The “island of the winds” has just opened its doors to greet its jet-setting guests once again. The newest and hottest places to be this Summer are welcoming their repeat guests with their well-known hospitality and are showing newcomers how to have the time of their lives!
For over 50 years now, Mykonos has been rooted as the edgy Cycladic Greek Island that allures international personas thanks to its cosmopolitan flair, its posh glamor and boundless party atmosphere. We short-list five main reasons why Mykonos is the ultimate destination for jetsetters, groups of friends, but also families.
1. The long, sandy beaches and the beach restaurants
Whether you feel like floating in the crystal clear waters of the blue flagged beaches, or enjoy the benefits of a relaxing massage, Mykonos beaches and beach bars offer it all! From dreamy light lunches such as a Greek salad infused with watermelon and feta cheese brought to you on your sunbed to exotic fruit cocktails brought to you in you private beach cabanas far from the crowd, but still close enough to mingle if you want. The Psarrou beach, the Kalo Livadi Beach and the Elia Beach are among our favorites, appealing to various crowds and preferences.
2. Beach hopping
Mykonos is all about endless options appealing to all tastes. Your private mega yacht or a comfortable yet adventurous rib boat, will take you all over the island discovering the most exclusive beaches and islands, such as Delos, Rhenia and Dragonisi. The list goes on! While you’re busy exploring the sea world and taking selfies with your loved ones, your private chef will be preparing a mouthwatering lunch on board. If you feel more social cruise the south beaches of the island before you toast a glass of champagne in little Venice at the colorful sunset!
3. The white maze
In case wearing flip-flops isn’t your scene, then get lost in Mykonos Town. It’s labyrinth-like narrow streets with its Myknonian colors are so magically set up that you will be wandering around for around discovering countless hidden corners. Mykonos Town is also the place to be for all the shoppers out there. Uncover all the boutique stores of the most acclaimed international fashion designers. Get lost in the alleys and discover along the international brands some extremely talented Greek designers, jewelries and sandal craftsmen. While lost in town, there are also options for the art lovers with some small yet extremely selective in their exhibits, art galleries. The best time to visit town during the peak months of July and August is either in the morning or early afternoon.
4. Party time
It’s night time now, you feel fabulous and ready to let loose in your latest couture outfit as your glam squad just finished polishing you up in your villa before you step out. On your way out, as a final touch, your personal concierge will hand your invitations to the private most exclusive summer parties; take your pick and enjoy your night. Knowing people in the island opens doors to happenings and events where the energy is nothing but glam. Blend in with the locals and soon you will have endless options for your evenings.
5. Food porn
Whether you are looking for the ultimate cliché dish of souvlaki or Japanese style elevated tastes, Mykonos offers it all in a plate. The island is unique in that sense as it offers both Greek and International cuisine at a great variety for all budgets and tastes. From Jimmy’s souvlaki to small fish restaurants to Nobu, leave your dietary routine aside and immerse in the local food path.
Maria Nikolakaki is Managing Partner at Beyond Spaces Villas.
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