Where To Stay in Mykonos

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 22, 2018

  • My recommendation: Stay in one of these 3 towns: Mykonos Town, Ornos, or Platis Gialos (also spelled Platys Yialos).
  • Mykonos Town has the most nightlife, restaurants, and shopping
  • The best hotels in Mykonos are spread out around the island. Mykonos Town has the most luxury hotels but there are many other locations to stay if you want a luxurious stay.
  • The best Mykonos beach hotels are concentrated in Agios Ioannis, Ornos, Platis Gialos, and Elia Beach.
  • The best cheap Mykonos hotels are found in Mykonos Town and back from the beach in Ornos and Platis Gialos.
Staying in Mykonos Town, Little Venice

The Little Venice neighborhood of Mykonos Town is filled with trendy bars and hip restaurants.

What are the best hotels in Mykonos?

  • Best new hotel on Mykonos is the fabulous Branco Mykonos – incredible luxury hotel right on the beach in Platys Gialos. Highly recommended!
  • Best luxury hotel on Mykonos is the Mykonos Blu (easy access to two of the best beaches on Mykonos).
  • Best hotel in Mykonos Town is the Belvedere (wonderful pool and a 2 minute walk to restaurants and nightlife).
  • Best “budget” hotel on Mykonos is the 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.

What is the best place to stay in Mykonos?

The big decision visitors need to make is whether to stay in Mykonos (the most nightlife, shopping, and restaurants) or one of the beaches. Bus run regularly (and late) from the main beaches to and from Mykonos Town, so it’s easy to stay in one spot and enjoy the other. My preference is to stay in Mykonos Town and take the bus to beach through the day. Then return to town in the late afternoon and get ready to enjoy the evening when Mykonos Town really comes alive.

Staying in Mykonos Town

Also known as Hora/Chora, the island capital is a charming tangle of narrow pedestrian-only streets – a real pleasure to get lost in. The historic core is densely packed with guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and bars; tavernas dot the waterfront, and there are two bona fide shopping streets, lined with Greek fashion boutiques, art stores, and touristy shops. Little Venice is a dense cluster of waterside bars and a favorite gathering place at sunset, as are the picturesque Cycladic Kato Mili windmills. A couple of worthwhile museums and an open-air cinema add to the town’s attractions. There are excellent bus connections to the beaches and interior villages of the island.

The Best Hotels in Mykonos Town

Staying in Ornos

Just 3.4km south of Mykonos Town, Ornos beach is one of the busiest beaches on the island. The streets around it are dotted with boutique hotels and guesthouses and its white sand is densely lined with sun loungers. Half a dozen or so seafood restaurants are found immediately next to the beach, with a few more in the near vicinity. Ornos overlooks a sheltered bay and the shallow, calm water is popular with families. If the crowds get a bit too much, a five minute walk around the east side of the bay takes you to the excellent Apaggio restaurant that overlooks a cluster of docked fishing boats, while a 5-minute walk north takes you to Korfos beach – more exposed and breezy on windy days, but far less crowded. Several buses daily pass by Ornos en route from Mykonos Town to Agios Ioannis beach.

The Best Hotels at Ornos

Staying in Agios Ioannis

Studded with beach umbrellas, this narrow sandy crescent on Mykonos’ west coast is a favourite sunset-watching spot. As locals will tell you, part of the movie Shirley Valentine was shot here, and it’s also where you find an excellent seafood restaurant – Hippie Fish – and a couple of boutique hotels on the hillside overlooking the Aegean. Several daily buses from Mykonos run by the steep, short access road down to Agios Ioannis, turning around in the parking lot near the picturesque Cycladic church by the sea. From Agios Ioannis it’s a 10-minute walk past the church and around the headland to the small, sheltered and practically deserted cove of Kapari beach.

The Best Hotels at Agios Ioannis

Staying in Psarou

With its teal waters and end-to-end rows of sun loungers, Psarou beach is one of the island’s most popular beaches. It’s a particular favourite with families and honeymooners due to its relaxed atmosphere and powdery white sand and it’s also a minor water sports center, with windsurfers and waterskiers bouncing on the waves further away from the shore. There are a couple of restaurants here and the beach is well-served by buses from Mykonos Town, while water taxis connect it to other south coast beaches.

The Best Hotel at Psarou Beach

Staying in Platys Gialos

The best beach on Mykonos for a mix of restaurants, low-key nightlife, hotels and good sand. Platys Gialos is a 4km drive south from Mykonos Town. It’s got something for everyone: families come here for the calm waters and white sand, the young, trendy crowd heads for the hip beach bars and everyone comes here to eat: the beach is lined with back-to-back restaurants serving everything from Greek standards and seafood to sophisticated fusion. It’s also the main water sports beach in Mykonos, with kayaking, standup paddleboarding, wakeboarding and flyboarding on offer. Numerous hotels and villas surround the beach. Excellent bus connections to Mykonos Town and hourly water taxis to other south coast beaches in high season.

The Best Hotels at Platys Gialos

Staying in Elia

Reachable via Ano Mera (or via boat taxi from nearby beaches during summer peak season), Elia beach is a long, white, sandy beach on the south coast of Mykonos. There is only one restaurant here – Elia Mykonos – and it’s a good place for seafood, while the attached bar serves beers and cocktails. The restaurant rents out beach chairs, but while the beach gets busy with sun worshippers, it has a much more relaxed vibe to it than most other south coast beaches. A ten-minute scramble along the rocks from the west end of Elia beach takes you to the small, pretty Agrari beach in a sheltered bay. There are a couple of beach restaurants, plenty of deck chairs and calm, shallow water.

The Best Hotels at Elia Beach

Paraga Beach

Lively Paraga beach on the south coast bridges the gap between backpacker beach party central and sultry sophistication. This appealing sandy crescent has several beach bars and a youth hostel at one end. Beach parties tend to kick off in the afternoons. At the other end of the beach, on a headland with excellent sea views from its lofty vantage point, is Scorpios – a place for leisurely lunch under a shady canopy by day, an amphitheatre for sunset-watching and a club-lounge by night. A two-minute walk north across the headland is the pebbly Agia Anna beach, with a couple of great seafood tavernas and a more chilled-out vibe. Buses run here from Mykonos Town in summer.

Super Paradise Beach

Exclusive villas dot the hillside above the sheltered cove of Super Paradise beach, accessible via a steep, narrow access road. Super Paradise is dominated by its namesake beach bar and club, and during summer peak season, beach parties kick off in the afternoons and continue until the wee hours of the morning. Nightly international DJ sets and rubbing shoulders with supermodels and other partying celebrities is part of the experience. During the day, the beach is a good spot for sipping a cocktail while working on your tan. Hourly shuttle buses from Mykonos Town during high season run late into the night, while boat taxis serve the beach during the day.

Paradise Beach

An equally big draw for revellers, Paradise beach has two clubs to choose from: Paradise Club with a hugely popular beach bar, surrounded by mounds of empty Dom Perignon bottles, and Cavo Paradiso, a five-minute walk away on a headland overlooking the waves. Both attract big name international DJs and the party goes on till dawn. In daytime during peak season the sandy beach is popular with young, trendy sunbathers in various states of undress (topless and nude sunbathing welcome); in low and shoulder seasons, families take over. There’s an excellent, authentic Indian restaurant nearby – Indian Palace – and the beach can be reached either by frequent shuttle from Mykonos Town or by water taxi.

Kalo Livadi Beach

You have to pass through Ano Mera to reach this long, wide, sand-and-pebble beach on the south coast. Because it’s relatively isolated (compared to other south coast beaches), reachable by several daily buses in high season but not water taxi, this beach avoids the worst of the summer crowds. There are a couple of seafront tavernas serving Greek standards and several clusters of sun loungers, but you can easily find a patch of sand to call your own. On windy days the beach feels quite exposed.

Agios Sostis Beach

The prettiest beach on the Mykonos north coast, Agios Sostis is a long, wide strip of white sand, shallow, calm water, and a few beach umbrellas. It tends to be a lot less crowded than the south coast beaches but can be buffeted with wind in July and August. At the north end, high above the beach, is the legendary Kiki’s Taverna; diners start lining up outside it at noon for the terrific Cycladic dishes. Directly below the taverna is a small, sheltered cove with crystal-clear water and a tiny beach. You need your own wheels to get to Agios Sostis – a scooter or an ATV is better than a car, since the road is steep in places and narrow; the turnoff for the beach is 2km or so out of Mykonos Town, off the main road towards Ano Mera.

Ano Mera

The only other settlement on the island of any size after Mykonos Town, Ano Mera sits roughly in the centre of the island, reachable via an 8km drive along the island’s main road. Ano Mera is well worth a visit for its attractive main square, lined with tavernas and cafes, and its beautiful Tourliani Monastery that dates back to the 16th century. Inside a whitewashed, fortress-like interior, there’s a striking marble chapel filled with medieval icons. There are great views of the village and the monastery from the Paleokastro nunnery, located on a hill just outside Ano Mera. Frequent buses connect Ano Mera with Mykonos Town. In summer, there buses connect Ano Mera with Kalo Livadi and Kalafati beaches. There are few hotels in Ano Mera (Hotel Anatolia is the best) and none of them luxurious.

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16 Questions and Comments

  1. Greece Itinerary

    Dave
    Great site and I am now helping you with the fight against malaria now – since you have helped me so much!

    I have a question and wanted to see your opinion on my thoughts.
    We are going to Greece May 25-June 8 2019
    Initial Itinerary:
    Santorini 5 nights
    Naxos 2 nights
    Mykonos 4 nights
    Athens 3 nights (We want to do Delphi so that is why the 3 nights)

    In Santorini we will stay at Astra Suites (already booked) after much debate. We were thinking of splitting time with a Hotel in Oia but my wife did not want to pack and unpack so I lost that battle.

    In Mykonos I am lost on hotel options. We are an early 40’s couple traveling without our child from the US, We like relaxation, drinks, and fun. I like sightseeing and seeing what is around, my wife will go but also likes to relax more then me I am always wanting to do something. We plan on doing Delos (1 day), cooking class (1 day), +/- car.
    I am looking at your recommendations for Bill and Coo — but see they have 2 places now and can travel between them as well. So not sure which place the Suites vs Coast is a better option vs Branco Mykonos on the beach.

    I have AMEX Platinum so can get early check in at the suites and a free lunch or dinner but that is not a deal maker as I want a place we will like the best.

    In Naxos we will stay at your number 1 hotel on your site so not an issue there. In Athens staying at the Hotel Grande Bretagne.

    We fly into Santorini at 5 pm day 1 and then will ferry to Naxos and Mykonos the other days for more information

    Thank you for your thoughts
    Dan

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I would stay at Bill Coo Suites if the hotel and luxury are what you’re after. I would stay at Branco Mykonos if the beach is your primary interest. Both are great hotels. (Not sure if there was another question in there – I couldn’t really tell what you were asking.)

  2. Mykonos in April

    Hey Dave. Love the site, thank you for all of this information! We’re travelling with a large group to Mykonos in late April (all first timers) and thinking of renting a house near Agrari / Elia. Is that too remote to enjoy the rest of Mykonos? Will it be warm enough to enjoy the beaches on the southside?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Mykonos will be quiet in April (outside of Easter weekend) and that area of Mykonos will be dead with little bus service (to Elia). Much better to stay within walking distance of Mykonos Town during an off-season visit. It will be quiet in Mykonos Town during April but still plenty enough open to have some great meals and good fun. Swimming in the sea in April is possible but probably best to assume it won’t happen and be happily surprised if you get warmer than usual weather. Skies will likely be clear and sunny through much of April but it’s usually not swimming weather and the water will be cold even if it’s hot in the sun.

  3. Best Beach Town in Mykonos

    Hi Dave
    Never been to Mykonos but have been to Santorini four times and have stayed at Kamari and Perrisa. Perrisa is our favorite. So with this information where do you think we would like in Mykonos? We like good food especially seafood nice bars not clubs. Something relaxing but with music as well and a nice beach, nothing too busy. Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Ornos (more relaxed) or Platys Gialos (more trendy) would both be great.

  4. Mykonos Hotels with Great Views

    Hi,

    What’s a good area and hotel to stay so that we get beautiful views, and are close enough to the town and beach? We are looking for a relaxed holiday exploring nice views and food. We’re in our late twenties. Not looking for a party scene.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Two hotels with great views are Cavo Tagoo (north of town, walking distance to Mykonos Town, but not to any beaches) and Bill & Coo (south of town, walking distance to Mykonos Town, short/easy bus ride to beaches).

  5. Mykonos with Baby – Where To Stay

    Hi Dave, where is the best place to stay for a young family with a baby under 6 months?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I’d go with Ornos. Great beach, relaxed vibe, lots of places to eat, short bus ride to Mykonos Town.

  6. Where To Stay in Mykonos for Honeymoon

    What would be a good place for a young couple (late 20s) on their honeymoon in late September? We would like to enjoy the beach, but would like to do a day party and enjoy some nightlife as well. We were leaning towards the Mykonos Blu.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Mykonos Blu is a great choice for a honeymoon. It’s a an easy walk to Psarou Beach and Nammos beach club. In the other direction is Platys Gialos (restaurants and low-key bars) and then a little farther the beach clubs of Kalua and Scropios (at Paraga Beach). For nightlife you’ll probably want to go into Mykonos Town.

  7. Best Place to Stay in Mykonos for Beach and Clubs

    Hi Dave!
    I’m going to Mykonos with my husband and another couple in July. We want to be on the beach but close to clubs and bars. Where should we stay?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      There is no perfect place to stay for both good beach and clubs as the best beaches have subdued night spots. And Paradise and Super Paradise (which have the big dance clubs) are probably not where you want to stay. A good compromise is Platys Gialos. Great beach with some nightlife, beach clubs (busier through the day than at night) within walking distance, boat service to Paradise and Super Paradise, and good bus connections to Mykonos Town.

  8. Where To Stay in Mykonos for Nightlife

    What’s the best Mykonos town or beach to stay in for nightlife for a couple in their 30s? Want something fun and lively but not a rave.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Mykonos Town has the best range of nightlife. Cool bars, lively dance clubs, trendy wine bars. The beach clubs with DJs do skew younger.

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