Its 7am and as my six month old stirs in the cot beside our bed, I can hear the Gypsy Kings finishing their last set with the music pulsating across the shore from the famed Nammos Beach. While I’m hoping I might be blessed with another hour of sleep before I wake, most of those in Mykonos are just finishing their night. Mykonos and children are not two words that are commonly heard in the same sentence. We were crazy enough to try it and everyone not only survived but enjoyed it!
Just like stepping into a postcard, Mykonos is exactly as you imagined, crystal clear blue water, white washed buildings with blue accents and marble streets. There are a plethora of great restaurants to chose from you will have trouble deciding. Everywhere we went they were so welcoming to us with children and they all had highchairs available. The shopping is amazing with art galleries, jewellery and clothing boutiques to satisfy all, from designer labels to local ladies making authentic leather greek sandals, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for (or exactly what you didn’t yet know you needed to have!)
We stayed at the Nissaki Boutique Hotel and while there was a little hiccup when checking in (our room was not as anticipated) they did do everything in their power to rectify the situation and appease us. The hotel was in a great location on Psarou Beach, really well priced (prices are crazy in peak season for 5 star hotels in Mykonos) and the staff were fabulous. Noise is a concern when staying in Mykonos with children so make sure you know if the rooms are quiet when booking your hotel. We could faintly hear music from nearby clubs at Nissaki Boutique Hotel which was not ideal but also did not keep us awake either and is to be somewhat expected in Mykonos. The restaurant at the hotel was fabulous, the last night we dined there for dinner and had it completely to ourselves. Service was very good and everyone was so welcoming and friendly. We also had one of the lovely girls babysit for us one night so we could go to a nearby restaurant which was really nice to have some adult time and know the kids were safe and happy.
The water in Mykonos is the most beautiful crystal clear blue and there are some great beach clubs to visit. Nammos Beach is a must visit, frequented by VIPs and celebrities (Leonardo DiCaprio was there!) and the restaurant was one of my favourites, where we ate mouthwatering sushi and pasta. Another beach club we visited was beside the restaurant Spilia where we had a lovely lunch and were served gorgeous fresh seafood with the restaurant located in a cave on the side of a cliff over looking the sea. The restaurants in Mykonos were fabulous with so many options, from Ling Ling a Hakkasan restaurant to Kiki’s a little local taverna that has no electricity and takes no reservations.
It is hard not to fall in love with Mykonos. Would I do it again with children? No, there are so many places I have yet to visit with children I would rather go to first, however we did enjoy it and always felt welcome wherever we went. The kids loved it as well, the food, the pool and the stone beaches. I’m looking forward to returning one day soon for some adult-only time with a group of friends to let our hair down, enjoy the sleepy mornings until midday, dancing on tables at dinner and partying until the sun comes up.
- Ling Ling from Hakkasan
- Matsuhisa Mykonos
- Sea Satin Market