Myconian Utopia Relais & Chateaux

Over the years, Mykonos has become synonymous with the ultimate luxury Greek island experience. It first became a playground for the international jet set back in the 1960s when Aristotle and Jackie Onassis were regular visitors. Since then it has become famous for its VIP shopping, nightclubs, and parties, but if you look more closely, you can still find the true, authentic Mykonos behind the glitz and glamour.

With this authenticity in mind, a local man, George Daktylides, began the Myconian Collection back in 1979. The collection now comprises nine luxury hotels and villas. More than forty years later, his sons, the Daktylides brothers, took over the reins of what remains a true family business.

We chose to stay at The Myconian Utopia Relais & Chateaux located 300 metres above Elia beach. Elia is the longest fine sand beach on the island, famed for its natural beauty, crystal clear waters and sophisticated atmosphere. The Utopia has its own private beach section with sunbeds and umbrellas as well as a convenient beach bar service for beverages, smoothies and snacks.

The Myconian Utopia Relais & Chateaux artfully marries the natural beauty of its location with a sense of contemporary opulence. The devil really is in the detail here. Locally quarried, hand-cut stone and sustainable materials provide a rustic, authentic backdrop to the luxurious rooms and suites, appointed with iconic design pieces and furnishings in what culminates in ultra glamorous interiors. It’s the kind of design where you really do want to enquire about every single object, from the light fitting to the bathroom sink.

The Pavilion Relais & Chateaux restaurant has a refined ambience of casual sophistication with lots to tempt on the Mediterranean-inspired menu, set against an unforgettable backdrop of magical framed sea views. It’s the perfect place to watch the ever changing symphony of colours that make up the sunsets every night.

The The Myconian Utopia Relais & Chateaux as a whole pride themselves on their dedication to giving back to the island wherever possible. They have begun various environmental conservation initiatives which include local sourcing and consistent support to the Cycladic communities: all waste is recycled, and worn linen is donated to old age homes, prisons and monasteries.

But as the two sides of the island do co-exist, and Mykonos is a shopper’s paradise, we couldn’t forget to mention the The Myconian Utopia Relais & Chateaux boutique at the hotel which is part perfume bar, part concept store. The perfume bar offers an exquisite collection of candles and perfumes from a variety of brands including Fornasetti, Maison Bereto and Lalique. The concept store stocks sunglasses from Pawaka and Vibe  and men’s fashion from Army of Me.

This collection of hotels and villas is for discerning travellers who are looking for genuine quality, high end luxury, but also warmth and exemplary customer service, combined with authenticity.

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CELLOPHANELAND* were guests of The Myconian Utopia Relais & Chateaux

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