I’ve set foot in 125 countries, but there are still many places I have yet to visit. In Greece, I’ve been to Athens and Thessaloniki, but not to any of the Greek Islands. Soon I’ll be departing for Germany for several weeks, but I plan to spend some time in Mykonos and Santorini on the way home…if I can find a place to stay.
Maybe I should have just emailed Charlie from Running with Miles, who lives in Greece, but I’ll put it out for all of you who might be reading in Europe this morning.
We’ll start the trip in Mykonos. Great, I thought, a chance to try out the Santa Marina, new Theoxenia, or San Giorgio, all Starwood properties. But none will open for the season until May (and San Giorgio won’t take babies).
Look, I’m not the kind of guy who vacations in Lake Como, St. Tropez, or Davos. Perhaps this sort of “closed for the season” thing is commonplace in fancy destinations. But it did take me by surprise. I checked the weather, expecting bad, and as near as I can tell the weather in Mykonos and Santorini will be a bit cool, but beautiful.
This could be a blessing in disguise — we’ll have to use a non-chain hotel or Air BnB (cue the horror music). That will mean saved money and perhaps a more genuine experience.
Now I know, but I was taken by surprise to learn that hotels just close for half of year. Seems like a missed opportunity…