Myconian Imperial Resort (Mykonos, Greece)


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Final month, I loved a terrific vacation on the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos, and Ios (Cyclades). You possibly can learn my journey studies right here:


As we speak: Evaluation of Myconian Imperial Resort (Mykonos, Greece)

A member of the Main Motels of the World, Myconian Imperial is an unique tackle on Mykonos, poised instantly above the island’s longest seashore in Elia. Its majestic white profile rises up from rustic stone partitions that anchor it into the foot of a mild slope, one foot within the water and with views that reach to the horizon. The property options 118 properly sized visitor rooms and suites, a luxurious spa, two connoisseur eating places, and a big deck with two saltwater swimming pools, Jacuzzi and swim-up bar. Pairing barefoot luxuries with high-end service, the Myconian Imperial is a long-standing favourite with island-hopping households and {couples} who search a laid-back vacation in a stupendous setting that could be a brief journey from the island’s thrilling nightlife by complimentary shuttle.

Have you ever ever stayed at Myconian Imperial? In that case, what was your expertise? Go away a remark.

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PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Myconian Imperial has established itself among the many island’s finest 5-star resorts due to its wonderful location above Elia Seashore, Mykonos’ largest seashore and likewise one in all its most stunning stretches of sand. Myconian Imperial and its adjoining sibling Myconian Royal Resort, each members of the Myconian Assortment lodges, have been constructed on a steep hill only a stone’s throw from the seashore. Mykonos City is 10 km (6 mi) away by complimentary lodge shuttle, which departs from a centralized location and operates at common intervals till 1:00 am. The resort additionally provides complimentary arrival and departure transfers to and from the Mykonos seaport or airport in an air-conditioned shuttle bus (shared with different visitors).
  • In-built 2002, and renovated in 2017, Myconian Imperial is comprised of a number of buildings, which all face the Aegean Sea to maximise the spectacular views. Antonis Kalogridis – who was the pinnacle of the design staff – visualised a metropolitan loft above the ocean, combining classical Greek and fashionable Mykonian structure. The result’s a minimalist decor, which permits a stupendous distinction between the deep blue of the encircling sea & sky and the luxurious all-white interiors. The design works significantly nicely within the lodge’s huge light-flooded foyer, which options kitsch all-white statues of elephants & hippos, sculpted flying books, cozy chairs adorned with ‘I Love Mykonos’ cushions, partitions of brightly coloured glasses, and expansive stone terraces.
  • Myconian Imperial options 118 charming rooms, together with 28 suites. The rooms are merely adorned in all-white supplies, furnishings and equipment that enhances textures, gentle and construction. Most rooms have balconies whereas some rooms include a non-public pool or Jaccuzi. Throughout my vacation, I stayed in a Premium Room, which featured an open plan format: the elegant bed room with kingsize mattress and outsized lounger result in a small balcony with view of a grassy patio and the ocean past. Separated from the bed room by a white curtain was a semi-open lavatory which featured one sink, a bathroom and a shower that doubled as a bathe. Normal facilities had been complemented by a flat-screen tv and staples of luxurious toiletries.
  • One in all Myconian Imperial’s finest promoting factors is its large outside pool deck, which options panoramic views of the ocean, evoking the sensation of being on an expensive ocean liner. Full of salt water, the stunning lagoon-style pool is break up into two, with one part that includes a feet-in-the-water cocktail bar. Subsequent to the primary pool can be a small toddler pool for the lodge’s little VIP visitors in addition to a big Jacuzzi instantly overlooking the seashore (though the latter is crammed with lukewarm water). The swimming pools are lined by two rows of luxurious and really snug loungers, with the sunbeds within the interior row going through the pool whereas the sunbeds within the outher row look out over the Aegan Sea.  Pool service is obtainable all day lengthy.
  • Myconian Imperial is a part of the Myconian group, a family-owned group of ten main luxurious lodges on Mykonos, together with three Relais & Châteaux, two Main Motels of the World, two Design Motels, two Most well-liked Motels & Resorts and a Small Luxurious Motels of the World. Based in 1979 by George and Elefteria Daktylides, the lodges are run as we speak by their 4 sons Panos, Markos, Vangelis and Marios. Famend for his or her modern magnificence, revolutionary design and irresistible attract, all ten excellent properties ship the very best of hospitality requirements whereas sustaining their very own unique character and elegance. The group’s most unique property is Myconian Villa Assortment, which was sadly not obtainable throughout my journey dates.
  • The Myconian group manages six lodges on the hill above Elia Seashore: Myconian Villa Assortment, Myconian Imperial, Myconian Royal, Myconian Avaton, Myconian Utopia, and Panoptis Escape. Awarded the Blue Flag for its pristine magnificence, Elias Seashore brings collectively a cosmopolitan crowd of households, celebrities, jet-setting island hoppers, honeymooners, and LBGT vacationers. Right here, the water of the Aegean Sea is crystal-clear and excellent for swimming. For the extra energetic, a wide selection of watersports is obtainable, together with kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing, parasailing, and wakeboarding. The Myconian Group has a non-public concession on the seashore (proper under Myconian Imperial), with free sunbeds & umbrellas for lodge visitors.
  • Myconian Imperial encompasses a small spa facility, which is positioned instantly behind the pool deck. The spa describes itself as a “place of serenity and renaissance weaved with sleek luxurious and an enrapturing environment the place time appears to have stopped in a cocoon of wellness.” Spa therapies are offered by skilled therapists and embody a signature Elemis Biotec facial, a solar tanning physique care remedy, in addition to a 4-hand Hawaiian wave therapeutic massage for the last word indulgence. The spa flooring additionally encompasses a heated indoor pool, a play room for youngsters, and a fully-equipped fitness center with eight state-of-the-art machines and weight bar (open from 9 am to 9 pm). Non-public trainers and Pilates or Yoga tuition can be found on demand.
  • Myconian Imperial has 4 eating places on web site (though visitors may make use of the opposite eating places inside the Myconian Assortment’s portfolio of lodges & eating places).
    • Named after the nice and cozy Etesian wind, Meltemi is the property’s breakfast restaurant (open till 10:30 am every day). It provides a spectacular all-you-can-eat Champagne breakfast, which features a choice of freshly baked breads, fruit platters, cured meats, yoghurts, cheeses, Mediterranean delicacies, and an assortment of cereals.
    • Led by govt Chef Thomas Kontouris, Celebrities Seafood Restaurant is Myconian Imperial’s à la carte restaurant. Signature dishes embody sea bass with black risotto, calf fillet with wild mushrooms, and the Aegean lobster caught by native fishermen between Mykonos and Tinos. Naturally, there are additionally scrumptious vegetarian choices.
    • Positioned on the pool deck is Sishu Sushi Bar, and open-air eating venue with breathtaking views throughout the bay. Every evening, Sishu Sushi Bar serves Japanese dishes created with aptitude by chef Meiwang Ke Steven, ready from the freshest catch hauled in at first gentle.
    • Through the day (till 8 pm), Imperial Myconian additionally opens a 4th restaurant, positioned subsequent to the pool. Known as Nostos Pool Bar, this venue serves gentle snacks, corresponding to salads, burgers and pizzas (though these meals may also be served at your sunbed).
  • Myconian Imperial is counted among the many portfolio of the Main Motels of the World. The latter is an unique assortment of greater than 400 luxurious lodges and resorts in over 80 international locations. LHW doesn’t personal lodges; it relatively provides a reservation service for impartial lodges and helps gross sales and advertising, promoting and public relations, monetary companies, high quality management, and lodge inspections for its member properties. LHW has many iconic properties in its portfolio, corresponding to such because the 12 Apostles Lodge in Cape City, The Datai Langkawi in Malaysia, Lodge Adlon Kempinski in Berlin, Le Sirenuse in Positano (Italy), Il Sereno Lake Como (Italy), Laucala Island in Fiji, the Setai Miami Seashore, and The Ritz in Paris.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW
  • With 118 rooms, Myconian Imperial is one of many bigger resorts on Mykonos. The property additionally attracts numerous households as a result of its child-friendly amenities, which could take away from the relaxed environment that {couples} are in search of (particularly on the pool deck). In case you are in search of an intimate, small-scale boutique lodge and/or an adults solely expertise, you would possibly favor to remain at one of many Myconian Assortment’s different lodges (like adults solely Myconian Naia).
  • When the resort is working at full capability through the summer time months of July and August, the breakfast buffet space tends to get busy and crowded after 9:30 am. In occasions of social distancing, this made me really feel a bit uncomfortable, particularly since not all visitors had been carrying a face masks. It additionally made me surprise why the lodge didn’t select to keep away from this case by both providing an a la carte menu as a substitute of buffet, by introducing a reservation system for breakfast, or by imposing a masks and glove coverage. It’s vital to say that the restaurant supervisor assured me that every one security protocols had been {followed} (and that my suggestions was taken significantly and followed-up with). Additionally, in line with authorities studies, the lodge has had zero reported COVID instances, so possibly it’s simply me being overanxious.
  • An simple a part of the enchantment of Myconian Imperial is its beachside location on a quieter a part of the island. Nevertheless, for some visitors, the setting would possibly really feel a bit remoted and much away from Mykonos’ legendary occasion scene and nightlife. If you wish to get to the motion in Mykonos, you’ll both should hire a automobile throughout your vacation or make use of the lodge’s complimentary shuttle service to Mykonos city (which runs till after midnight).
  • Whereas elegant and charming, a few of the visitor rooms are a bit on the small aspect. Additionally, most rooms function an open-plan design, which is likely to be uncomfortable in case you are sharing the room with a buddy (and never your companion). If you’d like more room and luxurious, I like to recommend to both ebook a collection or to take a look at the resort’s sister property, Myconian Royal, which is positioned subsequent door. Myconian Royal, additionally a member of Main Motels of the World, is analogous in format and design to Myconian Imperial, however encompasses a bigger stock of suites. In fact, you could possibly additionally select to remain at Myconian Villa Assortment, essentially the most unique (and costly) resort within the Myconian Assortment. Positioned instantly above Myconian Imperial, Myconian Villa Assortment provides 59 non-public villas and in-house visitor rooms & suites overlooking Elia Bay.
  • The benefit of staying at Myconian Imperial is that it’s the closest lodge within the Myconian Assortment to Elia Seashore. The seashore is reachable by way of a brief stroll (5 min) down the hill, though it is likely to be inconvenient for these having difficulties with strolling due to the steep incline.

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 8/10
  • Design: 8/10
  • Pool: 9/10
  • Rooms: 7/10
  • Meals: 9/10
  • Breakfast: 9/10
  • Spa: 8/10
  • Service: 8/10
  • Worth for cash: 9/10
  • General expertise: excellent 8/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Lower your expenses: learn right here my ideas for getting the very best deal at a luxurious lodge like Myconian Imperial (and/or obtain many free perks).
  • Lower your expenses: Myconian Imperial participates in The Main Motels of the World’s loyalty program Leaders Membership. By becoming a member of Leaders Membership (which you do right here), members obtain complimentary advantages throughout the group’s spectacular portfolio of luxurious lodges (together with Myconian Imperial). This contains room improve alternatives, the prospect to earn free nights (by gathering factors), members-only financial savings and provides, and on-property advantages. For readability, bookings have to be made by way of The Main Motels of the World web site to obtain these advantages (bookings made instantly with the lodge don’t depend). Learn my evaluate of Leaders Membership right here.
  • Learn my ideas for making ready your journey in time.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The very best time to go to Mykonos are the autumn months of September and October: the climate remains to be nice, the vacationer crowds have left, the ocean temperature is at its warmest, and the lodge charges are inside affordable vary. The spring months of April and Could, earlier than the summer time rush comes, are additionally a good time to go to, though the ocean is chilly and it’s possible you’ll encounter some cloudy days. Mykonos is a very talked-about vacation vacation spot for Europeans in June, July and August: anticipate hordes of vacationers, nonstop events and hovering lodge charges presently of 12 months. Summers additionally see numerous windy days, with the Meltemi blowing for lengthy intervals, particularly within the afternoons (generally gale power like winds).


HOW TO GET THERE

Myconian Imperial is a 30 min automobile journey from the ferry harbour and the aiport (complimentary transfers are offered). Click on right here for a continuously up to date record of airways that supply direct flights to Mykonos.


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