A gem amongst the Greek islands, Mykonos is a strikingly beautiful setting to spend a weekend in the summer. The white-hot beaches and clear turquoise waters are a clear attraction, but we’d suggest spending some time strolling through the whitewashed maze of Mykonos town as well. Along the way, view the iconic Mykonos windmills and shop for colourful artisan-made jewellery, kaftans and bags - idyllic gifts for loved ones back home. The food is equally impressive, with fresh octopus and Greek specialities like yoghurt and feta on offer at every taverna. Word of advice: book your taxis in advance as there aren’t many cars on this magical island.
Home to the only private beach in Mykonos, expect to be pampered by views and service at Villa Santa Marina, deservingly named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top 30 resorts in Europe. The luxurious and spacious hotel is committed to providing an oasis of peace and restoration for their guests, an ethos exemplified by their villas, which are named after precious gems, and of course their incredible Gingko Spa. With a range of facial and body treatments, from the Traditional Hammam Espa Ritual to a Salt and Oil Scrub, you can find natural ways to rejuvenate the body and mind. Afterwards, wander through rooms of natural tones with unique decor such as hanging egg chairs before relaxing into a canopied sunbed by the infinity pool.
For a lively al fresco dinner head to the popular Buddha Bar, conveniently located at the Villa Santa Marina. With the Pacific Rim as their design and flavour inspiration, Buddha Bar fuses seasonal ingredients from East Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. There are plenty of hot and cold dishes for everyone to enjoy and we'd recommend sharing the whole meal family-style. As you are on the sea, try fresh oysters or the delectable sea urchin salad before moving onto creative sushi combinations and mains like King Crab Legs and Lobster Spaghetti. Indulge in cocktails whipped up by the mixologist on hand and cheers to the incredible views of the Aegean. In the summer, we'd recommend joining in on some of the events held at Buddha Bar showcasing the talents of celebrity DJs and international chefs.
Spilia : An intimate restaurant nestled in the beautiful cove of Agnia Anna. Expect delectable dishes and unbeatable sea views.
Kiki’s Taverna : A hidden gem, this is a traditional restaurant tucked behind Agios Sostis Church in front of a peaceful beach.
Kayak : A wonderful ice-cream and frozen yogurt café serving delicious and inventive flavours made from high-quality ingredients.
A spectacular beach club with stunning views and an impressive concept store, Scorpios is a must-visit for anyone travelling to Mykonos. During the day, enjoy drinks and dining at large, communal open-air tables, sharing stories as you pass dishes of holistic fare prepared by chef Alexis Zopas. Savour fresh bites like seafood ceviche and avocado hummus; combinations of Greek, Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine. Before the sun sets, be sure to spend some time shopping for Greek novelties, from designer beaded kaftans to hand-woven bags in their extensive concept store. Enjoy a stroll along the sandy beach below Scorpios, and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the waves crashing on the rocks before returning to join the buzzing party that emerges come night time.
Agios Sostis Beach: A spectacular quiet and unspoiled beach in a more isolated part of the island.
Rarity Gallery: A contemporary art gallery housed in a 20th century Mykonian Manor House showcasing a range of established and upcoming artists.
Lena’s House: A time-capsule of sorts, this authentic 19th century middle-class house has been transformed into a museum offering a glimpse into the island’s history.