If you’re lucky enough to stay at the delightful Grace Mykonos, you’ll be able to while away hours on the terrace here watching the world, and the Greek ferries and yachts, go by below. Set above the fine-sanded beach of Aghios Stefanos (St Stephen) in the north of the island, the Grace is a charming and elegant boutique hotel.
With just 32 rooms and suites (some with outdoor, temperature-controlled plunge pools) arrayed over five floors and limited public space, the Grace is very intimate. This is not the place for those looking to see and be seen – far from it. The feeling here is more of a private house-party with a guest list that everyone wants their name to appear upon.
During your stay, you are likely to run into (and stop and say hello to) the occupants of most other rooms, and, if the mood so inspires, make acquaintances and even new friendships. At the same time, it still provides ample opportunity for solitude, with a cocktail perhaps, seated on a daybed next to the gorgeous pool while watching the sun go down. The success of this style of hotel-keeping was evident on the smiling faces of the guests we saw during our brief stay.
The Grace also serves some the best and most imaginative food we have eaten in Greece, and it is worth a visit for that alone.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Champagne breakfast
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Hotel experience
- One cocktail per person per stay at the pool bar
- Early check-in / Late check-out
- Subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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We cleared Mykonos airport within fifteen minutes of our arrival and found the placard for the Grace Mykonos amongst the many other hotel greeters.
In the minibus the hotel provides was a tray containing bottled water and cold flannels, but it also held a face spray, some hand sterilizer gel and some chewing gum — a welcome post flight touch.
We reached the Grace by skirting the main town of Mykonos and driving for 10 minutes north past the new port where a gargantuan cruise vessel lay at rest.
After check-in we headed to the pool terrace which is the hotel’s main living room – a gorgeous space. We were a little early and so were asked to wait until our room was ready. Meanwhile, we were offered a drink on the house while we waited.
Rooms and suites
We stayed in a Junior Suite on the ground floor/entrance level. Despite its name, this room type is not overly large, so upgrading is recommended. It is long and rather thin (at 28m²/301ft²), an adequate room but not a luxurious one. There was a ‘cosy’ balcony through glass doors, but unfortunately we couldn’t use it as it was on the road and there was invariably a car parked in front. This same configuration, on higher floors, may work better. The room was finished simply with a stone floor, and the bright white colour scheme gave it a light and airy feeling, belying its size.
The bed was a king with a good mattress, and the sofa could be converted into another bed. The room was equipped with the usual safe and minibar/fridge and a kettle and a coffee machine, although it would have been useful had there been more plugs by the desk to use the equipment. The same single plug is also needed for the hair dryer (there are no plugs in the bathroom).
A box to ‘collect your memories’ was offered, and there was a nightly pillow gift. We were also welcomed with a bottle of fizzy wine which was very gracious.
Of course, there are some bigger and better rooms higher up in the building. The five or so main suites stretch to 50m² (538ft²). These, and some of the larger rooms have plunge pools on their balconies.
Almost all the rooms other than those on the ground floor boast a good sea view.
The Wi-Fi was ok, but not brilliant. A smallish, flat-screen TV opposite the bed had limited channels but included principal news stations in major languages.
The bathroom was small with just enough room for a walk-in shower, a WC and a ceramic sink mounted on a plinth. The lighting was poor, and there was no plug for the hair dryer and no makeup or shaving mirror.
The shower was good with two heads, and it had strong pressure. The Greek Apivita branded amenities were superb, including an excellent moisturising cream. The same brand is also used in the spa.
Overall, although perfectly functional, the bathroom was not luxurious.
A few floors above the ground level and accessed by a single lift (or a few flights of stairs) is the Grace Mykonos hotel’s raison d’etre: a restaurant that also serves as a cocktail bar, swimming pool, sundeck and terrace. This is where everything happens; it’s where the hotel’s top staff members work and where you’ll encounter or chat with other visitors. Because it is a relatively tight space, there was a lot of guest interaction making the hotel a friendly and lively place.
It can become crowded at times. For instance, with just sixteen sun beds, we did see a couple of cases of pre-breakfast ‘book and towel bagging’. When the evening came, the staff discreetly cleared most of the beds and set out the restaurant tables for a superbly sited restaurant under the darkening island skies.
We were told that the chef at the Grace had just won an award — a golden toque — as one of the best young chefs in the country; we felt he richly deserved it. The menu was varied, innovative and cooked to perfection. Two examples: citrus crusted cod fillet straight from the oven with polenta mousse, anchovy balls, capers and candied tomatoes; and grilled calamari on spinach risotto with crispy Cretan Aapki ham and a lemon saffron foam. These were by no means examples of standard Greek taverna fare. We eased all this down with a gentle Malagousia wine, and only then did they tell us about their unique cheese board — local choices from the neighbouring islands. We had to indulge, and it was unlike anything we had ever tasted at many good restaurants we’ve dined at in Greece.
Breakfast was also highly creative with a glass of bubbly, a freshly made smoothie and a range of sweet and savoury delicacies. All this, of course, was very popular with all guests.
Spa and wellness
We were offered a discount at the spa if we made a booking at the time we checked in. The manager seemed very professional as she showed us her facilities which included several rooms for different treatments as well as a steam bath and a sauna. The treatments included using beeswax and royal jelly and a wine elixir facial.
There was also a small, dimly-lit gym at the pool deck level but the guests we spoke to about it said it was ok, but for those that are super keen there is an outside centre. We felt that the hotel was trying to tick facilities boxes with limited space.
Pool and beach
The main pool, the focal point of the hotel, is adjacent to the restaurant. It is not huge, and its purpose is chiefly to serve as a place to cool down during sunbathing sessions. It was not heavily used during our stay. A short walk down an overgrown path from the hotel is the beach of St Stephen.
The hotel has an arrangement with the beachside tavernas whereby in exchange for a voucher (provided at no charge) hotel guests can use the sun loungers and umbrellas laid out on the beach. Drinks and food can be purchased at the tavernas. The beach has fine sand and slopes gently, with safe access, to the clear blue sea.
The Grace Mykonos is a hotel well suited for couples or friends travelling together but not so much so for families with small kids or teenagers. However, there are several two bedroom suites at the property to accommodate families.
Staff and service
Employees were young, friendly, professional and efficient. The main interaction with guests took place at the restaurant/bar, where the star staff members worked. Everyone called us by our name after the first encounter and throughout our stay. Conversations engendered friendly contact but were never over-familiar.
Repeat and regular guests (there were several during our short stay) were welcomed in a manner that ensured they would return another time. The restaurant staff understood the food they were serving, and when we queried an aspect of one of the dishes, they went off to talk to the chef so that they could answer in full.
The rooms were well-serviced and cleaned.
There were a few coordination and confusion issues at the reception. For instance, the shuttle bus to town didn’t work quite as we had been told, and we heard of missed reservations at outside restaurants, but small glitches happen in the finest of hotels.
There was a good mix of nationalities and age groups when we stayed in the month of June. British and French predominated, but there were also Italians and Scandinavians, several young honeymooners, and some mother and daughter duos. Mykonos is rightly perceived as a very safe and non-lairy destination and attracts groups of female friends; there were several of these girly groups.
Despite age differences, this was not a hotel likely to engender cultural shocks amongst its guests. It attracts the right sort of clientele through its marketing.
Check-out was efficient. A member of the management team made a point of asking whether we had enjoyed our stay (always a good sign as it shows that they care sufficiently) and came to say goodbye.
How to get there
15 minutes by road transfer from Heraklion Airport
32 Rooms & Suites