MYKONOS

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It may seem per­verse to in­clude this glitzy party is­land, but those in the know – in­clud­ing Linda Evan­ge­lista and Sharon Stone – en­joy its azure-blue wa­ters from a base in the rel­a­tively undis­cov­ered Ornos Bay. Away from the gleam­ing white build­ings and jostling crowds of Mykonos Town, the re­cently re­opened Santa Ma­rina ho­tel en­cour­ages a far more tran­quil so­journ on the ‘is­land of the winds’, which was brought to the fore in the 1960s by Jackie Kennedy Onas­sis and Grace Kelly. While oth­ers are rev­el­ling in the north, you can opt for a cool­ing dip in the aptly named Oa­sis Pool or a lunch of the fresh­est seafood on the colour­ful ter­race above the ho­tel’s sweep­ing pri­vate beach. From here, it’s also easy to travel the pic­turesque back-coun­try roads to se­cluded Agios Ioan­nis beach, which is a good spot for wind­surf­ing and other aquatic ad­ven­tures. Where to stay: Santa Ma­rina Re­sort & Vil­las, a Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Re­sort (www.santa-ma­rina.gr).

the lounge of villa lapis lazuli at santa ma­rina

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