As I wing my way back to Sydney, above the clouds aboard Etihad Airlines (one of my very favourite airlines), I finally have the chance to catch you up on the last four weeks spent in Europe… so I’ll start with Mykonos.
What is left to say about this iconic Aegean jewel that hasn’t been said? White beaches, great food, superb hotels and locals that embrace you with open arms… Mykonos doesn’t disappoint and here’s why.
Head straight to Elia beach and do not pass go
I find this my favourite place to retreat on the island with comfy beach chairs and smiling beach boys. With just the right amount of sassy in the crowd it attracts, there’s something for everyone here. Grab your sunbeds for the week and don’t move, except when you head up to the beachside, Elia Restaurant for lunch… I recommend the Calamari Fritti and a green salad. Crystal clear water and a sexy crowd to match, Elia is my number one choice.
You could also try Jackie O’ Beach Club on Super Paradise Beach if you really want to glam it up. Come after 6pm if you like sunsets and drag queens… it’s the best show in town with a jaw dropping backdrop. The bar tenders here are a bit of fun too.
The Kitchen is my fave… it’s a place only the locals will tell you about, and is run by two handsome brothers whose food comes fresh from their farm daily. Try the Lemon Chicken, I would eat if every night if I could. For a sushi scene, you can’t beat Matsuhisa at the Belvedere Hotel. Here sushi is served up ultra-glam style – with prices to match. For an equally fab Japanese dinner at half the price… head down to Sakura located in Mykonos town.
Mykonos has something for everyone, take a room at the Belvedere Hotel if seeing and being seen is your thing, or the Rochari next door which delivers honest family hospitality with a decidedly entertaining gay and lesbian clientele (it also has the deepest pool with the best view in Mykonos). Don’t take anything less than a room with sea view and balcony to capture those quintessential Mykonian sunsets.
*INSIDER TIP: Book well in advance for next season, I prefer early July when it’s not so busy… although being there for the closing of the season this September lent a nice buzz to this stay I hadn’t experienced before… and the weather was perfect!