MYKONOS TOWN: The flagship town of the island is built up into a hillside with a maze of narrow, twisting streets, constructed back in the day to confuse any pirates that might invade the port. As you navigate, you'll find numerous restaurants, shops, and nightlife -- this is the place to be if you want to party. Here are your hotel options:
· Hotel Tagoo: Not to be confused with the Cavo Tagoo we featured yesterday (which is located just north of Mykonos Town), this small family-run hotel is a ten-minute walk from downtown and has a reputation for a personal, bed and breakfast type of atmosphere. Rates start at $195/night.
· Vencia Boutique Hotel: This 4-star, 31-room boutique hotel boasts an infinity pool to go along with a view of the town/port. The bus that runs to the beaches of Elia, Kalafati, Agia Anna and Kalo Livadi stops right out front, and the town is a five-to-ten minute walk. Rates start at $208/night during the summer.
ORNOS: This resort area surrounds a protected cove and is one of the most popular places for sailboats to anchor. While a bit removed, it is still only a few miles from Mykonos Town -- perfect for the traveler who wants to spend most days on the beach but still have easy access to nightlife. Here's what we recommend:
· Yiannaki Hotel: While there are a few uber pricey/luxe hotels in Ornos (such as the Kivotos which is over $1000 a night), the Yiannaki Hotel has a great reputation and is about a tenth of the price tag. Rates start at $180/night.
KALAFATI: Known for having one of Mykonos' best beaches (shown above as seen from the Aphrodite Hotel), Kalafati is on the other side of the island from Mykonos Town and Ornos and supports only four hotels. Because of that, you get less crowds and a little bit more serenity. Nightlife outside the hotel is sacrificed as a result, but those looking to stay put and kick back will appreciate the area's remoteness and natural beauty. Check out this spot:
· Aphrodite Beach Hotel & Resort: We highlight this hotel because it is truly one of those places you can check-in and never step foot off property -- which is probably what you're looking for if you choose to stay in Kalafati. Aphrodite features a swimming pool, a pool bar, a tennis court, two restaurants, gym, 2 Jacuzzis, a nightclub and a boutique. Water activites, such as windsurfing and scuba, are also offered on-site. Rates start at $102/night.
[Photos: Hotel Tagoo/Aphrodite Beach Hotel]