Monday, 22 May 2017

Our Stay At The Mykonian Mare Hotel, Mykonos


This year for our anniversary, Paddy and I chose to go to Mykonos, and the hotel we stayed in was the Mykonian Mare Luxury Suites Hotel.

The hotel is just north of the main town of Mykonos, in an area called Agios Stefanos, which is north of the Tourlos, or the new port. It's an area which is pretty much full of hotels, as well as a particularly nice beach. Our place was right in the north-western corner, overlooking the sea, but also having a faraway view of Mykonos town. You can also see the islands of Delos and Rinia out to sea, it's such a beautiful view!









Service
I can't recommend the service enough. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the airport, so we booked in advance. One of their staff was there to greet us - even after our flight had been delayed by an hour - and took our bags and put them in the minibus. The journey back to the hotel was comfortable, and our driver, Nick, was very friendly and talkative which was really nice. When we got to the hotel, he insisted on taking our bags to reception. We checked in, and whilst they got our room ready, the receptionist offered us a seat in the lobby, which by the way, is BEAUTIFUL. We were genuinely pinching ourselves.

A waiter, Giorgios, welcomed us over to a table where we could get some food. It was about 10pm local time by this point and we were starving! He brought us free welcome cocktails (which were delicious), recommended some food, and introduced us to the island. 

After dinner, Nick again insisted on taking our bags to our room, which was really kind as by this point we were so tired!

Throughout our stay, the staff were very friendly, always eager to help us out and gave us some really useful advice. We were able to get free shuttles to and from the town - but this is because we went in May, which is low season. Apparently, in high season - July and August - they charge for this service.

Can't fault them for anything!




Bedroom & Bathroom
I'm pretty sure we booked a standard room with a garden view as that was the cheapest option, but we ended up being upgraded to a premium double with a sea view! The bed was very comfortable; although it was a 'double' that was made up of two single beds that were sandwiched together. We had a room with a sofa, a vanity table and stool, a TV, wardrobe and an ensuite with a shower/tub and double sinks.

We also had a balcony with a couple of seats that overlooked the sea, though it did also overlook the car park and hotel entrance, so not exactly the sea view I'd imagined. Nonetheless, I was able to get the sunset view I'd hoped for, so can't complain!




Food
We dined in their restaurant, Lokaya, once, on our first night. For starters, Giorgios suggested we try saganaki, which is a Greek dish of fried feta cheese with honey and sesame seeds - so delicious! I had wholewheat penne with chicken, sundried tomatoes and what I think was mascarpone (amazing) and Paddy had spaghetti with tomato sauce. We shared a chocolate mousse for pudding. Everything was very good!

Breakfast was included in our deal, and they served a buffet filled with pancakes, eggs, omelettes, meats, cheeses, pastries, fruit, cake, cookies, etc.....I could go on! It was very much worth the money, and staff were always very attentive should we have needed anything!

They had a small snacks and lunch menu, which we took advantage of when we had a pool day - I had a burger with chips and Paddy had arancini. The burger wasn't totally amazing, and was slightly more than I wanted for lunch, but I tried some of Paddy's arancini which was delicious!

There was also a pool bar where the bartender, Elias, knew how to make pretty much anything you wanted. I had a passion fruit mojito one night, and honestly, it's the best one I've ever had!





Price
We paid around £300 for the two of us for 4 nights; this might be a little expensive, but Mykonos in general is an expensive place, and having looked elsewhere, this was the best deal we could find for something a little more special for our anniversary! We were also told that both Mykonos and Santorini weren't affected by the Greek recession as they're huge tourist spots, so they are more expensive places compared to the rest of Greece!

Food and drink (not including breakfast) were paid for on top of the hotel bill, and were a little pricey. For instance, two cocktails set us back 26 euros. We did have some drinks out in the town too, and they were of a similar price, so I assume it's the going rate!







We had such a lovely stay here, and I'd really recommend it if you're travelling to Mykonos and want a little something extra and a stress-free holiday!

M x

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