The Best Hotels on Mykonos

Updated: December 2, 2016

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A Guide to the Best Luxury and Boutique Hotels on Mykonos, Greece.

Mykonos Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • Mykonos is the funnest island in Greece. Great beaches, fantastic nightlife, amazing restaurants. Recommended stay: 3 nights to a week.
  • Booking.com – Easy to use, reliable, and the best hotel rates.
  • Hotels on Mykonos get fully booked 4 to 6 months in advance – so book early.
  • Don’t use a travel agency. You’ll get better rates at better hotels by booking on your own.
  • For the ultimate Mykonos experience stay in Mykonos Town where you’ll find loads of bars and restaurants. The narrow streets and alleys become festive and magical at night. (And the beaches are an easy bus ride away.)
  • The Mykonos beaches are a good base if you’re looking for a more typical beach vacation. Platys Gialos is my favorite beach (a mix of great swimming, nice sand, and good places to eat).
  • My favorite luxury hotel on Mykonos is the Mykonos Blu (easy access to two of the best beaches on Mykonos).
  • My favorite hotel in Mykonos Town is the Belvedere (an easy walk to restaurants and nightlife).
  • The best “budget” hotel is Petinos Hotel at Platys Gialos beach. It’s not directly on the beach but most rooms are a short walk from the water. Free use of the pool at sister hotel Petinos Beach. The family suites and 2-bedroom apartments are great for families. It’s far from cheap but is a great value hotel for Mykonos.
  • Best Tours on Mykonos: The 4 hour boat tour (with guide) to the historical island of Delos is the highlight of a trip to Mykonos. But, in general Mykonos is a place to eat, relax, swim, and party so there aren’t a lot of must-do tours. An exception is the Yacht Cruise to nearby Rhenia island by Sunfos Alessia Yachting. It’s a superb 7 hour day trip with swimming, eating, and drinking.
  • The best restaurants on Mykonos are Funky Kitchen (Mykonos Town), Sale & Pepe (Mykonos Town), M Eating (Mykonos Town), Katrin (Mykonos Town, expensive), Kostantis Taverna (Ornos), Bonatsa (Platys Gialos), Nicola’s Taverna (Agia Anna), Tasos Taverna (Paraga), Jackie O (Super Paradise), Ftelia (Ftelia Beach), Bill & Coo (the best for a fancy night out, south of Mykonos Town).

The 15 Best Hotels on Mykonos

1. Mykonos Blu – Psarou
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 027900)
One of the most romantic hotels on Mykonos and a great honeymoon pick. Equal parts charming and trendy. Located on Psarou beach which is both wonderful and well-protected from the wind. Food, music, and dancing are just down the beach at Nammos. It’s an easy walk to Platys Gialos beach and the excellent restaurants there. The free shuttle service gets you to Mykonos Town in less than 10 minutes.
Mykonos Blu is one of the best honeymoon hotels on Mykonos

2. Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux – Platys Gialos
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 024166)
A short walk to beautiful Platys Gialos beach. Situated on a steep hill the higher rooms have some of the best views on Mykonos. It’s a 10 minute walk to the bus stop to Mykonos Town and there’s a sea taxi to Paradise and Super Paradise beaches. Some suites have private pool or hot tub.
The best luxury hotel at Platys Gialos Beach in Mykonos

3. Hotel Belvedere – Mykonos Town
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 025122)
The best luxury hotel in Mykonos Town. Chic and charming with beautiful rooms, nice views over the town, and a club like atmosphere around the pool (especially in the evening). One of the best located hotels in town with nightlife and restaurants accessible by a pedestrian path (and no busy roads to negotiate). The hotel also has 2 of the best restaurants on Mykonos if you don’t feel like venturing out. If the Belvedere is fully booked (as often happens) the Semeli is just next door and also very nice.
Best Hotels in Mykonos Town: Belvedere Hotel with Pool and View

4. Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel – Ornos
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 024094)
This is one of the more magical hotels on Mykonos. It’s set on beautiful Ornos bay and has stunning views of the surrounding water and hills. There’s a small private beach (more pebbles than sand) with a cabana sitting out on the water. The setting is incredibly romantic and it’s a hotel people stay at and never want to leave. Ornos beach and a handful of restaurants are a short walk away if you feel the need. Guests can book the hotel’s private yacht to tour the island. There’s a 2 bedroom suite and waterfront villa – both with private pool.
Kivotos is one of the most romantic resorts on Mykonos.

5. Bill & Coo Suites – near Mykonos Town
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 026292)
Perched above Mykonos Town with an incredible infinity pool and amazing sunset views. It’s a short walk to the nightlife and restaurants of Mykonos Town (though it does involve walking on a road with no sidewalks – most people take a taxi back at the end of the night). This is one of the trendiest hotels on Mykonos.
Luxury hotel right on Mykonos beach.

6. Cavo Tagoo – near Mykonos Town
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 020100)
Cavo is one of the top luxury hotels on Mykonos. It sits on a rise between the two ports and you can watch the ferries and cruise ships come and go through the day and the sun set into the Aegean at night. Mykonos Town is a 10 minute walk away (the road is narrow with a good deal of traffic so many people take the free shuttle bus). The pool and sundeck are magical. Most rooms above the basic level come with a private pool. The hotel’s Japanese restaurant, Kiku, has the best sushi on Mykonos.
Cavo Tagoo is one of the best luxury hotels on Mykonos

7. Petasos Beach Hotel & Spa – Platys Gialos
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 023437)
Full disclosure: this is where I stayed last summer with my wife and kids. Great hotel a 1-minute walk to Platys Gialos beach and many restaurants and tavernas. Bus to Mykonos Town stops just outside the front door. Very nice pool and large sundeck look out over the water. Beautiful!
Petasos is one of the best beach hotels on Mykonos

8. Mykonos Grand Hotel – Agios Ioannis
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 025555)
Great hotel but a little too isolated for my tastes (I prefer being walking distance to more shops and restaurants). It has a wonderful pool with views and direct access down to a quiet beach (though it does have some stoney patches). The largest suites have 3 beds (1 queen, 2 twins) sea views, and a private pool. The hotel has 2 restaurants, one of which serves top notch gourmet food, and the popular Hippie Fish restaurant is just down the beach. Agios Ioannis is the beach where Shirley Valentine was filmed. Mykonos Town is 15 minutes away by bus which run frequently.
Mykonos Grand is one of the best 5 star hotels on Mykonos

9. Santa Marina Resort & Villas – Ornos
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 023220)
One of the larger hotels on Mykonos with more of a resort feel. Great for families with a beautiful semi-private beach and small playground with play equipment. The resort is built up the side of a hill and sea view rooms have great views. The restaurants of Ornos are a short walk away and there is a regular free shuttle into Mykonos Town that takes less than 10 minutes. If you have young children this is the best hotel on Mykonos.
Santa Marina Resort is one of the best kid-friendly hotels on Mykonos

10. Saint John Hotel Villas & Spa – Agios Ioannis
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 028752)
The incredible infinity pool has amazing views of the sea and surroundings. The hotel is 15 minutes from Mykonos Town and is great for quiet and seclusion but not the place to stay if you’re after nightlife, partying, or easy access to many restaurants.
St John Resort is one of the best secluded resorts on Mykonos

11. Tharroe Of Mykonos – near Mykonos Town
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 027370)
The best view of any Mykonos Hotel. A very nice pool looks out over Mykonos Town and port. Rooms are bright and many have beautiful sea views. It is a 20 minute walk to Mykonos Town (down a busy steep road) so most guests rent a car or ATV to get around.
Tharroe is one of the best hotels on Mykonos

12. Harmony Boutique Hotel – Mykonos Town
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 028980)
A friendly boutique hotel with a lot of charm, small pool, good views, and walking distance from the restaurants and nightlife of Mykonos Town. If you need 4 star luxury at a more affordable price this is a good choice.
Harmony is one of the best boutique hotels on Mykonos

13. Mykonos Theoxenia – Mykonos Town
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 022230)
A wonderful hotel near the famous Mykonos windmills and less than a 5 minute walk to restaurants and nightlife. It feels quiet and secluded for being so central. The pool is nice and the breakfast amazing. Sea view rooms have great views of the water.
The Theoxenia is one of the best located hotels on Mykonos

14. Palladium Hotel – Platys Gialos
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 025926)
Beautiful hotel with nice pool, great views, and good rates. The beaches of Psarou and Platys Gialos are a 5 minute walk down the hill. Getting back up can be a little steep for some which is why the Palladium is such good value (rates need to be a little cheaper than the hotels right on the beach). The bus to Mykonos Town stops directly outside the hotel and the ride to town takes 10 minutes. (There are large family rooms if you’re traveling with kids.)
Palladium is one of the best hotels on Mykonos

15. Semeli Hotel – Mykonos Town
(Hotel phone: +30 2289 027466)
Bright and modern hotel hotel a 3 minute walk from restaurant and nightlife scene. The Semeli Suite is one of the best in Mykonos Town for a large family or group of friends: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 heated jacuzzis.
Luxury hotel in Mykonos Town with pool and sea view.

More Mykonos Hotels

If the above hotels are fully booked (as often happens) here are some more 4 and 5 star hotels on Mykonos.

  • Myconian Imperial Resort & Villas – Elia Beach
    (Hotel phone: +30 2289 079500)
    Overlooks beautiful Elia Beach. This is really one of the best hotels on Mykonos, but I didn’t put it in my top picks as it’s fairly isolated. A rental car is a must if you stay here.
  • Mykonos View Hotel – Mykonos Town
    (Hotel phone: +30 2289 024045)
    Great value hotel. Incredible views of the port, town, and sunset. Free breakfast. Pool is huge with amazing views. Apartments and triple rooms available.
  • Elysium Hotel – Mykonos Town
    (Hotel phone: +30 2289 023952)
    The gay party hotel of choice in Mykonos Town. Great pool bar and spa. DJ and sunset parties are the rule. Quadruple rooms have 2 king beds or 4 twins.
  • Paradise View Hotel – Paradise Beach
    (Hotel phone: +30 2289 026636)
    Great pool and large rooms. The best hotel close to Paradise Beach (a big party beach). Quadruple rooms have 3 twin beds and a sofa bed.
  • Grace Mykonos – Agios Stefanos
    (Hotel phone: +30 2289 020000)
    Lovely property – especially if you’re looking for a 2-bedroom suite or large family suite – but located on the north side of Mykonos Town. It’s a little isolated and not near any of Mykonos’s best beaches.

Mykonos Town

The big decision for Mykonos is whether to stay in Mykonos Town (the Chora) – where much of the action, nightlife, and restaurants are found – or at one of the wonderful beaches on Mykonos. The island has good bus service so staying at one of the nearby beaches doesn’t mean you can’t pop into Mykonos Town for a late dinner or a night of partying. Taxis can be hard to find late in the evening but you’ll always be able to find your way home – even if it does require some searching and waiting.

The hub of the island and the center of the island’s nightlife. It’s a super fun vibe at night when the narrow lanes are packed with an international crowd of party goers. Lots of great food, high-end shopping, and trendy bars. Half the fun is getting lost in the twisting-turning alleyways (pedestrians only). Some people prefer to stay at the beach towns but I recommend staying in town and make the short commute to the beaches through the day. Return to town in the late afternoon and enjoy the incredible atmosphere of Mykonos Town well into the night.
Best hotels in Mykonos Town and near bars and clubs.

Platys Gialos Beach

Great beach with plenty of excellent restaurants and a fun family-friendly atmosphere (though it’s getting busier every year). A water-taxi departs from here to Paradise and Super Paradise beaches. Good bus connections to Mykonos Town. Psarrou beach is an easy 10 minute walk in one direction. Paraga, Agia Anna, and Paradise are walking distance in the other direction.
Best hotels at beach with lots of restaurants and bars on Mykonos.

Ornos Beach

Great beach with wonderful views and surroundings. Clean, crystal clear water that is calm and very kid-friendly. Good restaurants and good bus connections to Mykonos Town.
Hotels at best family-friendly beach on Mykonos.

Psarrou Beach

Great swimming beach and a short walk from Platys Gialos. Dominated by the overrated Nammos beach club.
Hotels at best party beach on Mykonos

    The Best Hotel at Psarrou Beach
  • Mykonos Blu(Hotel phone: +30 2289 027900)

Agios Ioannis Beach

A very quiet beach with a handful of tavernas and shops. Beautiful sand and water. Stay here for rest and solitude. Good bus connections to Mykonos Town.
Best Hotels at Agios Ioannis Beach near Mykonos Town.
Sotirios Dimakis

Elia Beach

Great beach with some fantastic high-end hotels. Only caveat is that it’s a good distance from Mykonos Town and can feel a little isolated.
Best Hotels at Secluded Elia Beach on Mykonos.
mykonos villas

Megali Ammos

500 meters south of Mykonos Town (Chora). Nice sand and swimming but can be windy. It’s an easy walk from the Chora. Joanna’s Nikos Taverna is on the beach and very good. The hotels below should be considered as part of Mykonos Town but close to Megali Ammos beach.
Hotels at beach closest to Mykonos Town.

Mykonos Hotels with Private Pools, Plunge Pools, and Hot Tubs

Suite with private pool at Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux.

Suite with private pool at Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux.


Unlike Santorini, Mykonos doesn’t have that many hotels with private pools or jacuzzis – but it does have some and they’re usually worth the extra cost (at least for me, I love having a private pool).

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335 Questions and Comments

  1. Hotels Filling Quickly for Next September – Advice

    Hi Dave, I booked Mykonos Blanc for 4 days, next September. Hotels are pretty booked way in advance, and prices are already insane. Do you have any insight on this one? Reviews are great, but I’m really not sure, it’s our Honeymoon, we like some action, but not party central. Caroline

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Ornos is a beautiful beach and Mykonos Blanc has a great spot on it. Nice hotel and the pool is steps from the sea. Lots of good restaurants on the Ornos beach but for any nightlife you’ll need to bus or taxi to Mykonos Town (less than 10 minutes away). It’s quiet at night here, but not dead.

  2. Santorini or Mykonos in Early October

    Hi Dave,
    as everyone else has said, great blog, really helpful.
    I am after some advice, please. My wife and I are looking to spend 7 days in Greece from the 8th October 2016. We were just wondering what sort of weather we can expect.
    We both like to relax, a pool is essential, beachside resort would be lovely but something very close to a nice beach would also work.
    We love to eat out so close to a main town with plenty of restaurant choice is also on our wishlist. We had narrowed down Mykonos or Santorini.
    What are your thoughts?
    Thanks
    Lee

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The weather in early October will usually have cooled noticeably from September and while it should still be sunny and warm it’s possible that you get a few days with a persistent breeze that makes it hard to sit by the pool. Mini heat-waves are also common and you could have blazing sunny weather. So expect anything. Nights will almost certainly be coolish and require a light sweater (or more). As for which island, Santorini is far and away the more unique and magical of the two but if you’re mainly focused on pool and beach time then Mykonos is the better choice. Food is wonderful on both islands.

  3. Hotels for Family of 4

    Hi Dave,

    Your website is the best of the best. Really impressive. We will be traveling to Greece for 2 weeks next summer with our 2 kids ages 15 and 12. I would love to hear what you think of my hotel choices:

    -Athens for 3 days – the Hotel Grand Bretagne or the MET34?
    -Mykonos for 3 days – Nissaki Boutique or the Palladium? Any others to consider?
    -Santorini Fira: 4 nights at the Arias Suites. We also considered the Celestia Villa.
    -Santoriini Kamari 2 nights at the Bellonais Suites.We also considered CavoBiano and Kastelli Resort.
    -Last night in Athens before early flight at the Sofitel.

    We travel often and whenever we can, prefer the Four Seasons resorts. Now that the kids are getting bigger, we long for that extra space. We love to wander and eat well while having lots of sun and beach time.

    thanks for your time!

    Susan Stepan

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      In Athens: The Grande Bretagne is one of my favorite hotels in Greece – so charming with a really special classical feel … but the 2-bedroom apartment at Met34 is more family friendly than the largest suite at the GB. Both have great locations. In Mykonos: Nissaki is trendier with better views and closer to the beach. Palladium has more room and larger pool. In Fira: Aria Suites for sure – right in town and awesome luxury hotel. Celestia is nice too (and actually a better view) but 20 minute walk from central Fira. In Kamari: All those are great choices.

  4. E Tickets for Ferry to Paros

    Hi Dave:

    Great Guides. Very detailed and helpful. We are staying at Petasos and per your suggestion, taking a high speed ferry (Hellenic) to Paros and from there taking the Blue Star to Santorini. I was issued electronic tickets for both ferries. Do I still have to get a paper ticket at one of ferry offices? Do you know which port Hellenic departs from in Mykonos? (They don’t say and its kind of difficult to find out.)

    Thanks a lot for your help and again congratulations on your site and guides.
    RVD

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      If the e-ticket has a bar code then it will get you on the ferry. If not, you need to visit the office and get a paper ticket. Hellenic should leave from the new port (outside of town) but always double check.

  5. Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini

    Hi Dave

    We have 8 nights to spend in the Greek islands from 25 Sept – 3 October. We have booked our first 4 nights at Astra Suites in Santorini and then 4 nights on Naxos at Hotel Grotta (both thanks to your website!).

    I am now wondering if we should shorten our stay in Naxos to 2 nights, and spend the last 2 nights in Mykonos Town so we can see it. We aren’t keen on a party scene but the narrow alleyways and lovely shops/restaurants sound amazing.

    If we went to Mykonos, the ferry would drop us in Naxos 3:30pm Thursday, and we would leave Naxos at 3:30pm Saturday for Mykonos by ferry. We would leave Mykonos for Athens on the Monday either by flight or ferry.

    I have two questions

    1. Is it worth doing 2 nights Naxos, 2 nights Mykonos? Or will that make both places too rushed?
    2. If we go to Mykonos, which of the Semeli or Kouros would you recommend in Mykonos Town for a short trip?

    Thanks Dave!

    Eleanor

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I think splitting your time between Naxos and Mykonos is a great idea. 2 days is not a lot on either but enough to get out and explore. Semeli and Kouros are both wonderful. Kouros is slightly more luxurious and trendy. Semeli is more central (right in town). Some people like the little bit of distance between town and Kouros (about a 10 minute walk). Others find it a hassle. Both have very nice pools.

  6. Where To Stay on Mykonos and Santorini

    I echo everyone — your blog is amazing and helped a close friend of mine who just came back from a wonderful time in Santorini! I just booked airline tickets to Greece for September because I found a great deal (which is somewhat last minute), and plan to visit Santorini for four nights and Mykonos for three nights. I am driving myself crazy with the hotel situation, and I would love your assistance.

    9/10 – arrive in Santorini from Athens (arrive in Athens earlier that day)
    9/10-9/12 – Stay at a budget hotel to sleep off jet lag – currently considering Captain John or Kavalari Hotel, but neither really has a pool — Captain John has a small shared Jacuzzi which could work until we move to another hotel).
    9/12-9/14 – Stay at West East Suites (would like a luxury hotel with a great infinity pool — many of your recommendations are sold out for these dates unfortunately, but I haven’t seen much about this hotel on this site).

    9/14 – Ferry to Mykonos
    9/14-9/17 – Looking for a hotel in Mykonos — ideally would like to find a hotel in, or walking distance to, Mykonos Town with a really nice pool area, preferably with an infinity pool, but something a bit more affordable than Cavo Tagoo or Bill & Coos, and with easy access to nightlife. Being closer to nightlife is more important than being close to the beach. Given this late date, many of your suggestions, including the Hotel Belvedere, are booked, but might consider Mykonos Luxury Residences No. 5, Golden Star or Villa Evi (villa with private infinity pool).
    9/17 fly back to Athens, depart Athens on 9/18

    Any of your thoughts on the above would be appreciated. For all of the hotels we would like easy access to nightlife, a nice pool area (preferably with an infinity pool), and great views.

    Thank you so much again!

    Nicole

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Kavalari is great. There is a small shared jacuzzi/plunge pool. Very central location and a good place to start your visit. West East Suites are very nice. Location is not so central and you’re off on your own a little bit – the restaurants of Imerovigli are a 12 minute walk away, nightlife is a good 30 minute walk (or a bus ride) away. Of the Mykonos hotels you mention Golden Star is the only one that is walking distance into town (about 5 minutes along a busy road without sidewalks but very doable).

      1. Nicole

        Thank you so much for your response and for pointing out that Kavalari has the small plunge pool — I had overlooked that, and I was leaning towards Captain John as a result. Went ahead with Kavalari based on your feedback and the location. After writing and doing additional research, it seemed like the Vencia Boutique Hotel in Mykonos might be a good option, but it was not available for all three nights and moving for one night seemed silly. Decided to bite the bullet and reserve Cavo Tagoo for the Mykonos portion of the trip because it seemed liked a good option overall despite the price tag. I am a little concerned about West East being a bit isolated, but perhaps the pool will make up for it.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Sounds good. I wouldn’t worry about West East too much. The walk from there to Imerovigli is beautiful – if you’re a walker at all you might walk to a restaurant in town and think, “What the heck was he talking about, that’s was nothing!” But some people like to walk out their door and in a minute or two be at a bar or eatery – and for those people West East is not a great choice. The pool is indeed beautiful.

  7. Kensho Hotel in Mykonos

    My sister and I will be staying at Kensho hotel in Mykonos September 2-5. What do you think of the location if we also want to have some fun at night. Then we will be heading to Santorini for a couple of days before heading back to Athens to catch our flight. We do have an extra day that we can use to visit another island. What do you think will be most convenient Naxos or Ios? I really wanted to visit Zakynthos but looks like its out of the way. Thanks so much for all your help.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The night life is mainly found in Mykonos Town and a few of the beaches. Ornos (where Kensho is walking distance from) has a few places to get a drink but nothing I would call nightlife. So you’ll need to go into Mykonos Town and for that you’ll have a 10 minute bus or taxi ride – not sure if you consider that easy access or not. Choosing Naxos or Ios depends on the ferries and Naxos will most likely have the most connections from Mykonos on your day of travel. Both Naxos and Ios will have daily ferries to Santorini.

  8. Andronikos Hotel in Mykonos

    Dear Dave

    Super information!

    Looking to stay in Mykonos Town. I have checked the hotels you have listed, sadly all of which are full the dates we would like to go.

    What do you think of Andronikos Hotel?

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards
    Sarah Johnson

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Great hotel but location is not ideal. You’re a good 15 minute walk (with some busy roads) to Mykonos Town. Walk back is more like 20. So plan on renting car or taking a few taxis. It is fairly close to a bus stop for beaches – just 6 minutes away (but too far to walk).

  9. My Mykonos Retreat by Kirini

    Hi Dave-

    How’s the location of the new My Mykonos Retreat by Kirini?

    Thanks!
    Allison

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      A little isolated for my tastes. The website says 10 minutes to Mykonos Town – I don’t think that’s accurate (more like 20). The best nearby beach is at Ornos – a short drive away, but not really walkable.

  10. Hotel Advice for Mykonos and Santorini

    Dave:

    I have really enjoyed your website, thanks for sharing this information! My wife and I have booked the Mykonos Princess Hotel for 4 nights and Remezzo Villas in Santorini for 4 nights (both with free cancellation at this time). Do you recommenced either of these hotels? I do not see them listed on any of your postings.

    Thanks for your help!
    Chris Dozier

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos Princess is a great hotel in a quiet location. I prefer being either in Mykonos Town or close to the beaches south of town. That said, nearby Agios Stefanos is a nice beach with a handful of restaurants. Renting a car would be recommended if you want to explore the rest of the island. Remezzo Villas in Santorini is even more luxurious. Great views and an easy 5 minute walk to a bunch of great restaurants in Imerovigli. Fira (nightlife, shopping) is a 20/25 minute walk along the caldera path. Both are great choices as long as you know what you’re getting.

  11. Santoini Honeymoon in September

    Hi Dave,

    Your website is wonderful! I am working with my fiance to plan our honeymoon. We are so excited for our trip to Greece this September. Our ideal honeymoon includes beach, pool, wine tours, walking around small quaint towns, good food, maybe some boat tour adventures and quality service/hotel rooms etc. Would love your opinion on:

    1. How is the weather in mid-September? Will we still be able to sit on the beach and by the pool. We are major beach/pool relaxation people so this will be important for us.
    2. We will be travelling for 10-12 days. Since is is our honeymoon, we are looking to explore the more relaxing and romantic side of Greece and less tourist traps etc. We were thinking of doing Santorini and Mykonos. Do you recommend we do one island first or second or are you indifferent?
    3. Santorini – we are looking at Tsitouras (but the honeymoon room recommended to us in unavailable) , Grace Santorini (do you know if this was just redone and if construction is ongoing?), and Mystique. Which one or two would you recommend for a romantic stay, beautiful sunsets, nice patios, pool, good service, walking distance to some restaurants or shops etc.?
    4. Mykonos: Our travel agent is only affiliated with Petasos. I saw that you do recommend this hotel. There were some mixed reviews about the number of kids around, service, space on the beach, and the quality/size of the rooms and views. What do you think? Is is an appropriate honeymoon spot? Have the rooms recently been renovated? Any other thoughts on this?

    Thanks so much for your help and i’m sure we will reach out again as it gets closer to our trip.

    Best,
    Jen

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1. September usually has great weather. Warm (often hot), sunny, not much rain.
      2. Order doesn’t matter much. Since the weather is slowly getting cooler, your last five or six days will (on average) be a little cooler than your first five or six days. In practice, there likely won’t be much difference (and given fluctuations, could be the opposite). With this in mind, and the fact that Mykonos is more of a beach destination than Santorini, I might have a slight preference for Mykonos first, and then Santorini.
      3. All are wonderful hotels. Grace would likely be my first choice (and yes, renovations should be completed by opening). Tsitouras is smaller, more intimate, and friendly. Grace has some great restaurants within 5 minutes. Tsitouras has fewer good restaurants nearby but is closer to Fira’s shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Mystique is in the quieter section of Oia but has many restaurants within a 10 minute walk.
      4. Petasos is a nice hotel with a great location for multiple beaches. But I don’t consider it a “honeymoon” hotel.

  12. Hotels in Platys Gialos

    Hi Dave,

    I’m a solo female traveler, late 20’s. Will be in Mykonos first time for 4 nights July 9th-13th. Want lots of beach, meeting fun people, great food and drinks, and easy access to go to Mykonos Town to hang out, see the sites, and have dinner and drinks. So I’ve decided to stay in Platys Gialos and just busing back to my hotel late night in the case that I may still be having a good time in Mykonos Town after hours. Might have a friend joining me, in which case I have a room held for us at the Petasos Beach Hotel & Spa, which would be my first choice. But if I am staying solo, I will be downgrading myself to something more affordable, so I am deciding between staying at the Argo Hotel or Petinos Hotel. Both are about the same in price at the moment and seem to be in the same general area between Platis Gialos and Psarrou beaches. Petinos seems to have better rooms than Argo, but complaints about not having wifi in the rooms which is a great inconvenience for me. Wifi is supposedly weak in Argo, but at least somewhat accessible in the rooms, if a bit sluggish – all of this according to TA reviews.

    Do you have experience going to both and would recommend one over the other?

    Is the WiFi thing really an issue at Petinos? (fingers crossed that they have since fixed this)

    Do they both offer pickup/drop off at the ferry port/airport?

    Are they both well positioned for late night shuttles to/from Mykonos town?

    If I were to hang out late at Paradise Beach, are these positioned to where I could just walk back to my hotel or would there be a shuttle option?

    Would like to reserve a room at either ASAP before the prices rise any further, just need a little more insight. Thanks in advance for your any advice you could share.

    Elle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      All of these hotels (Petasos, Petinos, and Argo) are within a 2 minute walk from each other. Close to bus stop, restaurants, and Platys Gialos Beach. Petasos is the nicest and has a view (the others generally don’t though it does depend on the room). I have not had trouble with the wifi at Petinos though I’m usually up the road a bit in one of their family apartments so maybe it’s different in the main building (where I suspect you’ll be staying). Yes, they all have a free shuttle for the port and airport but even at the best hotels this can be hit and miss as it’s dependent on the travel plans of other guests – it usually works out but patience is important when using the free shuttles. You can walk from all of these hotels to Paradise Beach (it’s a very beautiful walk along the coast) but you would not want to walk it on the way back at night. You’d either have to get a taxi or take the bus to Mykonos Town then switch to a Platys Gialos bus.

  13. Where To Go in Late April and Early May

    HI Dave..

    Really appreciate your informative site and am finding a lot of valuable stuff here. Thanks.

    I was wanting your advice about our travel plan for Greece that being planned for the last week April/1st week May 2016. We are 3 couples in our 40s travelling together from India.

    Basically we had 8 days to travel in Greece and wanted to plan it the best way possible. Apart from a full day of sightseeing in Athens, we were wondering how to plan the rest of the 7 days.

    One option was to take a road trip into the mainland and travel to Delphi and Meteora for 3 days and then plan for 4 nights in Santorini. This would give us an option of visiting the ruins in Delphi, Monastaries at Meteora, and the Perrama caves near meteora.. followed by a relaxed 4 nights in Santorini.

    Other option was to eliminate the road trip to the mainland and include 3 nights in Mykonos. We are considering this option as we have heard that Mykonos is must to visit because it is very lively and has a great party atmosphere. But a lot of websites are also mentioning that Mykonos is quite dead in end April and it only picks up in peak summer months post May … is that true?

    Also, we are definitely going to Santorini. So as an experience, is Mykonos going to be a repetition of Santorini? To get a fuller experience of Greece which is a better option to consider?

    We are really confused about this and really hope that you can throw some light on this issue. Please advise.
    Thank You

    Sanjay

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I would do the central Greece (Delphi, Meteora, Perama) and Santorini option. Mykonos is a wonderful island but yes, it is quiet in late April. In May it starts getting some life but there are no big parties and the nightlife is still pretty subdued. Mykonos is quite different than Santorini but not as different as central Greece, so if you want to experience a greater variety of Greece then certainly mainland Greece and Santorini will give you that.

  14. Hotel Eva in Ornos Beach

    Hi Dave,
    Any thoughts on Hotel Eva in Ornos? We have some friends staying there in July but are unsure if we should get something in Platys Gialos.
    Thanks,
    Sophie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Eva is a nice budget/moderate hotel. An easy walk to the beach (but not right on it) and a nice pool. Getting to Mykonos Town is a 10 to 15 minute bus ride (bus stop is 5 minutes from the hotel).

  15. Hotels Fully Booked in Mykonos Town

    Hi Dave,

    You provide so much amazing information. Thank you!

    I am traveling to Mykonos and Santorini in mid-August for my 5th year anniversary. I believe that i’m staying at Katikies in Santorini but I am having a harder time deciding on where to stay in Mykonos. Both the Belvedere and the neighboring Semeli are booked for the time that I’m there. We enjoy walking around to explore shops and having the option to go out at night if we want to. We also would like to spend the majority of our time on the beach. Can you recommend a hotel/ area that gives us the best of both worlds (beach/ Mykonos Town)?

    Thanks a ton!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It’s beach or town. There’s not really a hotel that gives you both. There are hotels in-between beach and town but I tend to think that gives you neither as opposed to both. Two great luxury hotels that are a short walk from Mykonos Town are Kouros and Cavo Tagoo.

  16. Petinos Beach Hotel on Mykonos

    Dave,

    Thanks for all the great info. Traveling with my girlfriend and two other couples and considering staying at Petinos Beach Hotel. Seems centralized on Platys Gialos (in terms of of access other beaches from here as well as Mykonos Town), and also very close to the beach which we would like. Is this a good choice? Also, do you know when the bigger nightclubs/beach clubs will start releasing their music/DJ schedule for Summer 2016? We’ll be there the first week of July.

    Thanks!
    Zach

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Petinos Beach is in a great spot. Right on Platys Gialos and convenient for walking to several other beaches up and down the coast. The bus stops just up the street. Music/DJ schedules for summer should be out by May.

  17. Cheap Hotel with Pool on Mykonos

    Budget Accommodation on MYKONOS.
    Any recommendations for budget hotels on Mykonos, preferably with a pool?
    Thanks – great site, really helpful.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are very few “cheap hotels” with a pool but Sofia Village, a 10 minute walk outside of Mykonos Town, is good value with a nice pool, sun deck, and bar.

  18. Good Mid-range Hotel on Mykonos

    Hi Dave. I’m probably the millionth person to tell you that your website is invaluable. So glad I found it!
    In short my husband and I are having 3 weeks in Greece end of August through to middle September and plan on dividing Crete first and then Mykonos. Friends are staying at Santa Marina for 9 nights and we would like to stay close by but our budget doesn’t allow for the same hotel.
    After extensive reading on your site it sounds like we may want to add another location like Santorini instead of such a long stay in Mykonos.
    Either way happy to be in Mykonos for the 9 nights but can you recommend something around the $350 Australian a night mark close to Santa Marina or would you recommend staying in town. Looked at Ammos but Tripadvisor reviews were not kind.
    Thank you in advance.
    Sandra Mackie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, with 9 nights I would definitely add Santorini to the itinerary. Ornos has a great beach and it’s a short drive to Mykonos Town (so you can enjoy both). I prefer staying in town and experiencing the wide choice of restaurants and nightlife but with friends staying at the Santa Marina you’d probably find it more convenient to stay in Ornos. Ammos Hotel is nice with a great location and simple rooms (just don’t be expecting luxury – I think this is what some of the negative reviews are expecting). Mykonos Blanc Hotel is a notch up and feels like more of a beach front hotel owing to the fact the pool directly fronts the sand.

  19. Where to Stay on Mykonos

    Hi Dave
    Your site is excellent and so helpful, thank you for putting this information and your feedback online.
    We are going on our honeymoon this July arriving in Santorini on the 19th and staying 5 nights here (all booked). We then plan to do 3 nights in Naxos (not booked) and five nights in Mykonos (not booked) before we fly home from Mykonos.
    We would like your expert advise in relation to where we should stay in Mykonos. I have read a lot about the nightlife and party scene and then about the beaches that are a bit out of town.
    We are the type of couple that like nice restaurants, nice friendly bars, a day trip to the beach would do if our hotel had a nice pool. We would certainly want to avoid a hotel that attracts stag or hen parties. I guess a nice honeymoon friendly hotel that we could walk to and from the bars and resturants. Thank you again for the huge effort and work you put into your site.
    James

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Considering your preferences, I would recommend staying in Mykonos Town. The Belvedere is a great honeymoon hotel with good pool and a short walk from restaurants, nightlife, and the bus station (for the beaches). The Semeli is right next door and similar quality if the Belvedere is fully booked (as often happens).

  20. Best Hotels for Romantic Anniversary on Mykonos and Santorini

    Hello Sir!… incredible site you have so much help!!.. I am going to Mykonos and Santorini with my wife for our 10th anniversary, I would like to stay at the very best and most romantic hotels in both Islands, I already got hold of a Deluxe Room with plunge pool and the Grace Suite at the the Grace Santorini (deciding between both rooms). But in Mykonos maybe The Grace is not a good choice? Which then? I was thinking between Bill&Coo, Blu, Myconian Ambassador or maybe Cavo Tago? Which one is best? … Is the Grace at Santorini the best there is or maybe another one? Budget is not a problem.

    Carlos Zambrano

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      All 4 hotels are wonderful. Location is the big difference. Blu is in between Psarou and Platys Gialos beaches and is good if you want the beach party scene at Nammos. Myconian Ambassador is far quieter and a bit older crowd. It’s an easy walk to Platys Gialos but not right on the beach. Cavo Tagoo is great for walking into Mykonos Town for restaurants and nightlife. Bill & Coo is on the opposite side of town (from Cavo), walking distance to a good (but not great) beach, and requires walking on a busy-ish road to get into Mykonos Town. It’s easy to get to Platys Gialos beach from Bill & Coo while it’s a bit more effort from Cavo Tagoo. And yes, Mykonos Grace is not a great choice as it’s location is pretty lousy. Grace Santorini is indeed wonderful and the best hotel on Santorini.

  21. Renting ATVs on Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    Is it quite easy to hire ATV’s compared to car’s on the island. How long would an ATV drive be from Mykonos town to Platys Gialos. Really tossing up whether to stay in Town or the Beach for my Honeymoon this year.

    Thanks
    Liam

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Renting cars and ATVs is easy. Only trouble can be finding an automatic transmission car (most are manual) in July and August. From Mykonos Town to Platys Gialos on an ATV would be 10 to 15 minutes.

  22. Flights between Santorini and Mykonos in 2016

    Hi Dave,

    Fantastic site and resource.

    Are you aware of any flights between Santorini and Mykonos for the 2016 season?

    David Golding

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      As of right now, there are no flights between Mykonos and Santorini.

  23. Alternative to Nammos Beach Club

    I notice you mention Namos Beach Club is over rated. Are there others you would suggest? Thanks Peta Morrison

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Kalua Beach Club on Paraga Beach is funner, friendlier, and has better food. It definitely gets a younger crowd than Nammos. (Tasos Taverna has better food than both places and is right next door to Kalua – go to Kalua for drinks and apps, go to Tasos for lunch or dinner.)

  24. Mykonos for Stag

    Hi Dave

    Fantastic informative site! I am in the process of organising my friend’s stag and he has mentioned Mykonos as a possible destination, which works great as none of the 10 in the group have been there. My only concern is whether it actually works as a stag destination, as i am finding it quite difficult to gather much information on this.

    Going by your site, The Belvedere sounds like the ideal hotel for our group, as it seems to be in a good location for what we would want, and the hotel looks very nice too. But i may be wrong, so was hoping you could shed some light on thoughts of Mykonos being a good stag destination, and if The Belvedere would be suitable for a group of guys around late May/June for 3-4 nights.

    Any advice on this generally would be appreciated!

    Josh

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos in late May and early June will be up and running and plenty of fun, but the large parties won’t be going quite yet. So, I think it would be a fine destination if you’re looking for a place with a good choice of bars to have a good time as a group. But if you’re looking for large dance/beach parties then you’re a little too early. Likewise, Belvedere is a great choice for a group of friends to have a good time together. If you’re looking for a crazy/party hotel then this isn’t the place.

  25. Astra in Santorini and Cavo Tagoo in Mykonos

    Hi Dave –

    We are looking at Astra Suites in Santorini and Cavo Tagoo in Mykonos. We would like to have our own private pool over looking the water. Then have the option to go to town or beaches… We also like staying in and relaxing… are these in good locations to do this?

    Thanks! – Alexis

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both are wonderful hotels. Astra is in Imerovigli, a quieter town with incredible views. The main town of Fira is a beautiful 20 minute walk away. Cavo Tagoo is a 10 minute walk from the shops and restaurants of Mykonos Town. It’s a short walk but can still be a bit of hassle owing to the road you walk along, so it’s close to the action but not right in the middle of things. The station for buses to the beaches is on the opposite side of Mykonos Town (about a 15 minute walk). Once again, some will call this close, others will wish they had a little more central location.

  26. Mykonos Theoxenia vs Mykonos Bay Hotel

    Hi Dave – awesome site, so much great info and so helpful while planning our honeymoon!
    We have had Mykonos Theoxenia booked for quite some time now for late May, but we’ve just started having second thoughts and have been contemplated booking Mykonos Bay instead. Could you provide some thoughts on the two compared to each other?

    Ej

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both are very nice hotels (4.5 stars). Location is the big difference. Theoxenia is right in Mykonos Town and the shops, restaurants, and pedestrian-only alleyways are right out the door (though you do have to cross a busy parking lot). There is no beach at Theoxenia. It’s a 5 minute walk to the bus station where you catch buses to the most popular Mykonos beaches. Mykonos Bay is on a good (but not great) beach. It’s a 10 minute walk to the bus station and Mykonos Town but goes along a busy-ish road that is a bit of a hassle (especially at night).

  27. Apsenti or Aeolos Hotel in Mykonos

    Hi dave, I want to book hotel in Mykonos, which one you think better between Apsenti Mykonos and Aeolos Hotel Mykonos? Do you have review about those hotels?

    Andrie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Aeolos is a far nicer hotel but somewhat in the middle of nowhere (Mykonos Town is a 15 minute walk away but it feels worse than that – you’ll want a rental car or ATV if you stay here). Apsenti is more modest (but still nice) and located near Agios Ioannis beach (nice beach with good swimming) and is a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride to Mykonos Town.

      1. Bobby M

        That’s true – it is kinda far and a steep walk back at night. That said, we found the owner (Panos) to be one of the nicest hoteliers we’ve ever met. When he noticed us walking to town, he came after us and offered us a lift. We hired an ATV and from the hotel went off and discovered lots of other beaches. So we wanted somewhere near enough to town but with a good escape route. Be careful on the roads, though, they’re a bit risky.

  28. Great Honeymoon Hotel in Mykonos

    Hello Dave,

    Thank you for your post. This is so helpful.

    Me and my wife are planning our Honeymoon in Greece and we were thinking of going in May 2016. 3 nights in Athens, 3 nights in Mykonos, and 4 nights in Santorini. The problem lies in deciding which hotels…since they all look amazing! We have very specific requirements that makes it tough to decide what works for us best – we want to be close to the Mykonos town so we can check out the party scene, restaurants etc. also we wanted a high end spa like hotel to stay in that has beautiful view of the Aegean and infinity pool (is a must) :))).

    We loved the Myconian Imperial Hotel but it seems too far from town and we’d prefer to be closer to the lively side of town. Bill and Co. Suites, Mykonos Grand Hotel and Resort. And Grace Mykonos look good but I wasnt sure which one is really good (infinity pool, good service, breakfast, rooms) and what reviews I can trust. I was wondering if you could help. I am so tired of dealing with Travel Agents who have their own agendas.

    Also, in Santorini – similar requirements. We were looking into either Cosmopolitian, Allure, or Gold Suites. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you soooo much. Any advice would be helpful.

    RM

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Of the hotels you’re considering I’d go with Bill and Coo. Wonderful place with a great pool and views. Close to Mykonos Town (though the walk is along a busy-ish road). Mykonos Grand and Grace are both farther (well beyond walking distance) to town.

      In Santorini, Cosmopolitan is one of my favorites so I’d go with that – especially if you want to be close to nightlife which is just out the door.

  29. Good Inexpenisve Hotels in Mykonos

    These are wonderful but we are looking for cheaper hotels. Can you recommend any “good value” hotels on Mykonos? Thanks, Nealum

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Here are a few ideas for good value hotels on Mykonos:

      • Hotel Philippi (Mykonos Town)
        The best cheap hotel in the heart of Mykonos Town. Nice garden and rooms with air conditioning.
      • Manto Hotel (Mykonos Town)
        Simple, cheap, and clean with a great location in Mykonos Town.
      • Poseidon Hotel Mykonos (Mykonos Town)
        A very nice 3-star hotel with good rates. Great location for catching the bus to the beaches. Nice pool too.
      • Kamari Hotel (Platys Gialos Beach)
        Great value for what you get. Nice pool and a short walk from the beach.
  30. Petasos or Kouros

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for all the very helpful hotel recommendations in Mykonos. My fiancé and I are traveling to Greece on our honeymoon the end of July 2016. We are staying in Mykonos for 3 nights and Santorini for 4 nights. We chose this order so we could relax a little more after our wedding, since I know there is more to see and do in Santorini.

    I know these two hotels are completely different location wise but I am deciding between Petasos and Kouros. Petasos’ pool and grounds look a little nicer, but I liked the unique design of the rooms at Kouros and how all the rooms have sea views. However, is the road that Kouros is on a very big turn off to staying there? We will probably want to go into Mykonos Town a couple times while we’re there. And for Petasos, are there are lot of kids/families that stay there since this will be our honeymoon we want something a little more private? We’re also huge foodies (my fiancé is a chef) so which hotel is situated closer to the better restaurants? I know they are probably hard to compare, but, ultimately, which one would you choose for honeymooners?

    Thank you for helping me make my final decision.

    Elizabeth

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      First off, I assume you’re talking about Petasos Beach Resort & Spa (on Platys Gialos Beach) and not Petasos Town Hotel (a 3 star hotel in Mykonos Town). They are very different and if you want a luxury hotel then you don’t want Petasos Town Hotel. Petasos Beach Resort does attract more kids and families and Kouros is the more boutiquish of the two hotels. Most of the best restaurants on Mykonos are in Mykonos Town and you can walk there from Kouros but not Petasos. That said, it’s only 10 minutes by taxi or bus from Petasos to town so time-wise it’s not a big difference. Kouros is located along a busy road with no sidewalks (for a portion) and about 10 minutes from Mykonos Town. You can avoid the busy road by taking the back road but this requires a pretty good climb. Taxis are hard to come by in Mykonos Town but the hotel does have a free shuttle that runs back and forth to town, though this can be hit and miss. You can see the road that Kouros is on here (if you scroll around and click the arrows you’ll be able to trace the walk into town).

      1. Kouros to Beaches

        Thank you! I was referring to Petasos Beach Resort & Spa – so your comments were very helpful! However, last question – how would you get to the beaches of Mykonos if we were to stay at Kouros? Again, thanks for your help!
        Elizabeth

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          The hotel shuttle will take you if it’s available. (It might have an airport pickup to make first, then take someone to the ferry port, and you’ll be waiting for an hour, so it’s not perfect.) The hotel can call a taxi but there are so few taxis on the island that calling one is no guarantee that you’ll get one. You can take the bus. The bus station is a 15 minute walk from Kouros – it’s in Mykonos Town but on the far edge from Kouros. Lastly, you can rent a car or ATV. Kouros has a parking lot so parking is no problem. Personally, I would plan on a mix of shuttle, taxi, and bus.

  31. Mykonos Bay Hotel

    Any thoughts on Mykonos Bay Hotel? Seems like a nice hotel, but haven’t read anything about it on your site.

    Thanks
    Ryan

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Nice hotel with a large pool right on a good (not great) beach. It’s a 5 or 10 minute walk to Mykonos Town and the bus station (with buses to most beaches). The walk is short but it should be noted that it’s along a busyish road with no sidewalk (not a big deal but a bit of a pain).

  32. Palladium or Petasos in Mykonos

    Dave,

    I currently have 2 reservations in Mykonos in September 2016, Palladium (double with private pool) and Petasos (classic with outdoor jacuzzi). Are either of these balconies really private and do they both have a sea view? Its tough to tell from the websites what the real layout is and if it includes a sea view. What do you think is the better option for a honeymoon?

    Thanks!!
    Jordan

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both are very nice hotels with good locations but the Palladium is back a fair bit from the water so though you can “see” the cove at Platys Gialos beach from the hotel I wouldn’t call it a seaview even if your room has a clear view. It’s still a short walk from the Palladium to the beach so I wouldn’t be concerned about the distance – though it is uphill and a pretty good climb on the way back. The Classic Room at Petasos has a garden view, though the main pool has beautiful views of the sea and Psarrou Beach. You’re also much closer to the waterfront than the Palladium. The Petasos definitely has a more luxurious feel to it.

      1. Petasos Outdoor Classic Jacuzzi Room

        Thanks!! Very helpful!! One thing though, the room description for Petasos says:

        This accommodation offers an interior design elegance and Garden View from the balcony of the accommodation. Above the accommodation through an external stair, there is a roof top terrace with an outdoor Double Jacuzzi, two sun beds, a sofa, a table, a modern parasol and sea view.

        Is that rooftop terrace private?

        Jordan

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Each Outdoor Classic Jacuzzi Room has its own rooftop terrace that includes an outdoor double Jacuzzi, two sunbeds, a sofa, and a table. However they can be next to the terrace of the neighboring room so they don’t have complete privacy.

  33. Royal Mykonian in Mykonos

    Your website is really helpful. I’m coming in the summer with three teenage daughters. My travel agent is recommending Royal Mykonian resort yet it isn’t mentioned on your website….Should we stay in town or outside of town with teenagers?
    Help!
    And thank you,
    Nancy Bergholtz

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I repeat this often: Do not listen to travel agents – they almost never know what they’re talking about and are only recommending hotels for which they have established agreements.

      Royal Myconian is a nice hotel but secluded and with not much around it. I would not stay here with teenagers. Much better to be in Mykonos Town or at Ornos or Platys Gialos beaches (both a short bus ride from town).

  34. Vencia Boutique Hotel in Mykonos

    Hey dave,

    What a great website!

    I am going to Santorini and Mykonos for my honeymoon from May 29 to June 5, 2016 am thinking of Above Blue Suites in Santorini and for my stay in Mykonos from June 1st until 5th am thinking of vencia boutique hotel any review for those two hotels?
    Moreover would it be hard to travel using public transportation in Mykonos town to go to beaches or shall I rent a car?
    Yasmeen

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Vencia is a beautiful hotel with great pool and view. The tradeoff is that it’s not right in town but a 10 minute walk up the hill. The walk is not terrible but it can be a hassle – especially at night in the dark. I would not recommend the Vencia for anyone that had mobility issues (unless they planned to only get around by rental car). Vencia is a 15 minute walk from the bus station that has buses to the beaches. Above Blue Suites in Santorini is a small boutique hotel with great views of the caldera. Highly recommended.

  35. Mykonos in Early June

    Hi Dave.

    I love your website! My husband and I are planning on arriving in Mykonos on June 4, 2016 and stay at the Myconian Ambassador for 3 nights. Is this a good time to travel? Will the buses be running to the beaches in early June? We’re not big partiers but would like to check out the scene on Paradise at least one evening. Thanks for your advice.
    Ann Savelle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      June is a great time to visit. Good weather and starting to get some really warm days (though water will still be on chilly side). Buses will definitely be running (almost like the high season schedule). Parties on Paradise Beach start around June 1 and clubs in Mykonos Town should be starting to get busy.

  36. Mykonos in Early May

    Hi Dave,

    We will be travelling in May for 2 days around 10th of May. Is the weather nice enough to start using the beaches? Should we stay in town as it will be much more lively? We were actually looking at Platys Gialos as there is very limited accommodations near Paradise Beach (which is our first priority). Since we will be heading to Santorini after this we were actually looking for a full beach experience (no cliffs). But then if the weather will be tool cold, no point staying on a beach. Will the party scene be on at Paradise/ Super Paradise beach in May? Also, which is the most happening night club in Mykonos and Santorini where you can let yourself loose completely? Thanks, Hitesh

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The beaches will be quiet in early May on Mykonos. Weather could be good for swimming but there won’t be much in the way of a party. Even Mykonos Town will be on the quiet side – though plenty of hotels and restaurants open. Fira on Santorini will have a more active nightlife at this time of year.

  37. Ferry Tickets for Crete, Santorini, Naxos, and Mykonos

    Hi. I am going to Crete, Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos in May 2016. Can I just buy ferry tickets from each island or do I have to buy in advance?
    Linda

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Buying tickets after you get to Greece will be fine for travel in May.

  38. Boheme or Bill & Coo?

    I am headed to Greece next fall and I am deciding between Boheme and Bill & Coo. I keep going back and forth on which is better for us to stay at.

    Suggestions?

    Leigh

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Flip a coin. Both are wonderful hotels in a similar location just out town. I do prefer being right in Mykonos Town (e.g. The Belvedere) but both these hotels are a short walk (5 to 10 minutes) which doesn’t bother most guests – but just know you won’t be right in the action. They are both slightly more luxurious than anything you’ll find right in Mykonos Town.

  39. Walk from Mykonos Town to Elysium Hotel

    Hi Dave. I was planning on booking a stay at Elysium Hotel in June. But some of the reviews I’ve read said that the road leading to the hotel is very steep. I walk with a cane and cannot really climb stairs. Can you give me an idea of how difficult or steep the walk can be? And how far a walk is it to Fabrika bus station? Thanks.

    Claudio Campagiorni

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You can see the road that leads up to Elysium (from the main ring road around Mykonos Town) here on Google street view. It’s about a 3 minute walk up that road. It is pretty steep but I can’t say whether it will be too much for you or not. The bus station is a 3 to 5 minute walk to the right (in the photo). That part is fairly flat but still not a relaxing, easy walk as the road is narrow, there aren’t sidewalks, and there is plenty of traffic. If you could stay on the inside of that “ring road” it would make walking about the town much easier.

  40. Mykonos with 2 Year Old

    Hi Dave, I am looking for an hotel in Mykonos for next summer. I have a 2 year’s old kid. I would like a (4 or 5 stars) hotel with a private beach (transat and umbrella) and a beach with good restaurants. Which one would be the best beach? Platys Gialos, Ornos or Elia? Which hotel would you recommend? Thanks a lot ! I love your website.
    Ginny

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Santa Marina in Ornos has a great (semi-private) beach and is walking distance to good restaurants. The hotel has a little playground for kids.

  41. Romantic Hotel with Ocean View in Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    Your website is awesome and so helpful. We are going to Mykonos next July for a few nights for our honeymoon and are having difficulty deciding what area to stay in. We would like to be by a nice beach but not crazy partying, and still be able to get into town on the bus for some dinners at night. What area would you recommend? We are trying to find a romantic hotel with a oceanview balcony for ~400/night. Any thoughts?

    Thanks so much!
    ~Lisa

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Myconian Ambassador has great views over Platys Gialos and the beach. The bus to Mykonos Town is a 5 minute walk away (and the bus ride to town is about 10 or 12 minutes). Good restaurants on the Playtys Gialos beach. If you’re on the side of Platys Gialos that’s closer to Nammos than you’ll get some thumping music from afternoon well into the night, but the Ambassador is pretty quiet.

  42. Good Hotel for Mykonos in May

    Hi Dave, thanks for the awesome info on your web. We are stuck between these 4 beautiful hotel to choose for our first trip to Mykonos on next May 13-16 2016. We need you your help to choose one of the four hotel below that has the best city/sea view, good breakfast, closer to bus stop?

    1. Portobello Boutique Hotel
    2. Mykonos Theoxenia Luxury Boutique Hotel
    3. Semeli Hotel
    4. Boheme

    Is there any tour recommend or must do activity during our stay?

    Thanks! 🙂

    JOSEPHINE TAN

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Portobello has the best view. Theoxenia is the most luxurious but doesn’t have much of a view from the rooms. Semeli and Theoxenia are the closest to the bus station (less than a 5 minute walk). Boheme is very nice but the worst location of the 4.

      Walking from Psarrou or Platys Gialos to Paradise Beach along the shore is a very nice walk and the one thing that you should do. A day trip to Delos is also worthwhile.

  43. Which Luxury Hotel on Mykonos

    Hi,
    I have problem to choose a hotel. We are a couple who want to stay close to the beach, a good one with several restaurants and rather take a hotel shuffle to Mykonos Town for dinner. You are recommending Mykonos Grand at the top on your page, but you also say this beach is more “dead” with not that many tavernas/restaurants. I`m also considering Myconian Ambassador on your favorite beach, Myconos Blu and Myconian Imperial resort or Myconian Utopia (by the way is this the same?) at Elia beach. I know this is longer to the town but all hotells have shuffle service so this would not be a problem is it? I have understood that there is not that many taxi there. Which one do I choose??? Thanks a lot!
    Trude

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      If you want to be close to restaurants and easy access to Mykonos Town then stay at Mykonos Blu or Myconian Ambassador (the Blu is closer to the bus stop). The Mykonos Grand is great but is on a fairly quiet beach. Elia beach is 20 to 25 minutes from Mykonos Town and only 5 or 6 buses a day in august, fewer in other months.

      1. Hotel Shuttle Service

        Thanks a lot! But all luxury hotel has shuttle service, so if the bus is not important you still recommend Mykonos Blu or Myconian Ambassador? Is Elia a quite beach with not that many restaurants/tavernas? Again, thank you!
        Trude

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          I never have a lot of faith in hotel shuttle services. They often run at infrequent times, stop early in the evening, and are diverted to the port if there’s an incoming ferry. Assume you have to rely on public buses and consider the shuttles a bonus if they work out.

  44. Petasos Beach Club with Kids

    Hi
    We are traveling to Greece from the 12-20 Sep with two kids (3.5 & 1.5years). My brother is staying at Petasos Beach Club – will this be child friendly? Or would you recommend another hotel/accom in the same area more suitable?

    Cheers
    Kate

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Petasos is great and very luxurious. Petinos Beach Hotel is perhaps a tiny bit less luxurious, right on the beach (Petasos is the next hotel as you walk away from Platys Gialos), and more kid-friendly. It’s sister hotel Petinos has some even larger suites but does not have a pool (you can use the one at Petinos Beach across the street) and some rooms are a 3 minute walk to the beach (oh, the horror). I have no problem recommending all 3 for a family.

  45. Trendy Hotel near Beach and Fun

    Hi Dave,

    Very informational site! I’m visiting Mykonos 3 October through 6 October. I’m looking for a spot on or near the beach, but fairly close to Mykonos Town and Nammos? Any recommendations? I like a hotel/resort with a great scenery/vibe. I dont mind having to take a 10-15 minute taxi drive at night for the nightlife. By the way … will there be any nightlife during this time?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I would recommend either the Mykonos Blu or Nissaki. The Mykonos Blu is connected directly with Psarou beach (where Nammos is located). The Nissaki is closer to Platys Gialos beach but still a short walk to Psarou. Both are great hotels but Nissaki is the more luxurious choice. Not sure what you mean by “close to Mykonos Town” as when you’re staying at the beach, then, of course, you’re not close to Mykonos Town. But, both hotels are 10 to 15 minutes by regular bus to Mykonos Town. Both hotels have free shuttles too but I find taking the bus easier and more practical.

  46. Hotel in Naxos and Mykonos with Kids

    Hi Dave,
    We’re a group of two couples with two kids each (3yr old and 6 months each couple).
    We’re flying to mykonos on the 20th of September until the 27th.
    We’re looking for a quiet place by the beach (nice sandy beach) and maybe a pool too for the kids. Not something too fancy but nice and clean with a good tavern near by, and nice beach.
    We thought of maybe spending 4 nights in Naxos, and 3 more nights at Mykonos. (We’ve booked the sunrise hotel but after reading a bit maybe we should go somewhere else where we don’t have to hire a car) We’re obviously not the party kind, and would rather stay on a nice beach hotel than in the hora.
    If you can recommend nice hotels that can suit us both on mykonos and Naxos it will be great!
    Thanks a lot ,
    Annaelle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      In Mykonos I would look at the Petinos Beach or the Petinos Hotel (sister properties that share the same pool and have some large suites – the Petinos is back from the beach a bit and less expensive). In Naxos try Kalergis Studios – right on the beach with large family suites.

  47. Mykonos in Mid-October

    hello !

    We are thinking about going to Mykonos and Santorini from 10/9-10/19. Will it still be warm enough to lay out on the beach? I don’t need to get into the water just as long as my hotel has a hot tub with a great view. Also do they have any night life in Mykonos that late in the season? I don’t need a huge club scene but just want to make sure we can have a drink at 10pm at night.
    Trammie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It will probably be warm enough to have a few days out on the beach – maybe all the days, but you can’t be 100% sure. There will still be some quiet nightlife – certainly enough to get a drink well into the night. FYI, not all jacuzzis are hot tubs. They’re often warm but not hot.

  48. Cheap Hotels in Mykonos and Santorini

    Hi Dave

    We (ladies) will be spending 2 nights each in both Mykonos & Santorini next month. Grateful if you could share some information on the following:
    Mykonos – Madalena and San Marco
    Santorini – Kylasdonisia and Pension Petros

    Thanks much!
    Celine

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos Hotels: San Marco is the better hotel but Madalena has a much better location (walking distance to Mykonos Town, albeit with a steep climb on the way back). For San Marco you’d need to rent a car unless you’re fine sitting at the pool all day.

      Santorini Hotels: Pension Petros is definitely the better hotel (Kylasdonisia is more of a hostel, anyways). Both hotels have decent locations but, once again, Petros is better – more central, easier to find, close to the bus station, and closer to restaurants.

  49. Myconian Inn

    Have you heard anything or ever stayed at the Myconian Inn. We (3 girls) have it booked for mid Septmeber. Just wondering if we picked a good place to stay and if the location of the hotel is a good spot as well.

    Thanks!
    Lesly

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      A nice hotel with good location. Walking distance from the Old Port (but only SeaJets and Flying Cat 4 arrive there – most ferries arrive at the New Port). It’s about 5 minutes into Mykonos Town and 10 minutes to bus station for beaches.

  50. Hotel in Mykonos for Group of Friends/ Mykonos in September

    Hi Dave, we are group of friends (females) and planning to visit Mykonos end of september (is it a good time?), we are looking for a nice hotel with swimming pool and good food, we are worried to choose a romantic hotel, we’re looking for swimming and tanning during the day, and parties during the night, is it the place to go or should we just shift to Ayia Napa? can you recommend a hotel that is close to the town?
    Another question, we’re going for three nights, is it enough ?

    Can you please recommend a hotel close to the town? And what do you think the average spending during the day for food and drinks 🙂 ( we will try not to go shopping :D)
    many thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Belvedere in Mykonos Town would be perfect for what you’re looking for. September is a wonderful time on the island although there won’t be any huge parties by late September – still plenty of places to have fun at night, mainly in Mykonos Town. 3 nights is good, 4 nights better. Average spending on food and drinks can have a huge range somewhere between 50€ and 150€.

      1. two friends now

        Hi Dave ,

        we’re down to two friends now ! i have check Belvedere and it’s very expensive for us two taking into consideration that we will be spending on food and drinks in town….

        can you suggest any of these ? preferably close to town :

        Anamar Boutique

        Anemoessa Boutique Hotel

        Aphrodite Beach

        Mykonos Palace

        Hotel Dorion

        Hotel San Marco

        Lady Anna

        Myconian Imperial

        Royal Myconian

        Apollonia Bay

        Dionysos Mykonos

        Myconian Avaton

        Pietra E Mare

        Palladium Hotel

        Saint John

        Myconian Ambassador

        the prices of the hotels gets high as you go down the list .

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Of those (and considering what you’ve mentioned), I’d take the Palladium – not in Mykonos Town but the bus stops right outside the hotel and you can be into town in 10 minutes. You’re walking distance to both Psarou and Platys Gialos beaches. It’s a great hotel but good value for the money too.

  51. Mykonos in Early November

    Hi Dave

    Is it true that most hotels / party places are shut during the month of November?

    Regards
    JK

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There will still be some hotels open in November in Mykonos (mainly Mykonos Town) but no parties. The island is very quiet but far from abandoned. It can still be a good time to visit as long as you’re not expecting warm beach weather.

  52. Petasos Beach Resort or Enlefko Suites?

    Hi Dave, I have 2 reservations and need to cancel one but which one? Petasos Beach Resort or Enlefko Suites? Which is nicer? Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Petasos is much nicer and has a much better location (close to beach, restaurants). Enlefko is a 20 minute walk to Ornos beach – and there isn’t much that is just out the door.

  53. Beach Chair Rentals

    Hi Santorini Dave, thanks for the awesome site. My husband and I are coming to Greece in late September and were wondering what its like getting a spot on the beaches in Mykonos are if you aren’t staying at a hotel right on the beach. Who controls the chairs/umbrellas that I see in a lot of the pics of the beaches? If you aren’t at a hotel right on the beach, how do you get one and what do they cost? Are there beaches where you can just lay down a towel? Just been burned by places where you can’t get a seat if you aren’t staying there / arriving at 6am to claim a spot. Let me know what you think.

    Thanks so much,
    Nicole

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Chairs can range from free (when you buy something from the restaurant) to €10 or €15 – it can change depending on the season (August is when they’re most likely to charge). Most beaches have some area that’s free of beach chairs. In theory, no one owns the sand so you’re free to put your blanket down anywhere – but if it’s wall to wall sunbeds then that’s not so easy. Most of the time you’ll be fine finding something with a little bit of effort.

  54. Hotel in Mykonos for September

    Hi there- We are going to be in Mykonos September 7-10th. I booked a bunch of places a few months ago on booking just to secure some options and now I am trying to narrow down. We want to stay within a short 5-10 min. walk from the main Mykonos town (no car or atv rental to get around). Ideally a view and a pool, but not musts. More important is the room is clean, more modern and great location. Can you help us narrow down between:

    Ilio Maris
    Tharroe (saw your comments about taking taxis)
    Harmony Boutique
    Mykonos View (i read somewhere it recommends getting a car)
    Andronikos (saw your comments about the steep walk)
    Bellou Suites
    Riva Suites

    Jessica Weingarten

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      From those hotels either the Ilio Maris (close to bus station, but the walk is along a busy road) or Harmony Boutique (close to town but farther from the bus station, nicer view). The two hotels are on opposite side of Mykonos Town.

      You can see the streets they’re on here (both views looking into Mykonos Town):
      Ilio Maris street viewHarmony street view

      Hope that helps.

  55. Seaside Cottages by Belvedere on Mykonos

    Hello Dave, this site is very useful, thanks! I waited until way too late to book for two weeks this month (August). None of the recommended hotels were available. I opted for Seaside Cottages by Belvedere at Psarou Beach. Small rooms and very expensive…have you heard any opinions/reviews of the property?
    Many thanks and enjoy your vacation,
    Mark

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It’s a nice hotel but not as luxurious as its sister hotel in Mykonos Town. It’s on Psarou beach which is dominated by Nammos beach club/bar/restaurant. The party is pumping there from noon until 1 or 2am (in August). I’m not fond of the vibe at Nammos (security guards at a beach bar, really?) but if you’re in Mykonos to party then you might love.

  56. Royal Myconian or Myconian K

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for all of the info – I’ve been obsessed with your site since I started planning my Greece trip!

    After 6 nights in Santorini, we have three nights in Mykonos (October 6-9) and I’m wondering if it’s better to stay at the Royal Myconian (near Elia Beach) or the Myconian K Hotel (closer to Mykonos town). The prices are comparable – but the Royal looks like a nicer hotel and a friend of mine stayed there and loved it. I’m just hesitant about being too far away from restaurants, bars, etc. especially when it’s getting close to the off season. Any thoughts? Or recommendations?

    We’re a married couple in our late 20s – not crazy into the club scene but we like having the option of places to grab a snack or drink nearby. We also want to plan a day trip to Delos, but have no other plans while in Mykonos.

    Thanks!
    Mary Kate

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You have it exactly right: the Royal Myconian is more luxurious, the Myconian K has a better location (and much better if you have any interest in hitting Myconos Town for an evening drink or doing the Delos tour).

  57. Is Mid September a Good Time to Visit Mykonos?

    hi dave
    Is mid september a good period to visit Mykonos, Santorini, and Athens? I’m planning to travel between 18 to 26 september. Will the party scene in Mykonos still open or will it be dead? Awaiting for your reply so as to confirm my travel plans.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mid September is a great time to visit Greece and the islands but by the 20th of September the party scene is definitely slowing down on Mykonos. Maybe not dead but no huge parties. The club scene on Santorini (which is more low-key than Mykonos) will, ironically, be better than on Mykonos by late September. Athens is great in September and certainly not quiet.

  58. Petasos Beach Hotel, Myconian Ambassador or Nissaki Hotel in Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for all the great information! I have been offered some late deals for Petasos Beach Hotel, Myconian Ambassador and Nissaki Hotel. We will be there mid August for a week holiday. Travelling with two teenagers who probably like to see the party scene a few nights while other times we will just hang around the pool, walk down to beaches, go to town, have dinners and enjoy Mykonos town. We do not intend to rent a car and prefer maybe hotel shuttle pick up or taxi. Thanks for helping and hope to hear your recommendations as I need to get back to the hotel soon.
    Jasmine

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      All are great hotels. Petasos is closest to the Platys Gialos beach, Nissaki and Myconian are more luxurious (Nissaki is boutiquish, Myconian more like a resort), Nissaki is closest of the 3 to Psarou beach (but still close to P.G.), Petasos and Nissaki are both close to the bus to Mykonos Town, Myconian is a 5 to 7 minute walk.

  59. Myconian Ambassador or Palladium in Platis Gialos

    Hi Dave,

    Excellent website! Thanks for the info!

    Looking at the prices now for an early September stay, my wife and I are trying to decide between the Myconian Ambassador Hotel & Spa or the Palladium hotel, which both have a standard double room that is similarly priced.
    The only difference is that the standard room at the Myconian has an ocean view room whereas the Palladium room would be pool-view. Which would you choose?
    One thing to add since you may have thought about this with your family before is that my wife will be approximately 4-5 months pregnant during our visit. Our thoughts were to stay in P.G. or somewhere close to town so we can go eat lunch/dinner there, but we weren’t planning on partying or staying out late at night.
    Thanks!
    PJ

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Palladium is a pretty substantial uphill walk from the beach but is very close to a bus stop into Mykonos Town. The Myconian is closer to the beach but is farther from the bus stop. The Myconian is more luxurious. Hope that helps.

  60. Stay in Agios Ioannis or Mykonos Town

    Hi Dave,

    Loving this forum, thanks for all your help and information! I am deciding between two hotels in Mykonos that are quite different. The first is Hotel Nazos, a budget hotel a little outside Hora. There is no pool, but it is walking distance from the town and all buses. The second is Hippie Chic hotel in Agios Ioannis. It is beautiful, a little secluded, with a fantastic sea view, but this makes the location a little inconvenient.

    I would much rather stay at Hippie Chic since the property is stunning, but I am a little concerned about transportation to and from the town, especially at night. I’ve waited in long lines for taxis in Mykonos before and am hesitant to do it again. I’ve never taken the buses before: how late would the buses run from Fabrika to Agios Ioannis at the end of August? Do you anticipate long lines for the bus early morning as well?

    What would be your overall recommendation, considering the price of each, but the tradeoff in amenities (beach access, pool, distance to town)?

    Thank you in advance!
    Paul

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      As of mid-July the bus schedule from Mykonos Town (Fabrika Station) to Agios Ioannis was

      Fabrika – Agios Ioannis
      7:15 – 7:25
      9:30 – 9:40
      Hourly – Hourly
      16:30 – 16:40
      1/2 Hourly – 1/2 Hourly
      24:30 – 24:40
      1:30 – 1:40
      2:30 – 2:40

      This schedule should remain in effect during August and into early September. Taxis have been hard to come by this year in Mykonos so I would plan on having to take the bus. There can be lines for buses out to A.I. but I think you’ll always be able to get on.

      That said I do find Agios Ioannis a little too quiet for my tastes and would prefer to be closer to Mykonos Town. Nazos is a short walk (with a hill) from town and the bus station.

  61. St. John, Bill and Coo, Myconian Ambassador, Petasos, or Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel

    Hi Dave,

    I enjoy your website very much. My husband,myself and our 16 year old daughter are travelling to Mykonos for 6 nights middle of August and I am not sure where to stay as it is a rather late decision and therefore lots of hotels are full. I have been looking at the available hotels like St. John, Bill and Coo, Myconian Ambassador, Petasos, Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel. Though a few of the above are on your top 15 best list, it is hard to choose as we like a hotel that is luxurious, close to beach, close to town so we can go out for dinners and for my daughter to experience the club scene a bit. We do not intend to rent car or take bus, probably mostly taxi. We are prepared to pay high rates but at least it has to be hotel that really deserve the price.
    I know you mentioned you are staying at the Petasos, would that be your choice? Thanks for your help.
    Isabella

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Of those, I would probably go with the Petasos – mainly because of it’s location near (almost on) Platys Gialos beach. The Mykonos Palace is directly on P.G. but is not as luxurious. Myconian Ambassador is only a 5 minute walk from the beach but feels more removed than that (which can be good and bad but sounds like you want to be very close to the beach). Neither St John or Bill and Coo would be good choices considering what you’re looking for.

    2. Isabella

      Thanks Dave! Just a quick question, is Petasos too close to the beach, will there be too much noise
      while Myconian Ambassador maybe slightly away but as you said, it is both good and bad as it may be more tranquil and away from the noise and crowd though it may take more walking down to the beach? I like both very much and I need to decide like yesterday:)

      Thanks very much!

      Isabella

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

        You can hear loud music through the day and into the evening but surprisingly it doesn’t come from Platys Gialos beach (the one that Petasos is on) but from Nammos club/restaurant on neighboring Psarou beach. It’s not loud too late into the night, dying down between 10pm and midnight depending on the time of year. The Myconian is on the opposite side of Platys Gialos and you can’t hear the music from Nammos there.

  62. Bus Schedule from Mykonos Town to Platys Gialos in August

    Hi Dave,

    I am staying in Platys Gialos Beach in early August and wonder about getting from Mykonos Town back to my hotel late at night. How late do buses run from Mykonos Town to the beaches in August?
    Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I took this photo this morning of the bus schedule between Mykonos Town and Platys Gialos. This schedule is in effect from late June until early September.
      Mykonos Town to Beaches bus schedule.

      edit: My son took this picture. I promised him a greek donut if he ran up the street to take this picture to help answer the question.

  63. Santorini Secret and Alta Mare

    Whats up Dave, great site and guidance!

    I have three questions

    1) What is your take on Santorini Secret Hotel in Oia?

    2) And the Alta Mare by Andronis. How is the hotel view?

    3) We are travelling to Santorini on the 24th of September, do you think we should book the ferry tickets now (Seajet is available and should we book online?)

    Thanks a million 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Santorini Secret is very nice and has some large suites. It’s right next door to Alta Mare. The view from Alta Mare is magnificent. It’s one of the higher perches of any Oia hotel but still with a lot of privacy (some hotels that are closer to the top path have compromised privacy but Alta Mare is out on little point and so doesn’t have people walking overhead).

      Here is the view you get from Alta Mare (the top 4 suites/villas to the left above the pink church are Alta Mare – below is Armeni Villas).
      View from Alta Mare in Oia.

      Yes, I would probably book the Seajets tickets online but you’d very likely be fine purchasing them after your arrival.

    2. Athens, Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini, Turkey in October

      Hi Dave, being reading your website for our up and coming trip in Oct – LOVE the website. Can I ask for you recommendation? As I would like an extra day in Turkey, below is our current itinerary. If you could cut one night down where would it be? i was thinking of Mykonos? Is 4 nights too long as we are not real party goers but love food and the beach.

      Athens 4/10 – 6/10 (2 nights) (A for Athens)
      Mykonos 6/10 arriving 11.30am – 10/10 (4 nights) – have you heard of Vencia Hotel as that is where we are planning to stay
      Naxos 10/10 – 12/10 (2 nights) (hotel yet to decide)
      Santorini 12/10 – 16/10 (4 nights) (Astra Suites)
      Turkey 16/10 – 23/10

      Thank you for your help.
      Jenny Liu

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

        Yes, if I had to cut one day from that itinerary it would be from Mykonos – 3 nights is enough to get a good feel for the island. Vencia Hotel is very nice – not right in Mykonos Town and does require a short walk to get to town (steep walk back which can be a little tricky at night or hot in the midday heat).

  64. Should I Cancel My Vacation to Mykonos?

    Dave,

    You are amazing. Can you please tell me if I should cancel my trip to Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini due to the current turmoil? I am hearing ferries may not have fuel and we could be stuck on an island and that flights may not land or leave either. Is that true? Will there be unrest, violence, or protests? I am arriving July 20 as of now.

    Thank you Dave!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I am currently on Santorini and it couldn’t be anymore calm and relaxed. I have talked to several hotel owners and they have said there have been very few cancelations. Unrest is almost unheard of on the islands and in very focused areas of Athens.

  65. Hotels for Gays in Mykonos and Santorini

    HI Dave,
    Great website!…Which of the hotels in Santorini do you recommend for a gay couple to stay at that will feel comfortable? … And would we be fine at any hotel in Mykonos?
    thanks
    Drex

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, any hotel in both Santorini and Mykonos will be fine for a gay couple. No worries.

  66. Guided Tour to Greece

    Hello, my daughter and I are trying to plan a trip to Greece (Athens, Mykonos, Santorini) since it will be our first time out of the country I was looking into a guided tour with grand European travel . My daughter is 15 yrs old and since we are not familiar with Greece I was thinking a guided tour would be better do you have any thoughts on the guided tours or would it be better to do it alone? Thanks for this great article it has helped me a lot.

    Shaun

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It is much more rewarding and memorable to do a trip to Greece on your own instead of a guided tour. It does require a little more planning but the differences between the two experiences are night and day.

  67. Poseidon Hotel Suites in Mykonos

    Hi Santorini Dave!
    I love your website! I have been using it to guide me through planning our trip to Athens, Santorini and Mykonos. I have booked The Poseidon Hotel – Suites for our stay in Mykonos and I want to make sure this is the same hotel as The Poseidon Hotel you recommended. I have found that many hotels have similar names but are not the same place.
    Thanks Dave!
    Christine Collins

  68. Kuorous Suites in Mykonos

    Dave,

    How is the Kouros Hotel and Suites in Mykonos? I heard it is up an industrial road and even though it maps close to the city, for all purposes it is not accessible by walking and you have to take a cab anyway? Is it a luxury 5star property like you would expect in the US? I am trying to book a trip at the end of July and everything else is booked up! I am looking for a top of the line property. Can u help?

    Thx so much for all the work you do!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Kouros is a great hotel. Luxury hotels in Mykonos are not quite like a luxury hotel in the U.S. – they’re smaller, more boutiquish, service is a little more laid back but more personable and friendly. Some guests can be disappointed with luxury resorts in Greece if they don’t amend their expectations and allow for the Greek pace of life to dictate the service they receive. The walk from Kouros is short but does involve walking on the road for a short distance. Then you hook up with the sea walk from the Old Port to Mykonos Town. It’s not perfect (and many people do hop on the free shuttle or take a taxi back if it’s late at night) but for the most part the walk is uneventful and not a deal breaker.

  69. Private Driver in Mykonos

    Hi Dave!

    Going to Mykonos in early September…right now we are planning to stay in Ornos at Ammos or Nissaki and also plan to go out at night in Mykonos town for the restaurants and bars…with the terrible taxi situation, what are your thoughts on hiring a private driver for the 4 days?

    Or should we switch to the Theoxenia hotel to avoid this?

    Thanks again!

    JV

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      If going out at night is important to you then I would switch to the Theoxenia (not a lot of private drivers around). It’s great being out at night and then wandering back to your hotel through the lively (and a little chaotic) lanes.

  70. Struggling to Find Moderately Priced Hotel in Mykonos Town

    Hi Dave,

    My two friends and I are planning to go to Mykonos in August but are struggling to find a hotel. We are looking for somewhere we can walk to bars and restaurants in the evenings. We really want somewhere with a pool and want to be able to get to a beach easily if possible. We don’t want anywhere too expensive but also not looking for a super cheap hostel either so a happy medium would be great!

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Catriona

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Nice hotel close to the Old Port (where Seajets arrive but not the larger ferries) – easy walk to Mykonos Town (about 5 minutes) but does have a hill to contend with and a short walk along a narrow street with no sidewalk.

  71. Bev Orlik

    Hi Dave, thanks for your interesting article and advice. My husband and I are planning a trip from South Africa to Mykonos for our 20th wedding anniversary, in mid August. We are young at heart in our forties:):) We were thinking of staying at The Nissaki Boutique Hotel but also have an option of a premium Garden room at The Mykonos Grand Hotel and resort. What would your opinion be on these 2 options. Any other suggestions although many hotels are fully booked for that time period. Would appreciate your advice on this. Regards Bev

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both are wonderful hotels. The Mykonos Grand is in the much quieter town of Agios Ioannis with only a handful of tavernas. Nissaki is in the busier Platys Gialos and has plenty of places to eat and drink (and several beaches) within a short walk. Bus connections to Mykonos Town (with loads of clubs and restaurants) are good from both hotels.

  72. Suites at Bill & Coo in Mykonos

    Hi Dave,
    I’ve been to Mykonos before so I thought I would have this down pat but struggling to decide on a hotel! We stayed at Ostraco Suites last time which was beautiful and close to town. Spent time at Psaurau, Platys Gialos and town at night time. We LOVED Nammos right on that gorgeous bay!
    The trendy hotels such as San Giorgio and Cavo Tagoo are booked out… So I have been looking at Bill & Coo or Hotel Ammos on Ornos bay.
    Bill& Coo seems to be on all the boutique websites but I literally cannot find any decent pics of the place apart from that pool! Is it really ALL that? I’m hesitant to book it without photos.
    Boheme also looks cool but seems a bit isolated?
    I keep going back to Hotel Ammos – Small Luxury Hotel and literally right on the beach at Ornos Bay. And it seems to be one of the only hotels right on the beach… but it’s rarely on anyone’s hitlist. I’m about to book.. Is Hotel Ammos actually really nice? Or in real life am I making a mistake? And should go with the safer trendy hotels such as Bill& Coo or Boheme?
    Alternatively are there any other fantastic hotels right on a bay or beach I should consider?
    Thanks so much!!
    Stacey

  73. Inexpensive Hotel Close to Mykonos Town Nightlife

    Hi! This website is awesome!

    My boyfriend and I are going on a last minute trip to Santorini and Mykonos for a long weekend. We are looking for a hotel in Mykonos that is close to nightlife but not to expensive. What hotels do you recommend?

    Thanks so much!
    Rose Steingart

  74. Best Hotels in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini

    Hey Dave,

    Your insight is so helpful – Much appreciated! I am planning a trip to Greece with my girlfriend. Was thinking to start in Athens for a few nights, go to Mykonos, and then to Santorini. Money aside, what would you say is the top 2 hotels in each of the three destinations? Also, how would you recommend getting from Athens to Mykonos and then from Mykonos to Santorini? Thanks so much!
    Josh

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      In Athens the best hotels are the Grande Bretagne and the Electra Palace (both have great locations near the top historical attractions). In Mykonos my 2 favorites are the Mykonos Grand Hotel (on the beach) and the Belvedere (there might be slightly more luxurious hotels than the Belvedere is the best in Mykonos Town where you’ll find the most nightlife and the best restaurants). In Santorini my 2 favorites are Katikies Hotel and Grace Hotel hotels (both are 5 star luxury and have great views).

      For getting from Athens to Mykonos flying is the easiest but the Hellenic Highspeed ferry doesn’t take much longer when you consider security and taxi to the airport. From Mykonos to Santorini take the Hellenic Highspeed.

  75. Rochari Hotel, Ilio Maris in Mykonos Town

    Hi Dave,

    I am arriving in Mykonos on 11th July, the plan is to stay for around 3 or 4 days then make my way around some of the islands. Ideally then getting a boat from Santorini to Turkey where I plan to explore for my last 5 or 6 days, flying out of Istanbul on 26th July back to Sydney.

    I’d like to stay in Mykonos Town and as I’ve never been to Greece or Turkey before am a little confused as to what hotels I should book. Budget wise i am looking at The Rochari Hotel, would you rate it? is it close to town please? and also Ilio Maris?

    Any help would be very much appreciated. Your site is very helpful.

    Thank you and Best Regards
    Zoe

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both are good hotels. The Rochari is a slightly nicer hotel with a better location – just a short walk down a few alleys to shops and restaurants of Mykonos Town. Not that the Ilio Maris has a bad location but it does require negotiating a hill and a busy road. Both hotels are close to the bus station for buses to the beaches.

  76. Theoxenia Hotel in Mykonos Town

    Hi Dave

    Thinking about getting a last minute trip to Mykonos in June.

    Have looked at Theonexia and am tempted to book that.

    Do you have any views on location, quality etc?

    Looking for somewhere close to restaurants and where standard of hotel is good.

    Want to be able to sit round pool and have waiter service etc

    Thx,
    Tom

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Wonderful hotel with a very nice pool and great location. Restaurants and Little Venice neighborhood are a short walk. Nightlife is close too but not so close that you’ll be kept awake by late night music.

  77. Tharroe, Semeli, or Harmony

    Dave,

    My fiancee and I are planning our honeymoon to Greece in September 2015. We are planning on spending 3 nights in Mykonos prior to going to Santorini. We have decided to stay in Mykonos town during our time on the island and wanted to get your thoughts on a great hotel to stay at. We would like a hotel that is walking distance to the town, has great views and within a budget of about $300/night. Seems like we are asking for a lot at a small price given the searches we have done. So far, we have come across Tharroe of Mykonos, Semeli, and the Harmony Boutique. The Hermes only has garden views available. Can you help us decide, Dave?

    Darsh Kancherla

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Those are all wonderful hotels and rates a little less expensive than the most luxurious hotels on Mykonos. You’re trading views for convenient location with these 3: Tharroe has the best view and least convenient location (you’ll probably end up taking a taxi to and from Mykonos Town most of the time), Harmony has a better location (walking distance to Mykonos Town but not quite as impressive views), and Semeli has a great location (steps to restaurants and nightlife of Mykonos Town) but views are limited.

  78. Mykonos Grand/Lively Beach

    Hi Dave thanks so much for all the info. What hotel would you recommend in Mykonos that gives you combination of nice beaches. Walking distance to nightlife and restaurants and has a young vibe?
    How is Mykonos Grand Hotel? Does it have any of the attributes listed above?

    What is best way to get from Crete to Mykonos?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos Grand is a great hotel and located on the Agios Ioannis beach which has some tavernas but is not as active and Platys Gialos or Ornos beaches (though it is walking distance to Ornos). Both Platys Gialos or Ornos would be better if you want a wider range of restaurants and livelier atmosphere. All 3 beaches have regular bus service to Mykonos Town (about 10 to 15 minutes away) where you’ll find a huge array of restaurants and nightlife.

      Both Hellenic and SeaJets have morning high speed ferries from Heraklion to Mykonos that run 7 days a week in summer and take about 5 hours.

  79. Yiannaki Hotel in Ornos/ ATVs

    Hello,
    I am one of those unfortunate souls who made arrangements before finding your site, However, we may have done pretty well regardless. In late May , we are staying 4 nights in Mykonos and then 5 in Santorini. For Mykonos, my wife and I are not exactly the late night party types but do love the beaches, exploring, great food and cocktails. We may try and go to a nightclub to dance one night for fun. We have reservations for 4 nights at the Yiannaki Hotel near Ornos beach and was wondering if you had an opinion on this hotel? Some friends said ATVs might be the best way for us to explore the island during the day? After this we ferry to Santorini for 5 nights at Absolute Bliss which I see you rated rather well so we are happy about that. We plan on spending time there and Oia and maybe a fun night in Fira town. Thanks Dave

    Brian Catalano

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yiannaki and Ornos, in particular, are great choices. So is Absolute Bliss on Santorini. I am not a big fan of ATVs as I’ve seen too many accidents over the years on them and scooters. ATVs are ok for short trips (say from Ornos into Mykonos Town) but on longer trips across the island (or from one end of Santorini to the other) they sort of make for longer miserable trips. At least for me – I much prefer a rental car or mini-jeep.

  80. Galini Hotel in Mykonos Town

    My husband and I will be visiting Mykonos from June 27 to June 29 this year. We have booked a room for two at hotel Galini. Mostly we will be going to the beach / clubs. But we wanted to stay in Mykonos town for easy access to rest of the places too such as windmills. Please share you thoughts on Hotel Galini.
    Thanks a bunch and look forward to your response.

    Regards,
    Juieta

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It’s a simple affordable hotel with a great location. You’re a 3 minute walk from the main strip of shops and restaurants and the bus station to the beaches.

  81. Palladium vs Nissaki

    Traveling to the islands at the end of July/early Aug with my husband and 2 kids (14 & 12) which we realize is peak. Planning to arrive in Athens and fly direct to Santorini for 4 nights and booked the Astro Palace for 4 nights….thoughts?

    Then, Mykonos for 3 nights and most of the hotels on your list are booked so trying to decide between Palladium and Nissaki??

    Then, we have 2 more days to plan…..Paros or Naxos??

    Did I plan this in the right order or should we do Mykonos first and then Santorini?

    Thank you!
    Amelia

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Nissaki is the more luxurious hotel but the Palladium has a more family-friendly feel (the pool area is larger too) and is usually better value for money. The Astro Palace on Santorini is nice with a good sized pool but (just FYI) the hotel does not have caldera views – it looks towards the east. Santorini and then Mykonos is fine but if you visit Naxos (which I recommend) then have it in the middle: Santorini to Naxos to Mykonos – or you’ll be retracing your steps.

  82. Aeolos Hotel in Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    Great blog.

    I’m interested in Aleos Hotel, great reviews and great value. Any comments?

    Cheers,

    Ian

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It is a good value hotel with nice views and pool. But, on the downside, it’s a 15 minute walk from the clubs and restaurants of Mykonos Town down a somewhat tricky hill (difficult getting back at night in the dark when a taxi is best).

  83. Location for Older Couple

    Where in the greek islands would you take an elderly couple that can’t walk too much but needs a 5 star location and service? My options are Mykonos, Crete, or Santorini? They hate seclusion and love to be in town near all restaurants and shops?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos Town, Oia (Santorini), and Chania (Crete) are all great towns that are fairly easy to get around.

      Mykonos Town
      Pros: Lots of shops and restaurants, very lively and fun in the evening.
      Cons: Maybe too lively. Best hotels are not in the center of town and require a short walk.

      Oia
      Pros: Fun atmosphere, great sunsets. Lots of restaurants, plenty of shops. Great 5 star hotels.
      Cons: The main part of the town is on a walkway that’s easy to get around but most hotels do require lots of steps.

      Chania:
      Pros: Great old town atmosphere. Easy to walk around. Lots of shops and restaurants.
      Cons: Not many 5 star hotels (but plenty of 4 stars).

      1. Hotel Similar to Belvedere but Not As Expensive

        You’re awesome! OK so sounds from this list that Mykonos would be the best to take them to since can’t do stairs and short walks are ok as long as flat. Can you recommend a hotel closest to town but as 5 star as I can get in the 600 a night category. They are both not beach people so being in town is ok and they like lively – but quiet for sleeping. I will be with them.

        I guess I want the 5 star hotel just not priced like Belvedere 🙂

        Thanks a ton!

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Try the Semeli, a neighbor of the Belvedere and an easy walk into town without being so close that it’s noisy.

  84. Mykonos and Santorini in Early October

    Hi Dave, will be traveling with my wife to Mykonos and Santorini between Oct 3-8, 2015, is this is a good time to be there? We are more into sight seeing than beach swimmers, we are thinking of staying at the Royal Myconian Hotel and at the El Greco hotel in Santorini, what do you about these hotels? Thanks. Baha

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Early October is a great time to visit for sightseeing. It’s usually good beach weather too but there is a little uncertainty with temperatures for swimming as you enter October. These are both nice hotels. Royal Myconian is near beautiful Elia Beach but a little secluded – not the best if you want to spend time exploring Mykonos Town (the main town on the island). El Greco is walking distance to Fira but is not right in town and does not have caldera views.

  85. Hotels in Mykonos and Santorini

    Hey Dave,

    I am planning my honeymoon in Greece, and I am leaning towards staying at the Afroessa in Santorini and the Andronikos Hotel in Mykonos. Wanted to get your thoughts on the hotels and the locations.

    In Santorini, we would like nice views and a more relaxing vibe, and in Mykonos, we would like to be closer to the downtown.

    Thanks so much for your help!
    Floyd Amuchie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Afroessa has wonderful caldera and sunset views in Santorini. But your choice for Mykonos, Andronikos Hotel, does not have a great location for exploring Mykonos Town. It’s a 10 minute walk downhill to town – but it’s not particularly easy or pleasant (and more challenging coming back up at night). Most guests rent cars or ATVs when they stay here. If you want to enjoy Mykonos Town I would recommend staying at a hotel right in town or very close.

  86. Where To Stay in Mykonos and Santorini?

    Hi Dave,
    Your website has been a God send.
    I am travelling with 4 other women to Santorini and Mykonos in June. I have booked accommodation at Kastro Suites on Santorini and Villa Thea Collection on Mykonos. Unfortunately I had booked before finding your website. I would love to hear your opinion of these two hotels.
    Also we would love to ride a donkey on one of the islands. Can you recommend either Santorini or Mykonos and how to go about this slightly crazy request.
    We have also heard that hiring quad bikes is a good way to get around Mykonos, do you think this is a good option?
    Thanks,
    Lisa

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I’m not fond on the location of Villa Thea as it’s a 15 minute walk down some busy roads to Mykonos Town. I would much rather stay within Mykonos Town or at one of the beach towns of Mykonos – but I don’t know what your priorities are. Kastro Suites has a central location in Fira and great views of the caldera. Santorini is where you can ride donkeys and they typically go up and down from Fira to the Old Port below. (They actually go very close to Kastro Suites.) Quad bikes are easy to rent and good for short trips around the islands but to really explore (especially on Santorini) a rental car is much more comfortable.

  87. Hotels and Travel Companies

    My GF and I are planning a trip the week of July 4th and don’t know much about where to stay and such in Mykonos and Santorini where will be doing 3 nights at each spot. We are in our early 30’s and looking to experience both the nightlife and the culture/scenary. Where do you recommend we stay? We want a nice 4 star hotel or even 5 if not to much money for a room with a view or even a jacuzzi.
    Do you recommend a travel company that sets up a itinerary or booking on our own?
    Thanks!!
    Adam

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Definitely book hotels on your own. Travel agents push you towards hotels they have arrangements with – not necessarily the best choices. The Belvedere in Mykonos Town would be great for what you’re looking for.

  88. Mykonos in May

    Hi Dave!

    My husband and I (early 30,s) are planning on spending 3 nights in Mykonos at the end of May. We were originally thinking of Staying in Ammos Hotel in Ornos but have been reading mixed reviews that the last bus from Mykonos Town is 8pm back to Ornos. We’re not wild party people but we also don’t want to be home by 8 either. Bit torn on whether to stay in town (get the feeling that the hotels cost more in town for what you get??) versus staying in Ammos on Ornos Beach. We are both big beach people but also very much enjoy liveliness, drinks and music in the evening (especially as we would have come from 3 nights in Santorini and 3 nights in Milos).

    HELP please..

    Thanks
    Michelle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I prefer staying in Mykonos Town at any time of year – so that will get my vote. That said, Ornos is great and though not as lively as Mykonos Town will not be dead in late May by any means. The last bus back from Mykonos Town can actually be earlier than 8pm (6:30 by this mid-May schedule). I like doing the beach through the day then returning to town by bus, showering up, and heading out for the evening. It might sound like a hassle but it actually makes a very natural divide between beach and town.

  89. Mykonos, Santorini, Crete on a Budget

    Hi I was looking where to stay in Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. When I was looking for hotels, I got really overwhelmed as there are many towns within each location. I have no idea where to stay.

    My husband and I are going on our honey money and wanted to stay in
    Mykonos from 4/26-4/29
    Santorini from 4/29-5/02
    Crete from 5/02-5/06

    Please help. I don’t even know where to start. We will be flying out of Heraklion airport to go back to Athens.
    Wishing our trip, I would like breathtaking views and would like to stay within a beach throughout our trip. My price range for each hotel is up to $110. Thanks in advance.
    Elizabeth

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I’ll try to make it simple. In Mykonos look for hotels in or near Mykonos Town. In Santorini stay in Firostefani (if you want caldera views) or Kamari (if you want to be near the beach). In Crete, stay in Rethymnon (the town beach is great) or Chania (a little more character than Rethymnon but beaches take just a little more effort to get to).

  90. Cavo Tagoo, Bill & Coo, Kivotos

    hello,

    thanks for all the information. would you mind letting me know which hotel you think is the most luxurious (for a basic room)? Cavo Tagoo, Bill and Coo or Kivotos?

    Thank you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Cavo Tagoo is probably the most luxurious of the 3 but their basic rooms are not the best value for money on Mykonos. Would probably go for Bill & Coo but you won’t be disappointed with any of them.

  91. Hotel Close to Town

    Hello Dave,
    Your blog is great. I didn’t find you mentioning Porto Mykonos hotel. A friend told me about it. I need somewhere clean with clean bathrooms please. I want a 5min walk to mykonos town. Don’t mind paying 400 a night. What do u think.
    Also do you recommend renting a car even tho it’s my first time there? What do u think?

    Thanx

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Porto Mykonos is nice and close to town – though not right in the town. The Belvedere, Semeli, and Theoxenia are within the town, great hotels, and certainly have clean bathrooms.

  92. Town vs Beach/Hotel with Private Jacuzzi

    I’ll be in Mykonos in September for my honeymoon and I’m going back and forth with my fiancé on whether to stay on the beach or in the town. We’ll be heading to Santorini after Mykonos so my initial idea is, “let’s enjoy what the town has to offer before heading to Santorini where we’ll be able to relax much more”…. can we stay in the town without getting caught in the crazy nightlife? I’m guessing yes. I like the sound of staying at the Belvedere… is that nice for a honeymoon? Do you know of any hotels around the town that have outdoor jacuzzis, similar to Santorini? Thanks so much!
    Alex

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, there are hotels in Mykonos Town that are in a quiet area away from the party scene and the Belvedere is one of them – still just a short walk to the nightlife and restaurants. Hotels with private jacuzzis include Petasos, Mykonos Grand, Mykonos Blu, Myconian Ambassdor, Kouros, and Myconian K.

  93. Mykonos and Santorini in Late April

    Hello!! I see how helpful you have been for everyone else and i was hoping you could possibly offer me some guidance. I am planning a trip to Greece April 18th to 25th (for my birthday). I will be staying in Santorini April 18th,19th, 20th and 21st; Mykonos on April 22nd and 3rd; and lastly in Athens on the 24th. I have been doing research and lets just say i am totally overwhelmed. I’ve found it extremely hard to find good information in regards to hotels and activities when it comes to April, since its technically an off season. Maybe you can suggest the better places to stay during the months of April (preferrably 3-4 star hotels, but at the same time not outrageously priced). I just want to have an amazing, fun time and enjoy Greece for everything it has to offer.
    Kristen

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      On Mykonos you should definitely stay in Mykonos Town which should be starting to perk up a little by late April. The rest of the island will still be very quiet. On Santorini it’s less important but I would still recommend staying in Fira – it has the most activity and is the central hub of the island for exploring and getting around. “Outrageously priced” means something different to everyone so you’re best to search Booking.com for suitably priced hotels.

  94. Best Hotel for Good Beach

    Hi Dave,

    Your website is so helpful and reading the other posts have helped me a lot! My husband and I are flying for our honeymoon to rome for 3 days and then into Mykonos on September 8th 2015, planning on spend 4 nights there and then going to Santorini for 5 nights.

    In Mykonos we would like to be by the beach but with easy access to transportation to the town, we have narrowed down to the Myconian Ambassador and the Mykonos Blu, which hotel would you recommend? Or if there is any other hotel that we should take a look at?

    We are planning on leaving to Santorini on September 12th. I read the ferry takes 3 hours from Mykonos to Santorini, is that right?

    We are planning to spend 5 nights in Santorini, since we can’t make our minds about staying in Fira or Oia, we have been thinking about to spending 3 nights in Fira and 2 nights in Oia. Would it be a worth it? About the hotels in Fira we are between Belvedere, Cosmopolitan, Aigialos and Sun Rocks (I know this one is in Firostefani, but I read that it is very close to Fira), which one will be the nicest one? and which one would be the second nicest one?

    At Oia, between Katikies and Mystique which one is nicer? we also heard about Esperas. it has really good prices. Is this place nice and close to the restaurants and shops is Oia?

    Thank you very much!
    Carolina

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Blu is the trendier hotel and located right on the beach. The Ambassador has bigger rooms, is a 10 minute walk to the beach, and there are more tavernas and action nearby. So, depends what you’re looking for. From both it’s easy to get to Mykonos Town by bus.

      Yes, it’s about 3 hours by ferry from Mykonos to Santorini. The Tera Jet is the fastest and does the trip in 2 hours, 35 minutes.

      All 4 of tho Santorini hotels you mention are wonderful but I would choose the Belvedere as the best of them. The Belvedere and Sun Rocks are in Firostefani (Sun Rocks is another 5 minutes from Fira than the Belvedere). The Cosmopolitan is fairly close to the center of Fira. Aigialos is south of the center and in a quieter area of Fira.

      In Oia, I would choose Katikies. Mystique is great but you need to walk on the road to get to it from central Oia while Katikies is on the main section of the foot path. Both Katikies and Mystique have caldera views but not direct sunset views. Esperas has direct sunset views but not caldera views. (I prefer the caldera views which you can enjoy all day long.)

  95. Poseidon vs San Giorgio

    Hey Dave! Finding your websites so helpful! Wanted to get your option since you seem to know Mykonos so well. It will be our first time in Mykonos. We will be staying three nights and it will be the end of our 16 day honeymoon. We have a reservation at both at the Poseidon Hotel Suites, which we found through your site, and another reservation at San Giorgio. They are in two totally different areas. Any suggestion as to which you would prefer? Or other recommendations in that price range? We will most likely be by the water during the day enjoying the beaches and in Mykonos town in the evenings for the night life and restaurants.
    Thank you!
    Kat

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      San Giorgio is a more luxurious hotel with more of a beach vibe. But if you want to enjoy the nightlife I would still recommend Poseidon as it’s an easy walk to the restaurants and clubs of Mykonos Town.

  96. Affordable Hotel in Mykonos Town for 3

    Hi Dave,

    I will be travelling to Mykonos for 3 nights on July 28 to July 31st. I will be travelling with my parents, so we are 3 adults per room. Where would you recommend? I know you recommend staying in Mykonos Town, but specific hotels that would accommodate the 3 of us and not super expensive.

    Thanks!
    Lea Buzzelli

      1. Bill and Coo in Mykonos

        Hi Dave

        First off, I can’t tell you how helpful your site has been for my husband and I planning our trip to Greece – Mykonos, Santorini and Milos.

        My question is for Mykonos. We are booked at the Bill and Coo but it’s top dollar as we are going in peak season. We do like fine hotels but in your opinion should we be looking elsewhere? We are having a hard time deciding. We want to be in Mykonos Town near the nightlife but want some quiet and a luxurious feel.

        Thanks,
        Tia Milne

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Bill and Coo provides exactly what you’re looking for: luxury that’s both close to the nightlife and restaurants in town while still being in a quiet area. Bill and Coo is a 10 minute walk into town and the hotel has a shuttle too. The walk is the only thing that’s a slight downside as there isn’t a sidewalk and you do walk along the road for a short ways – it could be a more pleasant walk. But other than that the hotel is wonderful. There are other luxury hotels in town (Theoxenia, The Belvedere) that are a short relaxing stroll to the shops, restaurants, and clubs but then you don’t get the sense of being removed from the crowds that Bill and Coo offers. So there’s a tradeoff.

  97. Hotel Close to Town, Nightlife, Bus Station

    Hi Dave,

    Can you kindly provide, a good hotel which is near to all amenities? ie: town, attractions, nightlife and closer to bus stations for an easy visit to the beaches.

    Thanks
    Jeanette Spiteri

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      These hotels are within a 5 minute walk of the bus station and are an easy walk to nightlife and restaurants:
      Semeli
      Carbonaki
      Poseidon Hotel
      Theoxenia
      Belvedere

      The Theoxenia and Belvedere are the nicest. The Carbonaki the cheapest. The Poseidon requires a short walk along a road to access the town.

  98. Nicer Hotel than Poseidon/ When to Book Flights

    You’re a Greek God and so is this site! I’ve read every word and really appreciate you! I booked the Poseidon b/c you seem to really like the location and value. I’m all about location, however I’d like to stay somewhere a little nicer…suggestions on a great location but a little better digs?

    Also, should I book flights from Athens to Santorini and from Mykonos back to Athens yet? Which site do you prefer for flights?

    I’m staying in late June so it’s really peak season. I don’t have much time in Greece as I’m leaving 2 little ones behind with their grandparents so I don’t want to take unnecessary ferry rides from Mykonos to Santorini (after just having been there) then back to Athens

    THANKS!!!
    Kate H

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Belvedere is in a similar location (the same distance from the bus station as the Poseidon but in the opposite direction) and a very short walk to nightlife and restaurants (unlike the Poseidon you can get to the restaurant district directly through town without walking on the road).

      Kayak.com is my favorite website for flights – but you don’t have to book through it, just find the cheapest/best flights and book at the individual airlines. Book flights as soon as you possibly can.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Great hotels but very different locations. Grace Mykonos is north of Mykonos Town and a little isolated. Bill and Coo is just outside of Mykonos Town (15 minute walk away) and The Ambassador is near Platys Gialos beach (one of the best on Mykonos). So really depends what you’re looking for. Personally I would go for the Ambassador. While Bill and Coo is closer to town you still will be taking a taxi most of the time (certainly back after dark) so you might as well be at the beach even if you do end up going into town in the evening.

      1. Ambassador, Mykonos Blu, or St John?

        Hi Dave. I can’t make up my mind between the Ambassador, Mykonos Blu or St John. Both the Santa marina and Mykonos Grand have minimum night stays so I ruled them out. Want a hotel on beach not too far from town so that we can go in each night easily. I do tend to like an upscale boutique style hotel not overrun with families/kids. It’s our 20 year anniversary. Which hotel would you suggest? Is there another Hotel I should look at? Thanks so much. You have been extremely informative. Your site is great!!!

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Of those 3 hotels I would choose the Ambassador owing to its location and easy access to many restaurants in Platys Gialos.

          1. Ambassador or Kivotos

            Ambassador vs Kivotos? Kivitos seems a little nicer but hard to tell…

          2. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

            Both great hotels and similar locations a short walk from the beach and restaurants of Ornos (Kivotos) and Platys Gialos (Ambassador). Both are a close distance to Mykonos Town by bus. Kivotos is slightly more luxurious.

  99. Mykonos in August – Stay at Beach or Town?

    Hi Dave,

    We´re going to Mykonos on August and I know the city will be crowded. We have booked two hotels, one at the Beach (Petinos beach Hotel) and one at Mykonos Town (Poseidon), just to guaranteed the reservation but we haven’t decided yet in which one we will actually stay. What do you suggest, stay at the beach or in town at that time (August)?
    About car rental, it is easy to rent a car in August? And to drive from Beach to Town it gets a heavy traffic to move from one place to another by car?
    Thank You.
    Leo

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I prefer staying in town and commuting to the beaches through the day. Being close to town is wonderful fun at night. If you 4 days or more it’s a perfectly fine idea to split your time between beach and town. Renting a car in August is easy but if you need a car with automatic transmission then it’s good to pre-book as most cars are standard. I wouldn’t call traffic heavy, the island is busy but always manageable.

  100. Santorini or Mykonos in April

    Trying to decide between Santorini and Mykonos.
    What would suit me and two teenagers (18 and 16) best?
    And coming in April does one offer more than the other?
    Regards
    Sarah

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      In April Santorini offers more to see and do. Mykonos is very beach-oriented and when the beach towns are shut down (as in April) there’s a lot less to do – though Mykonos Town is always enchanting.

  101. Location of Myconian Ambassador and Majestic Hotel

    hello
    I’m planning a trip to santorini and mykonos in mid may.
    My boooking agent has recommended Myconian Ambassador hotel in Mykonos and the Majestic Hotel in Santorini.
    How are the two hotels in terms of their location?
    Also please let me know the last hours at which I can find a ferry from Athens to Mykonos, because after landing in Athens I plan to catch a ferry straight for Mykonos. My booking agent is recommending me to stay a night in Athens and leave for Mykonos a day after.
    thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Myconian has a good location near Platys Gialos beach – 5 minutes to the beach, 5 minutes to the bus stop for the Mykonos Town bus (about a 15 minute bus ride into Mykonos Town). The Majestic is a 10 minute walk outside of Fira. It has a busy road between it and the caldera so you don’t have direct views of the caldera. The last ferry of the day from Athens to Mykonos leaves from Rafina port (about 30 minutes from the airport). The ferry leaves at 17:30 and arrives in Mykonos at 22:10.

  102. Petasos or Mykonos Blu or Palladium

    Hi Dave,

    Traveling to mykonos for my 10th anniversary.
    Have shortlisted 3 hotels – petasos beach resort, mykonos blu and palladium. Wanted your view on which one to select. Would prefer a hotel with private beach. Hotel with best entry category room. And the one with best connectivity to mykonos town.

    I would be traveling the first week of May.

    Anshul

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Petasos Beach has the best location for getting into Mykonos Town (bus stop right outside the hotel) and for being very close to the restaurants of Platys Gialos. Mykonos Blu has a “private beach” but this only means there’s an area set up with their beach chairs and umbrellas that guests can use and non-guests can’t. All beaches in Greece are public and anyone can walk through this stretch of beach. Of these 3 hotels the Palladium has the cheapest entry-level rooms.

  103. How Expensive is Mykonos/Late June, Early July

    Hi dave,

    Best blog so far on Greece. Really informative…!Perhaps you can help us with a few things.

    We are a couple looking for a nice break mixed with relaxation time, good food and some good beach parties in the day and nightlife. We are 26-30 so don’t want to find ourselves with teenagers. Travelling last week of June for about 10-12 nights.

    Firstly hotels. We have narrowed it down to 2 – St. John’s and Kivotos. We are struggling to choose- any advice you can give? We want something chilled preferably without kids. St. John mentions a linked to offering day passes for cruises that stop. Is this a major concern for us or will we not notice…?

    Secondly prices – how expensive are these hotels food and drink wise? And what about the beach parties and bars in the town? How much are drinks on average and dinner for 2 mid range restaurants for example?

    The other thing is time of year. What’s late June and early July like? Are the hotels we have chosen easily accessible to beaches and the town. Are taxis really that scarce late at night?

    Many thanks,

    Ben & Mirri

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both are great hotels but I would lean towards Kivotos if you’re looking to go into Mykonos Town for dinner and nightlife. It’s closer to a bus stop and the bus ride into Mykonos Town is shorter.

      Costs on Mykonos can vary widely depending on where you choose to eat. A beer and gyro lunch or dinner can be had for less than 5€ (and gyros are pretty damn delicious). Sit down dinners at a nice restaurant cost between 20€ to 30€ – and more if you’re getting fresh seafood. Cocktails and wine will be anywhere from 6€ up to 15€. Drinks are very expensive in the Little Venice neighborhood of Mykonos Town. Beer is pretty cheap everywhere except the trendiest clubs. One expense that can add up are the costs of beach chairs. On Paradise and Super Paradise Beaches sun chairs and umbrellas are around 5€ each.

      Late June and early July are not the peak tourist season so while everything will be open and humming it’s not the crazy busy seen you’d find in August. Taxis can be hard to find but as long as you’re patient you’ll get where you’re going.

  104. Hotel with Music/Fun Vibe

    Hi, Dave just booked out flights to mykonos from the 9th till the 19th of June but not sure what hotel to book. It’s for me and my girlfriend but we don’t want to book somewhere too quiet. We where looking at staying at the Tharroe hotel, or the Myconian K, what do you recommend? Is there any hotels that play music in the day time while sunbathing or is it best to go paradise beach for that? Please help. Thank you
    Emilio

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Those are good choices. The Belvedere has one of the more happening pool/bar scenes – though being at Paradise is definitely what you want if you’re looking for a party sunbathing location.

      1. Tharroe Hotel Location

        Hi Dave
        Thank you for getting back to me, we think we are going to stay at the Tharroe hotel, is this hotel close and easy to get to Mykonos Town and the beaches (Paradise Beach). Also will there be plenty going on party wise from the 9th of June till the 19th, is there places you can recommend to me. Thank you
        Emilio

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Tharroe is a 15 minute walk outside of Mykonos Town. The walk is on the road so most people take a taxi or bus. The bus passes nearby (going in both directions: to the beaches and to Mykonos Town). It might be a good idea to rent a car if you stay here although not absolutely necessary. Taxis to town cost 6€. The hotel has a great view of the island and sea. There will be parties in June but the really big beach parties with djs are in July and August.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I don’t know of Colours of Mykonos other than it’s new and close to Psarou beach (which is great).

      1. Myconian Resorts

        Thanks Dave. I have seen that there is no swimming pool so it’s a no go… What are the Myconian resorts like? Thank you again for your amazing website! It’s beyond legendary!

        Tammy

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Standards (and locations) vary but, in general, I would say they’re among the best hotels on Mykonos.

          1. Myconian Resorts in Mykonos

            Hi Dave,

            Looking to book the Myconian Resort in Mykonos – which one would you recommend first? Relaxation is key.

            THANK YOU!!!!!
            Tammy

          2. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

            The Myconian Ambassador if you want a great hotel close to the restaurants and activity of Platys Gialos (a popular beach resort that’s a short walk down the hill). The Myconian Imperial if you want something secluded and quiet – it’s close to a great beach but you’re not making quick trips into Mykoonos Town for dinner or nightlife and there’s not much else around.

  105. Snorkeling in Mykonos

    Hi Dave

    Please could you advise on which beach and where is best for snorkeling in Greece with 2 girls age15 and 12 and hubby. We do like a large pool but the choice to use private pool or swim up pool also so if you could advise a couple of hotels also to go along with snorkeling. Be nice to walk into a port or small town. Flying from Manchester early July.

    Thank you for the time you put into your site.

    Julie hayes

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There is not any great snorkeling in Mykonos and Greece on the whole is not known for its snorkeling sites. Paros, Milos, and Karpathos are the best islands for snorkeling in Greece. All are great islands. Paros has the most going on of the 3.

  106. Which Hotels?

    Great informative website! We are using it to plan our trip to Greece. We will be in Greece from May 3-18th. Arrive in Athens morning of May 4th 7:10 a.m. We can take a flight to Mykonos at 10:50 a.m. for 2 nights, then would take ferry to Naxos for 2 nights, then ferry to Santorini for 4 nights. Fly to Athens May 12th and are staying in Athens till 18th as my husband has a conference.
    1. Hotel options Mykonos May 4, 5- Hotel Alkyon or Ilio Maris?
    2. Hotel options Naxos May 6, 7- Iria Beach Art Hotel or Astir of Naxos
    3. Santorini May 8-12th options Fira or Firostefani? Fira – Phillippion Boutique Hotel or Astir Thira Hotel? Firostefani-Splendour Resort or Villa Illias?
    Any advice is greatly appreciated. Is 3 islands too much for 8 days? Should I book my flights within Greece and ferry trips in advance?

    Thanks Darla

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1. Ilio Maris has a better location: easier to get into town (2 minute walk vs 10) and closer to the bus station to get to the beaches. Alkyon is a slightly nicer hotel.
      2. Iria is steps from one of Naxos’s best beaches. Astir is outside of Naxos Town (thus much closer to a wide range of restaurants) and 5 minute walk from St George beach.
      3. Fira is the hub of activity and nightlife on the island. Firostefani is a 10 minute walk from Fira, still has some restaurants but no nightlife. Villa Ilias is one of the cheapest hotels in the area with caldera views – still quite nice. Splendor does not have caldera views – it looks east and has sunrise views, not sunset. Both Pilippion and Astir are outside of Fira (about 10 minute walk) and do not have direct caldera views (they’re across the road from the cliff). But both are good value for the money.

      1. Use Travel Agent or Book Myself?

        Thanks Dave. My other questions were; are three islands too much for 8 days? Also should I book my flights within Greece and ferry trips between islands in advance? Do you recommend I use a travel agent or can I book my own accommodations and flights easily?
        Our other option would be:
        Mykonos 2 nights, Santorini 3 nights,Crete 3 nights and then return to Athens. We are looking for nice beaches, relaxation, sightseeing, good restaurants and just not sure which islands to see??
        Darla

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Definitely book hotels, ferries, and airlines yourself. With hotels travel agents will try to force you into booking hotels that they have package deals with. It’s less important with flights and ferries but when you book them you know what’s going on, when someone else books them you’re always in a little bit of a fog about how things are going to roll. And then something goes wrong – a ferry is delayed, or you need to take a different flight – and feel sort of helpless and lost because someone knows the details about your trip, but that person is not you.

          Definitely book flights in advance (as soon as you can). For ferries it depends which ones you’re taking. Blue Star can be booked within Greece a few days before sailing as it almost never sells out. High speed ferries like the Highspeed5 or SeaJet should be booked in advance if you’re traveling from June to September.

          3 islands can be done in 8 days but I wouldn’t make one of them Crete as it’s a big island that deserves 5 to 10 days to see properly. So I’d do Mykonos and Santorini and if you wanted to add a 3rd island make it Naxos as there are good connections between it and Santorini (and with Mykonos in the high season).

  107. Nightlife on Mykonos and Santorini in April

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for creating this website , it is very helpful , we are a couple and would be visiting Mykonos from 17th april to 19th april and santorini from 19th to 21th april , as I understand Easter would be on 12th april , so would the nightlife be dead on the dates we are visiting? and if you can recommend some good places to party and hang around during that time.
    Tarun

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, nightlife will be very quiet in mid April on Mykonos and quiet but a little more active on Santorini. In Fira Murphy’s is usually the most busy during the quieter months.

  108. Hotel Similar to Mykonos Grand

    Hi Dave,

    Having stayed at the Mykonos Grand four times now, the family love and appreciate the pool, the quiet beach, lunch at the beach taverna (hippie fish) and the short distance into town for dinner.

    However, we fancy a change of venue. What would you recommend?

    Della

  109. Mykonos in Mid April

    Whats Mykonos like in mid April? Planning a stag for group of 8 guys, looking to do outdoor activities and nights out, any recommendations? Joe

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos is still quiet in April with little nightlife. It will pick up during Easter when the streets will be busy with celebrations. It’s a lot of fun but perhaps not the scene you’re looking for. Most outdoor activities are based around the beach and they will not be up and running in April.

      April can still be a great time to visit but unless you’re really into “making your own fun” it wouldn’t be my first choice for a stag.

  110. Hotels for family of 5 in Mykonos and Naxos

    Dave, we would like to visit Naxos, Mykanos and Santorini during our stay in July. Can you tell me what would be the best ferry route? I have reservations in Santorini and that would be the last island before flying back to Athens. Would like to do 3 or 4 nights in Naxos and 1 or 2 nights in Mykanos. Also any recommendations for hotels or villa in Naxos and Mykanons for family of 5 with 3 kids from 9-16 years?

    Great site and thanks for answering all of my questions.

    Jay

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      In Mykonos the family suite at Petinos Hotel is probably your best bet – not cheap but for Mykonos pretty reasonable for what you get. If budget is not an issue then the 2-bedroom villas (with private pool) at Cavo Tagoo are amazing.

      In Naxos the inexpensive and central Xenia has a large quadruple and the Nissaki Beach Hotel (one of the best breakfast I’ve had in Greece) has good size family rooms and a nice spot on the beach.

      Mykonos to Naxos to Santorini is definitely your best route.

  111. Quiet Hotel in Mykonos Town

    Hi Dave. I will be staying 2 nights in Mykonos in July. Since I will be there for such a short period, we were thinking it would be better to stay in Mykonos town vs a beach town so we don’t waste time going back and forth. Would you agree with that? We are looking for a hotel that is in town, walking distance to restaurants, little Venice, bus stops, etc. However, we do not want to be in a loud area that is too crazy. Basically we want a safe area and it not to be a party hotel where we won’t get sleep and will be kept up all night. Can you suggest an area of Mykonos Town that I should look? Or provide a few hotels that come to mind? A lot are sold out already for our dates. Thank you.

    Michelle

  112. Mykonian K Hotel

    Hi Dave,

    Your website is very helpful, thank you. We get married in Santorini in September 2015. We are staying in Santorini for a week, then getting the ferry to Mykonos and staying there for 8 days. We are thinking of staying in the Myconian K Hotel in Mykonos Town. Have you heard of this hotel, and if so, do you recommend?

    Many Thanks,

    Richard

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It’s a fine hotel with one of the larger pools on Mykonos. It’s just the location that you need to be aware of. It’s a 15 minute walk outside of Mykonos Town without much around it. Fine if you’re renting a car but making that walk along a busy road every time you want to go into town is a bit much. Taxis are an option too.

      1. Hotel for €100

        Thanks Dave! What hotel would you recommend closer to the town for around 100 Euros per night? Thanks again!

        Richard

  113. Kid Friendly Hotel in Mykonos

    Hi Dave,
    We are a family of 4 traveling from Turkey to Greece , and taking a cruise from Athens, and we are stopping at Mykonos, for 2 days from July3-5, 2015. I will like recommendation for hotels/villas to stay with my young kids. We were booked at Rocabella, but they got the dates wrong, and now nothing is available. My boy (9,8)s love pool, and outdoor hot tub’s. We will like something reasonable but not too expensive. The Rocabella had a family suite with hot tub, and that was heavenly. Is there any places you can suggest near Platys Gialos, or Ornos Beach (only kid friendly places)

    Thanks
    Charu

  114. Petasos or Palladium

    Thanks for all the great information. We are a family of 5 -“children” are 15, 18, and 21yrs, coming to Mykonons for 3 nights at the beginning of August. Trying to decide where to stay, have reservations at Petasos for 2 rooms and at Palladium for one family room (2br). The Palladium is about $1000 cheaper. What would you advise between these 2 hotels, or do you have a better option for us? We want to be near the beach and restaraunts. Don’t really want the kids to be out late partying so don’t need to stay in town. Thanks so much fo ryour help!
    Suzanne

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Those are both great hotels and good choice of location as Platys Gialos has a number of very good restaurants. It’s not a party beach per se but not dead either. The big difference between these hotels is location. Petasos is 50 meters from the beach. Palladium is 300 meters up a steep hill from the beach. That’s what you’re paying for at the Petasos.

  115. Kouros Hotel & Suites

    Hi Dave,

    What do you think of Kouros Hotel in Mykonos? We are 3 women in our mid 30s traveling for fun, but also looking to splurge a bit. Staying 2 nights in Mykonos and 3 in Santorini in mid September.

    Thanks!

    Gail

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      A great hotel, nice view of the port and the ships coming and going. The only caveat is that it’s not within the Old Town with the twisting winding narrow lanes and cool architecture. It’s an easy walk from there (10 minutes). Some people like being a little removed from the village (it’s quieter though in September Mykonos Town won’t be too crazy), others wish they were in the thick of things. And you’re also a 15 minute walk from the bus station that goes to the Mykonos beaches. Once again, it’s not a big deal and it’s a pleasant 15 minute walk through the town but I mention it so you know what you’re getting.

      1. Gail

        Which hotels do you recommend that are within Old Town, with similar feel and amenities to Kouros?

        Thanks!

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          The Belvedere (overlooking the town, 3 minutes to the bus station), Thoexenia (by the water and the windmills, 3 minutes to the bus station), and Poseidon (just outside the town but still very close, 2 minutes to the bus station) are all good.

  116. Mykonos for Non-Partyers

    Hi Dave – This site is amazing and so helpful! My boyfriend and I are planning a three week trip from Istanbul –> Athens Aug 1- Aug 21. The last 12 days of the trip are slotted for the Greek Islands. We are planning 5 days/6 nights in Santorini but can’t decide if we should stop in Mykonos. We aren’t big drinkers and likely won’t go out at night, which appears to be Mykonos’ biggest draw. Do you think it would still be a good place for us to visit? If not, is there another island we should go to instead? Thank you!!

    Alesandra

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It still has a lot of appeal even if you’re not into the party scene. On my last trip to Greece (October, 2014) I was with my 11 year old son in Mykonos. We certainly weren’t partying but had a great time nonetheless. There are great beaches, great food, and some wonderful scenery and architecture. That said, Naxos might be a better fit. More hikes, traditional villages, equally great beaches, much slower and more family friendly. If you’re a foodie you’ll like enjoy Mykonos more.

      FYI, Atlasjet has direct flights from Istanbul to Mykonos in the summer (6 days a week, not Saturday).

      1. Alesandra

        One more question – finding about about Atlasjet was unbelievably helpful (none of my googling turned up a direct flight from Turkey without stopping in Athens). Are there any airlines that fly direct from Istanbul to Santorini? I have been using Kayak, but not all airlines show up. In addition to Atlastjet and Pegasus are there any other regional airlines you would recommend?

  117. Honeymoon Beach Party in Mykonos

    Hi Dave,
    Great information! Thanks.
    My Fiance and I are currently planning on our honey in Greece for late September.
    We are starting our trip in Folegandros, then spending a few nights in Santorini, and then our last 3 days in Mykonos.
    By the time we get to Mykonos, we are really looking for more of the party, beach scene. We aren’t huge clubbers, but enjoy a good day of day drinking, and are really looking forward to relaxing on the beach in Mykonos.
    That being said we want to stay at place with easy access to the beaches, and maybe something that will offer us a different experience then we would have already gotten in Folegandros (more romantic), and Santorini (more touristy and with a view.)
    Any recommendations?

    Thanks,
    Heather

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The party beaches are Paradise and Super Paradise. Not clubs but beach bars and restaurants and lots of music. But there isn’t a lot of accommodation out there. I would recommend staying in Mykonos Town and taking a bus to and from Paradise. Mykonos Town has a very fun vibe and it isn’t all trendy clubs. Just not sure when the last bus back to Mykonos Town will be. In early September the buses run until 3am but by late September the last bus will likely be much earlier.

  118. Use A Travel Agent? /Mykonos in September

    Dave,

    Great website! We are planning a trip for Sept. 2015. Couple quick questions:

    Would you suggest a travel company to assist with reservations and transportation or is it easy enough to navigate and reserve yourself. I typically like to wing and listen to other travelers make suggestions, but we only have 2 weeks this trip.

    Best suggestion for Mykonos lodging? Is it that important to be near Paradise Beach for the parties? Or transportation is good and being closer to town would be the all around experience? Such as dining, sight seeing and better hotels? I notice you recommend the Belvedere a few times. Fun place, good pool, bars.. etc?

    Thanks.

    David

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I would definitely recommend planning your trip by yourself. It’s a little more work but much more rewarding. Even the best travel agents and companies try to slot you into the hotels they have pre-arranged deals with.

      Paradise is a great beach and yes has a party scene – though it slows down considerably after mid-September. I like staying in Mykonos Town and using bus or taxi to get to and from the beaches. And yes, the Belvedere is a great hotel and has a cool bar – probably the best hotel bar in town. Nice pool too.

  119. Mykonos Town to Paradise and Super Paradise

    Hi Dave — Great information, thank you! My friend and I are travelling to Greece (August 19-31) and we will be in Mykonos from 8/20-23. All of your hotels are on point as we are in are late 20’s, looking to have an amazing time from day to night.
    I definitely want to stay in Mykonos Town, but how do the buses or boats work from the clubs at Paradise/Super Paradise Beach back to Town. I would have to be stranded on the other side of the island or is there a constant flow of public trans?
    Also, for us 2 mild to wild, which hotel would you recommend?

    Thanks!
    Doug

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      From Mykonos Town to Paradise you can take bus or boat (from Platys Gialos). From Mykonos Town to Super Paradise it’s only boat. The last bus from Paradise back to town is late (midnight, probably) in August. The last boat from Paradise and Super Paradise is much earlier (between 6pm and 8pm). So, in theory, you can get stuck on Super Paradise and have to sleep on the beach (good story though right?). But you shouldn’t get stuck on Paradise Beach.

      The Belvedere is both a great hotel and perfect location for catching the bus to the beaches. The Poseidon is less expensive but still has a great pool and good location for buses to the beach.

  120. Mykonos Hotel for Family with Pool

    Hi there Dave,

    What a helpful site! I wonder if you can help us. We are a young couple travelling with a two year old and a 1 year old. We’re looking for accommodation on the beach, that has a swimming pool and a good restuarant/bar. We want to be able to sip a cocktail once the kids are in bed and enjoy a beautiful view.

    Hope you can help us!

    Alliah

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Petinos Beach Hotel is great, the beach is right there and the hotel has a nice pool. It’s sister hotel, Petinos Hotel, is across the street and a good deal cheaper. No pool but you can use the pool at the Petinos Beach. Both have family rooms and triples/suites that are good for families. Many good restaurants a short walk away.

  121. Mykonos for Family of 5/Fishing

    Dave – We’re a family of 5 (with two teenagers) traveling to Mykonos on June 29 for 2 nights. Where would you recommend we stay for a not-so crowded beach and decent food? Is there somewhere we can fish from the shore? Thanks!
    LESLEY

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There’s Platys Gialos Hotel at Platys Gialos beach (great beach, lots of restaurants). Or in Mykonos Town there are the 2 bedroom villas at the wonderful Cavo Tagoo. Obviously in Mykonos Town you would not be at a beach but for a family of 5 your choices are limited, although with teens you also have the option of putting them in their own room.

      I’ve seen locals fishing near the windmills in Mykonos Town.

      1. LESLEY

        Thanks for the great recommendations Dave. We will get two rooms. Did you pick Platys Gialos over Agios Ioannis because of the restaurant choices? Thank you again!

  122. Mykonos Hotel close to Town and Beaches

    Hi Dave,

    Would you recommend any Mykonos hotel that is near the town AND the beach? My husband would like to stay near the beach while I prefer the town. Please help!
    Thank you in advance.

    Cheers,
    Linda

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The best beaches on Mykonos are a bus ride away from Mykonos Town so it’s not easy to combine the a beach hotel with a town hotel. The Poseidon Hotel is the best situated hotel I can recommend. It’s on the edge of town and walking distance to Megali Ammos beach (which is perfectly fine but not one of the very best on the island). It’s also close to the best station that serves the other beaches.

  123. Mykonos Town or Outskirts/ Santorini or Mykonos First

    Hi Dave,

    Really love your site and all the information you provide to upcoming travelers. I’m heading over to Mykonos as part of my honeymoon this Sept, 9/28-10/1. In your opinion, would it be best to stay in the center of the town (Philippi Hotel) or a little further away (Aeolos Hotel)?

    Also, judging from your previous responses to readers, would it be better to head to Mykonos a little earlier (9/24-9/27) and then Santorini (9/27-10/1)? I’m currently planned for the opposite but haven’t booked hotels yet so it’s flexible.

    Thanks for your guidance.

    Regards,
    Sheena

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Aeolos is certainly a nicer hotel with more amenities (and a pool). Philippi is a simple budget hotel. Myself, I would prefer to be in the heart of Mykonos Town with all the fun and excitement that it has. But if you’re looking for a quieter stay then Aeolos is a fine choice (it’s still within walking distance of town).

      I would very subtly suggest visiting Mykonos first and then Santorini. The weather slowly gets cooler through September and October. So, on average, those few days earlier would be just a tad warmer (but that’s an average, there could be many years where it dips and then comes back up). Since Mykonos has beaches and is much nicer when the weather is warm, and Santorini is more for sightseeing, then I’d go for Mykonos first. But obviously this is no great difference as it’s just a few days. But who knows, some years the weather changes quickly and those few days could indeed have a very different feel.

      1. Sheena

        That’s really helpful, Dave. Thanks again for your help and I’m really excited to go this Sept. using your recommendations as a guide!

        Best,
        Sheena

  124. Santorini and What Other Island?

    Hi Dave,

    We plan to spend our honemoon in early-May in Santorini and one more islands. I read you blog and think it could be Mykonos. Considering that we are not interested in clubbing and partying during our honeymoon, do you think it still a good choice? And also, is that time too early to sit on the beach? (Not getting into the water, I heard that it will be cold).
    Thank you very much!!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos is great even if you don’t hit the clubs. Mykonos Town has a charming atmosphere and is great to explore (day or night). Mykonos beaches are wonderful too – there’s something for everyone here. You can certainly get beach weather in early May but you can also get cloudy and cool weather. Just for example, if you were there from May 5 to May 10 I would guess you’d get 3 or 4 days at the beach. But at that time of year there are never any guarantees with the weather.

  125. Best Beaches

    Dear Dave,

    It is a pleasure to read your informative blog.
    I am going for my honeymoon on 9th May.
    Just wanted to know if you suggest some really unique beaches that are tucked away surrounded by some big mountains, something that feels unique and larger than life.
    I wanted to chose a 2nd island after santorini to enjoy a unique beach experience, so far i have narrowed in on naxos, but i am open to suggestions.

    Your help will be much appreciated.

    Regards,

    Shaan Agarwal

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The best beaches in the Cyclades are on Mykonos and Naxos. For beaches with a very unique setting check out Milos.

  126. Hotel with View in Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    We will only be staying in Mykonos one night and would love your advice on where to stay. We would like to be close to the great nightlife in the town but also want a great pool area with a view! Since we won’t be staying in our rooms very long, we care less about room quality/size than location and excellent outdoor facilities. Our budget is pretty flexible. We’ve been using your sites for our vacation planning and they have been incredibly helpful! Your help would be GREATLY appreciated.

    Katherine Gasho

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos doesn’t have the stunning views like Santorini so your choices are fewer (and different).

      The Belvedere has one of the best views of Mykonos Town and is a short walk (5 minutes) to the town’s nightlife. The hotel is on a small rise and looks over the town.

      The Theoxenia fronts the sea (though the pool itself does not have sea views) and is 2 minutes from Little Venice.

      Both are wonderful hotels.

  127. Recommended Hotel on Mykonos

    How to choose between great hotels on Mykonos by the beach?
    Great information on Mykonos. I especially appreciate the ferry details as that really cannot be found anywhere else. We have 4 nights on Mykonos and are beach people. I have narrowed it down to Mykonos Blu, Myconian Ambassador, Petasos Beach, Palladium and Nissaki Boutique, which isn’t in your top 15. I included Nissaki because of the tripadvisor reviews but am more inclined to stay at one of the others. If the Petasos has open plan bathrooms which it seems from the photos, then we wouldn’t like the lack of privacy/noise. I like that Mykonos Blu has its own beach sunbeds. The Myconian Ambassador photos look really nice and I can get a jacuzzi room for less than Mykonos Blu. All seem close to the beaches, Psarou and Platis Yialos, as well as getting the bus to town. Just so I can narrow it down, which would be your top two in terms of location, pool and upscale accommodations? Or would you have one that stands out?
    Thanks in advance for any help.
    FDL

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      All are nice but would choose between Mykonos Blu (right on the beach, trendy) and Petasos (4 good beaches within walking distance, cheaper than Blu).

  128. Which Hotels on Mykonos and Santorini

    Hello, Dave! Great site , really helpful !
    We want to combine 3 nights in Santorini and 4 nights in Mykonos at the end of july , and wondering which is the fastest way to get from Santorini to Mykonos , except flight. Maybe you can help us with the name of a ferry company , or something:) . And of course, also wondering where to stay, which hotel to pick . Considering the period we are going is the most expensive, some of the hotels I would have normaly chosen, are far to expensive, so: in Santorini we like Cosmopolitan in Fira, Petit Palace , Honey Moon Villas and Chromata. We are looking for Caldera View , kind of close to town so that in the evening we can be active, and also looking for some .. style :). In Mykonos we are between Myconian Ambassador and Saint John mainly .. which one would you recomend better ? I just can’t figure which hotel has more class and offer more quality. Thank you very much for your help !
    Regards,
    Alex

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      On Mykonos: the Myconian Ambassador has a better beach, Saint John’s is more luxurious and has sunset views. On Santorini you need to decide whether you want to stay in the island’s hub (Fira) or in a quieter village (Imerovigli). All 6 hotels you’ve chosen are great and I’d be shocked if you were disappointed in your choice.

      1. Alex

        Thank you so much! In the mean time I read some more of your posts, and decided to choose Cosmopolitan for Santorini as it has very good position and one of the best pools 🙂 In Mykonos I am still thinking, I would probably choose Ambassador for the beach. I don’t know how to devide my holiday, I feel that 3 nights is just too little for Santorini, and maybe I should extend with one night more, and stay less in Mykonos. I am just afraid that when I get to Mykonos, I will be disapointed… I don’t know why, but I just feel that this island has less to offer than it’s advertising. What would you advise me? And thank you again for all your help, and for the time spent to answer every question ! 🙂

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          I would definitely spend more time on Santorini than Mykonos. If I had 7 nights I would split them 4/3 or 5/2.

      2. Alex

        Hello again, Dave! Do you know anything about Archipelagos Hotel ? Is it maybe better than Ambassador? It looks quite stylish and i’ve seen it is a slh hotel. I can’t figure it out tho, weather it has a beach or not. Maybe you can help me , pls! I am so undecided with Mykonos hotels, I just don’t know what to book.. I have a group of friends that I drag after me, and it’s more pressing this way.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Archipelagos is in Kalo Livadi which doesn’t have bus service to Mykonos Town and is much quieter and more isolated than Platys Gialos.

  129. Which Greek Island for 2 Women

    Hi Dave! This is such a great site and reale insight. I’m take a trip with a friend two hetro women wanting golden beaches, turquoise waters and quaint Greek towns with a direct flight from London so trying to choose between Crete, Santorini and Mykonos what would you recommend?? Appreciate your thoughts on which island and area. Thanks Liz.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos and Crete both have wonderful beaches. But Crete is quite large and needs time to explore properly. Sounds like Mykonos is better suited to your interests.

  130. Good Value Hotels in Mykonos and Santorini

    Hi Dave, thanks for all the info. My boyfriend and I are doing 1 night in Athens followed by 3 in Mykonos, 3 in Santorini. We want to split time between the islands to see the best of both, but we don’t want to spend a fortune on hotels (while still having decent views, access to beaches in Mykonos and the cool spots in Santorini). Can you suggest a couple options for both islands that are nice and budget friendly ($100-200 max per night)?

    Amanda

  131. Rocabella Hotel in Mykonos

    Dave, your website has very useful info. Thank you.
    So We are visiting Mykonos in the last week of Jan 2015. We could not find any of the hotels that you have listed here. We are booking in the Rocabella Mykonos. Do you have any reviews/other suggestions?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You can’t find the hotels? Not sure what that means. They’re all prominent hotels.

      Rocabella is great but a good distance from Mykonos Town and on the northern side of the town (the best beaches are towards the south) so a rental car would be recommended to get around the island.

  132. Good Hotel on Mykonos Beach

    Hi Dave,

    We arrive on Mykonos on 5 September and would like to spend 5 nights at a small beachfront quietish mid-range place….easy access to town by bus maybe. We’d really appreciate your ideas. Jane Aldrich

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Petinos Beach Hotel on Platis Gialos is a great little hotel on the beach. And close to the shuttle boat to other beaches (Paradise, Super Paradise) if you wanted to mix things up.

      1. Paradise Beach in September

        We’ve been to Mykonos several times since the early nineties. It’s still our favorite Greek island overall, but it seems like the beach scene is changing for the worse, at least to us. For example, the prices for chairs, umbrellas, food and drink keep going up, especially at our favorite beach – Paradise – but the 5 o’clock parties don’t seem as much fun, there’s a lot of small children, and beach scenery not as good – i.e. fewer topless women and hunky guys. We’ve been at least once to most of the beaches on the south side of the island, except Lia, but up to now we always liked Paradise the best and spent most of our time there. We’ve decided to try to go this year in mid-September instead of July. We might try Petinos Beach Hotel. We’ve stayed at Petassos Beach a few times, but it has now gotten way too expensive. We don’t do much nightlife any more, but we still like the beach scene to be active and fun. Will Paradise Beach still be hopping in mid-September? Would first week in September be better than say 3rd week in September? Any other beach recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          I’m having a hard time figuring out what you’re asking (or what you’re looking for – more busy? or less busy?) Paradise Beach will have a party vibe until mid-September when the clubs have the final party of the year. After that it actually becomes pretty family friendly (which doesn’t seem to be what you’re looking for).

  133. Janine

    Great Site! Thank you!! We are planning a trip in May next year and your suggestions and tips are spot-on, just the type of advise we need to make a decision on where to go!
    Well done SantoriniDave 🙂

  134. Sail Around Greek Islands

    hi dave
    Myself and other 4 more girls are planning to sail around islands of greece for 1 week on june next year for a 40th birthday, it’s a bit pricey but we think this is the best way to go around and see beautiful beaches… or would you have any other opinion on how to do this better in a cheaper way?

    Our options are completely sail for that 7 days or sail 7 days & stay 2 nights in santorini.

    Cheers!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      GAP Adventures offers 8 day sailing trips around the islands: This one is from Mykonos to Santorini. Pretty cool. They stop in secluded spots and untouristy islands and it would allow you to finish your trip in Santorini so you could have your 2 days on the island as well.

  135. Hotels for Honeymooners

    Hi there!
    My fiancé and I are planning to go to Greece for our honeymoon end of may to early june. We will be there for 2 weeks and we plan to visit Mykonos, Santorini, and Athens. What hotels do you recommend for honeymooners? Scenery and lively activities are important to the both of us as well as relaxation.

    Ps. Looove your website it’s really helping me plan this trip and be prepared ahead of time! 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      If I was on a honeymoon I’d stay at the Belvedere in Mykonos Town (wonderful hotel, great location near clubs and restaurants, steps from the bus station which can get you quickly to most of the beaches), Tsitouras Collection in Firostefani (super friendly owners, nice pool, great views, great location a 10 minute walk to Fira’s nightlife and restaurants), Electra Palace in Athens (central location in the Plaka, great views of the Acropolis).

      Hope that helps.

  136. Mykonos in September

    I’m looking at visiting Mykonos from Athens on the 20th Sept 2014 for 5 nights, will there be much of a gay scene for the single traveller? not crazy but at least people to meet?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The big parties will be over by mid-September but there will still be plenty of people about and a lively nightlife.

  137. Recommended Hotel for Nightlife

    Hi Dave!

    Your website has been of great help with planning my trip to Greece in mid October. I’m now deciding where to stay in Mykonos. We will arrive Friday midday and will head to Santorini Sunday morning. we plan to party at night clubs both nights . Got any recommendations for that? We are a Latin couple in our early 30’s. We love to dance. We would like to stay somewhere near the night scene because I don’t want to be walking far on heels after drinking and dancing all night or taking long cab rides.
    My husband likes Omiros Hotel. Would you recommend it? We are budget travelers, but don’t want to totally sacrifice to the point we hate the place. I’d like a nice view and nice breakfast to start the day 🙂 We plan to go sightseeing during the day and maybe go to one of the party beaches, Paradise? Please share your thoughts or let me know if you recommend other hotels that got what we are looking for and won’t break the bank.
    Thank you and keep up the great work.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Omiros Hotel is fine but a good 15 to 20 minutes from Old Town where you’ll find the clubs and nightlife. For a reasonably-priced hotel closer to the center try Manto Hotel .

  138. Which Greek Islands in Late September

    Hi Dave – We have from the 19th through the 25th of September to be in Greece – we were dividing our days, thinking 3 nights in santorini and 4 nights in Mykonos – but I have just heard that Mykonos is not happening too much, night life aspect, in the end of September – how would you think is best to divide our time? more days in santorini? or hop around elsewhere? Tell me your personal thoughts – Thank you so much!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The weather should still be great on Mykonos in late September. The party scene will definitely have slowed by then (some bars have there final party on September 15th) but there will still be plenty of places in Mykonos Town to go out – it just won’t be the crazy scene you encounter during the summer. Santorini will be at its best in September (and still plenty of nightlife). So will Naxos and Paros – though they don’t have the same party vibe – but they have some of the best beaches in Greece. It’s also easier to get between Naxos/Paros and Santorini than between Mykonos and Santorini.

  139. Hotel in Mykonos

    Hi – We recently saw a famous blogger who stayed at the San Giorgio in Mykonos – would you recommend it? Or have you heard of it? Do you know if its location is good – we are two females from Miami – let me know your thoughts – so grateful!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Trendy hotel close to Paradise Beach. If you’re there to party it’s perfect. If you wanted to stay in town (which has a great vibe at night) or wanted a quiet holiday then you might want to stay somewhere else.

  140. Santorini to Mykonos by Ferry

    Hi Dave,

    Love your website. It’s soooooo informative! What is the best and scenic way to get from Santorini to Mykonos? I’m trying to avoid high speed ferries. Do the larger vessels like Blue Star go there? We are flying into santorini by plane so I will already miss the stunning views (husband doesn’t want to be on ferry for 8 hours). Any suggestions?

    Maliha

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You’ll have to take a high speed ferry to either Paros or Naxos and then a Blue Star from there to Mykonos.

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