Every corner of Greece offers something different. When you want killer sunsets you go to Santorini, when you want blazing history you head to Athens, and when you want sophisticated sun-drenched bliss – the magic of Mykonos welcomes you. Incredibly popular with the yachting crowd and the jet-set elite, Mykonos throws down shades of St Tropez. Everything is a blissful vision of white and blue, beach bars and waterfront restaurants buzz from dusk until dawn, and the boutique hotel and shopping scene is always blooming. Here’s where to stay, dine and play on the exclusive island of Mykonos.
Where to Stay
You can sail your superyacht across the Greek Islands and struggle to find somewhere as photo worthy as the Mykonos Blu Hotel. Sugar white architecture is framed beautifully by the blue of the sea and the shimmer of the turquoise pool. Antique lanterns, nautical themes, and pristine panoramas look out across Psarou Beach. To add another layer of lusciousness, you will also find tropical clad gardens and champagne served at breakfast.
The Mykonos Grand Hotel stays true to its name with a wonderfully well-equipped spa, a yoga amphitheater for golden glow morning sessions, and sumptuous suites boasting their own infinity pool and private boulder draped dining area complete with personal chef.
For a more boutique feel to complement the hearth and home that makes Greece such a welcome destination, La Residence will knock you out the water. The exclusive atmosphere can be felt as soon as you catch sight of the four poster daybeds beside the pool, the well-tailored individual suites, and the blue flag views out onto Kalfatis Beach.
Where to Dine
Nammos Restaurant perched on Psarou Beach may have an eye-wateringly expensive menu, but the setting is oh so chic. The beach bar is said to pay tribute to pleasure with its Italian umbrellas and riviera sunbeds. Those who want to dine will find an environment filled with fresh flowers, feminine colors, and divine gastronomical greatness that makes the most of the local fresh fish and well-reared cuts of meat.
Caprice may be better known for her cocktail scene, but the Sea Satin Restaurant hits that sweet spot where you can blend the best of both worlds. Pick your own succulent seafood offerings – think pearly oysters, fat crabs, and oregano-soaked octopus. Watch it all grilled and flamed in front of you before heading back to the spirited Caprice to see in the small hours with the well-heeled post dinner crowd.
Principote is rumored to be gearing up to better than Nammos, but its early days yet. Still, the Instagram worthy hot spot on Panormos Beach is beautiful to look at. All drift wood and beach blond bliss, you lose hours here sipping pink champagne, sucking on a shisha pipe, and nibbling on fresh Mediterranean flavors to match the mood.
Where to Play
The boutique shopping scene on Mykonos is one in a million. Bazaar at Scorpios is a bohemian lover’s dream and perfect for splurging on feather headdresses, suede hammocks, and fringed clothing to accompany you to Burning Man or whatever exclusive festival scene is on your summer list.
Paradise Beach is hailed as one of the world’s best beaches and it doesn’t take a genius to see why. While the party lovers may flock to these shores, its draw surpasses the blight of boozy afternoons. Think Paris Hilton sunning herself on golden sands and Boy George playing volleyball.