Honeymooning in Mykonos with Mr & Mrs Smith, Rocabella | UK WEDDING BLOG

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Hello, hope you’ve had a lovely bank holiday?! I’m back from my travels with some honeymoon inspiration for you today. Mykonos was such a dream and the perfect mix of style and romance. A Greek Island full of white washed towns and sparkly beaches where you can chill out or enjoy a bit of a party vibe. We stayed at Rocabella Mykonos with Mr & Mrs Smith and I’d love to share more below – I think it beats any other Greek honeymoon destination.

Arriving into Mykonos and driving to Rocabella we were reminded just how much we love about the Greek islands. The bakeries, the smell of fig trees in the air like my favourite Diptyque candle, the pretty flowers at the side of the road and in the case of the Cyclades islands the white washed buildings everywhere. White is the colour of Mykonos {and Santorini}. I think there must be a law about painting your house or restaurant or church anything other than blanc. It sits against the bold blue sky and makes the bright pink bougainvillea stand out even more. We quickly discovered that Mykonos was like any other Greek Island in a lot of ways {tavernas, nice beaches, greek food} but with so much more style. It’s now our favourite!

We were staying at Rocabella Mykonos, a white washed dream looking out over the sea and Mykonos town {also known as Chora} across the bay. After just a ten minute drive from the airport we were met by friendly faces, the most energetic and friendly staff we’ve ever encountered in Europe in fact. There’s champagne on ice ready for anyone who checks in, {hello honeymoon} and we were sat down to go through a few details. One of which was deciding which oils we’d like to have for our turn down service each evening {we decided on lavender for the first, eucalyptus for the second} and given a pillow menu. Already I knew that we’d love this place. Next was a map of Mykonos for we were itching to explore the island. Our lovely host gave us so much invaluable insider knowledge going through the best beaches and where to eat at each one, telling us about Mykonos Town but really to just go and get lost wandering around with the names of a few restaurants to look out for.

There are just twenty one rooms here, including a few suites, a perfectly sized boutique hotel. All beautifully styled and with views out across the bright blue Aegean. Ours was a deluxe room with an outdoor spa area, it had two balconies which we loved for sitting out and soaking up the views.

I’m a big fan of white so this room was perfection with extra little touches like a smart Marshall radio, treats to welcome us and a bag for the beach with towels ready to take on a trip with you.

The bathroom was cave like in style, more like a wet room with local Greek olive oil toiletries.

The real stand out was the hot tub on our shady terrace where you could look across the Mykonos town and at night see it all lit up. It was sheltered from the wind here {Mykonos is known for being windy year round}.

But I also loved this sunny spot on the front balcony with the comfiest rocking deck chairs to flop down into.

Mykonos is the style capital of the Greek islands and Rocabella doesn’t disappoint on the interiors front. The hotel is very design led with a distinct island feel. The wicker hats and cactus artwork make you feel like you could be in Mexico at times. But then the white washed cave buildings transport you straight back to the Cyclades.

We spent our first morning at the spa for a welcome massage, every guest gets a 15 minute massage to help you unwind into your stay. The spa is set in the depths of the hotel that make it feel like you’re in a cave, there’s also a gym {which we avoided ha!}.

There’s a smart pool area surrounded by your choice of sunloungers, deck chairs and day beds. All with that view out over the big blue sea.

And the most refreshing pool for a dip to cool you down on those hot Greek summer days.

There’s a pool bar and restaurant to order lunch at the hotel if you wish {we didn’t actually get around to eating at either of them as there were so many places around the island we wanted to try out} but for lazy afternoons when you don’t want to leave then it’s nice to have the option of staying on a sunlounger.

I’ll take a day bed please!

Breakfast every morning was insane and the stuff of Grecian dreams. There was everything from local delicacies {greek salad, alll the feta cheese and Greek pies} to meats, cheeses, eggs, pastries, fruit and cereal. Breakfasts in England have felt so boring since we’ve got home.

My favourite part was the top your own Greek yogurt section, with jars of nuts, dried fruit, coconut, nutella, goji berries, oats etc. I know honey is the normal choice of topping but you have to try it with nutella and coconut, so so good.

Most of it is buffet style and then the rest you can order a la carte from your poolside table.

There’s also a house special everyday, you’ll be spoilt and stuffed!

Talk about breakfast dreams! And that view *heart eyes*.

At night the lanterns are lit and the pool illuminated. You can see the sparkling lights of Mykonos town across the water {and even the cruise ships look pretty at night all lit up}.

A sultry spot for an evening drink.

Every evening our room was turned down with candles and essential oils as well as a little plate of cookies. It’s always the little touches that make you remember a hotel and Rocabella just has such a lovely vibe, from the friendly staff throughout to these extras. Even laying around the pool one afternoon the chef sent over treats from the kitchen to everybody who was sunbathing. Rocabella take boutique to the next level.

The view from our balcony at dusk and dawn.

Rocabella is in such an ideal location, you’re just 4km outside of Mykonos town – just far enough out to get away from the cruise ship crowds but close enough to visit as often as you like. There are bikes if you feel adventurous or a free shuttle service every hour. We had hired a car so didn’t even get round to using either in the end. We explored the island a lot over our short break, some of our favourite spots are below;

Agios Stefanos Beach;

Just a two minute walk down the road from Rocabella and you’ll reach Agios Stefanos beach with crystal clear sparkly water, a few tavernas and neat rows of sun beds all lined up. I fell in love with this view through the bougainvillaea out across the sand.

Mykonos Town {aka Chora}

You have to visit Chora at least once, preferably once in the day and once at night. You can either get the shuttle from Rocabella or if you’ve got a car like we had, there’s free parking at the Port car park. It’s the kind of place that you just have to wander around and get lost in all the little narrow streets filled with restaurants, bars and little boutiques. You’ll want to find the famous windmills and Little Venice with all the waterfront bars. Kastro’s is the most famous {and photogenic} down a little alley by the water. We loved Pepper’s for Gyros. Literally every corner is a photo opportunity with the bougainvillaea covering the streets and shutters.

Dinner at Bill & Coo;

For a special dinner you can’t miss Bill & Coo {which is also another Smith property}. I’d been recommended it and read about it long before our trip, the tables by the starlit pool and view of the sunset sold it to me before I’d even discovered just how good the food is here. You’ll want to book in for the ‘gastronomy project’ and go for the tasting menu. We started with cocktails by the pool, sitting back and just taking the vibe and setting in. I think it’s the best sunset spot in Mykonos. Before eating course after course of incredible food with little surprises along the way. It started when we first walked into the restaurant with amuse bouches under an olive tree. We can’t remember a time when we’ve eaten better food or a better view. The waiting staff and service were second to none and without asking, I was bought a blanket over when they noticed that I looked cold.

  • Kikki’s at Agios Sostis. This no electricity restaurant is a real unique Greek find for lunch. It’s not so much of a secret anymore though and there’s no reservations taken so if you want a table you should turn up just before 12.30 and wait in the queue for Kikki to finish his swim and make a note of your line number. You’re given water and wine while you wait, with a gorgeous view, and at 1pm you’ll be let in to your table. Everything is cooked over a BBQ. I’d recommend sharing a main and getting a few salads to share. The seabass and grilled aubergines are to die for. There’s also a cute church, a little cove and larger sweeping beach here too.
  • Ornos Beach. If you’re here for a few days it’s worth driving fifteen minutes to the south of the island to Ornos beach for a change of scene. The water is the clearest here and there are lots of trendy restaurants along the sand. If you eat lunch in one of them you’ll get to use their sun loungers for free for the day. And they’re the thickest I’ve ever seen! It’s a little partyish, after all Mykonos is the party island but early afternoon in May we found the music to add a nice vibe rather than feel like we were in Ibiza.
  • Platys Gialos is another nice beach although not quite as luxe as Ornos. We’d been recommended Avli Tou Thodori for food {which was v good} and had a morning on the loungers here before lunch on the beach.
  • If you buy a drink or lunch at any of the beach restaurants/bars in Mykonos you can use their sun loungers on the beach which is a nice perk.
  • Mykonos’ most famous beaches are Paradise and Super Paradise beach. They both have clubs attached to them at one end. We visited early in the morning and other than wowing at Jackie O’s beach club {v Marbella/Ibiza} I think they’re both overrated and probably made more for partying.
  • There are quad bikes to hire everywhere if you don’t want to hire a car, taxis are very expensive on the island so it’s cheaper to hire a quad or use the local buses to get around.
  • It’s worth noting that Mykonos, like Santorini, does seem very expensive for food – it’s a captive tourist/cruise ship market. But if you mix in a few gyros/souvlaki meals which weirdly are ridiculously cheap at 2 or 3 euros you can balance it out.
  • You could think about island hopping out here with the ferries {or flights via Athens} and visit Santorini or elsewhere on the same trip.
  • When to visit; anytime after Easter and before October but the summer months do get very crowded. We loved visiting in May when the weather was warm {but not boiling} but the crowds were low.

You can see more in the vlog below;

And find out more about Rocabella Mykonos here.

I really can’t recommend the hotel highly enough and using Mr & Mrs Smith to book through more. We’ve mentioned before how we love their carefully curated list of boutique hotels, an agent you can truly trust and get added little extras on booking {at competitive prices}. Overall, I think Mykonos would be such an ideal minimoon location being just a 3 hour flight away and compact enough to do over a long weekend. But equally it’s completely dreamy enough to be a full honeymoon where you could island hop or just stay blissed out on the beaches for a week or two.

R <3 xx

{I was a guest of Rocabella Mykonos and Smith Hotels but as ever we’d never promote somewhere that we didn’t truly love}