Dreaming of that island getaway? Make this summer the one you live out your Mamma Mia dreams and book in for a visit to the Greek islands. At the top of everyone’s lists are always Mykonos and Santorini, both similar but distinctly different and beautiful in their own way.

Whether you’re looking to get your party on in Mykonos or you’re looking to splurge on that dreamy honeymoon to Santorini, we’ve put together a guide to everything you should know about the two islands, from where to stay and things to do to what to wear. Read on to get inspired.

Mykonos

Home to sandy beaches, blue seas and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Mykonos is the destination to head to for late night parties and night clubbing, as well as soaking up the sights and sea views.

Where to stay

Kenshō Ornos

For a dreamy stay overlooking the Ornos Bay, this a-list favourite is the ultimate destination. Expect regular music events and resident DJs providing the best atmosphere for soaking up the true holiday vibes or go fancy with dinner at their fine dining restaurant – think long leisurely meals with views of the Aegean Sea. 

Think long leisurely meals with views of the Aegean Sea. 

Of course, no holiday by the sea is complete without a dip in the pool and Kenshō’s is set looking over the sea and it is illuminated with ‘starlights’ at night time making it perfect whatever the time.

Soho Roc House

If you’ve got your Soho House membership secured, make sure you stop and visit Soho Roc House, the private members’ club’s dreamy Mykonos location. 

Perfect for those who love to party but also relax, the space is home to 44 bedrooms, a pool and even an outdoor gym – name a better place to workout honestly…

Expect simplistic and airy rooms with balconies overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Lyo

Luxury living at its finest, Lyo is set above the famous Super Paradise beach of Mykonos, complete with 27 rooms and suites, a stunning pool and lounge areas to while away your time. 

The hotel combines traditional Mykonian touches mixed with contemporary interior design. Expect dreamy rooms, some even set with verandas, outdoor jacuzzis and stunning views over the sea.

Things to do

Grab a boat to Island of Delos

Said to be the birthplace of Apollo, Delos is a small island just across from Mykonos and easily accessible via boat trip. 

Said to be the birthplace of Apollo...

It’s home to ruins of the old temples, markets, amphitheatre and houses. Spend an afternoon zipping over the sea to this mythical island and soaking up the Greek legends that once lived here.

Visit Mykonos’ largest beach, Elia Beach

No trip to Mykonos is complete without exploring the island’s sandy beaches and Elia Beach is the island’s biggest. Expect sandy shores, blue seas and plenty of sun beds you can hire out for a day of lounging.

Get stuck into the night life

This small Greek island is renowned for its epic nightlife so while you’re out visiting, make the most of the live music and legendary night clubbing experiences. A few favourites include Tropicana Club, Super Paradise Beach Club and Moni Mykonos.

Snap a photo with the Kato Mills

The island is home to 16 windmills, many of which date back to the 15th and 16th century and milled wheat for the rich locals. Nowadays they are popular tourist destinations for snapping up that all important holiday selfie. 

Nowadays they are popular tourist destinations for snapping up that all important holiday selfie. 

The main area for seven of the mills is Chora, near the island’s Little Venice area.

What to wear

Santorini

The quieter younger sister, Santorini is famed for its stunning beaches, sea views and active volcano. It’s a popular honeymoon destination and it’s easy to see why…

Where to stay

Mystique

Private cave pools, views you can’t fault and traditional Greek dining? Sign us up! Mystique is the ultimate honeymooners hotel. 

The hotel itself has been carved into the rugged Caldera cliffs and looks down over the Aegean Sea. Expect suites complete with their own private pools and jacuzzis and panoramic views over the sea and volcano. 

There’s a dining institute for every occasion, from Lure Restaurant by renowned French chef Olivier Campanha to the Captain’s Lounge for all-day casual dining and Circe Bar for cocktails at sunset.

Andronis Boutique Hotel

From romantic dinners with a view to treatment rooms set in rooms carved like caves, the Andronis Boutique Hotel in Santorini is perfect for newly weds, anniversaries or just going all out solo. 

The rooms are truly something special, including our favourite the Executive Suite complete with its own cave plunge pool with jets, elegant terrace and views over the Aegean Sea and volcano. There are even villas available too for something even more intimate.

Grace Hotel

With picturesque views, stunning rooms and dining you can’t ignore, the Grace Hotel is so good you won’t want to leave… 

All of the rooms, suites and villas come with big indoor and outdoor spaces, featuring everything from heated plunge pools to sweeping views over the caldera. While over at the restaurant, expect a Michelin-award experience of Greek flavours and culinary flare. Expect signature dishes like the squid with pesto Genovese and crayfish tartare with fresh basil and zesty yuzu. 

Things to do

Explore Santorini’s volcano

Back in the 16th century, Santorini was devastated by a volcano eruption. While the volcano is active underwater, you can still visit the two islands that have been formed by black lava, named Palaia Kameni and Nea Kameni. Expect hot springs and mud baths waiting for you…

Wander around Oia

The coastal town on the northwestern side of Santorini, Oia is famed for its rugged cliff tops complete with white houses ferrying down towards the sea. Spend the day wandering the streets before catching one of the most sensational sunsets you’ll ever experience.

Discover the lost city of Atlantis

It’s been said that Santorini is actually the lost city of Atlantis… You can explore all of the history and myths that lie within the island at the Lost Atlantis Experience, the first museum dedicated to the myth.

Immerse yourself in the capital of Fira

The capital of Santorini, Fira is a buzzy cosmopolitan city that’s home to independent boutiques, quaint bars, traditional restaurants and picturesque views over the Aegean Sea. Spend the day getting lost in the small streets and tucking into delicious Greek cuisine. 

What to wear


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