Tharroe of Mykonos has a unique location perched high on a hill above the town of Mykonos. This spot provides guests with breathtaking panoramic views of the Aegean and the iconic Mykonos windmills. The traditional Myconian architecture and decor simplicity are unfussy, and the personalized service makes you feel welcome. There are 28 rooms, including suites with two to four guests, with sea or garden views, and an in-house spa. A breakfast buffet is served daily by the pool. Dinner at Barbarossa, the hotel’s restaurant, is exquisite. The executive chef visits local markets to select ingredients that result in incredible entrees. The front desk staff is hands-on and at your disposal. We were offered a room upgrade, port transfers, and even a suggested excursion list for our next destination. The location is terrific, but getting to the beach or town requires a walk or hired transportation. Renting a car or ATV depends on your comfort level with driving.

The bus stop for local beaches is a short walk, and busses arrive on schedule (cash payment for tickets). You can take the short walk to the town square (Fabrika) to the bus and taxi depot (a half-mile downhill), but the walk is daunting because there’s no sidewalk. If you prefer not to rent a vehicle, ask the hotel to arrange a taxi. We had organized day trips planned with a bus service that picked us up at the hotel. We utilized a mix of walking, taxis, and public transportation. It depends on your preference.