So unless you've been living under a rock for the good majority of 12 months (or in the unlikely event that you just don't have Instagram), by now you'll be well aware that the Greek island of Mykonos is one of the 'must see' travel destinations for this year. Its white cobbled streets covered in flora are a photographers dream, and as someone who had previously only made it to Mykonos for a whopping grand total of 7 hours on the trip from hell last time I visited; I always knew I'd grab any opportunity to return with both hands - properly this time!
It's perched within the Aegean sea and I'd probably describe it as a livelier version of Santorini. It's small and easy to explore, meaning you'll probably be spending a good amount of time at your accommodation - so it's important to pick somewhere just right for you.
Whenever I visit Greece, I always lean towards accommodation that is my idea of 'typically Greek'. That usually consists of white washed walls, modern yet traditional, a smaller complex without masses of rooms and a sea view.
Bill & Coo is the perfect mix of all the above with added luxury. Situated 15 mins away from the airport by car, and 5 mins away from Mykonos Town (or a 20 min walk, which I probably wouldn't recommend if your legs are burnt to cinders like mine were), it's in an ideal location that boasts one of the best locations on the island to view the sunset, and is near enough to the buzz of the town (which is full of quaint family run tavernas and more eccentric bars), but yet still far enough away to offer a low-key relaxing vibe depending on your mood.
The hotel is fairly small with around 30 rooms, and has a sister complex about a 10 minute drive away on the beach. Bearing in mind the entire resort is a luxury resort (it's actually part of the leading hotels of the world ltd. group) there are four different types of suites on offer depending on what you're looking for, ranging from a more basic option to top of the range. We stayed in the "Bill & Coo Suite with Private Infinity Pool" (which we were super lucky to be upgraded to at check in), and this was probably up there with being one of the most amazing accommodations I've ever stayed in. There's literally nothing more I could've asked for from this suite, it had it's own infinity pool and veranda, as well as it's own in-room sauna?! (that's probably something I'll never see again in my lifetime so trust me when I say I made good use of trying that out)
One feature that I also thought was really novel is the little mobile phone they give you when checking in. This is yours for the duration of the stay, and is used to contact the reception at any time of day, from wherever you are on the island - making it especially convenient if you are using their car service, or if you want them to make a reservation somewhere for you.
One thing that made all the difference was that the hotel staff actually took the time to get to know you properly. They all know you by name, remember what your plan for the day is, and would do absolutely anything they can to help you out, so it sort of feels like you're just chatting to a friend.
Where food was concerned - that aspect certainly didn't disappoint either, which is great if you're a foodie like me. Breakfast is included and is served 8:30 to 11, and there's actually so much variation on the menu that it made it hard to cram all the options I wanted to try into 3 days. Choices ranged from eggs, to oats, to tostadas and everything is a la carte. My favourite by far was the "Kayanas", which is essentially scrambled eggs mixed with feta and tomatoes, as well as Greek yoghurt and honey. Being able to order multiple options off of the menu meant that it carried us through for longer, and although we chose to eat out every night to explore and make the most of our surroundings, the evening menu was just as good. It was a gastronomy menu consisting of 6 different choices of meat and 6 different choices of seafood, and if you're not into that there's a vegetarian menu too.
One of the coolest parts of Bill & Coo is the Lounge Bar which is perfectly located behind the main infinity pool and provides the most idyllic spot for watching the sunset. From dusk onwards the infinity pool lights up, giving the illusion of twinkling stars (I think the picture speaks for itself on this one), and for a really chill vibe you can relax on the sofas around the lounge area, drinking cocktails and listening to the DJ.
If you're interested in staying at Bill & Coo then you can find the website here, and the link for the suite we also stayed in here. Prices for this room start at £1500 per night and can be booked directly through Bill & Coo's website.
I really hope you enjoyed this post and that it's provided you some insight about the hotel - and please let me know if you decide to visit!
Author/Contributor: Kellie Baldwin