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WHERE TO GO: Our Mykonos Trip 2022

When you think of European Summers in Greece, islands such as Mykonos and Santorini will no doubt come to mind. Well known for its glamorous beach parties, fiery sunsets and white cobbled streets, Mykonos is truly beautiful. I've been to Mykonos quite a few times - particularly one year where I spent most of the summer experiencing the island.


However, this time around was a bit different, as this was more of a 'romantic trip' rather than a group holiday (as per the last few times). We were also here for an entire week which is considered long. Whereas the majority of people tend to island-hop and visit places such as Santorini or go snorkelling in Crete.


GETTING THERE Mykonos' peak season runs from June until September. We visited the beginning of August which is the busiest and even from June, bookings for restaurants and bars were already starting to fill up. Prices will start to rise across the islands, such as hotels, taxis and sunbeds.


Typically the temperature at this time ranges from 24-29°C, with the Cycladic breeze.


Coming from London, the quickest way to get to Mykonos is by a direct plane, with a 3+ hour duration. You can also get a ferry from Athens or from other surrounding islands.



GETTING AROUND

Whilst usually I'd recommend getting a car for freedom, Mykonos is one place I'd say you can do without. Firstly, it's difficult to actually find any parking. And even if you do find a spot, it's likely you'll have to still walk quite a bit. Secondly, if you plan to have a few drinks, it's best not to get on the road. The island is notoriously known for having a few erratic drivers on the road, so keep in mind for your own safety. Hailing down a taxi can be a nightmare, so pre-book your transport with Aegean Taxi - trips started from around 45€ each way. We were also lucky enough to have stayed in a hotel, that provides free shuttle transfers to the main town, Little Venice. Although I've personally never taken them, there are public buses as well, that can help take you to your desired location from as little as 3€.


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WHERE TO STAY

During our time in Mykonos, I was fortunate enough to experience three different places within the Southern area of Elia Beach (also the less windier area).

Myconian Utopia - Part of the impeccable Relais & Châteaux collection, this is a great hotel geared towards couples with modern boho interior.

Myconian Villas - The lavish Villas collection is one of the larger Myconian properties, boasting a grand infinity pool looking over Elia beach.

Myconian Avaton - A member of the prestigious Design Hotels group. Avaton offers a livelier environment compared to the other hotels,


WHAT TO PACK

It's worth noting that although these islands can heat up during the peak, you might find the Cyclades can get a little breezy, especially during the evening. Here's my packing list:

  • Light Linens - shirts and shorts

  • Swimwear -

  • Beach cover-ups - for when you visit beach clubs

  • 'Nice' sandals - trust me, high heels aren't the best on sand or cobbly streets. If you want to add height, opt for a small block mule heel or espadrille. Honestly, I never actually wore my heels and most people at the clubs are in sandals.

  • Comfortable shoes - either sneakers or walking sandals such as Teva's, especially if you plan daytime activities.

  • Summer Evening wear - nothing overly formal. Slip dresses or a nice blouse will be your best bet if you plan to go out somewhere fancy.

  • Pashmina - or a light beach scarf. I personally hate wearing jackets as I get too hot in them, so I tend to pack something I can throw over my shoulders as and when. Mykonos is notoriously windy, so this helps to double up as both protection from the sun and for keeping you warm in the cooler temps.

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FOR MEN

  • Lightweight Shirts - Luca Faloni provides a great selection of Linen shirts in various shades.

  • Swimwear - For something fun and will suit the beach club vibe, Frescobol Carioca will be your best bet. Offering classic and tailored style swim shorts to bring you from sun lounger to bar, as well as their signature and vibrant prints inspired by Rio De Janeiro.

  • Comfortable shoes - again either sneakers, sandals or an espadrille style flat

  • Summer evening wear - A pair of cotton/chino trousers paired with a cotton shirt

Top tip: If you're planning to spend the entire day out at a beach club, that will take you from day through to night. Be sure to pack a change of clothes, particularly if you're not within walking distance of your hotel/apartment. For places such as Scorpios, as the evening draws in, you'll soon start to notice guests arriving slightly more dressed up.


WHAT TO PRE-BOOK HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, NEW FOR 2022

Super Paradise Beach Club - Recently going through a renovation to kick-start the 2022 seasons, Super Paradise has truly outdone themselves with their new look. The interior gives a slight moonscape-meets-boho style. We came here the day after our arrival and spent the whole entire time here as it was so fun.


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, NEW FOR 2022

Allinblusive Riva Lounge at Nammos - The brand new Riva Lounge by Allinblusive, at the worldwide famous Nammos Beach bar, is not one to miss. Prepare for a memorable experience in one of Mykonos’ finest private lounges and savour the allure of the Riva Lounge while taking in the stunning landscape and crystal-clear waters. The glamorous boat comes with plush cushioned lounge areas and even a downstairs area with two bedrooms and a lounge area.


Scorpios - Perhaps Mykonos' most coveted hotspot to be seen. This place has a chilled ambience, heavily influenced by bohemian-style decor. The beach of Scorpios in Mykonos is divided into three areas, the private beach, the oasis, and the slope area. The access price varies according to each area, and there are various private cabanas available for rental upon reservation.


NEW FOR 2022

Nōema - Tucked away in Little Venice, Nōema is a contemporary Greek restaurant that aims to celebrate the free spirit of the Cyclades. Upon entering you'll first be seated in their waiting area, where you have the choice to sit down and enjoy the views of Mykonos, or you can visit their boutique. The restaurant uses quality ingredients and provides an eclectic atmosphere with Aegean sounds.


DAY 1: Getting settled in

Not the most exciting day, just as we had a late arrival. We touched down at our first hotel Myconian Utopia Relais & Châteaux where the hotel combines natural beauty and modern opulence. This hotel is perfect for couples and honeymooners, offering luxurious services and fabulous entertainment.

Before settling into bed after a long journey, we were able to enjoy a four-course meal at their Pavillion restaurant, which helped put us in the 'Greek spirit'.


DAY 2: Getting into the spirit at the new Super Paradise

Feeling rested and refreshed, we finished up on breakfast, then got changed to head down to Super Paradise Beach Club for 11AM. The plan: beach all day.

We didn't intend to spend the entire day to evening there, however we enjoyed our time here so much, that we got carried away. Most of the time we chilled on sun loungers, took a dip in the sea and enjoyed some delicious cocktails and food at the restaurant/bar. A team of trained masseaus' will walk around and offer a complitmentary 5-minute massage on your lounger, where you can then view their range of services.


The team here are super friendly and we even made friends with our sun-lounger neighbours who offered us a glass of their bottle.

DAY 3: A trip into town

Started the morning with a gym session and breakfast at Utopia. We then checked in o our new hotel just 2 minutes away, Myconian Villas nestled hillside above Elia Bay. Part of the Preferred Hotels Group, Villas offers a spacious complex and a much larger infinity pool. We decided to spend the afternoon at the hotel, having lunch poolside overlooking the beautiful views.

For the evening, we ventured into Little Venice where we were invited Nōema to try their chefs-choice menu. This new restaurant is stunning and is perfect either for couples or a group. When we were taken downstairs to the restaurant, we couldn't believe the change of atmosphere from how it was in the waiting area/boutique. There's a lively ambience with welcoming staff and a DJ.


Afterwards, we just walked around Little Venice and found a spot by the sea, where we enjoyed a bottle of red wine to draw in the evening. One thing you'll notice with Little Venice, is that there's no certain type of person out during the evening. On one side you'll see mid-twentysomethings partying the night away, and then you'll see families fully enjoying exploring the streets of Mykonos. If you are planning to venture in to Little Venice, it's highly recommended to wear comfortable shoes. Though the streets are adorable, the path is very uneven and you will be walking slightly on incline in some areas. In short... it's twisted ankle central.


DAY 4: Bond-style boat trip

Mixing up our days a bit, we went for a private yacht tour with Allinblusive's Rivammos, located in the chic Nammos beach. Despite mother nature providing a very windy afternoon, it was great to be able to get out at sea and enjoy the views facing inland.

The James Bond-esque, boat was luxurious and comfortable with plenty of lounging/seated areas to simply soak up the sun. The captain and host were extremely friendly and even provided some information about the island. Rivammos was an incredible experience and perfect for a small group of friends of even for couples. The boat is like no other and we were completely shocked when we boarded such a chic boat with wooden decking. You'll most certainly feel like an A-list celebrity during this sail.


Post-boat trip, we decided to have lunch at Nammos, where we tucked into perhaps the world's largest Greek Salad plus plenty of fresh seafood. If you haven't been to Nammos before, it's worth checking out the village. Adorned with an array of high-end boutique stores such as Dior, Louis Vuitton etc. you can enjoy a spot of glitzy shopping. Even if you don't plan on buying anything, the village itself it beautiful to wander around. They even have parrots and a resident peacock on the grounds.


DAY 5: The famous Scorpios

After a morning at the hotel, we spent the afternoon at renowned Scorpios. If you're new to Mykonos, this place should definitely be on your bucket list. The large space offers a restaurant, scattered beach cabanas, boutique and bars to lounge in. It's worth coming here even just to see the sunset and enjoy a bottle of wine.


We actually ended up spending the rest of the day here, hiring a beach cabana (140€), enjoying a delicious lunch and spending the evening dancing the night away until close. Whilst the price of the sun loungers may seem steep, I would actually say for what you get, it's worth it compared to other lavish beach clubs. Also works out a lot cheaper when you split the cost between a group.


If you do plan to eat, want a table or plan to spend the day here, I cannot stress enough to book in advance. Walk-ins are available, but if you're planning to go during peak season, expect it to be full or have a long wait.


As the evening started to draw to a close, we took a taxi back (with a much needed stop at a Gyros joint), and headed to our room at Myconian Avaton.


DAY 6: Resting up

For once, we were actually able to spend the day enjoying the area of our hotel within the Elia location. After quite a heavy night, we woke up near midday and headed straight to lunch at Avaton, where they served italian cuisine. With a heavy meal sitting in our stomachs, we decided to head to the beach and just relax.


DAY 7: Farewell (for now)

A fairly quiet morning, which included packing up for Rhodes. Since our flight was midday, we were only really around to enjoy the breakfast buffet at Avaton.


CLOSING NOTES I'm going to be brutally honest - as beautiful as the island is, Mykonos will set you back a bit. Both Mykonos and Santorini are relatively overpriced, compared to islands such as Paros, Naxos or Milos. It definitely has a livelier vibe and is excellent for those wanting a more glamorous holiday, however, be prepared for the prices that follow.


It is possible to do Mykonos on a budget. Such as going in the off-season. Whilst the weather may be cooler, it's also a great opportunity to stroll through places like Little Venice without the crowds.


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