Sun, sea, sand and… Greek mythology
I popped over to my sister’s house the other day and peered over my niece’ shoulder as she was doing her homework. I enjoy getting involved in homework when it belongs to children under the age of 10. It makes me feel clever. Anything past 10 and suddenly the child knows more than I do and the whole thing is embarrassing for everyone. Especially me.
She was in the midst of a big project on Greek mythology which is, by far, my favourite ever school subject. Maths? Yuk. Physics? No idea. But as soon as it came to Zeus and co I was all over it.
That’s actually one of the reasons why I will be honeymooning in Greece. They have the best Gods by a mile!
I’ll be in Mykonos for a few days and while there will pop over to Delos which is a really key island when it comes to Greek mythology. Did you know for example that Artemis (goddess of the hunt and the moon) and Apollo (god of music, healing and the light) were born here?
If you love this stuff as much as I do visiting is a total no brainer. Within easy reach are some seriously cool ancient spots such as the House of the Naxians, the Temple of Artemis, the Pythion, the House of Dionysos and the ancient theatre. And of course the Terrace of the Lions where five marble lions guard the Sacred Palm. I haven’t told Henry that sightseeing here is high up on the agenda but I’m not concerned – he’s going to love it!
Mykonos is a lot more famous than its neighbour although it is the incredible beaches, high end hotels, beautiful scenery and top notch parties that draw people there.
Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort sits on Agios Ioannis beach and faces… the sacred island of Delos! Other than the view there’s five acres of land to chill on, a great spa, loads of exercise classes if you’re so inclined and it’s been renovated recently. If you’re very sensible you’ll try to get yourself checked in to one of the rooms with a private pool.
Petasos Beach Resort & Spa sits on a private peninsula (you’ll be starting to realise about now that they don’t mess about when it comes to incredible hotels on this island) overlooking the Aegean Sea. It’s chic, there’s a two-tier pool, and if the sea and the pools aren’t enough water for you there’s also a range of the latest hydrotherapy treatments to choose from! If you stay here the a la carte restaurant serving fresh Mediterranean fare is yum x 1000.
The winner of the chilled yet still cool hotel has to go to Boheme Hotel. The clue is in the name. This is close to Little Venice and the famous windmills you’ll have seen if you’ve ever googled the Mykonos. The cocktails at the poolside bar are renowned… so I’ll be spending at least one night there!
I’m a big fan of an open bathroom so De.Light Boutique Hotel is also high on my list of hotels to stay at. If your idea of heaven is an incredible view, a good book and hours of sitting still while being very well looked after this place will delight… sorry. Couldn’t resist.
It’s now only a matter of weeks before I’ll be there so unless you want to be seriously jealous when I write to tell you all about it in a month or so I’d get yourself over there sharpish.
I’m going now, I’ve got to brush up on my Greek gods so that I can show off when we go to Delos.
See you next week.