a greek holiday: postcards from hotel tagoo

After Athens, our next stop was the gorgeous island of Mykonos. Known the world over for its cosmopolitan persona, crystal clear beaches and intense nightlife, it was our first Greek island of choice. We decided not to sail further ashore into Greece’s other beautiful islands, so we nested in our home away from home – Hotel Tagoo, the #1 hotel in Mykonos according to readers of Tripadvisor – for eight beautiful nights.

With over 500 photos taken, I’ve decided to tell our Mykonos story in several parts. The first of which is dedicated to our hotel, a place we will always remember.

Approaching Mykonos

Approaching Mykonos after under four hours on a highspeed ship from Athens.

Mykonos Tourlos Port

We arrived at the new Tourlos Port where our hotel transfer was waiting.

Hotel Tagoo entrance

To whisk us away to our home away from home – Hotel Tagoo.

LV Keepall & Panda by Hotel Tagoo pool

While waiting for check-in, we enjoyed some drinks at the poolbar, while my Keepall started suntanning. Lol.


The hotel has a breathtaking view of the Aegean sea and an endless blue horizon on bright sunny days.

Hotel Tagoo Cycladic Architecture

Mykonos is characterized by its Cycladic architecture. Whitewashed cubic houses with flat roofs. Wooden colored doors and windows, mostly blue. Flowered balconies. Such charming Greek cliche.

Hotel Tagoo, Mykonos

Hotel Tagoo is a lovely basic hotel with a five-star view, perfect location, great staff and excellent service. Hotel owner Anna gathers guests and conducts briefings about the island and imparts her priceless tips on where-tos and what-tos over glasses of Ouzo. Only with a few rooms, it sets an intimate mood.

LV Tanger Sac Plat and Huntington

Most of our days were spent by the poolside, iPods playing and a book in one hand.

Mykonos Sunset, Hotel Tagoo

Mykonos Sunset, Hotel Tagoo poolside

And by the end of each day, we would sit by the pool terrace waiting for the famous Mykonos sunset – a stunning painted sky with streaks of pink, orange and red.

Hotel Tagoo Bar

If you want a drink or two, there’s the bar tended by Anna’s son at daytime and Anna’s brother at night. Do try Retsina!

Shiny happy people of Tagoo

There was also a Greek night where Anna served homemade spinach and cheese pies, where her husband Yanni taught the guests a Greek dance, and where we met great, happy people. There’s the French boys Sylvain and Pascal, our host Anna, and Terry from Canada. We also met a nice couple from Barcelona. That’s one of the charms of Hotel Tagoo, it brings people together.

Hotel Tagoo in the moonlight

But the most memorable night of all was our last night in Mykonos. A truly out-of-this world experience. We surveyed the heavens for meteors towards the end of the Perseid Meteor Shower the 12th of August. I saw 20 blazing across the starry velvet night sky, some short, others projecting a brilliant long trail. It was amazing, no words…

If you’re visiting the island of Mykonos, please consider Hotel Tagoo. It’s a great place to stay and I’m sure you’ll carry home wonderful memories like we did. :)


20 Responses to “a greek holiday: postcards from hotel tagoo”

  1. 1 ofaj August 20, 2009 at 7:34 am

    sylvain is the hotness.

  2. 3 Terry August 20, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Oh, Mark! You so captured the spirit of this lovely place, the Hotel Tagoo. It was such a pleasure to meet you and Martin. Your kind hearts, gracious spirits and friendly conversations were core to the pleasures of the Tagoo and Mykonos experiences for me. I loved that Greek night with Anna and all of us!!

    And —I am sooooo glad that you saw the Perseids, as each year I watch them from my beach on Slocan Lake in Canada. Sadly, we missed them that night, but your joy makes up for that loss.

    Best wishes to you both. I love your WordPress blog, and have used WPress for students to publish their creative writing. Now you are inspiring me to create with a different focus, the travel blog…

    • 4 freshmess August 20, 2009 at 11:14 am

      Hello Terry! Glad to hear from you while you are still in beautiful Greece. Yes, Hotel Tagoo was excellent and Anna made it all the more homey for all of us. Martin and I had the pleasure of meeting you and Kate.

      We have you to thank for letting us know of the Perseids, it was truly a magical moment for us and some of the other guests well. Jimmy saw one! Hehehe.

      Thanks for dropping by and am glad to have inspired you to consider doing a travel blog. Let me know once it’s up, ok?

      Enjoy Greece! Our warmest regards. :)

  3. 5 yed August 20, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    wow. really sounds like a beautiful place. your photos even made it even more enticing. love the tan of your keepall. hehe. ang pantay! tapos sa akin, sobrang hindi. haha.

    • 6 freshmess August 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Yed! It is, and more. Look out for more postcards from Mykonos. Should be a treat, hehehe.

      Ibaby wipes mo lang. You’ll see some marks and uneven spots in places too, but generally I love how the patina on it has developed. Di na nga ako maselan sa paghandle sa kanya, kung saan saan ko na lang nilalapag. Haha!

  4. 9 Giles August 20, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Are you sure that ain’t paradise? Chos. Ang gandaaa.

  5. 11 deluxeduck August 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Greece sounds so good right about now. siiigh… i need a holiday.

  6. 13 M August 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Oh, I love that kind of hotels, and the view is stunning!
    Looking forward to more! ;-)

  7. 15 M August 20, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Don’t thank me, thank yourself for posting this georgeus pic’s who make me vistit you every day ;-)

  8. 17 Eric August 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Love it, love it, love it. Ur pics are stunning!!!

  9. 19 Fabio November 24, 2009 at 12:49 am

    I can’t wait for my t rip to mykonos. it looks like you had a memorable time. Great pictures.

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