I was worried when I was told after paying off the last sum of money for my trip to Mykonos, that it was a party island. I’ve avoided those party destinations my whole life, cheap shots and overcrowded bars have never been my thing. But with the trip booked and my holiday shopping almost complete, how could I cancel a ten night holiday in the sun. There were no hen parties or big groups of lads when we boarded the plane. Just a few groups of friends and families hoping to be the first one on the plane.
A Mykonian Boutique
I knew we were out of season as our tour guide greeted us at the airport. Some of the bars are closed she informed us at our welcome meeting and most of the tours hadn’t even started. I didn’t mind, of course, I was mainly there for a chilled out trip with a friend. All I was after was delicious food, a suntan and a beautiful hotel, and that’s exactly what I got.
The Archipelagos Hotel was a quaint resort about twenty minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from Mykonos Town. The package through TUI only offered bed and breakfast, which is exactly what I like. The white contemporary decor complimented the backdrop of Greece. With modern furnishings and unusual pieces, the hotel felt more like a boutique rather than a mainstream hotel. Its uniqueness is what attracted me to visit Mykonos, as for me it’s all about the accommodation.
The staff from the reception to the waiters to the maids were kind and attentive. It was very personal, which is a breath of fresh air from the larger hotels, where you literally become a room number. We were greeted every morning for breakfast and every evening when we strolled in for a late dinner. They were keen to take away our plates and accommodate our every need. And the food…
The food deserves its own paragraph itself.
From my favourite ‘pasta in a jar’ to the delicately crafted breakfast cakes, the food was out of this world. Even my diet of vegetarianism didn’t phase the staff, as I was promised anything I desired if it wasn’t on the menu. – although saying that the vegetarian options were fantastic. My mouth waters thinking about the delicious food that I encountered whilst on my trip.
What’s fantastic about this place is that they also offer a free shuttle into Mykonos town. Usually, about 11 or midday the driver takes a group to Mykonos town to enjoy shopping or dining out. A taxi back will roughly cost €15-20. We had a room with a view and access to a gym and spa. The pool was refreshingly cold and the sunbeds were large and immensely comfortable. The cocktails, well they are on another level.
If you’re looking for a boutique styled hotel that’s away from the hustle of Mykonos town, then Archipelagos Hotel is perfect. With great food and attentive staff, it truly does become and home away from home.
Wanderlust review: *****