Hotel review: Mykonos Grace

The Mykonos Grace is not the sort of hotel you’ll want to stay at if you’re on a budget. Its blindingly white walls, chic pool and standout service all come at a price, and a hefty one at that. If you’re watching your euros, this probably isn’t the place for you.

But if you’re up for splashing the cash and want somewhere with serious wow factor in return, the Mykonos Grace will definitely be up your street.

The hotel is nestled into the cliff-side above Agios Stefanos beach, about 10 minutes’ drive (or a long, sweaty walk) from Mykonos Town’s cobbled streets and sunset-view windmills. There’s a path directly opposite the hotel that leads down to the sand, but with a pool like the Grace’s I don’t know why you’d ever pick the beach.

Its a sleek rectangle of turquoise, bordered by a neat row of thickly cushioned loungers and daybeds (each one overlooking the Aegean Sea, naturally).

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There aren’t that many loungers available – I’ve no idea if it’s a problem in the height of summer, but when we were there in mid-September, securing a spot was never in issue. Some of the suites had their own sunbathing terraces, so the people in those rooms would probably tend to stay there instead.

Behind the pool is the restaurant and bar. Breakfast is served here every morning. As hotel breakfasts go, this one was up there with Komandoo Maldives as the best I’ve had. The menu changes every day. One morning the (unbelievably creamy) Greek yoghurt comes topped with local honey and sticky figs, the next it’s mixed with raisins and toasted almonds; on Monday, the eggs are scrambled with Greek cheese, while on Tuesday they might be poached and served alongside roasted vine tomatoes. There’s also always a ‘dessert’ option for people (like me) with a sweet tooth – think loukoumades (Greek doughnuts) drizzled with chocolate sauce or French toast smothered in a coconut glaze. You’ve also got tea, coffee, fresh juices and smoothies, plus the option of a glass of champagne to start the day in style (of course I opted in every day – lots of people didn’t, which did baffle me slightly).

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Dinner was also pretty special. We had a three-course menu included in our holiday package – if you can find a deal that includes this, it’s really worth it. We settled down at sunset with a (complimentary) signature cocktail, and tucked into delicious Greek salads and fresh seafood as the sky darkened and the lights of Mykonos Town began to twinkle across the bay. You wouldn’t want to eat there every night (too many lovely restaurants to try elsewhere), but I would definitely recommend treating yourself at least once –  it was a lovely way for Mr ST and I celebrate our 10-year anniversary.

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On to the rooms, then. We were in a standard double up on the pool level, with a little terrace that opened out onto the pool and restaurant area (not particularly private, but meant it was easy to flit back and forth from our room during the day). The bedroom itself was pretty snug, but the bathroom was huge with an amazing shower (always a bonus) and double sinks.

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What the terrace lacked in privacy it made up for in proximity to the bar…

Overall, I’d say the Mykonos Grace lived up to its price tag. The service was fantastic right the way through our stay, the setting was beautiful and the food was delicious. I couldn’t afford to stay somewhere like it every time I went away, but for a special occasion (or if you’re minted) it’s a great option. The only downside would be the fact that you can’t walk into Mykonos Town, but if you’re happy to get the shuttle minibus or a taxi every so often, you’ll be fine.

 

We booked our stay at Mykonos Grace as a package through Sovereign.
Website: http://www.gracehotels.com/mykonos/

 

Have you stayed at the Mykonos Grace? What did you think?

24 Comments

  • Reply Jenn February 4, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Looks pretty lush! I’m usually more of a budget travel gal myself but every once in a while I like to splash out. I’ll keep the Grace in mind. 🙂

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 21, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      It is definitely a ‘special occasion’ kind of hotel for me – it’s definitely nice to splash out every so often 🙂

  • Reply danik February 5, 2017 at 12:38 am

    This does look like the total relaxation island on Mykonos. Haven’t been there yet but now I want to stay here! Love the photos

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 21, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks Danik! It’s such a beautiful hotel.

  • Reply Angela February 5, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    We usually stay in budget-friendly places, but I think I would make an exception for this place! Stunning. It sounds magical!

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 21, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      It’s definitely way more than we usually spend, but it was lovely to treat ourselves for our anniversary 🙂

  • Reply Tom February 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I like hotel reviews that say, up front, exactly what niche this place is. Does that meal package include every meal? Because I think you would be right; it would be a shame to just dine there and not explore outside options, but for a short stay, perhaps a couple nights, having breakfast and dinner there could be fine.

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Tom. It included breakfast and one dinner – and the breakfasts were so big (and delicious) that we didn’t tend to need lunches!

  • Reply Conor February 5, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Scrambled eggs with Greek cheese? Dam that does sound good. The hotel looks like total bliss, and so calm looking! Shame it’s a bit of distance away from the town but I guess for a few nights of peace and quiet it’d be perfect 😀 PS Happy Anniversary!

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Ah, thanks Conor :-). I keep thinking I should try and recreate some of their breakfast dishes now I’m home, but I don’t think I could do them justice!

  • Reply Samantha February 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I typically stay at budget hotels and try to watch my money on accommodations BUT sometimes a girl needs to treat herself…and this is definitely worth it!!! What a beautiful hotel!

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 21, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Totally agree, sometimes a treat is in order, even if it’s just for one or two nights 🙂

  • Reply Lara Dunning February 7, 2017 at 4:14 am

    What a beautiful hotel and a great place to celebrate your anniversary. When I travel, I like to do a mixture of budget and luxury so it would be something I’d splurge on.

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 21, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      I’m the same with mixing budget and luxury – I don’t go mad, but it’s nice to stay somewhere a little more special every once in a while.

  • Reply melody pittman February 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Cute little place. Love the pool views and how pristine eveyrthing looks. (a Mykonos req, right?) I loved staying in Mykonos, we were at the Belvedere.

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 21, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Ah, I looked at the Belvedere when I was planning the trip! Their infinity pool looks amazing!

  • Reply Colby February 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    This place looks like absolute PARADISE and well worth the price tag. I´ve been dying to visit Greece, specifically Mykonos. Depending on what type of destination I´m visiting determines how much I´m willing to spend on accommodations. I feel Mykonos would be more of a relaxing vacay for me so I´d definitely splurge on a place like this. Wonderful post and photos!

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 21, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks Colby! Mykonos has a lot of lovely boutiquey hotels that are a little more expensive than otehr Greek isles – but totally worth it.

  • Reply Teesh February 8, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Why would anyone pass up on champagne for breakfast?! (was the primary thought running through my head while I was reading the rest of your post)

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 21, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      I know, right?! It baffles me why anyone would say no!

  • Reply Carol Colborn February 8, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Great hotels like this are worth it once in a while!

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Agreed 🙂

  • Reply Rachel February 13, 2017 at 2:36 am

    What a beautiful place! I’m dying to visit Greece!

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 21, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Hope you make it soon! Next on my list for Greece is Kefalonia… or maybe Skopelos… or Halkidiki. So many choices!

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