Tuesday, June 16, 2015

6 Things to do in Mykonos

Mykonos pink flowers bougainvillea


I have to say, I have a really weird feeling about Mykonos. It's incredibly beautiful and, visually, even better than I could ever have imagined, but because it's become the 'in' place to go in the past few decades, it's kind of been taken over by the wealthy squad. So you've got all these beautiful, traditional white and blue streets in Mykonos town, but then built into them are shops like Gucci and Louis Vuitton and this huge contrast, to me anyway, gave it the feel of  walking into a rich people's purpose-built playground rather than traditional Greece, which was a bit of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong; I'm so, so happy to have had the chance to visit and tick it off my bucketlist but I still haven't quite worked out how I feel about it... It's definitely somewhere I'd have loved to have seen 50 or so years ago anyway. Still, we did do some amazing things out there so I've put together a little guide of what to do and see when you're out there! Although Mykonos is known for its partying, we didn't actually hit any clubs as it was just the two of us and we're more of  a'drink at a bar' twosome rather than a clubbing twosome - otherwise known as pensioners -  so I can't give you any recommendations in that field unfortunately but, from what I've heard, Paradise Beach is the way to go. SO, without further ado, here are my Mykonos Musts:


LITTLE VENICE & THE WINDMILLS

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Little venice mykonos at night
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Mykonos Little Venice 2
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Mykonos little venice sunset
Mykonos windmills sunset



Little Venice and The Windmills are probably two of the top tourist sights in Mykonos (aside from Paradise beach, of course) and are definitely worth checking out BUT just don't expect to have them all to yourself. I'd recommended checking out the windmills at sunset, like we did above, as they look just loverly with a pink and purple backdrop, plus Mykonos gets the most beautiful sunsets so you're unlikely to be disappointed. Little Venice, to be honest, I'd recommend checking out both during the day and at sunset. During the day it looks vibrant and and colourful and like I'd imagine the real Venice looks. By night they look much more Greek, I think anyway, and you can hop into one of the many bars or restuarants for a front row ticket to watch the sunset across the sea and the windmills. Romantic stuff, eh? 


BILL & COO
The Little Magpie H&M red lace dressH&M red lace dress the little magpie

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Bill & Coo suites mykonos sunset cocktails
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Bill and Coo Suites and Lounge is somewhere I'd highly recommend (if this was school I'd slap a big ass gold star beside it's name), which we visited on our second night for drinks and dinner. I'm not alone on this one either, it was actually voted Greece's leading luxury all suite hotel. We started off with a round of cocktails by the infinity pool, where we sat and watched one of the nicest sunsets I've seen.  Beautiful, innit? Rob's very well versed in the language of cocktails and is hard to impress (whereas I'm just happy if somewhere has a sex on the beach on the menu) but actually found one of the best ones he'd had here. If anyone's keeping tally, I think that earns them another gold star right there. We then headed over up the seated area for some food, and this is where the fun stuff really started.

Bill & Coo suites mykonos restaurant taster menuBill & Coo suites mykonos sunset cocktails 10
Bill & Coo suites mykonos restaurant taster menu 1


Billl & Coo suites mykonos restaurant main course




We were presented with a seven (seven!) course meal and my whole gluten thang wasn't a problem at all - they were quick to change the recipe for each of the courses in order to cater to my ever-disappointing intolerance. It was like being in Willy Wonka's factory - there was everything from rice-infused tomatoes to lime flavoured foam (!) in there, most of which looked too pretty to eat. On top of that, the staff were all incredibly lovely and took are of you better than a grandma on a 'you need to get some meat on those bones' mission; I'm talking to the level where your drink's topped up before you've even realised you'd finished your first one. We then got a little sneaky peak of the rooms which was all very exciting.


Bill & Coo suites mykonos room
Billl & Coo suites mykonos room


They were exactly as I expected, minimal but lux with a whole load of swanky extras throw in. I'm talking private hot tub, free standing bath in the middle of the bedroom and EVEN a secret mini-bar esque drawer that's filled with sex toys for the more, um, adventurous couple. Hey, you in the corner - stop giggling.


Bill & Coo suites mykonos star poolBill & Coo suites mykonos pool by night


By night, the pool is filled with tiny lights so that it looks like it's reflecting the stars in the sky above, which was completely and utterly breathtaking. Be it for a stay, a meal or a sunset cocktail, I'd definitely recommend squeezing in a visit to Bill and Coo! 


NICE 'N' EASY

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Another restaurant I'd recommend is Nice 'n Easy. Cheap it is not, although we soon found out that's the case with most places in Mykonos, but the food was incredibly tasty and I had one of the best salmon fillets I've ever had*. However, the real bonus lies in the fact that they have a really, really extensive gluten free menu and it's all clearly marked out - a major godsend for me as I was struggling to find someone who even knew what gluten was, never mind what foods it was in.  

 * after Rob's that is** 
** Of course I'm writing that of my own accord (is he still there?)

GET LOST

Mykonos white streetsMykonos street fruit stall
Mykonos white streets

Mykonos blue and white streets
Mykonos green door
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Mykonos blue and white coloured streets



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Mykonos sorbet Gelarte



Don't worry, I'm not being offensive - I mean that literally. The best thing we did there was spend an afternoon getting completely lost in the winding white and blue streets of Mykonos Town. They're up there with the most picturesque streets I've seen, and are guaranteed to make you leave with a smile on your face (and a whole host of Instagram-worthy photos). Whilst you're down there, make sure and pop into Gelarte on the sea front for an ice cream! There's Ferrerro Rocher, Snickers, Kinder Bueno, passion fruit, strawberry sorbet... the list goes on. If you're in a particularly 'fuck it' kind of mood, they specialise in wonderfully calorific waffles or crepes with ice cream, whipped cream and sauce. You can choose to sit in or take it away for a walk along the seafront! 


AGIOS SOSTIS & KIKI'S TAVERN


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We took a day trip up to Agios Sostis beach for the morning which was lovely. It is, however, incredibly hard to get to - we were lucky in that we had the hotel's driver take us there, but if not then you have to take a bus and then walk, or get a taxi. We actually went up because we'd heard good things about Kiki's Tavern, which is a little restaurant tucked away on the edge of the beach that's all about getting back to basics - no electricity, music, or card payments and everything's cooked on the grill. However, I've got mixed feelings about it - like I said, the wealthy have kind of taken over Mykonos so the crowd there completely contrasted with what the retsaurant stood for; we actually heard both 'just tell them how important we are,  I'm absolutely not queuing' and 'don't they know who we are?' used in the space of five minutes which, until then, I thought only existed in films. Kiki's also seem to have matched their prices to this kind of crowd, so we ended up at about £60 for a pretty average lunch. So, good experience and I'm glad we did it but, again, my feelings are a mixed bag of fish.


ORNOS BAY

Ornos beach Mykonos

We only walked through Ornos bay on our way to Mykonos town, so I can't really recommend or not recommend it, but I thought I'd include this snap so that you can at least get an idea of what it's like. Beautiful, ya?


Aegean Airlines flying into sunset


As you may or may not know, we stayed at Kivotos in Mykonos, and you can read my review and see my photo diary on that here! And sadly that was all we had time to fit in before we flew home! Sadly that brings my blog posts on Greece to a close - I really hoped you liked them and that they're helpful to any of you who end up heading out there. As always, please consider taking me in you case.

Thank you so much again to Kivotos, Blue Palace, a luxury collection resort and spa, Aegean Airlines and Discover Greece for organising such a wonderful trip. And, for more on Greece, check out www.discovergreece.com!



38 comments:

Trudy Johanna said...

This has really made me want to go on holiday! These photos are amazing and all these places look like a dream! x
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Jenny said...

Oh wow the photography really is breathtaking!! Just loved this post and you guys are such a cute couple!! I never new it would be more of a party destination, as it seems more of a bar and cocktails type place, very classy and elegant! I prefer a quiet bar over a club any day ha,ha! ;-) xx

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Lauren S said...

Beautiful photos Amy, the vivid colours just make Mykonos look so fresh and alive in the sun! The first restaurant looks absolutely divine (and the special drawer, what a hilarious addition!) the little streets filled with restaurants and blue doors are also so gorgeous too!

Lauren x
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Lucy said...

This truly looks like paradise to me. It's the little whittle streets and blue accents of colour everywhere that do it for me. Those blue seas and skies *insert heart eyed emoji*. I'd love to visit Mykonos one day, or just any lovely part of Greece to be honest.

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Emily Miller said...

These photos are so stunning and vibrant! This post really makes me want to go on holiday and I'd love to visit Greece.

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Hello Beth said...

I really want to go back to Greece and Mykonos looks absolutely stunning. Your photographs are beautiful, so vibrant. This post has really gotten me excited for my holiday. But hopefully next year I will go back to Greece, maybe Mykonos, and try some of these out.

Beth x
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Katrina Porter said...

Greek Islands look so picturesque, its on my bucket list to go Island hopping in Greece at some point xx

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Tessa said...

Mykonos looks absolutely stunning in your photos! The sunset in the first few is incredibly breathtaking. I've always been hesitant to go to Mykonos given it's party reputation, but it look so peaceful in your photos!

Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

Alice Young said...

You look gorgeous in that red dress. I want to visit so much, it looks amazing there!

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Abbie said...

Wow, just bloody wow! I need to book a holiday!!! Those streets and coloured doors are just gorgeous xx

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Anna said...

omg I want to go there so badly!! looks like such an amazing place :)

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Earth to Style said...

these photos are gorgeous! it all looks so amazing!

xo Lauren
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Jennifer cheetham said...

my god Mykonos has never been on my bucket list but thanks to this post it is now!

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xx

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Louise Brown said...

Greece looks so gorgeous, gosh I need to go and escape rainy Scotland!

Louise x

Sophie Mcfegan said...

God I'm so jealous, your photos are stunning! All of the places you stayed look incredible, Greece is definitely on the cards for a next getaway!

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Mr Paul said...

I was at the Kivotos hotel at the same time I think!? you have inspired me to blog too!

Ashlee Favro said...

This trip is such a dream!!

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Laura said...

Ahhhh PLEASE can I go?! Haha, it looks amazing!

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MissMDragon said...

It's really refreshing to hear a properly honest review about places, your pics are amazing and your travel tips always make me laugh,...thanks! Meabh
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Amarni Wood said...

Hellooo!! I have been following your blog for quite some time now and I'm not usually one to make comments but I've been wondering what camera you use? It's incredible quality and I'd love to know! I'm sure you've already told everyone at some point but I must have missed that one!

Also, if you're ever looking for a lovely traditional place to go on holiday that still offers things to do and restaurants to eat at then give a place in Turkey called Kalkan a research! I've been going since I was 4 years old and it's one of the most magical places on earth (I still stick to that after recently getting back from travelling the world for 4 months)! X

The Style Rawr said...

Golly. It looks ABSOLUTELY beautiful but I don't like the idea of it being full of fancy smancy rich people with bad manners. I'd prefer a rustic little Greek town! I want to find a less touristy alternative...That being said, I'd still visit (and kinda want to). Ha!

Tara x

P.S These pics are so incrediblz, can I ask which camera you used?

Anonymous said...

Im planning on going in October. As always Amy, thank you for posting :) Im the same too and hope its not too catered for for the rich! :)

Debbie Atkins

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