Far­rah Storr finds out whether this home of many trashy re­al­ity TV shows still pulls a boho fash­ion crowd

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The Greek is­land of Mykonos was once ‘ the place’ to be seen. Su­per­mod­els danced on ta­bles, and half of Hol­ly­wood was holed up in the tav­er­nas. But by 2005, lashy beach clubs reigned, the megay­achts had landed and hedge-fund high-rollers sprayed Cham­pagne around like Oros. Come in high sum­mer, head to any beach that sounds like a re­tired Turk­ish wrestler (Nam­mos, Scor­pios), and you will al­most cer­tainly ind bankers in red pants pay­ing thousands for a lunch of cru­dités and rosé. But come in June or Septem­ber to ex­plore the back streets of Mykonos town, and you will ind that the rus­tic charm of the is­land is alive and well. Be hon­est: how likely am I to bump into some­one from a re­al­ity TV show? Not very, if you know where to go – like Kiki’s tiny tav­ern on Agios Sostis beach, where there are no reser­va­tions and the food is as ef­fort­less as the chic clien­tele. Or try Ka­trine’s, run by a sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian chef who keeps the food clas­sic (lob­ster lin­guine, and chicken and veg that’s un­like any chicken and veg you’ve eaten) and the at­mos­phere sparkly. I’m hungry now. Where else should I dine? The in-crowd tends to stick to the restau­rants in the back streets of Mykonos town. Go­ing out-out? Eat at Spilia, inside a cave – it serves the best lob­ster salad in town. And where do I catch my beauty sleep? If camp­ing out in a place that looks like the en­tire Wey­landts cat­a­logue was shot there is your thing, you’re in luck: Ken­sho is the bou­tique ho­tel of pretty much ev­ery­one’s dreams. Staff flut­ter around in white linen dis­pens­ing Aperol spritzes and flirty smiles, while rooms have hot tubs and sun-baked ter­races.

Ev­ery­thing has been thought through, from the morn­ing fit­ness classes (yoga or HIIT, de­pend­ing on how strong you’re feel­ing) to the can­dles that scent the en­tire ho­tel (which, thank­fully, you can buy). TBH, you could just shack up here for an en­tire week – af­ter all, most peo­ple head to Ken­sho’s bar for a pre-meal tip­ple be­fore head­ing out any­way. ■

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