My, Oh My-konos
After a honeymoon that left a lot to be desired, my husband and I got the holiday we had long-since dreamed of on the small but mighty Greek island of Mykonos…
We weren’t going for romance, but that’s what we found when Clark and I fell head over, well, sandals for Mykonos. I wouldn’t say our honeymoon the previous year was a flop- it was lovely- but being stuck atop a Swiss mountain with a £50 cab ride standing between us and civilisation made it hard for us to enjoy ourselves. If you too consider yourself a social butterfly (when it suits you), then Mykonos is the place for you. With an endless array of delicious restaurants, cool bars, gorgeous shops and, yes, some seriously excellent beach parties, it’s not hard to see why the A-list flock here on masse every season. So, here’s how to have a celeb-worthy hol without a Platinum Card, road-tested by yours truly…
Stay: Paradise has a name, and it’s Leonis Summer Houses, which consists of nine stand-alone, uniquely designed villas dotted around a stunning pool and bar area. From serving up the freshest local cuisine (the vegetables are all grown on-site) straight to your sun lounger to personally picking you up from the airport, the host, Leondias, and his team make every stay one to remember. Rooms start at £92 per night; affordable luxury, indeed.
Eat: Foodies are spoilt of choice – the fish is out of this world; the Greek delicacies never-ending. Eating at Kiki’s Tavern, however, is a Mykonos rite of passage. Nestled on a cliff, the eatery offers up the best BBQ you’ve ever tasted, but its Kiki’s salads that are, quite literally, world renowned. If that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, the next three words ought to do it: Unlimited. Free. Wine. Taxi essential.
Drink: If Coachella was a country club, it would look something like Scorpios. Spend the day lazing on the sun beds sheltered by towering palms or, if you came to party, you won’t want to miss its legendary gatherings held on Sundays. It’s pretty spenny but, if celebrity spotting (cough, Olivia Palermo, cough) is your thing, this is the place to be. Just nurse that drink.
Explore: In the centre of Mykonos Town you’ll find a true hidden gem; Cine Manto Mykonos. Ok, so going to the cinema on holiday might not sound appealing but, when it’s an open-air courtyard with up-to-date movies projected on a big screen under starlight, it’s a truly magical experience. Popular with the locals, the super-caj restaurant serves up some of the best Greek treats on the island. Order the Souvlaki and start praying for an ash cloud. During the day, rent a quad bike and set off around the island- there’s plenty of deserted beaches to claim as your own.
What To Pack: You’ll come across plenty of cotton shops in the winding streets of Mykonos Town but, unless you want to spend a pretty penny, we recommend taking your own airy staples…
Need-To-Know Info: While many airlines fly to Mykonos, Easyjet is one of the most frugal. You can get a return from London from just £127 or from Manchester from £210. The flight time is approx four hours; that’s Titanic on the iPad and chit-chat either side. Bonus.