One of our Trusted Advisers, Tasha Starkin, was lucky enough to go Greek island hopping around Santorini and Mykonos. Here’s why she thinks these islands make a perfect pair.
Santorini is an ideal destination for couples and honeymooners. Two or three nights is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the island – you’ll basically spend your time eating amazing food, wine tasting in caves, shopping and watching the sunset!
Santorini isn’t a beach place – it’s about the clifftop towns and views. There’s a viewing platform on the edge of Oia that’s perfect for sunset watching.
Where to stay in Santorini
My favourite hotel in Santorini is the Mystique, A Luxury Collection Hotel (above), which is only a two-minute walk away from Oia. It’s perfect for honeymooners. Their wine tasting sessions are in a cave and really worth doing. Couples can even book a private tasting.
I loved the Grace Santorini, too. It’s one of the best hotels for sunset views – the pool has amazing panoramic views of the caldera rock (above). And you get a welcome drink of Champagne! It’s in Imerovigli – a small authentic town with a few tavernas. It’s not touristy at all. A bus runs from the hotel to bustling Oia or you could take a 20-minute taxi ride.
The Kirini Santorini is a 10-minute walk away from Oia. It’s a boutique property that’s perfect for couples. We had our favourite meal here – it’s amazing gourmet food.
Santorini and Mykonos make a perfect twin-centre. I recommend finishing with Mykonos, as there’s more to do and see (including more beaches), so it’s a great place to finish. The high-speed ferry takes you there in around two hours. We can arrange your tickets and get you assigned seats, so there’s no rush for a place.
Mykonos Town is beautiful, with its stunning cobbled streets and little boutique shops, tavernas and nightlife. There’s always something going on, like markets or street festivals. Make sure to take time to explore the famous windmills and Little Venice.
Mykonos is more beachy than Santorini. It’s also flatter, so it’s easier to explore. I recommend hiring a car to find the best beaches, as there are only 32 registered taxis on the island.
Where to stay in Mykonos
Most of the best hotels are 10-20 minutes’ taxi ride out of Mykonos Town. I stayed at the Grecotel Mykonos Blu. This hotel is on the most famous and best beach on Mykonos (above) – a long stretch of sand that includes the famous Nammos club.
The De.light Boutique Hotel has stunning views from the pool and bar area in the evening. The bar staff also make the best cocktails in Mykonos! The hotel used to be a house, so it’s got character too.
The Grace Mykonos (above) has a great location right opposite Agios Stefanos beach. It’s only five minutes’ drive from the ferry port and Mykonos Town, too. Plus, a six-course Champagne breakfast is included in your hotel stay!