The Ultimate Guide to Honeymooning in Mykonos

Mykonos Greece
Dining Seaside Mykonos

If you’re looking for a honeymoon destination that combines stunning scenery, romantic ambiance, and vibrant nightlife, Mykonos is the perfect choice. This picturesque island in the Aegean Sea is known for its sunny beaches, charming villages, and world-class restaurants and bars. Whether you want to relax on the beach, explore the island’s rich history and culture, or dance the night away, Mykonos has something for every couple. So why not start your new life together in this idyllic paradise?

The island’s unique architecture, characterised by white buildings and blue accents, has earned it the nickname “The Bride of the Aegean.” French architect Le Corbusier once praised Mykonos, saying “If architecture has anything to say, it has been said here.”

It’s no wonder that celebrities like Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly, Jackie O, and Liz Taylor have all sought refuge on this stunning island.

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How to reach Mykonos

Due to its popularity, access to Mykonos is effortless. Apart from the port, there is also an airport on the island that operates nationally and internationally.

By Plane:

Mykonos’ airport is around 3km away from the main town. It takes 35 minutes to reach it from Athens, while during the high-season months, it welcomes flights from Rhodes, Santorini, and Crete.

By Boat:

Traveling to Mykonos for your honeymoon? Consider taking a boat to the island, which is the preferred method of transportation for locals. You can choose between a regular ferry or a high-speed ferry, both of which depart daily from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina. The journey from Piraeus to Mykonos takes around 4.5 to 5.25 hours, while the journey from Rafina takes 2.17 to 5.5 hours, depending on the ferry. If you’re flying into Athens’ International Airport, Rafina is the closer port. Additionally, you can take a ferry directly to Mykonos from other Cyclades islands, making island-hopping a convenient option for your Greek vacation.

When is the best time to visit Mykonos?

Mykonos island is a popular tourist destination that attracts visitors from all over the world. The best time to visit Mykonos depends on your preferences. If you enjoy crowds and a lively atmosphere, then August is the best time to go. However, prices for accommodation are highest during this time.

For a more relaxed and laid-back experience, September and October are the best months to visit. The crowds have dissipated, the sea is still warm for swimming, and the island has a mellow vibe as the tourist season winds down.

Alternatively, some prefer to visit in the spring (May or early June) when the tourist season is just starting up. The island is less crowded, prices for hotels are more reasonable, and the weather is generally sunny and warm. However, the sea may still be too chilly for swimming.

What to do and see in Mykonos

Chora, also known as Mykonos Town or Hora, is the main town on the island of Mykonos. Its narrow streets are lined with charming whitewashed houses, small churches, and colourful balconies. During the day, it’s a peaceful and traditional Cycladic village, but in the afternoon, it becomes a popular spot for tourists seeking romantic sunset views by the windmills and former fishermen’s houses in Little Venice.

Seaside Restaurant Mykonos

The restaurants and bars in the area offer delicious meals and drinks late into the night. Chora is also home to designer boutiques, cafés, galleries, cocktail bars, museums, lace shops, artists, bakers, and shoemakers, all living in a carefully painted ensemble of whitewashed walls and multi-coloured balconies draped with crimson bougainvillea.

Every summer, thousands of visitors visit Mykonos to enjoy Chora’s beauty and shop for the latest labels and limited-edition jewellery and to flaunt their flawless bodies.

Enjoy a Romantic Sunset and Drinks in Little Venice

Located in the western part of Chora, Little Venice is a charming waterfront neighbourhood that can be easily reached on foot. To get there, simply follow the road leading to the iconic windmills. This row of Italianate buildings, mostly an amalgamation of romantic cocktail bars and restaurants satiating romancing couples, is licked at by the lapping blue of the Aegean. It’s a classy, Cycladic cliché. Head here for that sunset-soaked table for two.

Visit Paraportiani Church

Panagia Paraportiani Mykonos

Dominating the Kastro area is the snow-white Panagia Paraportiani. Mykonos’ oldest church, this architectural contradiction is the result of five asymmetrical chapels blended into one, and is a magnet for even the most amateur of photographers. All seamlessly interlocked and facing different directions, its chapels were built between the 15th-17th centuries under the protection of their iconic dome. Inside is a protected 500-year-old silver iconostasis.

Top Luxury Hotels for a Mykonos Honeymoon

Make your Mykonos honeymoon truly unforgettable by indulging in a luxurious stay at one of the island’s top hotels and resorts. Whether you’re looking for breathtaking coastal views, world-class amenities, or impeccable service, Mykonos has it all. Treat yourself and your loved one to the ultimate romantic experience with these handpicked recommendations for your dream honeymoon getaway.

drone shot of the Panoptis Escape hotel with panoramic views of the beach in Mykonos
Panoptis Escape

A sun-drenched sanctuary on the south coast of Mykonos, Panoptis Escape melds laid-back island luxury with unique local experiences. The hotel offers spacious boutique villas with private pools and breathtaking 360° views of the Aegean Sea and the exclusive Elia Beach. Indulge in a range of soul-stirring ‘rituals’ crafted to enhance your Greek Islands holiday experience. Think stargazing with an astronomy expert, horseback riding on the beach at sunset, clifftop yoga and sunrise meditation, private fishing tours with a bohemian seafood picnic, charter cruises to the sacred island of Delos, personal pottery classes, private chef meals prepared in-villa, and much more. An exceptional island escape. 

Swimming pool with native woven decoration and poolside seats with views of the beach in O By Myconian Collection in Mykonos
O By Myconian

Described as a ‘love letter to Mykonos’ the O by Myconian Collection is the latest property from the family-owned, Mykonos-focused Myconian Collection. This luxury haven is also the brand’s first beachfront hotel on the coveted Ornos Bay, with 65 gorgeous guest rooms and suites (many with private pools), sustainable design, and direct access to the island’s best waterfront bars, restaurants, and watersports. Connect with the spirit of Mykonos via a range of curated activities including full-moon yoga on the beach or treatments at the O Wellness Spa. For those who prefer to relax by the pool, the Oasis pool zone offers comfortable sunbeds and complimentary treats, with the poolside deck transforming into a lively nightspot with live music and stunning views as the sun sets.

Drone shot of the main pool, restaurant, and bar at Kalesma Mykonos Greece
Kalesma Mykonos

An exclusive luxury retreat tucked away from the island’s bustling party scene, Kalesma Mykonos is a pure Greek Islands idyll. The name means ‘inviting’ in Greek, summing up the ethos of this boutique hotel with just 17 one-bedroom suites, eight one-bedroom villas, and two larger villas, all nestled into the hillside. The whitewashed buildings are designed to evoke a charming Mykonos village, and each is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens filled with lavender and bougainvillea and completed by a private heated pool. Wake to breathtaking sunrise views over the calm, clear waters of Ornos Bay, take a refreshing outdoor shower, then leisurely make your way to breakfast. This Mykonos hotel seamlessly blends into the landscape with glistening Aegean Sea views and natural materials such as woven wooden ceilings and decorative local ceramics for an authentic feel.

Nestled on a private southern peninsula with stunning Aegean Sea views, Petasos Beach Resort & Spa offers a sophisticated Greek Islands experience. Part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this special coastal getaway invites you to indulge in top-notch pampering at one of the island’s finest spas, savour gourmet Greek cuisine, and relax by the two-tier outdoor pool. Planning a romantic Mykonos holiday or honeymoon? Choose a Deluxe Room with Private Pool and terrace overlooking the sea, sail away to the mystical island of Delos, and dine by candlelight at the fabulous V.I.P. Restaurant. Just steps from an exclusive beach, Petasos Beach Resort & Spa is the epitome of Greek hospitality and luxury.

The Top Beaches to Visit in Mykonos for Your Honeymoon

the Beach Club at Paradise Beach
Famous Paradise Beach

The blinding yellow sands of Mykonos’ beaches attract a diverse blend of sojourning couples, all ready to share the common language of escapism. Arriving by caique boat at Plindri (known famously as Super Paradise Beach), sculpted dancers come into focus, grooving to hypnotic beats upon sandstone headlands. It’s a luxurious destination that combines soft golden sand, a trendy crowd, funky DJ sets, comfortable sunbeds, and the warm Aegean Sea. Transportation options to get there include a 10-minute car drive or a grab a bus from the main bus stop in the town of Mykonos, with frequent buses available. While there, check out Jackie O’, a popular beach club.

For those seeking a luxurious party experience,Paradise Beach Club at nearby Paradise Beach is a must-visit destination.

Meanwhile, at Psarou Beach, celebrities recline on timber sun lounges beneath wicker umbrellas as masseurs unknot their fame. 

Platys Gialos is a stunning sandy beach that stretches for miles and is a favourite among families. Despite its popularity, the beach’s natural beauty remains unspoiled, and visitors can enjoy a range of water sports and activities. With a variety of beach bars and restaurants nearby, you can easily spend the whole day here. Accessible by public bus, car, or boat, Platys Gialos is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a fun and relaxing day at the beach.

Elia Beach is a popular destination for those seeking a fully equipped and organised beach experience. With amenities such as sunbeds, umbrellas, and water sports like skiing and jet-skiing, visitors can enjoy a day of fun in the sun. Additionally, Elia Beach offers a handful of restaurants and taverns where guests can indulge in delicious Mykonian cuisine. While nudism is common at Elia Beach, it may not be as prevalent as at other nearby beaches such as Paradise, Super Paradise, and Paraga Beach.

In Kalafatis, the athletic head out to windsurf, fuelled by the warm Meltemi winds, whilst in Agios Ioannis, newlyweds chink glasses from their private rooftop spas. Beyond the buzz, one also becomes mesmerised by the landscape’s quieter side. Within just 75 square kilometres, over 800 churches and charming chapels pepper the inhospitable terrain like wildflowers; one for almost every Mykonian family. Often with their doors opened onto flower-festooned courtyards, they silently display ornate religious icons and heirlooms.

Mykonos is the island of multiple personalities. Allow yourself to get lost in the frenzied beauty of its mesmerising maze-like streets, and discover that here, you can be whoever you want to be.

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