Mykonos | DES­TI­NA­TION

THE BEST OF GREEK IS­LAND LUX­URY

Upscale Living Magazine - - Contents - | BY EMMA-LOUISE O’NEILL ALL IM­AGES COUR­TESY OF STATHIS BOUZOUKAS

Although small is size, Mykonos has long been known for its flam­boy­ant and glam­ourous nightlife, which of course at­tracts a very fash­ion­ably in­ter­na­tional crowd. So it’s no sur­prise that the is­land is now home to some of the best des­ti­na­tion bou­tique ho­tels in Greece, as well as set­ting stan­dards for the most fab­u­lous and deca­dent beach clubs, which have been at­tract­ing an A-list clien­tele since the 1960s.

Nam­mos Beach (www.nam­mos.gr), the lively bikini-and-sushi beach club and restau­rant at Psarou Beach renowned for at­tract­ing a traf­fic jam of su­pery­achts an­chor­ing off the shore in high sea­son, is world fa­mous. Ev­ery­one goes for lunch, and stays for sun­down – if you are lucky enough to get a ta­ble. And Nam­mos just got a lit­tle bet­ter with the ad­di­tion of new beach ca­banas fea­tur­ing a pri­vate out­door Jacuzzi, a but­ler to serve cham­pagne, and even a ded­i­cated pri­vate chef serv­ing up de­li­cious treats. Set slightly up from the beach, it’s cer­tainly the most lux­u­ri­ous way to en­joy the famed party beach as you are guar­an­teed five-star ser­vice and a lit­tle pri­vacy to re­lax.

The Psarou Beach crowd does glam­our like nowhere else – this is de­signer beach fash­ion at its best and peo­ple are here to be no­ticed. Don’t be sur­prised if you feel a lit­tle un­der­dressed upon ar­rival, so it’s rather lucky the in­ter­na­tional stores of Nam­mos Vil­lage are a short dash up from the beach. Brands such as Dior, Os­car de la Renta and Louis Vuit­ton and Chris­tian Louboutin are among the stores set in lush botanic gar­dens, and the chances are you will re­turn to the beach in an en­tirely new out­fit – prob­a­bly with five new re­sort out­fits! (www.nam­mosvil­lage.com).

As we were cel­e­brat­ing a land­mark birth­day, we’d opted for a tai­lor-made trip to en­sure we ex­pe­ri­enced the best this amaz­ing Greek is­land had to of­fer – and our Mykonos concierge An­gela (www.mykonoslux­u­ry­travel.com) took care of the finer de­tails with a su­perbly planned trip.

Lo­ca­tion is ev­ery­thing in Mykonos; a short­age of taxis means travel around the is­land can be chal­leng­ing, so you need to en­sure you have a ho­tel in a good lo­ca­tion and 24-hour driver or ho­tel shut­tle. The plush 5-star Kourous Ho­tel (www.kouroshotelmykonos.gr) has both – as well as a stun­ning clifftop lo­ca­tion. It’s a pic­ture-per­fect Greek ho­tel, with serene all-white in­te­ri­ors and to-die-for views rolling down to Mykonos town, set off by the daz­zling cobalt blue of the Mediter­ranean. With in­te­ri­ors by French de­signer Fa­bi­enne Spahn and spa­cious rooms with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, the Kourous feels more like a stylish pri­vate villa than a ho­tel. Our suite came with its own pri­vate pool, so we could have hap­pily stayed re­lax­ing there all day (with a few trips to the Zoe spa for good mea­sure) – how­ever, the amaz­ing se­lec­tion of pas­tries and healthy break­fast (in­clud­ing the tra­di­tional lo­cal filo pas­try pies with fill­ings such as spinach and feta) served around the main pool, with the views down over the ac­tiv­ity of Mykonos town, al­ways tempted us out to en­joy the at­mos­phere of the ho­tel.

Sun­set is also a big oc­ca­sion here, when it seems al­most the en­tire pop­u­la­tion of the is­land emerges to watch the sky softly fade into the most spec­tac­u­lar rose-gold light. Lit­tle Venice, a quirky water­side area in Mykonos town that takes its name for look­ing strik­ingly like the real one, is prob­a­bly the most pop­u­lar spot for sun­set, but as you’d ex­pect it’s thronged – luck­ily, we had the most panoramic views in the lux­ury of a VIP pri­vate ter­race at our ho­tel. I doubt there are bet­ter views any­where on the is­land, es­pe­cially as ours came with chilled cham­pagne and fives­tar ser­vice.

Kourous’ cen­tral lo­ca­tion was per­fect for mak­ing the most of the renowned Mykonos nightlife. The New Re­mezzo (www. re­mezzo-mykonos.com) restau­rant, the newly ren­o­vated leg­endary is­land hotspot, is so good it fea­tures in every jet­set­ter’s lit­tle black book. The at­mos­phere is buzzy, the crowd glam­orous and the fresh fish amaz­ing. Mykonos devo­tees come back here year af­ter year, it’s al­most a rit­ual to do a big din­ner at Re­mezzo – and we to­tally suc­cumbed to its charm, so much so that we had to re­turn a sec­ond night dur­ing our trip, and loved it just as much again.While the fab­u­lous nightlife is def­i­nitely part of the charm of Mykonos, we were also in need of some pam­per­ing and time to un­wind af­ter a hec­tic few days. The sec­ond half of the hol­i­day was go­ing to be all about leav­ing the crowds be­hind and re­lax­ing, and the ma­jes­tic Blue Sener­ity Villa (www.mykonoslux­u­ry­travel.com) in Panora­mas, in the north of the is­land, was cer­tainly the per­fect place for that – es­pe­cially as it came with a concierge and five-star ser­vice, in­clud­ing a pri­vate chef who spoilt us with out-of-this-world cui­sine (her peach and seabass ce­viche was so good we de­manded it daily).

So af­ter a few days of do­ing noth­ing (de­spite the at­tempts of the concierge to tempt us on a pri­vate char­ter and guided ex­cur­sion of the an­cient ru­ins of De­los, the clos­est is­land) but ad­mir­ing the stun­ning view of the Mediter­ranean from our in­fin­ity pool, work­ing on our tans, hav­ing mas­sages by the pool and eat­ing like Roy­alty, we were ready to join the beach party set again. Luck­ily, the lav­ish Prin­cipot beach club (www.prin­cipote.com), was next door and boasted an amaz­ing wine list to match any Miche­lin-star restau­rant in the beau­ti­ful beach dé­cor sur­round­ings – prov­ing it is pos­si­ble to have the best of fine-din­ing while bare­foot at the beach, a very unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

That’s the charm of Mykonos, it serves up the most glam­ourous fun, set against the beauty of the Greek is­lands – some­thing cer­tainly on the wish-list for those big cel­e­bra­tion hol­i­days.

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The beauty of the Greek is­lands is al­most mytho­log­i­cal - white-washed cube-style ar­chi­tec­ture and Byzan­tium churches set against the Mediter­ranean blue. Each is­land cer­tainly has a charm all its own; Corfu’s sandy beaches, San­torini’s vol­canic caldera and De­los’s an­cient ru­ins…mak­ing it al­most im­pos­si­ble to choose be­tween them. As we were cel­e­brat­ing my sis­ter’s 40th birth­day, we wanted five-star lux­ury along with deca­dent fun – so Mykonos was the ob­vi­ous choice.

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