Mykonos, famous for its 24-hour summer parties, displays a more authentic side in the offseason. At the Myconian Ambassador, the island’s first five-star resort, rest and relaxation await you, helping you ease gently out of winter and prepare body and soul for summer.
If going to Mykonos to relax seems an unlikely formula, think again. In the offseason, there’s nothing about this Cyclades island to confirm that (excessively?) festive reputation. Every corner exudes – at long last! – the languor of local life. The feeling of having the paradisiacal beaches and charming downtown streets all to yourself, in temperatures flirting with 70°F, is priceless.
Without the hustle-bustle of the high season, you can better see the island and may find yourself meditating before the remains of its rich, extensive history, one that began long before the jet set started staying here after 1945. On the road linking the airport to the Myconian Ambassador, located in the southern part of the island in the quiet village of Platis Gialos, my eye came to rest on the top of a mountain where rose an impressive granite portal, the only trace of a tower dating back to the Hellenistic period. The stage was set.
The Ambassador, the first five-star resort on Mykonos, boasts striking Cycladic architecture divided into one- or two-story white buildings, in keeping with the local style, interconnected by stairways reminiscent of an Escher engraving. The view alone relaxes the visitor: From the pool and the windows of some of the sixty-nine rooms and suites, you can see the silhouette of Delos in the distance, the spiritual center of ancient Greece and birthplace of the gods Apollo and Artemis. The locals say that the inimitable energy of Mykonos comes from the light emanating from this neighboring island.
Apart from the unforgettable visit to this archeological site, a twenty-minute boat trip from downtown, I didn’t really have the urge to venture across the island. The hotel has everything you could need, inspiring you to stay within its walls, especially when seeking relaxation.
One of its precious features is the Pilates studio overlooking the Platis Gialos beach. The Ambassador also arranges group or private yoga classes. Upon request, you can even practice hatha yoga at dawn on the private beaches of the famous Psarou beach bars, like Skorpios, a spot that’s a fifteen-minute walk from the hotel.
The property’s three thalassotherapy pools contain Mykonos sea water blended with various ingredients, like aloe vera and lavender essential oils, a perfect way to prepare your body for a treatment. In my case, I enjoyed a Swedish oil massage, ideal for stimulating circulation.
All too soon, it was time to go home. At that moment, I realized that I had watched all the sunsets from the privacy of my room’s terrace! The perfect way indeed to sum up the charms of the Ambassador in a single sentence.