February is traditionally a month of romance as it is associated with Valentine's Day. A celebration which originates as far back as 270 AD and the best time in the year for all of us to daydream and plan ahead for romantic escapes with the ones we love!
Most people say that when two people are in love, they don't have to show it only on that day! Nothing compares to manifesting our strong feelings every day of the year. Whether it is Winter or Spring...Autumn or Summer.
Planning ahead for a romantic, special getaway is one of the happiest processes and without the merest doubt the island of Mykonos presents couples with ample opportunities for majestic moments of privacy, luxury, stunning landscapes and walks in picturesque settings.
Meander hand-in-hand through the labyrinth-like paved alleyways of Mykonos Town and use your camera to depict your moments of happiness. Visit the main street of Matoyiannia and treat your other half with meaningful gifts from the countless boutiques and jewellery stores. Could a special ring bring you even closer and be the starting point of your joint life together?...
Mykonos island truly constitutes the best setting for all things romantic..And Saint John Hotel is a private beach resort willing to host your love in the best possible way..After all, this is where Shirley Valentine's movie was filmed!
Book one of the stunning suites or villas within Saint John and spoil your most loved person with abundant romance in absolutely luxurious surroundings. Indulge in treatments for two at Aphrodite Spa - named after the Greek goddess of love - and beautify yourselves and your sentiments. Work on your sun-tan by the swimming pool and keep the cocktails and refreshing fruit juices streaming from Shirley Valentine's bar..
At the end of the day and since love also passes from the stomach, make arrangements for a memorable candlelit dinner for two at 7th Heaven gourmet dinning restaurant. Sunset for your eyes only, haute cuisine, fine wines and an intimate atmosphere…
Mykonos is without the merest doubt, one of the most beautiful and certainly the most popular islands of the Aegean Sea attracting thousands of visitors who wish to indulge in its cherished beauties. Mykonos also constitutes a top choice among newly weds who are bound to enjoy to maximum its cosmopolitan atmosphere, its variety of superb beaches and, of course, the romantic strolls amidst the dense alleyway network of its white washed capital, Chora.
At Saint John, we will not only dedicate our most sincere efforts in giving you the best honeymoon in Mykonos, but we will use the best of our knowledge of the island and give you expert advice which is based on having hosted thousands of honeymooners and couples in love within our resort. Our honeymoon package rates team up with our invaluable insider tips from our staff to maximize your once-in-a-lifetime personalised honeymoon experience. An experience that we wholeheartedly wish will exceed your expectations in every respect.
Select among our array of luxurious rooms with superior sea views, our suites which are specially crafted for a romantic holiday for two and our private pool villas for ultimate pampering, all of which promising a dreamy honeymoon portrayed by exquisite services and amenities and destined for eclectic travellers. Our staff will aim at making your stay an enjoyable and memorable one. Candlelight dinners under the moon and stars can be organised at our selection of restaurants within the resort, which will initiate you at private wine sessions and gourmet food tasting of the local delicacies accompanied by stunning sea views of the azure of the Aegean.
During your stay at Saint John you will discover that we will also make it our number one priority to further portray your honeymoon with a plethora of other highly experiential services to further enhance your levels of happiness during those important first days of your life together. Do not hesitate to let us know whatever you may have in mind. Private boat tours around the island and neighbouring islands, romantic photography shoot for the two of you, self-indulgent beauty treatments and massages in the privacy of your suite or villa, cooking lessons of Greek cuisine…you name it and we will arrange it! Last but not least, our staff will also readily provide the best advice for shopping in Mykonos.
Note: Booking through our website and for any room type or Villa, please check the check-box "Honeymoon" and Our friendly, attentive staff will ensure you enjoy the honeymoon of your dreams.
Whether you are a wine enthusiast or just enjoy a glass of quality wine with your meal, now is the time when visiting Mykonos to sample some of the island’s finest wines. There are plenty of opportunities to taste a variety of wines at Saint John’s Symposium restaurant as they have an extensive wine list of international and local wines to accompany their array of wonderful delicious dishes. However, there are also many restaurants in the area that offer wine tasting evenings too, which are very much a cultural event on Mykonos.
Wine, as we know is not just a beverage, but also a flavor agent in regional and international cuisine. Greek chefs especially, use different wines a great deal in sauces and marinades bringing additional flavor and moisture to their dishes.
During your stay on Mykonos, learn a little about the local wines and take note of the recipes that include it in their ingredients. Greek people are only too happy to share their secrets of their wonderful cooking.
“I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food.”
W.C. Fields (American comedian, actor, juggler and writer)
Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and evidence confirms that Greece is home to the second oldest known grape vine remnants plus the world’s earliest crushed grapes. Wine-making became popular during the period of 1600 BC and onwards, when Greeks began to worship “Dionysus”, god of wine (pictured above). Several festivals were held throughout the year in honor of his name and they included theatrical performances of both comedies and tragedies.
The medicinal use of wine was frequently studied by the Greeks too, including Hippocrates, who did extensive research on the topic. He used wine as a cure for fevers, to ease convalescence and as an antiseptic, and he readily prescribed it to his patients.
In ancient times, the reputation of a wine depended on the region it came from rather than an individual producer or vineyard. The most common wine in ancient Greece was sweet and aromatic with only a few drier wines being produced at that time. It was almost always diluted; usually with water (or snow when the wine was to be served cold) as the Greek men saw that drinking too much of it would lead to undesirable conduct. They asserted that the dilution of wine with water was indeed a mark of civilized behavior.
There are many wine growing regions all over Greece including Crete, Macedonia, the Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands, Epirus and the Aegean Islands; Santorini, Kos, Limnos, Paros, Rhodes and Samos. However, a winery is also gradually being developed on Mykonos too.
The Mykonos ecological vineyard is located in Maou, an agricultural region near Ano Mera, the most populated village on the island. It hosts Cycladic varieties of wine along with international varieties too. Eventually, the winery will have completed construction and house a cellar, production area, visitor reception, catering and tasting tours for the members of public.
A good quality fine wine goes well with cheese, a snack, as a beverage in the evening and with any meal when served with the correct type of food. Generally, the rule is that light-colored wines (white/rose) accompany light-colored meats, while dark-colored wines (red) are served with dark-colored meats.
Red or white/rose wines, for example, can be served with pork, while red dinner wines go well with hearty or highly seasoned foods, such as beef, game, duck, goose, and pasta dishes. White dinner wines are best with dishes containing chicken, turkey, fish, shellfish, ham, and veal.
In Greece, it is quite usual to see carafes of wine including “Retsina”, (a resinated wine with a unique flavor) flowing freely on every dinner table, especially with meals being served on the beach.
A chilled fine wine is also pleasant when watching the spectacular sunset fall over the Aegean Sea.