There’s nothing like feeling you have arrived after the horse has bolted, after the giddy, heady days of the 70’s and 80’s when Mykonos was the play ground of the jet set. Back when the only places to stay were rooms rented by locals, supplementing their income. Impromptu bars sprang up on the beach, while Jackie O and the last gasps of European royalty bobbed on gleaming yachts out to sea.
But nothing could be further from the truth. Mykonos is a fabulous mix of Soho/Bond Street and the Marais/Boulevard Saint Germain, but with a very authentic Greek feel. For a week of baking in the Mediterranean sun, you could not choose a better destination. Spoilt for choice is an exhausted maxim, but fails to come close to the choices you have in this treasure trove of stunning villas, beach side lounges, and gastronomic delights.
In town, check out Belvedere, a gorgeous hotel with an array of amazing villas and private pools. Boheme Mykonos has a private club feel, as only hotel guests can use the facilities. They also have the most fabulous setting for watching the sun set!On the outskirts of town, don’t forget to check out Mykonos Blu as it is the most breathtaking retreat. If you’re a pool and beach bunny, this is the perfect destination.
We opted for Villa Melmastia, which we booked through I Wish Mykonos. It was a sprawling villa with nine gorgeous bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. An amazing space with more than enough room to party, party, and then party some more. Our fantastic host, Olga, arranged absolutely everything before we arrived, and made sure we knew exactly where we needed to head and when.
Must-Do’sParty and Lounge – Scorpios
Scorpios is definitely the hottest spot on the island; filled with a truly beautiful crowd, and made so welcoming by the owners and staff. The best sounds, the best food, and the season’s most exclusive parties ensure the vibe here is totally cool. The place is a must-see for anyone who wants to really experience what modern day Mykonos has to offer.
Eats- So many choices everywhere!
Nice and Easy, Balthazaar, Sea Satin Market, and Remezzo, the list goes on and on and on, it was a challenge to find anything bad to eat! With fresh fish, lovely pink wine, and giddy cocktails everywhere you go, dining out is a gift that just keeps on giving.
It’s easy to forget that you are visiting the crucible of European culture, with all the distractions at every turn. Hire a boat and cross to Delos, the birth place of Artemis and Apollo, and a Unesco world heritage site since 1990. Sail over to the island, explore, then head on and enjoy lunch at sea. Absolute bliss.
Endless blue seas, endless blue skies, and a city with endless distractions. It’s impossible not to enjoy this charmed island with all its culture, fun, open minded freedom, quality, and service. Definitely a 10 out of 10, and I can’t wait to get back!
Words: Andrew Downs
View the Gallery of our trip to Mykonos HERE