, this might not be the case in high-season but we never found it an issue and liked that it was a quieter place to go when we didn’t want to be on the beach.
They also provided towels free of charge for the pool and beach leaving your fluffy white ones in the room.
I loved the little fairy lights in the pool at night too, magical.
And so the beach…
This hotel is smack bang on the beach, the restaurant where you eat breakfast everyday spills out onto the sand, and has a number of sun beds and day beds, sofas and tables with and without shade to choose from…
This is what I long-looked forward to in the run up to getting away… sitting in the sun with a glass of wine…
The hotel plays music from early until late so although the beach rooms had an even better view than us they had a lot more noise to contend with, and the beach was a lot busier.
The beach was pretty much full of sun loungers, which I didn’t mind at all but then it wasn’t too busy. I imagine in high season this might not be my favourite place to be… as I like smaller, less busy beaches.
Breakfast here was wonderful as well, they had the most amazing Greek yogurt and honey, which I could not get enough of, as well as juices and coffee etc.
They had an omelette chef ready and waiting if that was your desire… as well as a number of breads and baked treats and Greek pies…
…and the view, couldn’t have been better.
We didn’t eat at the hotel much purely because we were only there for such a short time and we love to explore but I did have to enjoy some sunlounger food action one afternoon and I loved that all I had to do was press a button on our umbrella and one of the wonderful staff members came to take my order… and the burger was everything a burger should be… huge and so tasty.
My chocolate shake was awesome too.
I would like to mention I did eat mostly Greek food the rest of the time!
And this is the water… the final amazing detail I have to share.
It was my kind of beach… not too busy (we were there early June, I am told it gets super busy), plenty of sun loungers, which by the way are free when you stay at the hotel, the water was cool and salty so I could float away to my heart’s content, and it was still and clear… which means I don’t get knocked about or scared.
It was the perfect place for a relaxing Babymoon.
June 7, 2013
I don’t care if the word Babymoon sounds silly, I love it.
My husband and I took a trip to Mykonos last week. I have wanted to visit the Greek islands for a long time and a little chance to rest and relax together before the preparations for the little one start in earnest was very much-needed.
Our hotel was simply amazing (I will recommend this as well as our favourite restaurants) and the setting just perfect…
The views from the beach were just what I had pictured… blue skies and little white houses.
The colours of our trip were turquoise and coral pink…
The water was my favourite kind, bright blue and clear, with hardly any waves and a high salt content… which meant I could float away to my heart’s content.
I paddled… (check out my big bump)
We ate our breakfast on the beach every morning… I miss that so much.
I was so excited when they had fresh watermelon juice, it my favourite thing to drink when I am somewhere hot.
We ate gelato and ice creams as big as our heads… literally.
We enjoyed lunches on the beach… without moving from our sunloungers.
I ditched my favourite cappuccino to indulge in ice coffees, another holiday must.
The corals and pinks… from flowers that were literally everywhere I looked…
We had drinks and dinner outside on the beach and in Mykonos Town at dusk watching hazy sunsets…
All of the food was amazing, we stuck mostly to Greek food, I ate the best Greek salads (sun ripened tomatoes rule)and moussaka of my life, and we ate a lot of calamari, as we always do when it’s readily available.
I definitely want to have a Greek night at home soon, with lots of delicious dips.
My favourite meal of the trip was at Familia in Mykonos town, it was in a gorgeous little courtyard full of pretty restaurants and covered in pink flowers… the food was amazing.
The lightest (best) moussaka I have ever eaten.
We also ate at M-eating, which was good, but not traditional Greek food and wasn’t the best food of the trip by a long way. I mention this because it is highly rated on trip advisor and we had to book… For what we ate it wasn’t worth it (maybe we picked badly)
My pear salad was delicious though…
We also ate at Aperanto Galazio which is right the beach at Ornos, really delicious halloumi and pitta and calamari, and Porto Ornos, which was right next door to our hotel where we had a feast of different dips and bread… all of the bread we ate was so good. And our last night we ate at Ithaki; amazing Greek kebab and dips and salads… I need to eat like this more!
Mostly I just enjoyed staying horizontal, on the beach or by the pool, having the sunshine on my face and ploughing my ways through a couple of books
A complete recharge!
May 31, 2013
Today my Husband and I are flying away for a little break just the two of us before the last trimester of my pregnancy tires me out again!
Remember this blog?
Well my dreams are coming true, we are headed to Mykonos for a few nights, I cannot wait to feel the sun on my skin.
I have a book I cannot wait to read, a sunlounger on the beach with my name on it and a brand new sun hat… so excited!
I’ll be back next week
January 24, 2013
I have already talked about my desire to visit Greece here
I blame it all on Sarah Yates… her honeymoon looked so beautiful and the hotel she recommended is going straight to the top of my list…
Here it is; The Melian
I think I may hvae persuded my Husband that a little break to Europe this summer would be nice, so now I just have to check availability!
November 22, 2012
I think we all need to escape for a moment today… what is with this rain?
So I have been obsessing over a trip to Greece for about 6 months now… it’s going on my must do list for sure.
I want to go to the islands more specifically…
I mean how pretty is this?
Images from National Geographic
I want to wear sandals and sun dresses and wander around these beautiful hills of bright white houses…
Images from 1001 Places Blog
Maybe next year…