Mykonos
Overview

What do Sofia Vergara, Alessandra Ambrosio, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bar Rafaeli, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Madonna, Lady Gaga and the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan have in common? A love for Mykonos. That and they’re all super beautiful. If you want to hang with these high rollers as photogenic as the island itself, book your flights and bag your best outfits to take on the Aegean. Attracting travelers from all walks of life, Mykonos style is more reserved and bohemian than over-the-top glam. Think tunics, big necklaces, lace and crochet. Also literally everything is blue and white (we mean it), so be sure to pack some ensembles to blend with these iconic Mykonos tones. Cabs can quite frankly be a b**** to snag on the island, so we suggest finding a local Myconian boyfriend for the week to shuttle you over the hills and through the cobblestone streets on his moped. However, if this doesn’t work out, flats and wedges should do you just fine (heels and cobblestone don’t quite mix) and there is a plethora of amazing local designers that create one-of-a kind sandals like Mabu by Maria BK or Elina Linardaki to keep your feet chic. From the shops, to beaches, to bars, to hidden restaurants, you’ll want your feet to be comfy (but still pretty…) on an island prime for exploring.

There’s no doubt that Mykonos has a rep as a party destination. Famed shoe designer Brian Atwood chooses Mykonos year after year to celebrate his August bday (last year’s theme was “Purple Haze,” with A-list guests like Valentino and Tamara Beckwith). For those of us regular people who aren’t lucky enough to score invites to such celeb bashes (ugh), Paradise definitely reigns supreme as the hottest nightclub. The party often starts earlier (circa 4pm) with daytime carousal on some of the 25 beautiful beaches lining the glittering turquoise water around the island. A printed Missoni Kaftan or white lace Miguelina cover up would dress you perfectly for such daytime festivities, though often anything goes. Beyond the parties, a Myconian vacation can be a relaxing sanctuary of sunshine, beautiful beaches, and cultural immersion, if you know the top spots to escape (read on as we have you covered). However you prefer to spend your trip, this Aegean island makes for one gorgeous and unforgettable vacation.  

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Indulge

Indulge

DINING

Prepare yourself for super-fresh everything and octopus galore; Mykonos is a real-deal epicurean experience. Away from the tourist masses, Ulmus is a whitewashed poolside restaurant set at family-owned Ftelia Bay Boutique hotel. Come clad in a classic printed frock for a staple dish like the pesto linguini, or get creative with bold statement jewelry pieces almost as adventurous as their innovative mojito salmon entrée. For the late night prowlers, Interni Mykonos is a hip garden eatery and bar that comes to life with cinematic deep blue lighting against white furniture around 11pm. Keep the cocktails coming after your Mediterranean feast ‘cause this chic spot blasts into a full-on dance lounge by 2am. For simple deliciousness, enjoy the sunset and a gourmet wood-fire pizza at hotspot Marechiaro. Tuck a napkin over your crisp white top because no one can say no to sinking their teeth into dough slathered with melted buratta and homegrown tomatoes (except maybe the lactose-intolerant and gluten-free. Sorry guys). For awe-inspiring architecture with an exquisite meal, slink into a silk dress and join the sexy crowd at Pho’s, offering local island food and a lively bar scene in an atmosphere designed by famed LM architects. The glamourous courtyard of Kalita lies in the heart of Mykonos town, contained by a romantic canopy of palm trees, which, paired with innovative Greek cuisine, makes for an intimate dining experience amid the rush of town (though feel free to hop right over to the bars and clubs after dessert). Stylish Kuzina Mykonos is great for a showy lunch or starry evening of Aegean glamour along Ornos Beach, with a Greco-Asian menu featuring everything from maki and sashimi to traditional Greek dishes. Ladies, we now challenge you to put your smart phones away as you embark to Mykonos’ most exclusive, digitally-free island institution: Kiki’s.

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Even celebrities wait for tables at this acclaimed seafood eatery, where when you’re seated you can enjoy a fresh daily catch under a covered terrace overlooking Agios Sostios Beach. On a different shore, savor lunch at the Tiki-style beach club in the open air dining room of Solymar, located at Kalo Livadi beach. On a waterfront peninsula below the windmills rests unique seafood hot spot Sea Satin, where visitors choose from the colorful selections of the fresh fish market (changing daily) to be prepared to their liking. As the Satin dinner crowd progresses into the cabana bar, you may even find yourself twirling in your Self-Portrait dress atop a table in the open island air. Perhaps the most awaited newcomer last summer is Ling Ling by Hakkasan, known for luring the rich and famous and serving up Chinese specialties like Peking duck. Be prepared to linger into the morning hours at this hot new open-air restaurant and bar. At the heart of Platys Gialos Beach, DK Oyster restaurant and bar is the new sensation of Mykonos. Experience the very best of Mykonos at this elegant all-day beach venue where the fun and parties never stop!

NIGHTLIFE

Long heralded as the best club in Mykonos, Paradise Club attracts people from around the world with visiting DJ royalty, like Tiesto, Guetta, and Ministry of Sound. Even if those names mean nothing to you, Paradise is sure to be a fabulously frenzied night of dancing well into the morning, not to mention the perfect excuse to sport your favorite wedges and island club wear. If you’re really committed, you can get going early while still in your beach sarong at Super Paradise, the daytime dance club along Mykonos beach. Ever danced under a fibre-optic ceiling of the northern hemisphere’s constellations that pulses to the music? Unless you’ve already been to Astra, we’re guessing not. Better yet, you can party in this fusion of glamour and rock culture next to the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Keith Richards, and supermodel Karolina Kurkova, just some of this upscale lounge’s past clientele. For a sampling of “king of cocktails,” Dale de Groff’s, famous martini concoctions, do not miss the sophisticated and iconic Belvedere Hotel Bar, where the mood and tempo rise as the sun sets over the sea. For similar daytime sophistication, consider Kalua, the hidden gem beach club restaurant along the rock formations Paraga Beach, a prime for those lucky yacht-hoppers to dock and join the fashionable crowd for drinks and soft DJ beats.  This season the new hot spot definitely was Scorpios for their amazing sunset rituals and night time raggers. But be sure to check Nammos schedule as they host a handful of amazing nighttime gatherings that you definitely don’t want to miss!

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Explore

Explore

Obviously, hit the beach. This is an island after all. Psarou Beach (site of numerous beach clubs, including the favorite, Nammos) is bound to be packed with partiers, and definitely the spot to see and be seen. If you’ve got nothing to wear, hit the nearby shops, or don’t—nudists welcome! More removed from the party scene, Elia Beach is a lovely alternative, where jetsetters and locals alike bask under the blue umbrellas dotting the sand.  Beyond the beach, you can cool off in Mykonos without getting your Ancient Greeks sandy. Rent a boat to explore the waves and surrounding islands, or just ‘waste’ a day sipping Lychee Mojitos by your hotel’s infinity pool removed from the hubbub of the public beaches. For more cultural exploration, don’t miss the Windmills of Kato Milli—an iconic Mykonos attraction. Just keep your fedora fitting snuggly and avoid flowy mini dresses for this visit—the winds can be pretty unforgiving! Continue your cultural immersion with a romantic evening with your guy at Little Venice, a charming neighborhood by the sea dotted with quaint houses. Arrive early donned in a RAEY dress for a quick trip to the beautiful whitewashed Church of Panagia Paraportiani, located just inland in Little Venice. But to do Little Venice truly right, you’ll spend cocktail hour at Caprice, a bar with a famed view, to watch the sun sink over the ocean and illuminate the ethereal beauty of this darling quarter of the island. Dig into more history with a trip to the ruins on the island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.   

SHOP

Where to Shop

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Whether you’re strolling the streets, hitting the beach, or indulging in fine cuisine and vibrant nightlife, you’ll want some boho-glam island wear to help you look the part. If you haven’t heard, white and blue is very much a thing here. That said, there’s plenty of room for creativity, and plenty of chic boutiques to help quench your fashion thirst. Stop number one is Mykonos town, also known as Chora (i.e. “the town” in Greek, but makes you sound legit). Jorjy and Soho Soho are two great luxury boutiques in Chora offering boho-chic clothing, accessories, and designer brands, great for trendy printed maxis. At the Matogianni Hotel you can find Sotris, selling curated fashion items from Alaia and Prada, among others, in an atmosphere that couples haute couture with the summer ease of Cyclades. Enny Monaco also features brands that we swoon over including Christian Louboutin and Versace. Next, hit up Apriati, a name that in ancient Greek means “strong desire for having beautiful possessions,” or alternatively every woman’s true middle name and every husband’s/father’s credit nightmare. Behind this brand are two young Greek designers with distinctive design, creating a new approach to casual luxury. The destination for elegance, Linea Piu is the sole representative for Chanel in Greece since 1994 as well as the exclusive retailer for big brands like Tom Ford, Blumarine, and Christopher Kane. Before venturing out of Chora, drop by Liontis for a pair of handmade leather sandals to add some authenticity to your island glam.

As you wander about Little Venice, poke into White Boutiques, a classic Grecian clothing shop filled with vibrantly printed kaftans and a wide array of accessories. For a break from the sun at Psarou beach, slip into your cover up and over to LUISABeach, which features an avante-garde mix of mens and womens. It’s also inside famed Nammos and is a boozy shopping paradise Finally, if you opt for a daytime voyage to some of the neighboring islands, be sure to dock at Paros, home to the famous boutique Ada Kamara, a Greek designer selling kaftans, silk dresses, and gorgeous bags with traditional Grecian feel and contemporary prints. 

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