Mykonos, a small island in the Greek Cyclades, is best known for its beautiful, quiet, sandy beaches. There is virtually no agriculture or industry in Mykonos, and the 10,000 or so permanent residents make their living from tourism. The Royal Myconian Resort is possibly the best offering on the island of Mykonos for those looking for a holiday resort and a full hotel experience along with easy access to a beautiful beach.
Five hotels in one under the Myconian Collection
The Royal Myconian is actually one hotel in a string of five semi-independent hotels called the Myconian Collection. These adjacent hotels include the Utopia, Avaton, Imperial, Villas and Royal and they share some of the same services. The Royal is the largest and oldest hotel in the collection. The other hotels were built in the last few years and boast upscale accommodations, suites and outdoor hot tubs among other amenities.
Distinguishing between Myconian Resort and Myconian Collection may be quite confusing to the unaware tourist who may think they are booking into a dream hotel, and find themselves in a fairly standard room without a view. On the other hand, if you are careful, and money is not an issue, you can pick out the room or suite of your dreams, where the adjectives “paradise’ or "bliss” pale to the reality. The key here is caveat emptor. Know what you are booking.
All five hotels are perched on the flank of a steep mountain, and each one of them provides world-class views of the sparkling blue Aegean as it meets the mountain. Our stay in the Royal Myconian was in a large room, with a porch and a view to the sea quite far below. No matter whether your room has a view or not, once outside of your room, you are surrounded by the blue of the sky merging with the blue of the sea, that only a Greek island can provide.
This unique location on the edge of a mountain not only provides beautiful views, it also means that walking from your room to the main dining room or to the pool can become a very vigorous activity indeed, and the ascents and descents are quite steep. This is not a hotel that is recommended for the elderly, the infirm, or people with problematic knees. This is not a wheelchair accessible facility.
The room we had was quite large and spotlessly clean. The twin beds were adequate but not outstandingly comfortable and the bathroom, equipped with full bath, was well stocked with luxurious toiletries. The pool at the Royal Myconian was large, unheated, and filled with seawater. As we were there early in the season, it was a bit too cold for more than a quick dip.
Comforting amenities with great staff service
However, the nearby hot tub warmed us up, and allowed us an uninterrupted view of the mountains and sea as we luxuriated in the heated water and strong jets. The staff were outstandingly pleasant and eager to serve our every need. The overriding impression of the Royal Myconian is that while it is an older hotel, which is aging well and trying hard, it does not compete well with its shiny, new neighbors.
The Royal Myconian is located directly above Elia Beach, one of the famous beaches of Mykonos. The hotel has a private section of the beach providing beach chairs free of charge and bar service that can be charged directly to your room. The sandy beach borders calm blue waters, allowing for easy exit and entry into the enchanting waters of the Aegean. Shuttle service is provided by the hotel to take you down to the beach (a two minute drive), but if you are staying at the Royal Myconian you can easily walk to the beach in less than five minutes.
A great beach holiday at the Royal Myconian, Mykonos
Mykonos is definitely the place for a great beach holiday and the Royal Myconian provides comfortable accommodations, excellent service, and good value. For those looking for a more upscale holiday, have a look at the neighboring hotels, also part of the Myconian Collection. You won’t be disappointed.