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After arriving in Santorini and picking up my rental car from the airport, I made the 20 minute drive towards the city of Oia on the Northern part of the island. I ultimately decided on renting a car because I had heard that there were few taxis in existence and public transport was not the most reliable. It took me a few times of circling around before I actually located Mystique as I couldn’t see any sign from the street and had to just find parking and take a hike. The front lobby ended up being located down several flights of steps and if you are staying at this property, make sure that you are physically able to handle walking up and down stairs.
After finally reaching the main entrance, we were handed a much needed mint lemonade. We checked in and received the keys to suite #26. Of note is that Mystique is an all suites property and each room is going to look slightly different even if they are the same category type, considering the fact that Mystique is built directly into the side of a cliff. We also took the time to ask the check-in staff to help us make some restaurant reservations.
After a tour of the hotel by the check-in staff, she brought us to our room which was located in the lower part of the property. This made the location a bit more private and secluded as there are some other rooms directly connect to a main path. The bed was very comfortable and helped make our stay that much more enjoyable.
These notes are likely generic and take less than 5 minutes to write, but I always enjoy them as it conveys that extra bit of hospitality.
Breakfast room service is available at a rate of 55€, but can be selected as an elite member benefit if you are Marriott Bonvoy Platinum member and above. Needless to say, breakfast was selected as my benefit of choice, considering what I had previously heard of the extensive selection.
Other things located within the room were an arm chair, full length mirror, and a luggage rack which is always much appreciated.
The closet contained the hair dryer, slippers, and laundry bags. A bathrobe and the room safe were also located here for your convenience.
As for the bathroom, never have I ever seen so many rolls of towels made available. Although tap water is considered safe to drink in Athens, I wouldn’t recommend drinking it in Santorini. Luckily, bottled water was provided and was replenished daily.
Amenities were located in the drawer just below the sink and had a diverse range of products available.
The bathtub proved to be quite interesting and I have no idea why they decided to put what seemed to be a meteor-like rock in the side of the wall. Maybe while they were building the property it fell out of the sky and landed there. Who knows?
Next to the bed was the door to the private patio. Santorini is probably one of the most picture-perfect cities in the world and I don’t think I could ever get used to waking up to this view from the bed.
It was at this point when I was exploring the patio that we received a knock on the door. The check-in agent was there along with another staff and transformed this…
To this! To welcome us to Mystique, they had brought in an entire bottle of prosecco on ice in addition to a smoked salmon canapé. This was definitely unexpected and brought in an additional “wow” factor.
After grabbing a few bites and pouring out some more prosecco, we heard another knock on the door. The same staff from before came in singing “Happy Birthday” and brought us an entire cake to celebrate Cat’s birthday. I was still in awe from the welcome gift before and to top that with an entire cake? Mystique, you have definitely secured a place in my books as being a top notch property to stay at.
Although we initially had plans to drive out to one of the beaches, that plan was thrown out the window and we lounged around on the patio for the rest of the afternoon and into the evening. How could you not, considering that this was the view from the lounge chair? Absolutely breathtaking.
We ended up heading to Metaxi Mas, a restaurant that was recommended by a friend and came back to an illuminated Mystique.
By the bedside were chocolates and next to the TV were brownies and shot glasses of raki, which is a spirit made from grapes which was a nice nightcap to end off the day.
The next morning, we woke up and headed over to the Charisma restaurant for breakfast, which was conveniently located just steps away from our suite. Another option is the Captain’s Lounge which features the same menu, but it was a bit further away. We lucked out and picked up the last table next to the edge. Breakfast was all you can eat from an a la carte menu and featured both Western and Greek options. There is an option of ordering breakfast to be delivered to your room, but it comes with a 10€ service charge.
Breakfast was definitely on another level from the extensive selection and I may have spent too much time indulging in the non-stop plate after plate of food rather than taking photos of everything.
After breakfast, I had the chance to explore around a bit, including checking out the infinity pool located just off the side of Charisma.
The gym took some extreme scavenger hunt skills to find and who wouldn’t love exercising with a view like that?
From the hospitable staff to the breathtaking views of Santorini, my stay was extremely memorable. Despite Marriott increasing this property to a Category 8 and introducing on/off-peak pricing, I just simply cannot wait to stay here again based on how well we were treated throughout our stay.
Although it initially took some time to find Mystique, each time were heading home for the night, I genuinely looked forward to coming back to the suite and just hang out on the patio and think about how we were able to stay at a property that was going for over 700€ per night through the power of points and miles.
From a young age, Colin’s family travelled together from Japan to Thailand as well as take the occasional family road trip. This led to an interest in global affairs and an international exchange to the United States where he made friends from all around the world. When walking down the airplane aisle to the back of the plane, he always dreamed of a day where he would be able to sit at the front in the premium seats. After stumbling upon the points and miles community, he is now proud to be seated among those he marvelled at as a child.