The luxurious Mystique hotel was a warm welcome after sailing hours across the sea from Mykonos. Possibly more attractive than the view is the luxurious affiliation with Starwood collection of hotels. In other words, points, points, and more points! Having planned the trip to Greece a year in advance my accumulation of points resulted in better nights!
Sitting high above the Caldera on a cliff, the hotel flaunts one of the most fascinating sunsets followed by an equally exquisite sunrise. The prehistoric rooms and decor reminded me of The Flintstones (see photos below). An abundance of dining options is on the property. Even more are just a short walk away.
A delicious Japanese restaurant is situated at the top of the cliff overlooking the mountainside and sea. The vegetable sushi and tempura was yummy. There’s also a full bar. If you can make it up the numerous cobbled steps, check it out. The ambiance is romantic with a stunning view.
Another restaurant (my favorite) is located near the spa and infinity pool (tip: ask for the lobster cake). The chef was pleasant and obliging making sure he saved two lobster cakes for us every night as we often returned late, well after they sold out. We arrived faithfully for our nightly indulgence, even if only seconds remained before closing. Another favorite: the zucchini soup. I created the perfect rendition using my Vitamix upon return home (let me know if you want the recipe). Now, if only I could nail that lobster cake!
Welcome to Bedrock!
My suite was amazing. Being located near the office spared me the number of tiny steps to ascend and descend throughout the day. I was grateful for my central location and proximity to both the exit and the epicenter. I felt for the concierge who raced up and down the stairs with luggage in the dreadful sun and refused the tip.
The shaded veranda was a refreshing welcome after long days of sightseeing. Personal spa and massage services were available here. Watching the sunrise over an intimate breakfast or sipping a glass of wine in the evening was my way to unwind.
Exceptional service is guaranteed. The rooms are turned down and a bowl of complimentary fresh fruit is provided each day. The first night they left an assortment of sweets which was the only problem throughout my stay as I returned to an ant farm. They were marching up and down the walls, sofa, table, and floor in unison.
A dainty little hole in the wall (literally) awaits you. While a bit short-staffed and small, it is worth checking out. They offer the standard spa services. My revitalizing full body massage long overdue. The male masseuse crept a bit too close inside my inner thigh at times but otherwise, it was grand.
top of the rock
Centrally located near everywhere you want to be, the hotel is in a great location! A short walk north and you’re in the cute little town of Oia. You’ll find an assortment of shops, restaurants, and blue domed chapels here. The view from this area is equally wonderful with the volcano of Palia, Nea Kameni, and the island of Thirassia all in sight.
Thoughts on how to get around, where to shop, what to see and what to do in Santorini.