As promised, here are the photos of San Giorgio Mykonos hotel (for those of you who didn't follow, I was happy to visit and spend a few days there last week). Only now, that I had some time on my own to pick, organise and edit these photo, do I realise how amazing my vacation was, actually. I always state on this blog that living inside beautiful surrounding is something totally necessary for the soul and well-being. I am a firm believer that beauty should be placed amongst the first necessities of men, a quality and desire that distinguishes us from the rest of the animal kingdom.
During my stay at the hotel, I had the chance to talk to one of its owners, Thomas Heyne. Neither Thomas nor his friend and business partner, Mario Hertel are greek. They unconditionally loved Greece, though, through all those decades they lived the Mykonian life, first as kings of the night and owners of Paradise club, then, for the past 3 years, as the proud owners of San Giorgio Mykonos. I won't tell you more about their story as you can read it here and on this video but I'd like to quote a few things Thomas told me that are definitely worth putting down. Scroll down to read..
On luxury: "Luxury is what is not bothering you. Like you are lying on your bed and you want a sandwich and you won't have to worry to dress up. You just put on your flip flops and wrap a towel around and go to the pool bar to eat it. You can find there nice like minded people, laid-back atmosphere. You don't have to dress like a penguin, nobody needs this."
On staying at the hotel: "It is a whole experience. People are not going on a holiday, they are going on a journey and they want to be a part of the culture and this experience is what they are gonna take home. Everybody here is a stranger. We are all alone (means the staff) and we have each other to create a new family and this feeling I want to transfer to our guests. Then, when we do this in our hotel, then we have spotted other places we like to visit and we make cooperations with them and our customers there so they are welcomed and feel like a part of the family."
On hospitality: "The customers can feel if someone takes good care of them but then, always, bad things can happen. When you arrived, we still had construction and the people were not trained at all and, although, they are a young and motivated team, they were afraid. So, I brought them together and I told them that, a couple of years ago, I was in this hotel in Spain that it was brand new and everything was going wrong with the operation but the stuff was so nice that I excused everything."
On Mykonos: "If I had to send someone to a cool designed place, like a restaurant or a hotel, I'll send him just into town because the whole thing the best design and is unique. If you go to another holiday destination, there is a strip you go one time up and down and you've seen everything. I'm staying here for 10 years, I got lost in the city every day for the first 6 months and I still walk around corners and I see things that I haven't seen before."
If you are planning your holiday on a greek island this year, then I highly recommend you stay at San Giorgio Mykonos hotel. I'm not sure there still rooms left during the high season (you can always try, though) but I would also suggest to think of September; a more quiet month with fewer tourists and a still summer weather :)
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