One of the most beautiful islands in Greece and the whole of Europe, Mykonos is synonymous with windmills, beaches, sunsets, and delicious Greek food. The island is packed with gorgeous sights and activities to fill your days and you’ll have plenty of things to do.
But the first question that you need to address is exactly where to stay in Mykonos? Especially if this is your first trip then choosing the best place to stay in Mykonos can feel overwhelming. Once you’ve found your ideal town and booked the perfect hotel, you can start to plan the rest of your Mykonos itinerary.
Mykonos is known as a party island but it’s equally popular with honeymooners, families, and budget travelers. To help you find your feet, this post collates all of the best areas to stay in Mykonos with pros and cons for each location and my personal recommendations on which hotels to check out.
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Overview of Where to Stay in Mykonos
Mykonos is a member of the Cycladic islands in the Aegean Sea. Situated around 153 km (95 miles) from Athens, Mykonos measures 85.5 square kilometers (33 square miles). Flights connect the Greek capital with Mykonos International Airport in around 45 minutes while ferries take approximately 3-5 hours subject to how much you are prepared to spend. You can also access the island by boat from a neighboring island such as Santorini or Naxos.
The western half of the island is more populated with towns, villages, and hotels. Over on the east, choices are more limited but you will find villas and self catered accommodations dotted around the more remote beaches. If you choose to stay on this side then you will need to hire a vehicle for getting around Mykonos.
Mykonos Town, or Chora, and Ano Mera are the two largest towns on the island. Both are two of the best places to stay in Mykonos. Lively Mykonos Town is located on the west coast and is conveniently located for the New Port in case you want to go island hopping during your stay. Meanwhile, sleepy Ano Mera is situated right in the heart of the island. Scattered around the periphery of the island are a number of other smaller beach resorts and towns, each offering an entirely different perspective on this incredible island.
Before we dive into the complete guide, here is an overview of the best areas to stay in Mykonos with hotel recommendations for each town or village.
|AREA||BEST FOR||RECOMMENDED HOTEL||MORE HOTELS|
|Mykonos Town & Old Port||First-time visitors, Attractions, Shopping, Variety of accommodation styles||Hotel Alkyon||More hotels in Mykonos Town|
|Little Venice||Nightlife, Restaurants, Sunsets||Absolute Mykonos Suites & More||More hotels in Little Venice|
|Ano Mera||History, Local vibe, Tradition||Olive Mykonos Villas||More hotels in Ano Mera|
|Ornos||Budget-friendly, Family-friendly, Beach lovers||Osom Resort||More hotels in Ornos|
|Platis Gialos||Family-friendly, Watersports, Restaurants||Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux||More hotels in Platis Gialos|
|Elia||Luxury, Seclusion, Honeymoon||Greco Philia Hotel Boutique Mykonos||More hotels in Elia|
|Kalo Livadi||Beach lovers, Nightlife||Mykonos Bliss||More hotels in Kalo Livadi|
|Kalafatis||Honeymoon, Seclusion, Watersports||The Wild by Interni||More hotels in Kalafatis|
Best Areas to Stay in Mykonos
If you’re looking for more in-depth information about where to stay in Mykonos then this section is for you. The following guide contains my recommendations in terms of area and hotel as well as the pros and cons for each district. Now let’s go ahead and find the best place to stay in Mykonos for you.
1. Mykonos Town (Chora) & Old Port – Best place to stay in Mykonos for first time visitors
Mykonos Town is the beating heart of the island. It’s situated on the western coast and encompasses the major town and the Old Port of Mykonos. If you’re visiting the island to ogle the iconic windmills and stroll around whitewashed buildings that rival those of Santorini then this is the best part of Mykonos to stay. This is where you will find the majority of the most instagrammable places in Mykonos, as well as numerous cute cafes and restaurants.
Situated a short drive from both the New Port and Mykonos Airport, you will not have far to transfer to your hotel. In terms of accommodation, there is an abundance of options to choose from that cater to all budgets and desires. Choose to stay in a luxurious cave style hotel or choose from some of the best hotels in Mykonos with private pool. And if you’re traveling on a tighter budget, you’ll also find many budget friendly options as well.
In terms of what there is to see and do, Old Town is one of the best areas to stay in Mykonos for sightseeing. This is where you can meander down the postcard pretty Matoyianni Street and watch dreamy sunsets over the windmills.
Pros and cons of staying in Mykonos Old Town
- Great choice of luxury and budget friendly accommodation
- Equally convenient for arranging ferries and flights to the island and hopping on buses to visit beaches and villages further afield
- The entire town can get very congested especially during the peak summer season
- Mykonos Town is not the best location for beaches so you will need to travel to access the sand
Best places to stay in Mykonos Town & Old Port
LUXURY – Cavo Tagoo Mykonos
Within proximity of Chora in Mykonos, the awarded hotel Cavo Tagoo features an infinity pool with a 37 m aquarium bar, and a fully equipped spa with indoor pool. Most rooms enjoy sea views.
MID-RANGE – Hotel Alkyon
Alkyon Hotel is a 10-minute walk from Mykonos Town. It offers a swimming pool, and spacious rooms with balconies. From their private terrace guests enjoy breathtaking view of the Mykonos bay.
BUDGET – Island Mykonos Suites
Island Mykonos Suites offers accommodation with a garden and air-conditioned rooms. Close to the Town, but quite enough to relax.
2. Little Venice – Best place to stay in Mykonos for nightlife
Little Venice is in fact a neighborhood within Mykonos Town. However, it deserves a special mention for any party lovers out there: vibrant Little Venice is the best part of Mykonos to stay for nightlife.
The seafront area just south of the Old Port is lined with all kinds of bars and nightclubs where you can let your hair down and dance until dawn, with many clubs remaining open until 5.30am. If you are looking for something more relaxed then you will also find a solid selection of ambient wine bars and cocktail lounges. Besides the bars and clubs, Little Venice is also a terrific area to indulge in a special meal and catch a magical sunset behind those oscillating windmills.
While Little Venice deserves a spot on any Mykonos itinerary, I do not recommend this as the best location to stay in Mykonos if you prioritize your shut eye over late nights!
Pros and cons of staying in Little Venice
- Strong potential for nightlife and dining out
- One of the best areas to stay in Mykonos for sunsets
- Noisy and the bars fill up quickly during the peak summer season
- The combined cost of accommodation and entertainment is expensive
Best places to stay in Little Venice
LUXURY – Mykonos Theoxenia Boutique Hotel
Located right next to the famous windmills of Mykonos and close to the picturesque neighborhood of Little Venice, Mykonos Theoxenia Boutique Hotel is a retro property that offers 60’s-inspired suites, along with a wide variety of high-quality, modern facilities.
MID-RANGE – Absolute Mykonos Suites & More
Situated in the Mykonos City Centre district in Mýkonos City. Absolute Mykonos Suites & More boasts an outdoor pool and views of the sea. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and restaurant.
BUDGET – Dimele
Hotel Dimele is located in the Mykonos City Centre district in Mýkonos City, 400 m from Mykonos Windmills. Enjoy a cup of tea while looking out at the sea or city. The rooms include a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hair dryer.
3. Ano Mera – Best place to stay in Mykonos for experiencing local life and traditional culture
Ano Mera stands out as unlike the rest of the locations on this list, the town is situated inland rather than along the coastline. Situated pretty centrally on the island, Ano Mera is a 15 minute drive from the airport and 20 minutes from Mykonos Town. The town is a tumble of traditional stone buildings comprising tavernas, cafes, and shops. If you are looking to sink your teeth into Greek tradition then you can pay a visit to the Panagia Tourliani and Paleokastro monasteries that are each accessible on foot from the town.
This is the best part of Mykonos to stay if you are not fussed to be within easy walking distance of the beaches and party areas but would rather immerse yourself in traditional Greek heritage and observe the local culture. Another plus is that besides the occasional day tripper passing through, not many tourists choose to stay in Ano Mera.
Pros and cons of staying in Ano Mera
- Quiet and peaceful with few other tourists to contend with even during busier months
- This small town is packed with history and stunning architecture as well as conveniences
- Beaches are not accessible without transportation
- A limited supply of accommodation options
Best places to stay in Ano Mera
LUXURY – Koukoumi Vegan Boutique Hotel
Koukoumi Hotel features a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre in Ano Mera. The accommodation offers a bar, 24-hour front desk and room service for guests.
MID-RANGE – Hotel Anatolia
Located in the village of Ano Mera in Mykonos, Hotel Anatolia is 2 km from the sandy beaches of Elia and Kalafatis. It features a fitness centre with hot tub and rooms with a furnished balcony overlooking the swimming pool and gardens.
BUDGET – Olive Mykonos Villas
Boasting an outdoor pool, Olive Mykonos Villas in Ano Mera features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. Fitted with a patio, the units offer air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer.
4. Ornos – Best place to stay in Mykonos for budget travelers
Ornos is located in the southwest of the island on an isthmus between two wonderful beaches. To the north, you have ideal conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The southern beach is perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
Ornos offers a mixture of luxury and more affordable accommodations, by Mykonos standards of course! Look beyond the beach to find the most budget friendly hotels in one of the best locations to stay in Mykonos on a budget. Another perk of booking a place to stay in Ornos is that you’re a 10 minute drive from the airport and there is a reliable bus service to and from Mykonos Town. You can also hop on a ferry to visit the archaeological site of Delos from here rather than schlepping up to New Port and rely on water taxis to visit other beaches on the southern coast.
Owing to the safe conditions and shallow waters of Ornos Beach and family friendly accommodations, Ornos is another strong contender for the best places to stay in Mykonos for families.
Pros and cons of staying in Ornos
- There is a spread of accommodations to suit all budgets and travel styles
- A top choice for families with younger children
- Ornos Beach is extremely popular and is prone to crowding
- Lots of children which does not suit travelers seeking a quieter spot
Best places to stay in Ornos
LUXURY – Deliades Hotel
Overlooking Ornos Bay, Deliades Hotel features large rooms with free WiFi, a swimming pool with hydromassage and a poolside restaurant. The Cycladic complex is only 50 m from the beach.
MID-RANGE – Osom Resort
Set in Ornos, 2.6 km from the cosmopolitan Mýkonos Town, Osom Resort features an outdoor pool, a sun terrace with sea view, and an on-site bar-restaurant. Every elegantly decorated room and suite includes a flat-screen TV, while certain units include a seating area for your convenience.
BUDGET – Yiannaki Hotel
Yiannaki Hotel is situated in Ornos bay, walking distance from the beach and the bus stop. The hotel features a beautiful pool area with a sea-water pool, pool bar and a relaxing terrace with sun beds and umbrellas.
5. Platis Gialos – Best place to stay in Mykonos for family friendly vacations
Occupying a sheltered cove in the southwest of the island, Platys Gialos is the next major resort town from Ornos and is one of the best places to stay in Mykonos for traveling families. The beaches in the area are protected by the cliffs and offer tranquil swimming conditions that are suitable for younger children.
The town is well prepared for an influx of holidaymakers with plenty of restaurants to choose from as well as facilities and shops. If you are seeking somewhere to practice watersports such as paddleboarding, jet skiing, windsurfing, and parasailing then this is a fantastic match. Platys Gialos is only a 10 minute drive from the airport and well connected in terms of public transport to Mykonos Town and other villages and beaches.
Pros and cons of staying in Platis Gialos
- Safe swimming conditions and heaps of watersports on offer
- Excellent amenities in terms of shops and transport to other nearby beaches
- It feels more touristic than other towns
- The main beach gets very crowded during summer and most of it is taken up by sun loungers that you’ll need to pay for
Best places to stay in Platis Gialos
LUXURY – Nissaki Boutique Hotel
Built with an exceptional view over Psarou Beach, Nissaki Boutique Hotel enjoys an ideal location in the island of Mykonos. It overlooks the blue Aegean Sea, and is within a short stroll from sandy Platis Gialos beach.
MID-RANGE – Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux
Overlooking the popular beach of Platis Gialos, the Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux provides excellent spa and wellness facilities, and a huge outdoor swimming area. The stylish rooms at the Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux have Aegean-Sea views.
BUDGET – Art Hotel Pelican Bay
Inspired by the beauty of the Cyclades’ landscape, Art Hotel Pelican Bay offers elegant accommodation with an outdoor pool. All rooms are soundproofed and have a balcony or terrace with left side sea view.
6. Elia – Best place to stay in Mykonos for luxury and seclusion
As one of the liveliest and most happening islands in Greece, you might wonder where to stay in Mykonos if you want to escape the crowds? Elia is a small beach town situated on the south central coast of the island. Ano Mera is a 10 minute drive away while Mykonos Town is a 30 minutes by car. If you want to beach hop to nearby spots such as Super Paradise Beach or Ornos then bear in mind that there aren’t any roads linking the towns so you’ll need to drive or take the bus inland or take the water taxi. Buses and water taxis are available to connect you to other parts of the island.
Elia Beach is one of the longest beaches on the island and features soft sand and pleasant swimming conditions. There is a designated nudist area at the western end of the beach if you’re after an even tan! Elia is equipped with immaculate hotels that make it one of the best areas to stay in Mykonos for couples and honeymooners seeking privacy. Besides sunbathing, swimming and watersports you can spend your time luxuriating in your resort. Essentially, Elia is the place to stay if you are seeking a getaway.
Pros and cons of staying in Elia
- Secluded yet well connected via public transport when you want to explore
- Pristine luxury hotels will make you feel like a superstar
- Very few amenities, shops and restaurants locally
- Renting a sunbed on Elia Beach is expensive compared to other beaches
Best places to stay in Elia
LUXURY – Greco Philia Hotel Boutique Mykonos
Set on the cliffs above Elia beach, Greco Philia Hotel Boutique offers exclusive accommodation with magnificent Aegean Sea views in an ultra-relaxing and luxurious setting. Guests can laze around the sparkling waters of the pool and enjoy breathtaking views over the sea.
MID-RANGE – Arte & Mare Elia Luxury Suites & Vllas
The beachfront Arte & Mare Elia Luxury Suites & Vllas boast luxurious suites with pool or Aegean Sea views and a tasty breakfast served by the sea. The resort lies right on Elia Beach. The elegant suites offers beautiful views, either of the complex pool or the Elia beach and the Aegean Sea.
BUDGET – Elia Mykonos Resort
Located right on the sandy Elia Mykonos Resort of Mykonos, the Cycladic-style Elia Mykonos Resort features a beachfront restaurant, a boutique and a garden full of palm and olive trees. Overlooking the Aegean Sea or the garden, the rooms and suites of Elia are fitted with tiled floors and beamed ceilings.
7. Kalo Livadi – Best place to stay in Mykonos for beach lovers
Sandwiched between Elia and Kalafatis, Kalo Livadi is another more remote beach town situated a 5 minute drive southeast of Ano Mera. The long and sandy beach is one of the nicest on the island which makes Kalo Livadi one of the best locations to stay in Mykonos for beach lovers.
Remote doesn’t mean quiet in the case of Kalo Livadi! The resort has a fairly buoyant nightlife that is second only to the bars and clubs you will find in Little Venice and Mykonos Town. That being said, the bars do not stay open as late as those in the main town so you’ll still manage to get your beauty sleep.
Pros and cons of staying in Kalo Livadi
- Excellent beach and swimming conditions
- There is an ample selection of adult only hotels to choose from
- Beach can feel overwhelmed with visitors due to the popularity of the beach bars
- There are no water taxis which means relying on buses or hiring a car to get around
Best places to stay in Kalo Livadi
LUXURY – Nomad Mykonos
Set in Kalo Livadi, 2.9 km from Lia Beach, Nomad Mykonos offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. With a bar, the 5-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom.
MID-RANGE – Mykonos Bliss
Mykonos Bliss – Cozy Suites, Adults Only Hotel provides stylish, sea-view accommodation in Kalo Livadi. The property has a bar, as well as a restaurant serving Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel features an outdoor, infinity swimming pool and free WiFi.
BUDGET – Archipelagos Hotel
Overlooking the Aegean sea, Archipelagos Hotel is situated 10 km away from the town and the old port of Mykonos, by the beach of Kalo Livadi. Facilities include a pool and a wellness studio.
8. Kalafatis – Best place to stay in Mykonos for seclusion and honeymoons
So where is the best place to stay in Mykonos if you want to escape the parties and indulge in a romantic getaway or honeymoon? Kalafatis is situated on the southeast coast in the next cove along from Kalo Livadi and around 10 minutes by car from Ano Mera.
Kalafatis Beach is another one of the longer beaches on the island. It’s a mix of sand and small pebbles and more of a watersports base and it doesn’t attract large volumes of crowds. There is a scattering of restaurants around the beach where you can enjoy a windswept meal. The region is blessed with some of the most tranquil boutique and luxury hotels on the island making it the best location to stay in Mykonos for honeymooners or travelers seeking serenity in paradise.
Pros and cons of staying in Kalafatis
- Ideal conditions for sailing and windsurfing
- The best area to stay in Mykonos if you want to book scuba diving excursions to local dive sites and shipwrecks
- Low key with a laid back vibe yet the nearby hotels are very swanky
- A limited supply of restaurants and amenities
- Of all the places specified, Kalafatis is the furthest from Mykonos Town
Best places to stay in Kalafatis
LUXURY – The Wild by Interni
Offering a private beach and a spa centre, this hotel is built on a cliff over Kalafatis Beach. Built with respect to the traditional, local architecture yet enriched with modern elements, the property offers an outdoor pool with views over the Aegean Sea, while each unit is fitted with handmade floors and design furnishings.
MID-RANGE – Anemoessa Boutique Hotel Mykonos
Situated above Kalafatis beach, on the south of the island, Anemoessa Boutique Hotel Mykonos is 11 km from Mykonos Town Centre and boasts stunning views of sun, sand and sea. urrounded by unspoiled stretches of land and sea, the hotel’s style reflects the beauty of Mykonos’s nature. Enjoy the traditional architecture, beautiful views, fragrances and warm sunshine.
BUDGET – M-Vibes Luxury Suites Mykonos
Located in Kalafatis, M-Vibes Luxury Suites Mykonos provides free WiFi, and guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a shared lounge. A terrace can be found at the aparthotel, along with a garden. Lia Beach is 2 km from M-Vibes Luxury Suites Mykonos.
After reading this guide I hope you have now decided which is the best area to stay in Mykonos during your visit. As you can see, there is so much more to this unique island than partying and windmills! Mykonos is a fairly small island but it’s really important that the place you choose to stay during your trip reflects your personal tastes and travel style.
If you have any questions about where to stay in Mykonos then feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message via social media or email, I always love helping you out! Have you already traveled to Mykonos and want to share your recommended place to stay or hotel? Drop them below in the comments!
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