Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pietra e Mare, Mykonos, Greece


Far from Mykonos’s crowds, this tranquil couples-only resort peers over one of the best beaches on the isle. European honeymooners flock to its heart-fluttering panoramas, where space and time seem to stop. Bathed in cool Aegean blues and whites inside and out, the hotel may be more than 10 years old, but you’d never know it from its meticulously modern vibe. 

Resting on a cliff on the southeastern shore of the island, Pietra e Mare gazes over Kalo Livadi, one of the largest and most gorgeous beaches on Mykonos. The isolated Kalo Livadi beach is a hub for those who make an effort to avoid the more common and crowded beaches on the island. Fifteen minutes from the congested and mazelike main town, it might as well be light years away, since most tourists here don’t have rental cars and taxis are pricey. 

The immaculate rooms are all large, with the blinding Greek sunlight reflecting off white walls and white sheets. Dashes of blue are found in elegant candle holders, pillows and vases. All rooms come with satellite TV and 24-hour room service.

The hotel’s open-air restaurant also makes full use of the beach and the ocean views, serving a limited menu of traditional Greek fare. Be aware that the restaurant closes at 10 pm, which for Mykonos might as well be 5 p.m., since no one seems to dig into dinner until the early hours of the morning.

Visit Jetsetter for a great deal on this hotel.

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