Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux Hotel in Platis Gialos, Mykonos

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 14, 2021

Essentials
• Location: On a hill in Platis Gialos, just a few meters from the beach.
• Hotel website: myconianambassador.gr
• Hotel phone: +30 22890 24166
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The pool at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos, Mykonos

The pool of the Myconian Ambassador hotel in Platis Gialos, set on a hilltop overlooking the beach and sea.

Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux – Boutique, luxury hotel mere steps from the sand, offering a serviced pool, decadent spa, and fine dining in a refined atmosphere.

This sea-view, luxury hotel sits on a hilltop with sweeping views over the Aegean. The main infinity pool and sun terrace offer polished, prompt service, while the restaurant serves farm-to-table dishes mixing traditional and contemporary Greek tastes. The indulgent thalassotherapy spa features three jetted pools, each heated to a different temperature, along with a sauna, hammam, and signature treatment packages. Rooms, suites, and the villa all feature private balconies, most with sea views and private jacuzzis or pools (or both). Superbly located above Platis Gialos Beach, just a three-minute walk to the sea, restaurants, and water taxi to the south shore beaches.

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Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux – Location

Area: Myconian Ambassador is a short 3-minute walk downhill to Platis Gialos Beach, the island’s most popular beach, lined with restaurants and sunbed rentals. Here you’ll find the water taxi to the southern beaches from Ornos in the west to Elia in the east. About a 15-minute walk along a seafront footpath leads to Psarou Beach, known for its upscale beach clubs, luxe shopping mall, and calm waters protected from Mykonos’ famous winds. This is one of the few southern beaches not connected to the water taxi or bus route, which keeps the crowd thinner, though do expect to pay more at the beach club for the exclusivity.

How to Get There: The hotel is located in Platis Gialos near the main road connecting the beach with Mykonos Town, making it easy to reach by car, bus, or taxi. It is approximately 7.5 km from the Mykonos ferry port in Tourlos, and 3.5 km from the Mykonos Airport to the hotel.

To reach the hotel by bus, take the Fabrika-bound bus from the Airport or the Tourlos Ferry Port (AKA “The New Port”). These airport and ferry port routes run several times a day throughout the summer but infrequently (if at all) in the winter. Get off at Fabrika in Mykonos Town, and catch a second bus to Platis Gialos Beach. The bus from the Airport or New Port to Fabrika should take around 10 minutes, and the bus from Fabrika to Platis Gialos Beach should take about 10 minutes. The total trip should cost about €4 and take under an hour, depending on how long you wait at Fabrika for the Platis Gialos bus. Tickets are purchased on the bus or from a manned kiosk at the terminal, cash only. Buses run about every 30 minutes during summer peak hours and less frequently at night, in the early morning, and in winter. Myconian Ambassador is just a 6-minute walk from the Platis Gialos bus stop.

Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 30 taxis serving the whole island, so there is often a long wait; schedule a ride through a private car service in advance to avoid this (I use and recommend Welcome Pickups). Taxis on Mykonos are not metered, so be sure to agree on a price with the driver before setting out. A taxi from the airport or ferry port to Myconian Ambassador should be about €20 to €25. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more – about $38 (€31), but it’s worth it to avoid the wait and for the convenience of paying ahead.

For those who prefer to drive themselves, we recommend renting a car either at the airport on arrival or in Mykonos Town. We strongly recommend reserving a vehicle in advance, especially if you require automatic transmission. Myconian Ambassador offers free parking for guests.

Handy To: Platis Gialos Beach (3-minute walk), Psarou Beach (15-minute walk – the map shows a roundabout route, but there is a much shorter walking path to the beach along the coast behind nearby Nissaki Boutique Hotel), Nammos Village shopping (17-minute walk – again, take the beachside walking path).

Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux – The Basics

  • Ages: The resort is open to guests of all ages and offers family rooms, connecting suites, and enormous villas – the largest one, an 8-bedroom villa, sleeps up to 22 guests. Babysitting services and baby cots are available on request.
  • Beach: Myconian Ambassador sits just above Platis Gialos Beach, among the very best beaches of Mykonos. Platis Gialos features a string of restaurants, sunbed rentals, and sundry shops from one end to the other. At the west end of the beach, there is the water taxi linking the south coast beaches from Ornos to Elia. Taking the coastal path north from Platis Gialos Beach leads to Psarou Beach, with a luxury shopping center, high-end beach club, and super calm water with almost no waves. Taking the footpath south from the east end of Platis Gialos leads to quiet Agia Anna Beach for more dining, swimming, and beach club options.
  • View: All suites, the villa, and most rooms offer a sweeping sea view. Sea Breeze rooms have partial sea views, and 1 of the White Bliss rooms has a garden view.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Most rooms and all suites have a private outdoor jacuzzi or pool. The Villa has both a private pool and jacuzzi.
  • Parking: The resort offers free parking on-site.
  • Extras: 24-hour reception, 24-hour room service, 24-hour concierge, twice-daily maid service, boutique, business center, babysitting on request, free welcome drink, free smoothies by the pool, filtered drinking water, wedding planning, romance packages, a luxury car fleet, and private pier at Platis Gialos Beach. Private jets, yachts, or helicopters can be booked on request.
  • When to Book: The hotel opens after Greek Easter in April or May and closes for the season at the end of October. Reserve at least 3 months in advance (5 months is better) for stays during the high season from June through September and about 2 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22890 24166
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: myconianambassador.gr

Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux – Amenities

  • Pool: The hotel features a lively pool surrounded by a sea view terrace and served all day by an excellent restaurant and bar. Service is attentive and smoothies are free.
  • Spa: Myconian Ambassador features a luxury spa with a thalassotherapy circuit, featuring 3 saltwater pools heated to different temperatures and complemented by a sauna and hammam. A wide range of skincare, massage, and body treatments are on offer for individuals, couples, or families.
  • Fitness Center: The resort boasts a comprehensive fitness and wellness program with a well-equipped gym, pilates studio, and yoga – available onsite or as an excursion to Delos or Rhenia Islands. Staff includes a personal trainer, a yoga instructor, and a holistic wellness coach. Wellness seminars are on offer regularly.
  • For Disabled Guests: The hotel is built on a hill with an unusual layout; some rooms require two elevators to reach, which is doable for most travelers but can end up being a lot of walking for those with limited mobility. There are no rooms specifically designed for wheelchair users, though the staff goes above and beyond to assist wherever possible.
  • For Families: Myconian Ambassador is open to guests of all ages. Family perks include complimentary baby cots, an array of spacious suites, and babysitting on request. The luxury spa offers family treatment packages.
  • Activities: The hotel offers a range of fitness and wellness activities onsite and sporting activities (jet skis, sailing, snorkeling, and more) at nearby Platis Gialos Beach.

Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Efisia is the resort’s signature, fine dining restaurant, offering a fusion of classic Greek cuisine, contemporary techniques, and local ingredients, some grown on the owner’s family farm. A la carte or dégustation menus are available, all designed to pair with sumptuous wines. The restaurant is open for lunch an dinner until midnight.
  • Lounges/Bars: George’s Bar offers up light fare, refreshing cocktails, juices, and smoothies from noon until 7:30 p.m. poolside or at the shaded bar.
  • Breakfast: Latitudes offers a complimentary champagne breakfast buffet every morning from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The bountiful selection includes Greek and American favorites, including freshly baked bread, pastries, fruits, yogurt, local honey, charcuterie, cheeses, and cooked-to-order eggs.
  • Room Service: Available 24-hours a day, served to the rooms, private terraces, or private pools. Order from the menu or have the chef prepare a custom meal. Daily grocery delivery available, too.

Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux – Rooms

  • Room Types: Sea Breeze Room • True Blue Room • White Bliss Room • Grand Blue Room • Thalassa Suite • Azure Suite • True White Suite • Passion Suite • Horizon Retreat • The Villa
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any room category. Smoking is allowed on the outdoor private terraces and in some outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: Every room here is amazing, but for most travelers, the Passion Suite or the Horizon Retreat will be the best option. The Horizon Retreat is an open-plan suite with a private pool and spacious terrace perched at the highest point of the hotel with the best views, facing over Platis Gialos toward Agia Anna. The suite features 35 square meters of interior space and 60 square meters of outdoor space (the pool itself is bigger than the room). If traveling during the cooler spring and fall months, the Passion Suite is an excellent choice. This open plan suite offers more interior space than the Horizon Retreat (45 square meters) and replaces the pool with a heated, outdoor jacuzzi.
  • For Families: Myconian Ambassador is a family-friendly property welcoming guests of all ages in a range of connecting rooms, suites, or the ultra-spacious villa (available in 2, 4, 6, or 8-bedroom configurations). Complimentary baby cots are available for children under 2 years old; babysitting services can be arranged on request. Many suites sleep up to 3 guests. Families of 4 or more should opt for The Villa, with plenty of space for everyone to share (up to 22 guests if using all 8 bedrooms). The Villa offers both a private pool and private jacuzzi, two balconies, an en suite bathroom for each bedroom, private parking, a wine cellar, and a private bar.

Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux – Local Transport

  • Walking: Myconian Ambassador sits a side road, just a short walk from the main road connecting Mykonos Town to Platis Gialos. Walking downhill for 3 minutes leads to Platis Gialos Beach. At the west end of the beach, you’ll find the bus stop with routes to Mykonos Town every half hour and the water taxi to the south coast beaches from Ornos in the west to Elia in the east. Platis Gialos is one of Mykonos’ most popular beaches with golden sand and clear blue water, lined with restaurants, beach clubs, and a handful of sundry shops. Two other beaches, Psarou and Agia Anna, are just a 15-minute walk from the hotel along a charming, coastal trail.
  • Bus: The closest bus stop to Myconian Ambassador is just a 6-minute walk away. During the high season, the bus runs about every 30 minutes during peak hours and less frequently in the early morning or late at night. Buses from here go to Mykonos Town, where you can get off at Fabrika and walk to Little Venice, the Old Port, and all of the Chora. At Fabrika, you can also catch a second bus to the New Port (Tourlos Ferry Port), Airport, and the beaches at Agios Ioannis, Paradise, and Paraga (though walking to Paraga will be faster). Or you can get off at Fabrika and walk to the Old Port bus stop to catch a bus to the New Port, Ano Mera village, and the beaches at Kalafati, Agios Stefanos, Kalo Livadi, Elia, and Panormos. There is no bus connecting the Fabrika bus station and the Old Port bus station; it takes about 14 minutes (1.2km) to walk from one to the other. Tickets cost from €1,60 to €2,30 depending on the destination. Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 26 public buses serving the island. Bus schedules change every couple of weeks, so check the KTEL website for the most current timetables.
  • Taxi: There is no official taxi stand in Platis Gialos. The nearest taxi stands are in Mykonos Town at Fabrika and the Old Port, so they are not very practical to reach, plus there is almost always a wait at either taxi stand as there are only 30 taxis serving the entire island. Instead, book a taxi ahead to avoid the wait, and have the driver meet you directly at the hotel. There will be a surcharge for advanced reservations (about €5) and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of euros. A taxi from the airport or ferry port to Myconian Ambassador should be about €20 to €25.
  • Water Taxi: The New and Old Ports and several beaches are connected via a boat system. Water taxis connect the southern beaches, with routes running from the main beaches at Ornos and Platis Gialos (at the west end of the beach) with the more remote beaches at Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, and Elia. A one-beach pass is €10, while an all-day, all-beach pass costs €20. The SeaBus connects the New Port and Old Port with routes running about every 30 minutes, all wheelchair accessible, and all €2 one-way per person.
  • Scooters and ATVs: Scooters are a popular mode of transportation for the locals, and ATVs are super popular with tourists, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, these can be very dangerous to drive. The roads in Mykonos are zig-zagging, hilly, narrow, littered with potholes, sometimes dirt roads, and without street lights in most areas outside of Mykonos Town. And that’s not to mention the aggressive drivers, some of the world’s worst. A rental car is a much safer bet than a scooter or ATV, and can just as easily reach the more remote beaches on the island.

Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Yialo Yialo: Tasty Mediterranean fare in a friendly environment. Discounts on sunbed sets for those ordering food. 3-minute walk.
  • Avli Tou Thodori: Wonderful restaurant and beach club serving Greek meze and favorites, along with excellent pizza, pasta, cocktails, and more. Reservations recommended. 7-minute walk along the road, but it’s a little faster to walk along the beach.
  • Blue Myth: Lovely taverna serving traditional Greek food. Visit on Wednesdays or Sundays for their famous Greek Night, with singing, dancing, and live music (no plate breaking). 7-minute walk.
  • Nikos Gallop: Friendly, authentic Cretan-Greek restaurant. Try the salt-crusted sea bass. 9-minute walk.
  • Nikolas Tavern: Beautiful, toes-in-the-sand restaurant serving fresh fish (mostly caught by the owner) and delicious meats from his family’s farm. Located on Agia Anna Beach, about a 13-minute walk away. The map shows a roundabout path. Ignore it, and just walk south along the beach.
  • Andreas & Maria: Authentic, non-touristy restaurant with friendly staff and hearty portions. 5-minute drive.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Nammos Beach Club: One of the most expensive beach clubs on the island. The food and drinks are overpriced for sure, but the location is very convenient and it’s the closest one with late night beach parties. About a 15-minute walk via the beach path (not the path shown on the map).
  • SantAnna Mykonos: The most extravagant beach club in Mykonos, with 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a full-service spa, a pool with 10 private “islands” to rent out, an underwater suite, and (of course) a helipad. About a 15-minute walk via the beach.
  • Scorpios: Effortlessly cool beach club with a chilled out atmosphere by day and beachfront parties every night. About a 20-minute walk via the beach path (not shown on the map).

Best Nearby Cafes

  • What Else Mykonos: Wonderful little bakery and cafe serving great coffee, pastries, crepes, and sandwiches from early morning through the late afternoon. Bonus: they deliver. 10-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

  • Nammos Village: Luxury mall at Psarou Beach with high-end fashion and accessories from Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and more, plus a spa, supervised playground, and cafe (not to be confused with nearby Nammos Restaurant). About a 17-minute walk along the beach path.

Nearby Attractions

  • Water Taxi: The water taxi is an awesome way to visit several spectacular beaches in one go. The boat leaves from Platis Gialos and heads west to Ornos or east to Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, and Elia Beaches in that order. Boats run hourly from 10 am to 4 pm and return hourly beginning at Elia Beach from 11:45 am to 5:45 pm. The rate is €10 for a one-beach pass and €20 for an all-day, all-beach pass. 7-minute walk or a little less if you walk along the beach.
  • Mykonos Farmers: Wonderful dairy offering tours of the facilities and a variety of cheesemaking classes. 22-minute walk (no sidewalks) or a 5-minute drive.
  • Mykonos Town (Chora): The capital of the island, the Chora is a charming tangle of pedestrian streets, historic sights, restaurants, bars, and shops. The best-known attractions are the 17th-century Windmills of Kato Mili, part of an old flour mill. The windmills mark the start of the Little Venice neighborhood, a collection of lively bars and restaurants with sunset views all set in converted 19th-century fishing houses. The oldest landmark is Paraportiani Orthodox Church: a complex of 5 churches built over the course of 2 centuries beginning in 1425. Paraportiani separates Little Venice from the Old Port, a beautiful waterfront neighborhood with restaurants, bars, shops, and a beach, plus the ferry to Delos Island. All of the attractions, dining, shops, and nightlife are about 8 to 11 minutes drive from the hotel.
  • Delos Island: A holy sanctuary for over 1,000 years before becoming known as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The ruins of Delos are one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. There are a few boat companies offering guided excursions to Delos leaving from Platis Gialos, or you may catch a ferry from the Old Port in Mykonos Town (12-minute drive).

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Sunrise Supermarket: Small market (not actually a supermarket) with beach gear and refreshments right on Platis Gialos Beach. 2-minute walk.
  • Mini Market & Tourist Shop: Small market with basic necessities right before the stairs and ramp to the beach. They have a credit card machine, but sometimes they pretend they don’t. Plan on paying with cash. 7-minute walk.
  • Mini Market: Tiny little convenience store up the hill from the hotel, between Nikos Gallop Restaurant and What Else Mykonos cafe. 9-minute walk.

Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux – The Hotel

Exterior of Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos, Mykonos

Outside Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux in Platis Gialos. The hotel features typical Cycladic cubic design with locally-sourced stonework and a whitewashed exterior. The umbrellas on the roof mark the pool and sun terrace.

The reception area at Myconian Ambassador, Mykonos

The main entrance leads to a stylish, art-filled reception area.

Lobby at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos, Mykonos

The lobby features classic architecture and a blend of modern minimalistic and avant-garde furnishings.

Lobby seating at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos, Mykonos

Comfortable lobby seating. The hotel operates a small boutique, which you can see through the window on the back right wall. Through the doorways on the left is a lounge area.

Lobby lounge at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

The casually cool lobby lounge.

Main pool at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

The hotel boasts a large, rooftop infinity pool with a wide sun terrace and views over the sea.

Pool bar and restaurant at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

The pool area is fully staffed with an attentive service team serving guests on the sun terrace or under the shade of the pergola.

Restaurant at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

Gourmet dining is a cornerstone of the hotel. The poolside restaurant changes form throughout the course of the day. As Latitudes, it offers champagne breakfasts. Morphing into George’s Bar, afternoons here are casual yet refined. By night, the restaurant becomes Efisia, serving contemporary, Greek fine dining in a romantic ambiance.

Art and seating inside the bar of Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

A colorful corner table inside the bar area.

Spa pool at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

Myconian Ambassador boasts an extensive wellness center with thalassotherapy (salt water treatments).

Thalassotherapy at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

The spa offers three saltwater pools, each heated to a different temperature.

Spa room at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

A comprehensive spa menu features healing therapies for individuals, couples, and families.

Gym at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

The wellness center also offers a gym with a wide range of fitness equipment…

Pilates studio at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

plus a sunny pilates studio (seen here) and a yoga studio. Personal training, pilates, yoga, and holistic wellness coaching are available on request.

True Blue Room at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

True Blue Rooms, like this one here, are among the entry-level categories. All feature private balconies or terrace with Aegean Sea views. Some True Blue Rooms add private outdoor jacuzzis, pools, or heated pools.

True Blue Room bed and shower at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

Decor is sophisticate with a mostly white and neutral palette, Greek blue highlights, and wood accents.

True Blue Room facing shower at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

These rooms are all slightly different. This version without a pool or jacuzzi features a free-standing cylindrical shower.

Bathroom of the True Blue Room at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos, Mykonos

View from the other side of the shower. The bathroom design is clean and minimal, with a rainfall shower and amenities by Molten Brown and Korres.

Welcome wine and snack at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

Arriving guests receive a welcome bottle of wine and snacks in the room.

View from True Blue Room at Myconian Ambassador in Platis Gialos

Stepping out onto the terrace, guests have astounding views over Platis Gialos and the Aegean Sea.

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