If I had to pick a favorite vacation I’ve taken so far since living overseas, it would most definitely be Mykonos! Just thinking about this trip makes me ache for the golden sun and the sandy white town.
We stayed at the Myconian Utopia Hotel and from the moment we were picked up from the airport (courtesy shuttle by the way) we were blown away! Halfway to the hotel, the driver stopped at a quick mart and bought us some ice cold water. He figured we needed to hydrate after our flight. Upon arriving to our GORGEOUS hotel, we were greeted with warm lavender infused towels for our hands and a glass of champagne. I felt like a celebrity! The front desk clerk gave us a personal tour of the hotel and showed us all the amenities. I mean, the personal attention given to us…wow! She walked us to our room and showed us how the jacuzzi tub in our balcony worked. Talk about top notch service!
Planning this trip to Greece, I knew I wanted to invest in a nice hotel where I wouldn’t mind lounging and soaking in the sun by the pool and beach. So the first day, we spent the day in the hotel. The hotel has an all inclusive breakfast buffet and they offer free champagne and bloody marys. We got our drink on before 10am! In the morning, we went to Elia Beach. The hotel sits high in a hill, so they provide a free shuttle that takes you to the beach. At the beach, there is a private section for guests staying at the Utopia. You have a waitress making rounds to the lounge chairs and taking people’s orders. The drinks were created by a mixologist and I had THEE BEST mojito ever! The water was crystal clear and the weather was warm enough to take a dip in.
After spending the morning at the beach, we decided to try out the pool. With relaxing music playing, no children in sight, and a mixologist (another one!) at the bar, the pool soon became my favorite spot to hang out. It was an infinity pool overlooking Elia Beach. It couldn’t get better than this. Or so I thought. Then, to my surprise, a lady came around with spa products for people to try on. From body oils, to lip balms, to hair products and sun protection…I was in heaven! Truly! Of course, trying out these products made me want to get a facial. So, next stop was the spa. After my relaxing facial, I joined Herbie at our Jacuzzi tub in our hotel room. Funny story, we were in our birthday suits, drinking and listening to music when the housekeeper came in to refill our toiletries. lol uh yeah. True story.
It was my birthday eve, so we headed out to town to have dinner. And this is where I was introduced to the best Greek salad I’ve ever had. Ever. It was full of delicious local grown veggies and I can still taste the fresh feta cheese. We did a little souvenir shopping, then went home after midnight feeling refreshed and relaxed.
The next day, we booked a day trip on a yacht to a nearby island, Rhenia Island. The skippers, Dimitri and Stelios, were kind and informative. They provided a delicious lunch of pasta and wine. Going to Rhenia Island was unbelievable. The water was sparkling blue and the beach was semi-private.
The skippers anchored the yacht for the day and we were free to do as we pleased. We met great people on that trip from all over the world. London, New York City, Italy…what a world of culture!
My birthday dinner was celebrated at the hotel. They served a gourmet grilled lamb and I was given champagne with strawberry caviar. So fancy! Throughout our stay, the hotel manager, Kostas, would walk around and talk to guests. He made sure everyone felt comfortable and was very personable. We felt we were old friends with him. Really nice guy and he made wonderful recommendations to us. Thank you, Kostas, for a wonderful experience!
The last day we were there, we went to downtown Mykonos a.k.a. Little Venice. We purposely went right before the sunset because we were told the sunset is not to be missed. And boy they were right! The sunset was STUNNING! It was so romantic to see the people stare in awe (including us) as the sun went down the ocean horizon with a boat in front of it. You had to be there. And the best view was from the windmills, which were beautiful themselves. The dramatic sunset made me think “this is what Heaven must look like.”