Mykonos Island, Greece
Contrary to popular belief, Mykonos Island in Greece is actually a destination for all seasons, and for many reasons.
Firstly, the scenery; graphic and susceptible to the drama of the autumn and winter months, is much more wild, natural, colorful and picturesque.
Secondly, the charms of traditional village life on the Cyclades Islands are more characteristic when the focal point of the island converges around the old port. What now becomes the epicenter of the island, allows the Belvedere’s guests to mingle with the local community, artisans and artists alike, who chose to live on this beautiful island in Greece during the winter months also.
Situated only a few steps away from the central street of Mykonos Town and the aforementioned old port, the Belvedere provides the perfect strategic location for winter travelers, seeking a quieter, yet no less enriching experience.
Chora, Mykonos;A prime location
The Belvedere hotel is located on the edge of the Chora, at the height of Rohari hill, opposite the School of Fine Arts and only a five minutes walk from Mykonos’ most glamorous and cosmopolitan center, Matoyiannis Street.
Whilst luxuriating in the tranquil environment of the Belvedere, guests can also enjoy the highlights of the centre of Mykonos, namely Matoyiannis Street, with its endless choice of nightlife, shopping and restaurants hat reflect the world famous allure of Chora in Mykonos.
Cyclades Islands; life in Greece
In the summer of 1995, the Belvedere was constructed amongst the beautiful gardens of cypresses, bougainvilleas and wild laurels that surrounded one of the oldest mansions in Mykonos; the Mansion Stoupa which dates back to 1850.
The hotel has reproduced the charming form of a small traditional Cycladic village albeit on a smaller scale. Comprised of some seven buildings which emulate Chora’s houses, they are arranged asymmetrically around the Belvedere’s central pool which provides sweeping views of Chora, both private and commercial boats docking at the port and the endless Aegean Sea.
The Belvedere is closed off from the bustle of the village by means of an interior bougainvillea clad interior courtyard.
The Mansion Stoupa, which has been painstakingly restored, also houses “Matsuhisa Mykonos” which is operational during the summer months.
Access to the Belvedere is very easy. From its amphitheatrical position overlooking the delights of Chora is accessible on foot (cars are not allowed to enter the town). Both the port and airport are literally minutes away by taxi, using Mykonos’ old district road which is locate in close proximity to the hotel.
From Piraeus port, Athens’ international hub, regular ferries and hydrofoils depart twice a day for Mykonos during low season and five or six times a day, during the busier summer months. Travel times for the speedier boats takes between three to four hours. The ferries take from six hours upwards.
From Athens’ second port, Rafina which is located outside the city of Athens city. Rafina enjoys a convenient location, half an hour’s drive from Athens International airport, El.Venizelos. Hydrofoils make the trip to Mykonos in two hours, whilst regular ferries complete the same distance in four and a half hours.
There are also daily flights, operated by Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, departing from Athens International Airport El. Venizelos. The flight time from Athens to Mykonos is approximately 25 minutes. During the high season in the summer months, charter flights fly directly to Mykonos International Airport from major European major cities such as Paris, London, Rome, Milan, Munich and Berlin.