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How to experience Mykonos: a luxe traveller’s guide to the A-list island

Mykonos’s enduring appeal can be found in its awe-inspiring beaches, world-famous restaurants and year-round festivities — all tempting a more permanent move. Through purchasing a Sonhaus home, you can make this dream a reality.

 

MYKONOS’S BEST BEACHES

Mykonos is an island with a reputation for the bold and beautiful — you might spot an A-lister swinging in a hammock or perched at the local bar. Beloved of the international set and stream of European glitterati, landing here can feel like stepping into a glamorous cocktail party — but there’s a low-key lifestyle to be experienced, too.

In Mykonos you can escape into a peaceful island life with your Sonhaus home serving as your sanctuary. Sprinkle your days with the spectacular food scene that plucks the finest produce from land and sea, hiking adventures behind the main town of Hora, and hours larking about in its gin-clear seas.

Begin at Paradise Beach — a glorious white stretch of sand, dotted with umbrellas that leads down to mesmerising turquoise waters. Yachts bob about on the horizon, but it’s the parties here that are the big draw. At its namesake beach club, music pulses all day from big-name DJs and revellers dart in and out of the water in between getting loud and messy.

Psarou Beach is where the glitterati favour; bathers snooze on loungers and white hotels tumble down the hillside towards the sea. Here the action — and the best people-watching — is to be found at Nammos Beach Club, a luxe hangout full of bright young things sipping champagne and catching rays

As you head further south, you’ll find pine-fringed Paraga Beach — an idyllic blend of powdery sand and bright blue waters. Here, Scorpios is an achingly cool beach bar with its own record label, menus focusing on fresh, local produce, textiles derived from Yucatán, Mexico, and a rotating line-up of spiritual and mindfulness workshops. Elsewhere, the golden crescent of Platis Gialos Beach plays on a more mellow vibe and its gentle waves are lovely for tots, while Ornos attracts scores of families with its go-slow feel and serene waters.

Beautiful summer day, Greek island seafront. Fishing boats, whitewashed houses. Red dome church. Small boat in foreground. Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece. - © Alamy
Beautiful summer day, Greek island seafront. Fishing boats, whitewashed houses. Red dome church. Small boat in foreground. Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece. – © Alamy

A taste of Mykonos

The island has a thriving food scene, whether you’re craving local institutions serving made-down-the-road goat’s cheese and thyme, or starry restaurants with young, ambitious chefs. Built into the waterside rocks next to Kalafatis Beach is crowd-pleasing Spilia Seaside Restaurant, where diners gaze towards the sea and order mountains of shellfish and seafood. Elsewhere, at whitewashed Niko’s Taverna, you can huddle around its checked tablecloths and order earthy and comforting traditional Greek dishes, from lamb souvlaki to just-caught snapper.

For a high-end affair, book a table at Matsuhisa Mykonos at the Belvedere Hotel. Bringing superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s culinary flare to the island’s haute foodie scene, its team of chefs work theatrically in the open kitchen, conjuring dishes such as rock shrimp salad, yellowtail jalapeno and white fish dry miso to diners sitting beneath swinging pendant lamps. Finally, carnivores seeking a glamorous night should look no further than Nusr-Et Mykonos — a creation of the flamboyant Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe — where steak is prepared with his signature seasonings and served lovely and pink.

And, of course, for a private affair or dinner party, you can hire a local chef to prepare a Grecian feast, making the most of the enviable high-spec kitchen you’ll find in your Sonhaus home.

Panoramic view to the famous windmills of Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece - © Getty Images
Panoramic view to the famous windmills of Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece – © Getty Images

Feasts and festivals

While Mykonos is known as not being shy of a party, it’s also no wallflower when it comes to its year-round calendar of feasts and festivals. Summer signals the start of its religious feasts, where flags are strung around churches, brass is polished and locals light candles, before dancing, music and feasting take over as day drifts to night. There’s the extravagant feast in the usually sleepy village of Ano Mera on 15 August; the celebration of Agia Paraskevi on 26 July; and on 30 July, locals pull out all the stops for a feast dedicated to Agioi Apostoloi. Elsewhere, during the Mykonos Summer Festival, a packed calendar of open-air concerts, theatrical performances and art exhibitions take over the island. And in September, visitors flock to the family-friendly Harvest Festival at Mykonos Town’s Agricultural Museum, where stalls are stocked with artisan crafts, a smorgasbord of delicacies and works by local artists. The most raucous and hedonistic of its festivals, though, has to be Xlsior Festival Mykonos, in August — a week-long festival for gay men which sees 30,000 revellers descend on its open-air clubs.

Aerial summer view of a luxury yacht at empty Psarou beach due to covid - © Getty Images
Aerial summer view of a luxury yacht at empty Psarou beach due to covid – © Getty Images

 

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