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A Sophisticated Setting and Boutique Experience on Mykonos

Mamma Mia! The Broadway sensation, turned major motion picture, is inspiring us for a Greek revival as the whimsical sequel hits theaters this month. While Mamma Mia 2 shines the spotlight on the sun-kissed island nation, the just-opened Katikies Mykonos provides a whole new way to experience Mykonos.

Mykonos has a reputation as of being a party island dotted with hotels with a bohemian flair. But if you’re looking for a luxurious, romantic getaway, you’ll adore the new Katikies Resorts & Club.

Perched on a hillside on the Agios Ioannis Peninsula, the setting and whitewashed façade of the property makes it feel more like Santorini than Mykonos.

While the hotel is only 10 minutes outside of Mykonos Town Centre, and its charming restaurants, cafés, and lively party scene, Katikies feels like it’s a world apart. Perched on a hillside on the Agios Ioannis Peninsula, the setting and whitewashed façade of the property makes it feel more like Santorini than Mykonos. That feeling continues inside when you’re met with a very minimalistic design done in whites and blues. It’s uncluttered and quite chic.

With just 35 rooms and suites scattered amongst several villa-style buildings, the boutique hotel at times feels like your own private Greek sanctuary. Several of the larger suites come with private pools and open-air dining areas. This area of the island is so quiet it makes one wonder where all those famous parties are taking place! It’s also one of the few places on Mykonos where intense blowing wind isn’t an issue.

As the first Mamma Mia showed us, the draw of the Greek islands is a siren’s call to slow down, relax, linger over three-hour al fresco meals, and reconnect with people. The two pools on the property are the perfect way to slide into island life. The most impressive is the infinity pool at the peak of the property; It’s the standout feature of the hotel, boasting a terrific view of the Aegean Sea. What makes it unique on Mykonos is that the pool area and adjacent Mikrasia restaurant are surrounded by white sand, turning a typical resort pool into an unexpected beach. A lazy day enjoying an easy summer read alternating with dips in the pool can’t be beat. And, when you get hungry, it’s a simple saunter to the toes-in-the-sand restaurant to enjoy Greek Anatolian food, which brings together dishes inspired by the royal court with those hawked by street vendors. (Don’t miss the seafood dolmas.)

If natural beaches are more your speed, you’re in luck because there is a “secret” beach just steps from the resort. The spit of white sand is so far off the tourist radar that the only people you’ll share this spot with are locals.

Continue the Zen of living on island time with a trip to the onsite A.Spa, considered one of the best spa brands in Greece. The spa has three treatment suites where you can receive a host of body and facial services. The best choice is the Iris Spa Suite which features twin massage tables, a rain shower, steam room, and a heated indoor pool. Select the Apivita Signature Massage which incorporates local products into the treatment.

Katikies also keeps a fleet of Riva boats; a variety of tours are available, including a trip to nearby Delos, an island with strong mythological, historical, and archaeological significance.

In Mykonos Town Centre, be sure to check out Elle Amber and the shop’s cool Greek jewelry collection, or the island’s most famous beach clubs, Nammos and Scorpios.

After a few days of soaking up the Greek lifestyle, you’ll no doubt be having romantic notions of buying a villa like Donna and Sophie, and living out your own real-life Mamma Mia adventure.

The resort is the only one on the island to offer on-the-fly concierge service via the cellphone every guest receives at check-in. This turns out to be a Godsend when you realize that local taxis give you pick-up windows of five to 45 minutes!

After a few days of soaking up the Greek lifestyle, you’ll no doubt be having romantic notions of buying a villa like Donna and Sophie, and living out your own real-life Mamma Mia adventure.

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A trip to the Greek Isles should be about hedonistic pleasures and that definitely includes gastronomic indulgences. When your stomach tells you it’s time to venture away from the resort you can find everything from a traditional taverna, to Michelin star Chinese cuisine. Here are Mykonos’ most iconic eats.

Spilia Restaurant

Spilia: A true find for a romantic island night, Spilia is located in the Agia Anna cave adjacent to Kalafatis Beach. The restaurant is perched on a natural rock platform overlooking the sea. The menu is a seafood lover’s dream. Don’t miss the lobster pasta.

Nautilus Restaurant

Nautilus: In the heart of Mykonos Town, Nautilus is an authentic taverna serving classic Greek dishes like moussaka and veal with orzo, as well as pasta and seafood selections.

ling ling restaurant

Ling Ling by Hakkasan: The restaurant marries the Michelin-star-awarded London-based Hakkasan cuisine with local Greek ingredients. Small plate Cantonese dishes, creative cocktails and a high-energy atmosphere make it a great place for a lively night out.

Kiki’s Tavern: There’s nothing fancy about Kiki’s. It has no electricity, no phone number, no website and no sign out front. What this popular beach shack does have is a grill that turns out mouthwatering roasted eggplant, chargrilled seafood and meat and an abundance of wine. And really, what could be more perfect than that on a beach vacation?

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