I cannot recall my first kiss, the one that irreversibly marked the end of my childhood years. But I can clearly remember the first kiss, elusive and awkward, with the person I married and brought two children into this world with. It seems like such a long time ago… I can’t stop myself from smiling each time the image rises to the surface of my memory, always so fresh and playful. An email I received from the famed Mykonos Grand Hotel on Mykonos –our favorite destination then, now and I daresay evermore –helped dust off the cherished memory of that first kiss and posed a lighthearted challenge with their Mykonos Greatest Kiss contest. Could we do it? After almost twelve years of marriage? With two children? With the burden of our responsibilities weighing down on our conversations and postponing the simple joys of togetherness and companionship for another day?…
…“I belong to a small country. A rocky promontory in the Mediterranean, it has nothing to distinguish it but the efforts of its people, the sea, and the light of the sun. It is a small country, but its tradition is immense and has been handed down through the centuries without interruption”. Excerpt from the speech given by Nobel Prize in Literature winner Giorgos Seferis at the City Hall in Stockholm, Sweden, December 10, 1963.
I never used to like Easter. The mercilessly slow, repetitive tolling of the church bells, the seemingly interminable gray, rainy days, the pungent aroma of incense incongruously mixed with the first scents of spring, all gave me a feeling of nausea and weighed down on my mood. Until… I experienced my first Easter on the island of Mykonos.
The Mykonos Grand recently received the following congratulatory note from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site: “TripAdvisor is proud to announce that the Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort has won 2012 Traveler’s Choice Awards” as one of the top 25 hotels for service in Greece, as one of the top 25 hotels in Greece and Europe, as one of the top 25 luxury hotels in Greece and as one of the top 25 relaxation/spa hotels in Greece.
Since I was a child, I have dreamed of getting married while the beating of my heart could still take my breath away, when I still needed time to get ready before he saw me, when all of my hopes and desires would still be vibrant and pure, untainted by the demystification that comes with the passage of time. My dreams have finally come true!
At 42 years young, Shirley Valentine had already taken a back-seat to life, watching the days drone by in the same, meaningless way. She would find herself talking to the kitchen wall, where the only semblance of a “life” seemed to resonate from a small poster hidden away on the inside of a cupboard; a simple Greek tourist office brochure tantalized Shirley. The background photograph of a whitewashed chapel topped by a humble cross glowing in the rays of the setting sun, surrounded by the vast turquoise sea, an image so typical of the islands of the Aegean Sea, seemed to call out to her.
There are some flavors that trigger memories as they melt in your mouth. Freshly-baked bread drenched in olive oil and with a sprinkling of sugar, a heaping spoonful of traditional Greek vanilla preserves dipped in a tall glass of ice-cold water, raw cake batter before it’s poured into the pan. However, flavors are not universal. Every nation has its own unique cuisine that has been molded and shaped over time by the environment and traditions of its people.
At the Mykonos Grand, we are on a continual quest for perfection in every service that we provide. In our 5-star luxury beachfront hotel, we understand that the difference between great and exceptional is found in the details, and that some of life’s most cherished memories are the result of brief but pleasurable moments of opulence.
There is a well-kept secret hiding within a new and intriguing capsule at the Mykonos Grand’s Althea Spa Center. Open it up, recline in its sleek, ultramodern embrace and take pleasure in the curative powers of hydrotherapy in the most innovative of what the spa world has to offer today. The new Dermalife Spa-Jet system is designed to stimulate the body, invigorate the senses and tend to the skin’s needs through a sublime fusion of ancient knowledge and modern technology.
Located on a commanding spot with the island of Delos as its backdrop, this “delightful and marvelous” hotel embodies Cycladic architecture. “Service at the pool was perfection” At Dolphins of Delos, dine alfresco on Greek cuisine. Read More…