With its reputation for being a party paradise, favoured by celebrities and international A-listers, Mykonos is a small island in the Cyclades which has acquired a big reputation over the past few decades.
A summer destination just 40 minutes flight time from Athens, it offers beautiful beaches, frenzied nightlife, high-end restaurants and superb accommodation ranging from cliff-top villas to boho boutique hotels. This is also an island with a strong LGBT culture and a destination where anyone who is someone has a designer villa, or at least knows where the most exclusive hotels are. Fashionistas and socialites fly in discreetly and stay in privé hideaways or hang out in their super yachts in one of the island’s well-known bays while paparazzi bring out the telescopic lenses for superstar headshots.
The Jenners and Hadids can be seen vying for attention with the likes of the ultra rich, be that footballers like Ronaldinho, fashion icons like Georgio Armani or Hollywood stars like Hugh Jackman. Paradise and Super Paradise beaches are the places to hang out while Ornos, Psarou and Platis Yalos are also known for being celebrity faves, surpassing the now très passé Ibiza. Dining is an elevated pastime on Mykonos, with all-day restaurants like Scorpios offering chilled-out cabana style ambience and fresh seafood while Interni is for cosmopolitan foodies who like to overindulge on ceviche and champagne.
Matogianni Street boasts designer boutiques and chic cafés while the scenic waterfront spot known as ‘Little Venice’ sports colourful verandahs hanging over the lapping waves. Mykonos offers a myriad of experiences and a wander through its pretty bougainvillea bedecked alleyways evokes a real sense of island life mixed with sophisticated vibes.