So if you follow me over on Instagram (@kayleighjcouture), I'm sure you'll know that I recently went on holiday to Mykonos in Greece. I got SO many questions on my photos about the place we stayed at so I thought it would make sense to pop it all in a blog post with some photos of my trip. I'm actually so excited to share it with you as I can confidently say that it's my favourite holiday to date. Everything about it was perfect from start to finish. Here's the low down ...
So, first things first, why Mykonos? Well, I'm not going to lie - it was the lovely Zoe from Zoella who initially sparked my interest in the place. I remember reading her blog post about her visit and she completely sold it to me. Her photos were stunning and all of the cute white streets and picturesque views looked like a bloggers dream. I instantly knew it was somewhere I had to visit. I then did a LOT of research on the island itself and the various accommodation on offer. I always check Trip Advisor reviews before going away anywhere as it gives you a great insight into a place so you know exactly what to expect before booking.
We ended up booking 'Myconian Villa Collection' which is a five star accommodation and ranks really highly on Trip Advisor with 5 out of 5 reviews. We were completely sold on it after reading all of the rave reviews and seeing other holiday goers beautiful images. It almost looked too good to be true. We wanted a week of pure luxury so we decided to book a room with a jacuzzi on the balcony which is something I've never had on a holiday before so I was very excited! The Villas are part of a group of hotels (all of which are beautiful) which are all situated in Elia, around 20 minutes from Mykonos Town. At first I was a little concerned this would be too far out but when I read reviews saying the accommodation offered free buses to and from the town centre every night, it quashed any of my initial concerns.
We booked the accommodation through a travel boutique called Boutixury and I'd highly recommend them. The service they provided was excellent and they were more than happy to help with any questions we had. We also managed to book for such a good price. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't cheap, but compared to other offers advertised online, we got a great discount. As we went at the end of May/beginning of June, that also made the price a bit cheaper. Had we gone in July or August, the price would have been almost double and well out of our price range so just bare that in mind if you're interested in booking.
When we arrived at the airport, the hotel had arranged a transfer for us and there was someone waiting for us at arrivals which was lovely. There was no problems at all and we were on our way to the villas within minutes of collecting our luggage. When we arrived the villa staff came out to meet us and our bags were taken up to our room. We were given a refreshing cold drink and face cloth to enjoy and then given all the details we needed for our stay. I was blown away by the reception area - it was modern and bright white with amazing artwork on the walls. We were then shown to our room and once again, it didn't disappoint.
As you can see from the photos, the room was stunning - it was bright and white with modern features, much like the reception area. The headboard was filled with white stones behind a metal 'cage' which was a super cool feature and the room was very open plan with the bathroom only being separated by a curtain. We also had two balconies, one of them being very spacious with a table and chairs, the huge jacuzzi and an extremely comfortable sun lounger. The views from the balcony were incredible and it was such a sun trap up there, I loved it!
As for the rest of the hotel/villas - where do I even begin. I've tried to include as many photos as I can to show you all how beautiful it was but I don't think they do it justice. My favourite part of the whole place has to be the pool area - when I first saw it I was completely blown away. There was a huge infinity pool looking out to the gorgeous Elia beach and two smaller jacuzzi pools as well as the comfiest sun loungers, bean bag style double beds (this was such a novelty, I love them!) and amazing sheltered four poster beds if you wanted to get some shade. There was also a poolside bar and restaurant area as well as a DJ playing great music all day and night. It was just perfect and we spent many days feeling completely relaxed on the sun loungers looking out at the beautiful views.
The staff at the villas really made our holiday too as they just couldn't do enough for us. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty. They waited on us hand and foot by the pool and would often come over to take food and drink orders - we didn't need to lift a finger all day. The food and drink menus were amazing too and we indulged in some yummy cocktails and poolside lunches. My favourite was the Elderflower and Prosecco cocktail called 'Hugo Fritz' whilst Matt enjoyed an array of Greek beers! I also ate the most amazing foods - I'm missing it already. We were also given complementary smoothies / ice lollies by the pool and each day they'd come round with cold face cloths soaked in lavender which were so refreshing and relaxing after hours in the sun. The girls from the spa would also come round during the day and offer face spritz, tanning oil or SPF from some amazing brands like Elemis. Talking of the spa, it was a little cloudy on one of the days we were there so we decided to book a Thalasso spa therapy as well as a neck, back and shoulder massage in the spa. Again, the staff were amazing and we felt so relaxed! I want to do it all over again. We were also given a fair share of drinks 'on the house' for no reason at all throughout our stay. They just went above and beyond all of our expectations.
The breakfast staff in the hotel really made our stay special too. I wish we'd got their names but there was a few guys at the breakfast service who were so friendly and really made us laugh. The breakfast was amazing - there was a mixture of both hot and cold choices as well as fruit, breads and cold meats. However, what really made breakfast special for us was when they brought us crepes with Nutella and strawberries. Oh my gosh, they were so good. They would bring them over to us every morning without us even needing to ask and if we wanted anything else (omelettes etc), they would make it for us with no hesitation. Perfection!
So, now you've had a fairly lengthy (sorry guys!) overview of where we stayed, let me tell you about Mykonos itself. As I said, we stayed at Elia which is a little bit out from Mykonos town but an equally beautiful location. The beach there was beautiful and our accommodation had a private part of the beach for us to enjoy with extra comfy sun loungers. The waters were super blue and the sand bright and white - it was like something you see on postcards. They also had a great beach bar for food and drinks which is always handy. We only spent one day at the beach as it was hard to drag ourselves always from the beautiful pool area but it was fun splashing around in the sea and next time we go, we want to get involved in all the water sports they have to offer too!
As it was a relaxing holiday, other than sunbathing, eating and drinking, we didn't do much else during the day which we thoroughly enjoyed. Had we been there longer we'd have done more day trips etc but this time, we just wanted to totally chill. You just can't beat that feeling of having nothing to do but relax in luxurious surroundings all day. However, in the evenings, we went out each night to explore and eat at some delicious restaurants. We split our evenings between Elia and Mykonos Town as the hotel we stayed at as well as the other hotels in the group, all had restaurants we could use and our hotel arranged a driver to take us to them in the evenings if we wished. We really enjoyed this as it meant we didn't need to get the bus into the town every night if we didn't want to and the restaurants nearby were all of a high standard.
However, I have to say, Mykonos Town was my favourite place to visit in the evenings as it has an amazing atmosphere and is full of so many quaint bars and restaurants. There was so many that we probably didn't even see half of them during our visit which is a great excuse to go back. Our bus dropped us off at the port which is just a short walk from the main hustle and bustle of the town. There were the most amazing yachts I've ever seen parked up at the post and everyone was taking pictures of them along with the beautiful sunset.
The pretty white cobbled streets in the town centre are like a maze and we did get lost a few times whilst looking for restaurant recommendations our hotel kindly gave us. However, we didn't mind as it's such a beautiful place and we loved exploring the winding streets as there was places to eat and drink hidden away around every corner. We ate some delicious meals throughout our stay and I'd have loved time to try more of the restaurants out! We also enjoyed watching the sunset at 'Little Venice' and getting ice cream from 'Gerlatos' which is famed for its amazing flavoured ice creams - hello Foreo Rocher and Oreo ice cream!
On our final day the hotel brought us champagne with our breakfast and gave us the most lovely farewell. I was so sad to be leaving I almost shed a tear. I could go on and on about how amazing Mykonos and the Myconian Villa Collection is but I think I'll stop here as this post has gone on for long enough. However, what I will say is that I cannot recommend visiting Mykonos and the Myconian Villa Collection enough. I enjoyed every minute of it and felt like royalty from the moment I arrived. If you want to escape to pure luxury, comfort and relaxation, this is the place to go! It was amazing and it's going to take a lot for anywhere else to beat it! It's somewhere that will now always be a special place for me and my boyfriend and we can't wait to go back.
I hope you enjoyed this post guys! I do apologise that the photos aren't the best quality - they were taken on my iPhone 6. I find my DSLR too big and bulky to take travelling but I'm getting a compact camera for my birthday next month and I cannot wait. Any of my future travel photos will be of a much higher quality!
Have you ever been to Mykonos? Is it somewhere you'd like to visit?