Add magical Mykonos to bucket list for 2020
WITH its whitewashed buildings, cobbled streets, world-famous sunsets, delicious seafood and lively local tavernas, not to mention luxurious boutique accommodation, glamorous beach clubs and genuine Greek hospitality, there's a raft of reasons to tick Mykonos - and the Myconian Collection - off your travel bucket list in 2020.
Here are 10 reasons you should treat yourself to a taste of the magic of Mykonos:
1. Getting there is easy
Thanks to new direct flights from Sydney to Mykonos (via Doha) with Qatar Airways, Australian travellers can now start their Greek getaway in record time. Trade the Australian winter for a gorgeous Greek summer between June and August; or visit during May or September to "live like a local" and avoid the crowds.
2. Food, glorious (Greek) food
Food is a serious business at the Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts, blending the skills of internationally trained executive chefs with fresh ingredients sourced exclusively for the hotels through time-honoured ties with farmers and fishermen nurtured by the hotel group's founding family, the Daktylides.
The farm-to-table philosophy is alive and well in Mykonos. The Myconian Collection chefs are committed to encouraging guests to experience authentic Mykonos through its cuisine, including lamb and pork hand-reared on Daktylides family land, locally grown herbs and vegetables, and the island's best octopus, caught just for the Myconian Collection by one of the island's fisherman.
There are more than a dozen distinctive restaurants across the Myconian Collection portfolio of boutique hotels, many boasting spectacular ocean views. Must-visit restaurants for your 2020 bucket list include: Cabbanes at the Myconian Villa Collection; Panorama at Myconian Avaton, and Pavilion - Relais & Chateaux at the Myconian Utopia.
3. Explore ancient history
Offering a fascinating contrast to Mykonos's cosmopolitan vibe, the nearby island of Delos - feted as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis - was once at the heart of ancient Greek life as a hub for religious pilgrims, trade and multiculturalism.
These days, Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to intriguing ruins which are a must-see when staying on Mykonos. Myconian Collection guests can join a day trip to Delos aboard a private yacht to explore the island's statues, preserved houses and temples - all with the expert insights of an experienced tour guide.
4. Experience laid-back luxury
Mykonos has become a magnet for cosmopolitan travellers who flock to enjoy the island's unique brand of laid-back luxury. Having evolved from its "party island" past, today Mykonos attracts couples, families and groups of friends attracted by the island's blissful beaches, crystal clear waters, stunning sunsets, unique Greek hospitality, delectable dining and new breed of boutique hotel accommodation, such as the gorgeous guesthouse style villas at the Myconian Villa Collection.
5. Hit the beach
From a privileged position above Elia Beach on the southern coastline of world-famous Mykonos are five Myconian Collection properties: Myconian Utopia Resort Relais & Chateaux; Myconian Avaton Resort, a member of Design Hotels; Myconian Villa Collection, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Legend Collection; Myconian Imperial Resort and Royal Myconian Resort, both eminent members of the Leading Hotels of the World.
Guests can enjoy access to a pristine, private stretch of beach complete with bar service for snacks and creative cocktails, all served to your sunbed.
6. Join the jet-set
South of Elia Beach live like the rich and famous on Mykonos's stunning south coast, home to a chic, cosmopolitan crowd, luxury yachts galore, fabulous five-star dining and perfect people-watching on the famous beaches of Psarou and Scorpios. Stay at the Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux for panoramic views and easy access to Mykonos' best-known beaches.
7. Get lost in the laneways of Mykonos Town
The labyrinth-like cobbled streets of Mykonos Town are made for getting lost. Designed to be chaotic in order to confuse pillaging pirates, it's easy to lose a day or two meandering through boutiques, discovering tiny churches, lingering at local cafes, dining at traditional tavernas, exploring Little Venice, and watching the fishing boats come and go at Alefkandra harbour.
Boutique hotels for those who like to be closer to the action include: Myconian Kyma, a member of Design Hotels; Myconian Naia Luxury Suites, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, LXV Collection and the Myconian Korali Relais & Chateaux.
8. Genuine Greek hospitality
Authentic Greek hospitality is at the heart of the Myconian Collection, where guests are often personally welcomed by members of the founding Daktylides family in a tradition which began with the family's first hotel back in 1979. Staff at the Myconian Collection's nine boutique properties provide warm, discreet, attentive service and take the time to discover your preferences and personal experiences.
9. Sensational sunsets
It's little wonder guests flock to the water's edge to experience Mykonos's stunning sunsets, and the Myconian Avaton enjoys a prime position. The hotel's two-tier infinity pool lights up when the sun goes down, creating an alluring ambience for sharing post-sunset cocktails and canapes in serious style.
10. Serious specials - save now on 2020 stays
Book your Mykonos getaway to stay between May and October 2020 to enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast, one complimentary Thalassotherapy spa treatment per person per stay, complimentary shared transfers and free Wi-Fi.