The tiny island of Delos opposite of Mykonos Island, a center of culture from as early as 2500 BC, well before the Golden Age of Pericles and the Parthenon, is one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites, one that no visitor to the country should miss.
A country wracked by an unprecedented financial crisis. A generation experiencing a “war” that never in their wildest dreams had they imagined they would witness. An entire country taking a good, hard look in the mirror and wondering if what was staring back at them was an accurate reflection or a dreadful nightmare they would eventually wake up from.
… ‘Countless are the types of buildings and structures that man has designed and executed for a myriad of uses throughout the course of his history. A handful at best are those that have not been altered or improved upon in any way, that have proved capable of corresponding to new needs, enduring the winds of change, and living and breathing to this day. The ancient Greek amphitheatre is one such structure; one such immortal architectural masterpiece. Today, 2,500 thousand years after their “creation” in ancient Athens, amphitheatres that in one way or another reproduce the ancient Greek prototype, are still being built the world over’ *…
“One gray day, when the rain and cold have chilled you to the bone, flip through your agenda and find some free days when you can visit. Book a ticket and come. We’ll be waiting to welcome you back”. What a warm, lovely invitation to brighten a dull winter’s day. In just a few sincere words that wouldn’t take no for an answer, my friend Theodoris extended an open invitation to visit his enchanting island. And that’s exactly what I did. I opened my agenda and scoured the dates, looking for the perfect time to take this much-needed Mykonos spa break with my family. I noted down a few and immediately called my husband. We went through the dates together and as soon as the one that seemed perfect had been agreed upon, we got down to our next task.
Mykonos Greatest Kiss winner: a kiss isn’t just a kiss… especially when it takes place at Mykonos GrandJanuary 11, 2013
Whenever I look through photos, I travel. When I gaze at them, they stir and bring that particular moment back to life. And then I lose myself in the image. The faces, the figures, the background, the poses, the ambience, the light, the setting; all elements that illuminate the small or great story unravelling around the protagonists, perhaps even something about the location. This is what happened at Mykonos Grand!
Serenity. A speck of land in the vastness of the deep blue that surrounds it, a blue that is punctured by a graceful scattering of Cyclades islands and islets. Mykonos is at rest. She breathes calmly, steadily. She might even perceive the distant echo of endless summertime celebrations gone by. On the island that the sun never overlooks, even during these winter days, where the wind subsides and the sea darkens but doesn’t churn, Christmas comes in shades of pure white and gleaming gold. From Mykonos Town homes and alleyways; from the cliffs and sandy beaches, proudly facing the horizon from their now-deserted coves..
Between the blues of sea and sky, pure white. Mykonos town unfolds before my eyes like a residential sculpture. Mykonos architecture is a grand example of unique Cycladic architecture set around a picturesque fishing-village bay. A primeval architectural model which captures and conveys the very nature responsible for its existence. I read… *”the key to Greek art lies in visually experiencing Greek nature, its landscape”… “it is impossible to truly connect with Greek art, comprehend it, grasp its spiritual dimension and fine creation, when it is outside of Greece […] For if there exists a correlation between thought and shape for Greeks, it is thanks to the indissoluble link they have with their surrounding natural environment, a link that is a hallow archetype”.
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.
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