London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies
3 km from the Chora (Old Town), Ornos Mykonos has been our glorious pied a terre for the 3rd time in the last 3 summer holidays: crystal clear sea, buzzy beach with a myriad of fantastic restaurants, cute, comfortable villas, water taxis and rental boats are just a few of the island’s finest in here. Ornos Mykonos restaurants spoil on many levels: all by the sea, heaps of options for the cuisine and budgets, from Greek contemporary at Aperanto Galazio; to impeccable luxury by lush Santa Marina resort at Buddha Bar; beautiful Greek taverna at Kostantis; loud music and fusion cuisine at Kuzina; fantastic sushi at Pasaji at Blanc; and O by Myconian hotel (adults only) stunning, bohemian bar and pool restaurant.
We stay at Villa del Sol or Kostantis villas (next to each others/ together in the same complex); 50m away from Ornos beach; the villas are perfect for families: Cycladic architecture with chic twists, a pool perfect for young energetic kids as well as adults. Ornos beach is busy and postcard beautiful, be ready to pay a minimum of Euro50 for 2 sunchairs – with our monkeys though little point as they swim most day, eat or play.
Renting a boat in Mykonos is easy in Ornos and a must: in 2023 we have explored at our own pace with Rent a boat, self drive with a friendly skipper refresher; no license required, we reckon best to stick to calm southern beaches: pass by Santa Marina, Namos, Scorpios, Ella, all the way to Solymar or Spilia (read all about those fab beach bars in here). If more budget disciplined, there’s also an affordable boat bus from Ornos, one can pick an island hopping pass to Psarou, Paradise or Super Paradise – with 31 taxis on the island and expensive transfers per kilometre, one may reach the conclusion that certain beaches are better by water taxi / boat.
What else? Expect busy and buzzy, Ornos Mykonos beach is afterall one of the most popular on the island: one should definitely get there early if wants sunbeds next to the water, between Aperanto Galazio, Kuzina, Kostantis and Pasaji there are plenty of options for sunbeds and parasols, but they will go quickly late mornings.
Between the fabulous Mykonos parties and fantastic beach life, one may need a break – Ornos spoils once again with fabulous spa options – O by Myconian hotel (adults only) will massage and re-invigorate you with Elemis products, detox and replenish with fab facials and herbal teas, chill and entertain you by the pool bar, restaurant or even more zen, their indoor seasalty cellarium. I spent few hours in here on our 2023 trip and loved all their staff and services!
Hard to decide between Ornos Mykonos restaurants? Read on, hopefully we can help you picking !
Aperanto Galazio – one of the most vibrant seaside cuisines, in August 2023 the beach parties were going strong in here even 3am well after Scorpios closed! We start our summer season in here and end up on most late nights at a drink on their terrace: it’s filled with locals, joy and summer vibes.
Buddha Bar lunching and wining by one of the most beautiful and lush resort of Mykonos : Santa Marina. Impeccable luxury meets chic by the sea by Mykonos only private beach: stacked stonework and whitewashed villas immaculately integrated into Mykonian landscapes.
Kostantis – twice our pied a terre (2021 & 2022) by Ornos beach. We had our continental breakfasts here every day delighted by the bluest and most crystal sea; the staff is kind and accommodating. The kids loved the pancakes and fresh fruits for breakfast; there’s so much more to choose from for lunch or dinner: fresh seafood, fish, aubergine, tarama salads, moussakas, loukumades.
Pasaji at Blanc – perfect for sushi addicts; we sat by the sushi bar and loved chatting to chef Emmanuel (we are of course biased!); hordes of beautiful people and good music with the impeccable Aegean beach restaurant setting.
We also love Kensho – traditionally Psarou was within Namos but now just in Ornos: signature sushi out of this world: tuna with truffles and golden flakes, salmon terryaki rolls, prawn tempura with a twist. The loveliest sommelier Angelos introduced us to one amazing sparkling Greek champagne method – Amelia from the Peloponnese.
Kuzina for casual upscale Greek and Mediterranean; we found the service very slow but the food was good; count on the loudest music in here during the day, sushi, poke bowls and cocktails.
For more of Mykonos and best beach clubs head here; for best of island hopping, check out fabulous Paros and AntiParos in here, a mere 1 hour away; for Santorini head here and for best of European villas and Elounda beach in Crete here.