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