Dreaming of the next Euro summer? Then this insider guide to Mykonos is the perfect antidote to kick start your itinerary.
After all, there’s no better time to plan the perfect escape to the Greek Islands than the present!
Need some inspo? Read on for my top three must-do places in Mykonos for your chicest holiday yet:
Stay at… San Giorgio Hotel
You will feel like you have stepped into one of those dreamy pictures you see in a glossy magazine.
The chill-out vibes start at check-in, on rattan pods swinging from the ceiling.
Think: Bedouin-style, white-washed villas and rooms, seaside balcony views – complete with hammocks and white muslin cloth curtains gently blowing in the summer breeze.
This design hotel is minimalistic and holistic, a chic bohemian retreat with a sensory overload for a hedonistic and chilled out stay in Mykonos.
Heavenly mornings start with an indulgent and healthy breakfast in an idyllic alfresco setting under shade covered canopies.
Oversized daybeds for you and your friends surround the pool and the relaxed bar area for icy cold drinks is never far away.
Located by the sea, you are only ever a few steps from the water. In between rocky platforms, you can find your very own private deck for refreshing dips into the Mediterranean.
It is the perfect retreat for solo travellers, couples and friends. No matter if you want to relax or party, detox or indulge, all stressful thoughts will simply fade away.
Feeling rejuvenated with sun-kissed hair and a golden tan, you will soon be ready to take on Mykonos’ infamous beach parties and clubs.
Swim and Party at… Scorpios Mykonos
Everyone, including the world-famous DJs who want to play here, have their favourite beach club in Mykonos.
You, too, can be sharing jugs of icy rosé and cocktails with the 1,000 high-on-island-life party people that soon arrive by beach buggies in board shorts and bikinis.
It’s lots of fun, but as the day turns into a late evening and that comfy oversized bed starts to call your name, it can be a very long wait for a ride back to the hotel.
One of the best beach clubs on Mykonos is Scorpios, located on Paraga Beach. It is also the beach club of San Giorgio Hotel and only a short walk separates the two. Problem above, solved!
The open air terraces, daybeds and shaded canopies at their private beach make it the best place to lounge all day.
It’s also the perfect location for swimming and listening to chilled out summer sessions until the aromas of seafood on the grill are too much, and your lunch reservation at their alfresco restaurant is ready. Make a reservation, it’s popular for a reason!
Things go up a notch in the late afternoon, when the morning sun worshippers have swapped their bikinis for dresses, green juices for cocktails and the revellers arrive, all glammed up and ready to celebrate under the stars for the ultimate summer night party in Mykonos.
The fabulously tanned have reserved their cabanas, settling in as the rounds of drinks and platters of Mediterranean food fill their tables.
No holiday to Mykonos is complete without joining the crowds at their infamous beach parties.
Eat at… Spilia Restaurant
This hidden gem in Mykonos is exactly how seaside lunches should be.
Located inside a cave on a rocky platform, it sits perched on the water’s edge, opening up to the sea.
It is a fabulous restaurant and bar to spend an entire afternoon with plates of grilled seafood, cold beers and icy glasses filled with rosé, chilled out music in the background and lots of laughter and cheer.
When you arrive at Spilia, you may have to duck your head underneath the octopus tentacles that are drying under the Mediterranean sun, in preparation for the grill, to then be plated especially for you.
A squeeze of lemon is all you will need to pronounce, “That’s the best octopus I have ever had!”.
If you order the oysters or sea urchin, the waiters will stand over the rocky edge and pull them up from the sea and sit there freshly shucking your lunch.
Plates of crustaceans, whole grilled fish and colourful, fresh salads complete the authentic Mediterranean fare.
This Mykonos hotspot is relaxed and casual, particularly if the lunch crowd have left their sunbeds at neighbouring Agia Anna beach, but the jet-setting glamour is never far away because remember, you are in Mykonos.
Just when you think you are living the life, in come those enviable private yachts with the beautiful people that always look effortlessly chic, transitioning from bikini to designer beachwear.
And that is perfectly ok, because guess what? You’ll be there too! Plus, it makes for the best people-watching and celebrity-spotting you’ll get in the Greek Islands.
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Having traversed the world for more than 25 years, travel blogger Danielle has experienced everything from overwater villas at coveted destinations to swinging on a jungle hammock in the Amazon and waking up on a leaky boat in the Galapagos Islands. Through her authentic travel experiences, travel writing and photography, she hopes to inspire others to chase their travel dreams and help make life easier when deciding on that perfect holiday destination.
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