Where To Stay
If you want to go all out, Kalesma is the place to book. Easily one of the most exciting new hotels in Mykonos, it opened its doors back in May. With 25 suites and two villas to choose from, guests can relax and unwind among seriously chic boho interiors. Kalesma can feel like its very own village, with whitewashed houses and breath-taking sea views, plus it’s the only hotel on Mykonos where every room has its own private heated pool. Everything here oozes luxury, from the decor and the private dining experiences to the pool bar with its resident DJ spinning soft house tunes and poolside classics.
Suites from £1,032 per night.
A 15-minute drive from Mykonos Town and a short walk to Agios Stefanos beach, Grace Mykonos is a small spa hotel. A spectacular rooftop pool is the place to take in magnificent Aegean views, while plush king-sized sunbeds and umbrellas dominate the terrace. Most rooms have an ocean view, and guests can choose their own personalised pillow from the hotel’s ‘pillow menu’. Visit the nearby town of Chora to see 16th-century windmills and milk-white adobe churches, and explore Little Venice’s winding alleyways – ideal for Instagram snaps.
Rooms from £183 per night.
This family-run hotel is small and beautiful – think private beaches, private yachts and private dining. Combining modern luxury with traditional architecture, the interior of the hotel features the owner’s private collection of over 2,000 antiques, while marble and mosaic paths weave around the exterior of the property. With three restaurants to choose from, guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out, including a private dining option if dinner on a boat, dock or the beach sounds better. Located on Ornos Bay, a ten-minute walk away from Mykonos Town, guests have the option to visit the town’s impressive collection of bars and restaurants, too.
Rooms from £233 per night.
Pacha, the iconic group still best known for its nightclub in Ibiza, has just opened a hotel in Agios Stefanos. Guests can enjoy those famous Balearic beats at sessions headed up by resident DJ Guy Gerber, as well as live music sets around the pool. The hotel itself has 34 rooms, all offering stylish interiors with pops of colour and impressive sea views. Enjoy snacks at the pool bar and traditional Mediterranean dishes at the restaurant.
Rooms from €260 per night.
Belvedere Hotel Mykonos
Belvedere Hotel is an idyllic retreat. On a hill overlooking Mykonos Town, the hotel has an extensive range of suites and villas to choose from, some with private pools, others with roof terraces where you can take in panoramic views of the island. For a special treat, book the Hilltop Infinity Suite, complete with its own plunge pool; or choose one of the Water Villas which sleep up to six if you’re with a larger group. Enjoy a sunset dinner at one of two restaurants on site, and be sure to book a treatment at the spa if you’re in need of a little R&R.
Rooms from £225 per night.
Katikies is a five-star haven clinging to a cliffside in the south-west of the island, just above Agios Ioannis beach. With outstanding Aegean views, two infinity pools and an impressive spa and gym, Katikies has everything you need for a slice of relaxation. The hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, Mikrasia, serves Mediterranean-Asian fusion dishes in a relaxed setting while Seltz – the main bar and restaurant – overlooks the pool, making it a great place to catch a sunset. The hotel also owns 12 private villas that sit above Elia beach and offer all the luxury services available at the hotel plus a private chef and concierge.
Rooms from £212 per night.
If you’d rather go self-catering, The Greek Villas has a great choice of properties from small villas for two to places for groups of up to 14. Overlooking Kalafatis bay, Villa Annette sleeps up to 12 across six bedrooms with panoramic views of the Aegean. Interiors are simple yet stylish – think bright bedrooms with crisp white linens and rattan furniture. There’s a fully equipped kitchen, a pool surrounded by a terrace, and an outdoor lounge area where you can dine al fresco or fire up the barbecue.
From €1,500 per night.
In the popular Ornos Bay area, Santa Marina is known for its impeccable service, secluded location and stylish beach restaurant. Traditional Greek architecture and whitewashed rooms are matched to bamboo furniture and wooden accents. Opt for a suite or book the Presidential Villa if you’re after a private pool with fine island views. Either way you’ll want a table at the hotel’s Buddha Beach Bar. Overlooking Santa Marina’s private beach, guests can sip on themed cocktails while celebrity DJs work the decks.
Rooms from £341 per night.
Myconian Ambassador Thalassa Spa
Sitting above the famous Platis Gialos beach, this is one of the best spa hotels on the island. The thalassotherapy centre comes with three indoor seawater pools, each with a different salinity and temperature so you can unwind after a day of exploring. After indulging in a treatment of your choice, take the steps down from the hotel to the white sands of Platis Gialos, which is surrounded by a collection of authentic Greek restaurants and quaint boutiques. If the pool is more your scene, the hotel is home to a magnificent timber decked area which looks out over the Aegean, while the poolside bar delivers complimentary, fresh fruit smoothies to your daybed.
Rooms from £147 per night.
A short drive away from Mykonos Town, Mykonos Blu sits on a private corner of world-renowned Psarou beach. Choose from whitewashed suites, villas and bungalows – some offering private pools, terraces and gyms – with azure-blue, ethereal interiors that focus on natural linen accents. Eat at one of the resort’s three restaurants, which brim with contemporary seafood dishes and traditional Greek delicacies. Order a fresh fruit platter and other light snacks to your sun lounger during the day. On request the team will also lay on a private BBQ at your villa, as well as a sunset dinner on the beach prepared by one of the resort’s chefs.
Rooms from £138 per night.
Where To Eat & Drink
This seaside restaurant is tucked away inside Agia Anna cave on a platform overhanging the rocks. Spilia has been a Mykonos institution for over 30 years and has recently undergone a renovation. It’s also got a new menu showcasing an array of fresh seafood including oysters, mussels, urchins, crayfish and lobsters.
Nōema is a new restaurant and bar from the group behind The Ivy Collection that opened its doors last month. In Little Venice, the menu is predominantly pescatarian and vegetarian, ranging from raw meze to feasting platters made from local, seasonal produce. Expect dishes like crispy octopus with wild oregano, sun-dried mackerel in lemon verbena sauce, charred beets with hazelnut pesto and yoghurt, and slow-roast pork chops with a cinnamon-anise crust. During the evenings, diners are treated to impromptu DJ sets that finish in the early hours.
This award-winning restaurant has plenty to get excited about. In Mykonos Town, its owned by the luxury Relais & Châteaux group, which is known for fine dining in beautiful locations. The menu showcases modern Greek dishes like red mullet with parsley root, grapes and beetroot; octopus with pea purée; lobster, bulgur wheat and truffle served with cauliflower sauce and mushrooms; and fluffy creme patisserie with sour cherries and pistachio.
If you want to mingle with celebs, head to Scorpios, easily one of the best beach clubs on the island. Expect traditional Mediterranean dishes made with local ingredients, served in a now iconic dining room decorated with rattan lampshades and furniture – you probably saw it on Insta when the England football team went to Mykonos after the Euros. Scorpios invites world-class DJs, musicians and dancers to lead sunset rituals (not as hippie as it sounds) and set a vibe that is distinctly more chilled out and grown-up than at some of the other beach clubs on the island. Enjoy one of the mezze boards on the terrace then kick back with a refreshing melon margarita.
This taverna near Agios Sostis beach is a great spot for a long lunch or sunset drinks. There’s no reception or wi-fi, so expect to go totally off grid during your visit. Instead, enjoy unobstructed coastal views and simple plates of seafood, Greek salads and grilled meat. After your meal, take a dip in the sea or relax on the sand to soak up the last of the sunshine.
If you’re after a great brunch spot, head to newbie Valenos. Choose from a range of breakfast options like eggs benedict, granola bowls and French toast, or head to the bar in the evenings for drinks – the watermelon martinis are particularly good.
Mikrasia, Katikies Hotel
For fine dining, head to Mikrasia inside the luxury Katikies hotel. The menu features traditional Greek dishes with a twist, like lamb with yogurt and capers, watermelon tartar with sheep’s yogurt, and pastry bites served alongside Greek coffee or Anatolian tea.
SantAnna Mykonos X Rose Beach Club
SantAnna is another top beach club that throws epic pool parties and hosts a range of DJs and musicians right through to the end of the season in October. Guests can reserve a day bed around the pool or relax in sun loungers on the beach, with drinks and snacks. SantAnna also serves delicious seafood and meze platters, as well as sushi and sashimi.
This restaurant is loved by tourists and locals alike for its fresh seafood and laidback atmosphere. Diners can choose from satisfying Greek salads and generous bowls of mussels, as well as delicate seafood dishes like salmon ceviche with truffle and pan-fried scallops. After your meal, enjoy the laid-back tunes at the beach bar or take a spin on the Nammos yacht.
As well as offering some stylish suites, this new boutique hotel has opened the doors to a seriously stylish restaurant. At KuKuLu, all dishes are made with seasonal, local produce that shows off the best of Mediterranean dining.
Where To Party
Paradise Club Mykonos
Often voted one of the best nightclubs in the world, head to Paradise Club to dance. All-day parties start in the afternoon by the beach and finish in the club in the early hours. Erick Morillo and Tiësto have both played the venue, which attracts up-and-coming DJs from around the world.
Guests can party until the early hours every single night at Cavo Paradiso. Something of a Mykonos institution, the club made its name when a string of top DJs took up residencies during the 90s. Today, expect to hear house, techno and synth from DJs who get the crowd going with killer sets.
This small cocktail bar in Little Venice is a great spot for drinks or watching the sunset with a glass of champagne. Enjoy coffee and breakfast on the terrace in the morning, then head to the dancefloor when the DJs turn up.
Skandinavian Bar deserves its reputation as a slick party hotspot. Tucked away on a street in Little Venice, there are three bars and a courtyard where you can dance the night away – getting up on the tables is always encouraged.
@54 Cocktail Bar & Sunset Lounge
Head to Mykonos Townhouse to sip cocktails and take in the views at its @54 rooftop bar and lounge. With regular live shows and mixologists turning out refreshing fruity cocktails, there’s always something fun going on well into the early hours.
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Where To Visit
This unofficial nudist beach is one of the island’s most beautiful. Hire a sun lounger for the day or bring your own towel to lie on the sand before swimming in its crystal-clear waters.
Panagia Paraportiani is the island’s most iconic church. Dating back to the 15th century, there are four small chapels inside – plus another on an upper storey which can be reached by a staircase.
If you’re after a bit of culture, head to the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos to see a range of ruins and ancient artefacts, some of which date back to 420BC. From here, you can also book a tour of Chora village, one of the most interesting and beautiful spots on the island.
Olive Oil Shops
Mykonos is famed for its olive oil, so be sure to bring back a bottle from your trip. Little Venice has a great selection, as do most local supermarkets.
According to ancient Greek mythology, this archaeological site is where Leto, wife of Zeus, gave birth to twins Apollo and Artemis. Today, it’s a Unesco World Heritage Site with a commercial centre where visitors can learn about the ancient Greeks.
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