Tucked into the hill above one of Mykonos’ most perfect stretches of sand, the Myconian Ambassador has a certain savoir-faire when it comes to sea-splashed serenity. A series of stone buildings face the Aegean for sea views from each crisp white bedroom, many with a private pool or hot tub. Dip into the main pool for superb sea views or let the impeccable staff plan a beach day, perhaps to a secluded spot accessible only by boat. Refresh with spa treatments at the sea-centric spa before a dinner of the island’s best fish at the hotel’s legendary restaurant.
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Private return airport transfers by limo, a cocktail each at the hotel bar and one Thalassotherapy session a person
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £242.70 (€280), including tax at 24 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €4.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include an American-style buffet breakfast with pastries, cakes, juice, coffee and and cold cuts.
The hotel has a robust fitness programme, including Pilates and yoga. For the ultimate in sun-saluting serenity, personal classes can be booked on secluded nearby beaches.
The hotel closes annually from 1 November through 30 April.
At the hotel
Spa and gym, free WiFi throughout and a laundry service. In rooms: flatscreen TV, coffee machine, a daily bottle of water per person, minibar, beach bag and air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
Most rooms overlook the Aegean, so rest assured of a view wherever you bed down. Several of the suites have a private hot tub. The Passion Suite is especially lovely, with exposed brick and a private outdoor area.
The large family-friendly outdoor pool has panoramic sea views and plenty of grey sunloungers. There's a little seating area within the pool for lounging in the cool water.
Thalasso Spa pays tribute to the sea, with massages, scrubs and after-sun treatments that use marine-sourced Elemis and Ligne St. Barth products. The signature Thalassotherapy treatment takes guests through several seawater pools, each with different salinity and temperatures to help with inflammation and aching muscles.
Bring a pair of sturdy shoes– they’ll be better than sandals for tackling the hilly walks around the hotel.
The hotel isn’t wheelchair accessible.
All ages are welcome, but there is no lifeguard at the pool or kids' club, so it's best suited to older little Smiths. Connecting rooms are available and cots can be set up in larger rooms.
Request a spot near the pool for the best views out to the sea.
Don loose, light attire to billow in the sea breezes.
Efisia specialises in Greek and Mediterranean food from breakfast through dinner. Chef Ilias Maslaris works with local farmers and fishermen to source as locally as possible, down to the salt from around the nearby island of Delos. The fish is usually hauled in earlier that day and prepared simply, with olive oil and lemon, but the signature dishes are the octopus – caught by a friend of the chef – and the lamb, raised by the former CEO of the hotel group.
George’s Bar is open from 11am to 1am and offers icy cocktails, spritzes and a menu of light bites, including dips, salads and sandwiches.
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 10.30am, lunch from noon to 7:30pm and dinner from 8pm to 11.30pm.
The full menu is available during restaurant hours.
You’ll find the Myconian Ambassador on the southwest side of Mykonos, above Platis Gialos.
Mykonos Island National Airport is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Major carriers run seasonal flights here from throughout Europe; off-season or far-flung flights connect via Athens. Transfers can be arranged for free through the hotel.
Most visitors prefer to stick to one place on the island, but if you want to hire a car you can take advantage of free valet parking at the hotel.
There are several high-speed ferry services that will get you from Athens to Mykonos in around two-and-a-half hours. SeaJets and Hellenic Seaways are two good options.
Worth getting out of bed for
There’s water, water everywhere on Mykonos – in fact, the choice of pool or beach could be the most strenuous decision made all holiday. After all, the hotel perches above Platis Gialos, one of the most serene stretches of sand on Mykonos, and a favourite local retreat from more crowded swim spots. The hotel’s sprawling sea-facing pool has plenty of alluring lounge chairs and in-water seating that’s ideal for cocktails in the high sun. The main town, Chora, is a 15-minute drive away, but the Ambassador has a fleet of cars at the ready to shepherd guests in that direction, where winding cobbled roads are lined with leather workshops, jewelers, cafes and beachy boutiques. Bring a camera to capture the white-washed Panagia Paraportiani, an ancient Greek Orthodox church that’s starkly juxtaposed against the blue skies. From there, stroll up to the 16th-century windmills, some of which have been converted to museums or private homes, for one of the best vistas on the island. Though Mykonos has plenty to entice, the nearest island to Platis Gialos, Delos is a sun-bleached bonanza of crumbling ruins and working excavation sites. Staff can organise a day trip to explore, or set you up with yoga mats for secluded practice. For more beach exploration, hire a car to visit Agios Sostic, a secluded span near the main town. Fragia Beach is only reachable from the water, and is ideal for a romantic picnic.
The Greeks love their food, and Mykonos produces plenty of it. Mykonos Vioma produces biodynamic wines in classic Greek red and white varietals, including agiannitis and athiri. Visit the vineyard for a stroll and sampling of local sour cheeses, Greek salads and homemade sausages. A short stroll from the hotel, Avli Tou Thodori serves classic local dishes on the beach. Take a cue from the setting and order any seafood dish. Finish with honey-drizzled Greek yogurt. Near the Old Port, Catrin's (1 Nikiou Street) is one of the oldest restaurants on the island, with French-influenced Greek dishes, including local prawns sauteed in lemon-cream sauce and bouillabaisse with Mediterranean seafood. East of the hotel, near Kalafatis, Nesaea from the buzzy Nice n Easy Group, focuses on farm-to-table cooking, using the best local seafood and produce to produce inventive takes on classic Greek flavors in an airy space with water views. Facing the port in the old city, Remezzo has long been an island favourite, with classic dishes, including Greek spreads and fish tartare, and a long list of cocktails. The scene transforms into a party when DJs take over.
Mykonos is almost as famous for its nightlife as for its sunny days, and plenty of bars offer music and dancing until almost daylight. On the north side of the island, Alemagou is an iconic beach bar right on the sand, with inventive cocktails and glamorous, well-tanned clientele. Those looking for great dancing should head for the multilevel Jackie O Beach Bar, Hippie Fish, Nammos or Scorpios Mykonos.
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Think of the Myconian Ambassador as your ambassador to Greek island bliss. Perched above one of Mykonos’ most beautiful beaches, the bright, open hotel makes the most of island life, showcasing prime Aegean Sea views from each room with stark white decor in pleasing juxtaposition against the azure water.
Practice poolside diplomacy with shaded loungers facing the water, or settle into an in-pool perch with a glass of icy assyrtiko wine in hand. Many of the rooms have a private pool or hot tub ideal for mapping out an Aegean agenda of beachfront yoga or sea-inspired spa treatments, including hydrotherapy in custom pools.
Plan a state dinner at Efisia, one of the island’s best restaurants, where chef Giorgios Mouskeftares works with local farmers and fishermen to offer just-caught seafood, snappy Greek salads and light small plates of vegetables ripened under the Mediterranean sun.