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What You Should Know About The Mykonos Hotel Scene

Where: Mykonos, Greece
June 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like there are endless resorts and properties on Mykonos, such as the three we wrote about yesterday, tucked in their own private setting between towns and overlooking bays in various parts of the island. In that sense, you can't really go wrong in terms of the scenery -- for the most part, killer views are standard at every hotel on Mykonos.

That said, the island breaks down in a number of different areas known for different personalities. The location you choose depends on your priorities. If you're into nightlife, for example, you'll want to stay in or around Mykonos Town. If it's a quiet beach resort you're after, Kalafati might be a better fit. Below, we've highlighted a few of the main spots along with a sampling of hotels to help kick off your research. Call it an entry-level guide, if you will.

Also, a few things to note about hotels on Mykonos. Most have strict cancellation policies and a minimum stay requirement of a couple nights, especially during the busy summer months, so be sure to read the fine print. Some will also provide free airport pick-ups, but only if you ask when making a reservation. Got your own Mykonos tips to share? Feel free to drop them in comments below!

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Meandering Around Mykonos, Care to Join Us?

Where: Mykonos, Greece
June 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last week, we spent the day on the Greek Island of Mykonos, which is most notably known for it's classic flat-roofed, white-washed architecture that you see in the photo above.

Not surprisingly, we found that Mykonos is riddled with killer-view hotels set upon vistas and mountainsides, and tomorrow, we'll take you through a few different areas of the island and the hotels you can expect to find in them.

As somewhat of a teaser, we offer you some eye candy from three luxury properties: The Mykonos Grand Hotel, the Saint John Hotel, and the Cavo Tagoo. We dig their open-aired, view-heavy designs to go along with that unmistakable traditional Greek exterior (we don't mind the private pools, either). If you've been to Mykonos, let us know in the comments where you stayed and how it went.

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Amanzoe to Open on the Peloponnese in Greece This Summer

June 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

While Greece is mainly in the headlines this week for its historic elections and anticipated consequences for the Eurozone and the world economy, we'll focus on some less nerve-wracking news from this country today: the upcoming opening of Amanzoe this summer (possibly in July.)

The new hotel will be Aman Resorts latest, and third, European property. As with all Aman Resorts, the name is derived from a combination of the Sanskrit word for peace (aman) and, in this case, "zoe", the Greek word for life.

Just outside Porto Heli on the Peloponnese coast, about two and a half hours from Athens, the resort will feature only 38 guest "pavilions". If the six-metre pool that comes with a Pool Pavilion isn't enough for you, opt for a Deluxe Pool Pavilion that takes that up to twelve metres. And you know you won't need to worry about cramped accommodations here; each luxurious pavilion is its own freestanding structure and has extensive living and sleeping areas that spill out onto the terrace facing your private pool.

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We Want to Seize This Killer View in Santorini

March 31, 2011 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

It's not quite spring yet with most of the U.S. still getting dumped with cold, rainy weather which is why we're taking the time out to drool over this hotel view from the Carpe Diem Hotel in Santorini.

Pictured here is the hotel's pool which gives guests views of the nearby medieval village of Pyrgos as well as the Aegean Sea. But the hotel also offers private pools in each of its 10 luxury suites should you want a little more privacy.

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Westin Winds Down Summer With Two New Hotels

August 4, 2010 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

What we love more than hotel openings are hotel openings in sun-drenched resort destinations and Westin Hotels are fulfilling our cubicle dreaming for the day with their two new properties---The Westin Resort Costa Navarino (above) in Greece and the The Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa in Phuket, Thailand.

The Westin Siray Bay brings the amenities and services you love in a Westin (breezy rooms, Heavenly beds, clean scents, green practices) to the East Coast of Phuket along with three main pools, beach and water activities, a Heavenly Spa, and six restaurants and lounges.

The Westin Costa Navarino, which opened last month, bills itself as a "peaceful retreat" near Pylos, Messinia. But there's plenty to do here from lounging by the pool to golf to pampering yourself at the Anazoe Thallasotherapy Spa. There's even two specially created children's areas. Yet if you're seeking ultimate relaxation, book one of the hotel's 123 suites that come with private infinity pools (below.)

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It's Official: Greece is Going Green

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  Site Where: 630 77 Kassandra, Halkidiki, Greece
February 22, 2010 at 5:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

The harbor at the Sani Resort

If you needed any further proof that going green was de rigeur, this is it – the Europeans are doing it (gasp). The latest to unveil its green credentials is the posh Sani Resort, which owns four hotels in Halkidiki, Greece.

They’re planting 3000 trees this month to help reforest an area damaged by fires (funded by guests paying €1 at checkout, and the hotel matching their contributions) and the eco stuff goes inside your room as well – for this season, they’ve instsalled low energy lightbulbs, solar panels, have started recycling everything from water (which goes in the garden) to cooking oil (for biofuel). They’ve even just started an organic vegetable garden fresh for their 2010 guests.

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The $34,000 Suite at Greece's Zeus-Worthy Grand Resort

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  Site Where: 40 KM Athens Sounio Ave, Athens, Greece
January 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Is that the theme to Chariots of Fire we hear swelling in the background? In an earlier edition of Hotel Lust, our preoccupation with the upcoming Olympics led us to track down a sprawling resort outside of Vancouver, this year's host city. Paying homage to the sporting event, this week we're heading to Greece, where the games originated.

In our search for Athens' best, we found a hotel whose name does the advertising for it: Grand Resort Lagonissi. Most of its rooms have names that hint to some of the sweeping views you'll be privy to as a guest: "Panoramic Resident Suite," "Vista Suite," and so on.

Even among these impressive surroundings—marble fixtures, sea views, private balconies—there's one that trumps the rest: the $34,000 per night Royal Villa, one of the most expensive of its kind the world over.

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Avoid a Lohan Meltdown By Soothing Yourself With This View

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  Site Where: 72200 Ierapetra, Crete, Greece
July 23, 2009 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

Have you ever wanted to have a young-celeb-lady freakout? Trash a room, tip off the paps to your crisis, storm the hotel suite of an ex-lover, hotbox yourself in a bathroom and take some scandalous photos that may or may not leak in Star magazine? Maybe engage in a little head-shaving and eyebrow-raising trysts with bodyguards and things?

No? Never wanted that? Okay, let's ask the question a different way: have you ever felt so stressed that you were absolutely certain you were going to have a meltdown of Lohan proportions pretty soon? Okay. Yes.

We ask because we want to help — and because we're pretty sure gazing out the windows of a hotel room at the Petra Mare Hotel in Crete may help soothe your troubled soul.

This shot comes to us from mfoord, and it's a view of the balcony of a room — and, according to the website, most of the 227 "spicy" (hehe) rooms have sea views like this. Nice.

[Photo: mfoord]

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Opa! J. Crew and Tablet Hotels Giving Away a Greek Vacay

Where: Santorini, Greece
February 17, 2009 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (2)

If you fail to see a connection between prepster-outfitter J. Crew and the country of Greece, pause for a moment and think of this: White. Linen. Pants.

You're on a balcony in Santorini; the wind's in your hair as you gaze out onto the sparkling sea... while you're wearing a royal blue shirt and white linen pants from J. Crew, naturally. Or a white cotton sundress and a big floppy hat, even! Forget the cashmere, cardigans and suiting of the Connecticut-country-club J. Crew you're thinking of; J. Crew is also known for their killer beachwear.

And, appropriately, they're teaming up with Tablet Hotels to give you some of that beachy stuff — plus the opportunity to wear it on your hotel balcony in Santorini. One lucky (seriously, seriously lucky) winner will receive a $2,000 J.Crew gift card, round-trip airfare for two to Greece and a 5-night stay at the ultra-luxe Tsitouras Collection Hotel in Santorini.

You can put yourself in the running for the sweepstakes here, though it's only open to residents U.S. and Canada and, um, only one person wins the grand prize and a lot of people will probably enter. But! They're also giving away those cute J. Crew metallic passport covers every day, so you can always shoot for one of those.

[UPDATE]: There seems to have been some confusion about whether Canadian residents could enter the contest or not. Sadly for our friends up North, the official word from Tablet: "The Sweepstakes is not open to Canadians - we apologize for any confusion."

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Greek Danai Hotel Doesn't Play Fair With Gorgeous Pools

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  Site Where: Nikiti, Sithonia, Chalkidiki, Greece
January 28, 2009 at 11:12 AM | by | Comment (1)

You can sway our hotel booking decision with a sexy pool any day. Put the pool on a sunny Greek peninsula and you won't have much trouble convincing us to come stay. So the Danai Beach Resort and Villas at Chalkidiki has just scored itself a pretty big thumbs up from us.

We admit this admiration is purely superficial and based only on a fantastic-looking pool, but the rooms sound okay too--air-conditioned, internet access, and a marble bathroom and marble floors. Most of the pools attached to suites are heated, so even if our Greek holiday isn't at the height of summer, we'll be able to go swimming. That's important.

Unfortunately, poolside luxury doesn't come that cheap. For the smallest pool-inclusive suite we're looking at €1,100 ($1,430) a night in high season (basically that’s June and October), rising to many thousands of euros for the larger villas. But oh … the pool …

[Photo: TRC OFF]

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Raffles Olympia Resort Not A Place To Train For The Olympics

Where: Pyrgos, Greece
November 7, 2008 at 3:35 PM | by | Comment (1)

Raffles Hotels is planning to open the Raffles Olympia Resort in 2011 in Greece but you can forget anything associated with the Olympic Games or athletics for that matter. This hotel is strictly going to be a luxury resort.

The resort will have a couple of pools, four tennis courts and a golf course. Note: They are proud it’s unusual to have a golf course in Greece; we are thinking it’s weird to have a golf course in Greece.

A large Raffles Amrita Spa is also planned as is a long private beach, so if relaxing ever becomes an Olympic sport then this will be the right place to train.

Currently, the easiest way to get to the site of the Raffles Olympia Resort is a 2.5 hour drive from Athens. The hotel is relying on the nearby Andravida Airport opening its passenger terminal as promised in 2010 to make it easier for guests to arrive when the resort opens in 2011.

We’re not sure the Greeks are renowned for getting their building projects finished on time though, so we’ll check up on the Raffles Olympia again and see if they at least make it open before the next Olympics in 2012.

[Photo: Jason-Morrison]

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Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel in the Line of Fire but Still OK

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  Site Where: 9005 Ahwahnee Drive [map], Yosemite National Pk, CA, United States, 95389
July 28, 2008 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Guess what? There are more fires in California today. Ugh, just when we were getting over the devastating Big Sur Fire, another one has flared up.

If you're headed to Yosemite National Park shortly, you may want to rethink your trip. Or at least bring along a smoke mask. SF Chronicle reports that the Telegraph Fire has already destroyed 26,000 acres in rugged canyons 12 miles west of Yosemite, along with 12 homes and is set to get worse as the dry weather continues this week.

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