I still can’t believe I’m typing this as a married woman!! Officially back from our honeymoon in Greece and I’m already having major withdrawals from feta cheese, Aperol Spritzes, and lazy mornings by the pool. It was hands down the best trip we’ve ever been on – no surprises there – and I am so excited to share all of the details with you guys.
First up, everything you need to know about our four days in Mykonos. (check out my Stories to see it all in action)
Things to keep in mind
Vibe: Brandon and I kept saying that Mykonos felt like the Ibiza of Greece – but a little more toned down. We loved it. Lots of house music, cool people, beach vibes, etc. You certainly don’t have to party when you visit but I strongly encourage visiting a beach club or grabbing drinks in Mykonos Town one night to take full advantage of the buzz of the island.
Budget: I’ll do a deeper dive into our budget in my FAQ post (coming soon) but want to be transparent about the general cost of our trip. To summarize: we splurged. We decided early on in the planning process that this was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip for us – something to celebrate this new adventure and perhaps the last big trip before we started a family. Because of this, instead of a traditional wedding gift registry, we did a Honeyfund “cash” registry and used those gifts to fund the honeymoon. We allocated most of our funds to the accommodations, experiences and a few nice dinners. You absolutely do NOT have to splurge to have an amazing experience in Greece and I’ll share a few tips for saving money/cutting costs in the FAQ post but I think it’s important to be upfront with you before diving into all of the details.
Travel agent: We worked with the most incredible travel agent Cali from Embark Beyond. This was my first time working with a travel agent (will share more details in my FAQ post) but can’t suggest her enough!! She took our vision for the best honeymoon ever to the next level and handled every single logistical detail including booking EVERYTHING – I can’t wait to work with her again. (click here to contact Cali)
Time of year: We went to Mykonos the first week of September which is apparently the best time to go. The busy season is wrapping up and the temperature is absolutely perfect – warm, not too hot, light winds, and cooler temps in the evening.
Mykonos Town: Depending on what you want to do, you can spend hours walking around Mykonos town. So many great shops and restaurants. We planned all of our dinners but were a little more lax when it came to cocktails, lunch, desserts, etc. so you can do a healthy mix of both. We loved the flexibility to walk around and explore, grabbing a drink here and a scoop of gelato there. We were also so surprised at how late everything started. As we were wrapping up dinner around 10pm, most people were heading into Mykonos Town to get their night started.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the Katikies Mykonos and it was quite literally the most romantic, most relaxing hotel we’ve ever experienced. I cannot recommend this property enough. It’s exactly what you would picture when you think of luxury beach hotels in Greece. Simply stunning.
We initially booked the Superior Suite with Sea View room but Cali got us an upgrade upon arrival to the Superior Double with Open Air Jetted Tub and Sea View. If you can swing it, book a room with the open-air jetted tub (the private plunge pool – note, it is not heated). It is worth it for the views and alfresco breakfast alone but no matter what room you stay in, you can’t go wrong.
The property is magical from every nook and cranny. With two pools (one on the main level and a stunning sand “beach” at the top of the property), an amazing spa, great food, and the best service you could ask for, you cannot go wrong with the Katikies.
breakfast is included in the rate • the hotel is 10 minutes from Mykonos Town and about 15-20 minutes from the beach clubs
How we got around
Fair warning, it is not cheap to get around Mykonos. Our travel agent booked our transfer from the airport to the hotel and the transfer from the hotel to the ferry which was a huge relief (it was part of one large payment for the hotels, domestic flights, transfers, etc) but we chose to get our own transfers to and from dinners, activities, etc.
There are taxis in Mykonos but can be a little harder to come across. Our hotel was able to call a few times for us and they all have a flat rate of 20-25 euros into Mykonos Town and 30-35 euros to the beach clubs. Our hotel offered transfers starting at 40 euros which we also used a few times. A few people we met suggested renting a quad (the ATVs) for a day but B and I didn’t feel comfortable driving those around, especially knowing we would be enjoying a few cocktails throughout the day. If you do feel comfortable driving, I think they were 100 euro for the day so it would definitely save you money if you’re planning to drive to a few spots throughout the day/night.
Day 1 – Thursday
11:30am Arrived by air in Mykonos (flew from Athens); took a private car service from the airport to the hotel
12:00pm Checked in to The Katikies Mykonos
- While we waited for our room to be ready, we changed into our swimsuits and hung out by the pool. We grabbed lunch, had a few cocktails, and took a much-needed pool side nap.
6:00pm Explored Mykonos town before dinner
- We used the hotel service to take a transfer into town (about a 10 minute drive). We walked around for a bit before grabbing a glass of wine at Lotus.
7:30pm Dinner at Nōema Mykonos
- I can’t even explain how beautiful and cool this restaurant was. The vibe was amazing. The decor & aesthetic was breathtaking. The drinks were fantastic (order the spicy tequila cocktail and thank me later). The food was out of this world.
- Keep in mind the price point will be on the higher side but it was worth it for our first dinner in Mykonos. So romantic and really set the tone for our trip.
- After dinner, you can hang around their bar or lounge area for cocktails which I highly reccomend.
- Note: you’ll need a reservation
9:00pm Walked around Mykonos Town
- After dinner, we met up with our friends who were also honeymooning in Mykonos and grabbed wine and shisha. I can’t remember the name of the place but it’s right next door to a gelato place and I think it’s close to Lotus. If you like hookah, I definitely recommend trying shisha while you’re here. And if not, settle down into a restaurant in the middle of town and get ready for some of the best people watching.
Day 2 – Friday
9:00am Breakfast on our balcony
- Breakfast was included at the Katikies and they deliver to your room for no additional charge so we decided to have a lazy morning and enjoy breakfast by our private plunge pool. It was delicious. The coffee. The fruit. The pancakes. All amazing.
11:00am Daybeds at Principote
- Mykonos is known for their beach clubs so you really can’t go wrong but we decided on Principote mainly because of the vibe and location. It was so much fun and we had the best day.
- We reserved a set of daybeds ahead of time (our travel agent booked them). You have to reserve them in advance and if you don’t show up by 11am they can give up your daybeds so defintely plan accordingly. I heard this was the case for most of the beach clubs.
- We spent most of the day here. We got cocktails and snacks at the beach and then went up to the restaurnat for lunch.
- Depending on the day and weather, the beach clubs turn into clubs later in the day/evening which totally gives me Ibiza vibes.
6:00pm Mykonos Town Windmills & Little Venice
- We ventured down to Mykonos Town and walked along the water so we could check out the windmills and Little Venice. It is very windy so pack a light jacket just in case – but it’s worth it for the view.
6:30pm Sunset cocktails at Scarpa Bar in Little Venice
- Make your way to one of the restaurants along the water and take in the sunset with a cocktail. But make sure you don’t sit at a table by the water if it’s a windy day. It might look pretty but everyone sitting along the edge got soaked every time a wave crashed in.
- We loved Scarpa Bar and the cocktails were SO good. The perfect, uninterrupted view of the sunset.
8:00pm Dinner at Kastro’s Restaurant
- After drinks, we walked around Little Venice and wandered into Kastro’s Restaurant, We lucked out and got a table after hanging at the bar for a little bit (had the best espresso martini ever).
- The food was incredible – it was, you guessed it, Italian. It had all of the feels of a mom & pop style restaurant which was the laid back vibe we needed after the busy day we had.
Day 3 – Saturday
9:00am Breakfast at the hotel restaurant
- We decided to venture down to the restaurant for breakfast (still included in the room rate) so we could eat overlooking the sea views.
10:00am Spa time at the hotel
- We booked the most relaxing spa treatments. I did a body wrap and masque while Brandon did the men’s facial – both were out of this world and exactly what we needed to kickstart a chill day at the hotel.
11:00am Lounged by the hotel pools
- After the spa, we changed into swimsuits and just hung out by the rooftop and main level pools.
- The rooftop pool gave us all the beach vibes. There’s sand, palm trees, and an infinity pool – the perfect place to spend our afternoon.
- We ordered lunch by the pool and had a few of the Smoked Ritas aka the best smokey margarita I’ve ever had.
- We ventured down to the main pool for a nap and gelato – it was the best day.
7:00pm Cocktails and Dinner at Scorpios
- We joined our friends that were also honeymooning in Greece for sunset cocktails at Scorpios.
- This was place was such a vibe. Live house music. Sand between my toes. The most stunning sunset. Cool people. Amazing drinks.
- After drinks, we went up to the restaurant for our dinner reservation – the food was SO good. If you have a sweet tooth, order the Half Baked Cookie. We had two.
- After dinner, Brandon and I hung around for dancing and we had so much fun. The music was amazing (we love house and dance music) and it was just the perfect last night.
- Note: you’ll need a reservation for drinks and dinner so plan ahead.
Day 4 – Sunday
9:00am We had our last breakfast on our balcony and then packed up to head to Santorini.
11:00am Our travel agent arranged for a private transfer to take us to the port to catch our ferry to Santorini.