I really do look forward to jet setting abroad at least 4 to 5 times a year (who doesn`t) and if it just so happens that I can combine sun, sea and shopping I`m in my complete element every time. As a top London personal stylist shopping as you would expect is one of my favourite past times and familiarising myself with unique shopping haunts around London is always a pleasure but I still find stumbling across those gorgeous undiscovered boutiques overseas is even better.
These days, for me, long haul flights aren`t as frequented due to lack of time and I know it`s a shame to say but the shorter the flight the better! Going on holiday is all about the destination, luxury living, indulgence and complete relaxation and Mykonos is one of those beautiful Greek islands that can offer the complete luxury experience!
We were lucky enough to go there in October and catch the last weekend of glorious sunshine. We hopped on an Easyjet flight from Gatwick to Athens and as we had a considerable wait in the city we had chance to visit The Acropolis Museum, which we found incredibly fascinating. The last leg of the flight took just half an hour with Aegean Airlines from Athens to Mykonos Island so overall our flying time took just 4 hours, a small price to pay in time and money to land in such a beautiful destination.
We were invited to stay at the beautiful Mykonos Grand Hotel, a five star premium resort situated opposite the sacred archaeological island of Delos, renowned for its cleansing properties. If you want to experience stepping into another world this hotel can offer uniquely renovated luxury rooms and suites in a truly romantic setting – you have to see to believe it and as a result we noticed this resort was incredibly popular with honeymooners. The romantic setting said it all day and night, and wherever you looked, the scenery was understandably breathtaking. On my recommendation if you`re after complete privacy, the luxurious suites with private pools or the superior rooms with sea view rooms are the bedrooms to opt for.
New Renovated Superior Room
View From A Grand Suite With Private Pool
Working should be the last thing on your mind whilst staying at the resort but if it`s an absolute must then the hotel does offer complimentary WIFI throughout. I had no intention of dipping into any kind of work while I was there but for the corporate traveller it`s useful to know the option is there if you so wish.
There are two restaurants to dine in, one is where you can enjoy fine dining in the evening and this is also where breakfast is served in the morning and the other more relaxed eatery is located by the pool, both offer glorious views out to Delos. If you feel like grabbing a bite to eat or sampling cocktails down on the private beach area then you can order from the same menu and have your dishes and drinks brought right to your sun lounger!
Aqua e Sol Restaurant
During your stay if you fancy indulging in some pampering and wellbeing, the Althea Spa Center provides a fabulous sensory experience combining natural treatments brought together from the ancient health and beauty traditions, which the Greeks are so proud of. My 50-minute traditional olive oil relief massage with Marina soothed my senses all over and I felt rejuvenated from head to toe. There is also the new Technogym-equipped fitness centre, which has attracted health conscious guests since it`s opening and there are tennis or squash courts if you fancy participating in an outdoor sport.
As well as enjoying the hotels facilities there`s loads to do in Mykonos Town too. You can get a boat over to Delos and there are guided or non-guided tours that you can book, however, it`s best to organise these trips with the hotel to avoid disappointment, as they`ll have updated information on the correct prices and scheduled trips.
Otherwise why not enjoy a spot of relaxed shopping in the surreal Cycladic cube shaped whitewashed boutiques. As we meandered down the picturesque cobbled streets, on both sides there was a fabulous choice of fashion stores that showcased beautiful luxury designer brands and popular high street names. Filled to the brim with unique collections and accessories from local emerging fashion designers they`re reminiscent of a storybook Aladdin cave with a wealth of treasure waiting to be discovered.
In addition to the Aladdin caves there are an enchanting collection of seriously high quality jewellery boutiques offering unique and exquisite pieces but most pieces I fell in love with were completely out of my price range.
Along the way, I also liked the fact that there were a couple of boutiques offering a bespoke service where you can make your own accessories and there`s even an outlet where you can design your own bejewelled sandals, both are perfect mementos to take away with you.
If it all gets too much and you need to recharge your spending power then why not spend time celeb spotting in one of the many super stylish restaurants or cocktail bars.
Mykonos Town has a wonderfully cosmopolitan feel and with amazing designer shopping even Sarah Jessica Parker was tempted to buy during her stay on the island!!