5 +1 reasons to stay at the San Marco Mykonos Hotel
With a luxurious, homely feel, and a host of indulgent options, it’s no wonder so many choose the San Marco Mykonos Hotel year after year
The Aegean’s Grand Dame needs no introductions: A go-to-destination for party animals, sports enthusiasts, romance seekers, beach lovers and bon viveurs alike, Mykonos can be as exciting or as laid back as you want it to be. As it happens, not all moments are created equal –maybe one day you just want to just chill out and enjoy the views with your better half and on another celebrate life with fervour. Choosing your accommodation in Mykonos, then, becomes of paramount importance. With a peaceful location at the serene Houlakia bay, a mere seven-minute drive from the action-packed Chora, the San Marco Mykonos Hotel blends the best of both worlds: Offering ample opportunities for relaxation, pampering and thrilling adventure, it is one of those rare, super-lovely hotels which you find yourself looking forward to heading back to, whether it’s after a long day at the beach, a captivating afternoon excursion or a big night out.
Here’s why the San Marco Mykonos Hotel is your best bet when it comes to choosing where to stay on this storied Cycladic island.
Location, Location, Location
The sunset-facing San Marco Mykonos Hotel is perched atop the stunning bay of Houlakia, on the northwest side of the island. According to myth, this is where the Titans’ bodies still lay, after they were slaughtered by Hercules in the battle of the Giants. Legendary claims aside, Houlakia is distinctly beautiful, with smooth, beautiful pebbles and an aura of calm which makes for a welcoming divergence from Mykonos’ wilder shores.
With staggering views, all the way to the neighbouring Syros and Tinos, the San Marco is also at a stone’s throw from the famous, whitewashed capital and a few minutes drive from some of the best beaches on the island. The port and the airport are moreover at 3 and 12 minutes by car, respectively.
There’s a carefree, luxurious feel about the San Marco, and the whole hotel is fashioned like a miniature Cycladic village, so space and privacy aren’t a concern here. Since its opening, the hotel has undergone extensive renovations, with more buildings and facilities being refurbished or added – all with no expenses spared.
It’s as stylish and elegant as boutique resorts go: pretty courtyards, winding pathways and luscious gardens lend the place a traditional, old-school charm, while whitewashed stone walls, private pools and modern sun loungers ooze contemporary sophistication.
Outstanding Services & Facilities
Service is outstanding at the San Marco. Staff members smile at every request and pre-empt every demand going the extra mile – for example, handing you a fresh towel before you’ve even got wet. Speaking of which, there’s a stunning full-size seawater pool lined by sleek parasols and sunbeds that overlook the Aegean’s big blue. It’s also conveniently serviced by its own poolside bar that offers light bites, refreshing drinks and sumptuous cocktails.
In fact, thoughtful facilities abound. The San Marco is one of the few hotels in Mykonos that has a tennis court, a gymnasium and a spacious conference centre with the latest technological equipment. There’s also a quaint, little chapel –for those looking to start their life together with a bang; and a state of the art Boutique Hammam Spa, offering an amazing array of therapies and beauty treatments.
The rooms and suites at the San Marco Mykonos Hotel are superb: Well laid-out, well designed, and well-appointed, from the luxury bath amenities to the spacious, modern bathrooms themselves, and the private balconies or terraces –with staggering sea views in most cases. And while their Cycladic-chic decor seems tailor-designed for Instagram, everything is sturdy, functional and there for a reason.
From the cosy Classic Garden View Rooms to the more expansive Junior Open Plan Sea View Suites, the uber-romantic Anemos Honeymoon Suites or the family-friendly Loft Sea View Maisonette, there is also an abundant choice to suit different party sizes and accommodation needs or whims.
Food & drink with spectacular views
Breakfast is served at Pythari Restaurant from 07.30 to 10.30 am and features an extensive buffet with Greek and international delicacies. Later on, there is a thoughtfully crafted menu that can be enjoyed poolside, whether for a light lunch or a casual dinner. Everything, from salads, pasta, sandwiches and burgers to traditional or modern Greek fare, is delicious and that’s not to mention the views…
Apropos, cocktails at dusk are a time-honoured Mykonian ritual and the San Marco’s Veranda Lounge sports perhaps the island’s most photogenic sunset setting. Once you have your palates sufficiently tantalised with these delightful concoctions, you can savour dinner at the onsite Veranda restaurant: One of the finest, fine dining establishments with a view to match its enticing culinary creations, San Marco’s romantic restaurant is a not to be missed experience during your visit to Mykonos.
Now that you can travel once again, you might as well do it in style, as much as you can, as far as you can and for as long as you can. After all, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.
A paradisiacal blend of blue skies and seas, glamour, opulence and excess, Mykonos is a top bucket-list item for fun-seekers and idyll lovers alike – and the best way to take it all in is by staying in one of the island’s top tier hotels. The good news is that you won’t have to break the bank for the privilege.
Take advantage of the San Marco Mykonos Hotel Long Stay Offer and get a hefty 15% off any reservations made directly via our website, plus an array of extra perks like complimentary cocktails and airport transfers and a 20% off at the Spa.