An insider’s guide to Mykonos
by Jordana Reuben Yechiel
Jordana Reuben Yechiel argues that July is the last chance – and best time – to hit the Cyclades party capital of Mykonos before the meltemi gets up. Here is her insider’s guide to the best places to shop, eat and party on the Greek island.
Where to stay in Mykonos
With its private beach and newly renovated suites, Santa Marina really is the best that Mykonos has to offer. The resort is good for both families and the sophisticated traveller. Its beach restaurant this year is a pop-up Buddha-Bar, perfect for lunch and dinner. Sushi never tasted so good! For the best view of the bay, just above the beach, go for the newly built deluxe suites from 133 to 136.
Where to party in Mykonos
Start the way you mean to go on with a late lunch, certainly not before 3pm, at Nammos, on Psarou beach. Wine is as compulsory as dancing on the tables. Lunch here finishes at 6pm – if you did it right.
Where to shop in Mykonos
You must pop into Mykonos' boutique Luisa Beach and pick up a Missoni bikini and matching kaftan to wear with your ancient Greek sandals. Soho-Soho also is great for men and women to top up the wardrobe. For gentlemen, there’s also 100% Capri’s new store.
You can also head to Kessaris for the coolest jewellery and watches in town. Grab a long semi-precious necklace with a diamond horn to complete your boho chic look.
Where to have lunch in Mykonos
Venture off the beaten track to Kiki’s at Agios Sostis for a natural and very bohemian beach.
Where to enjoy a sundowner in Mykonos
Wherever you spend your day, it has to end at Caprice. Sip a mojito or a coffee with ouzo and watch the sun set in the most spectacular way with the DJ playing chill-out music in the background.
Where to have supper in Mykonos
Dinner should be at Sea Satin, under the windmills. Ask for a table close to the water and order the baked seabass in salt, served on huge glass trays.
How to get around in Mykonos
Rent a Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet to nip around town.
Watersports in Mykonos
A windsurfers’ paradise is Ftelia Bay, with its year-round winds. Experts only!
Amazing adventures near Mykonos
Delos is a 45-minute boat ride away. Organise a tour guide and visit the ancient ruins of a city that time forgot. About the same distance away is the sacred island of Tinos. Greeks make pilgrimages to the church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Megalochari high above the capital Chora. Many crawl up a red carpet on their knees to the church to ask for a blessing for a loved one.