“Delightful and marvelous”
Steady rain has been falling since this morning. The sun has decided not to make an appearance once again today. On afternoons like these, you get the gloomy feeling that day has all but forgotten to break. Darkness and bone-chilling dampness. Yet in the corner of my mind there is something that keeps me bright and cheery. That gives me a familiar, cozy feeling. A vivid recollection I am eager to experience again and again. I curl up under the warm blankets, close my eyes and am transported to the “delightful and marvelous”, where the sun always shines bright, shedding its golden spotlight on the beauty spread out below it, on the Cycladic island of Mykonos, on Ayios Yiannis Beach, at Mykonos Grand, the only Mykonos hotel featured on the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2014.
The door opened and I just stood there, stunned. The open windows let the curtains softly billow in the playful Aegean breeze wafting in to meet the freshness of this newly-introduced room’s interior.
My gaze took it all in. Design highlighted by the stylish appeal of uncluttered lines, elegance emerging from simple sophistication, as if passed over by the brushstroke of a gifted artist. Greek-inspired aesthetic that diffuses light through the use of natural materials has found, here in these newly-introduced rooms at Mykonos Grand Luxury Hotel, the perfect environment to express itself, in the sunniest corner of the planet, on Mykonos.
Leaning into the wind on the deck of a ferry boat bound for Mykonos, I closed my eyes and savored the light mist of salty sea air spraying my face each time a swell broke against the side of the boat. This was the first tangible indication that summer was upon us, laid out in front of me in all its dazzling splendor. My “winter” body however, was also here. I had mercilessly been abusing it for months, through endless hours hunched over a computer screen, squirming in the driver’s seat in countless traffic jams, bent over the stove cooking the meal of the day… It was time for my yearly Mykonos Spa visit.
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!