Having recently returned from my third trip to Mykonos, I’ve fallen in love with the greek island even more so than the previous times. A myriad of white washed buildings, winding ivory streets, hidden boutiques, bars and restaurants, you can’t help but feel you’re only seeing a miniscule proportion of what’s really there every time you visit.
Kaftan by Next
STAYING: Staying at the Myconian Ambassador (A Relais & Chateaux Hotel), I couldn’t fault the service here. Whilst every staff member was beyond beautiful (the women dressed in spectacular white suits), it was the attentiveness, consideration to detail and all round hospitality that put this hotel on a pedestal for me. Gorgeous rooms, simplistic but stylish food (and cocktails) as well as stunning spa facilities and surroundings, perfectly compliment the service to make this a stand out stay for me.
Kaftan by The Jet Set Diaries (asos.com), necklace by Alexi London, bag by Reiss & shoes by Next
DINING: Whilst there is a plethora of restaurants on the island, from steak and sushi to italian and mexican, I wanted to stick to what the greeks do best… GREEK! Here’s some of the stand out spots I came across…
YIALO YIALO: A little beach restaurant housed on Platos Gialos beach, we stumbled upon this mid photoshoot. After being blown over by gale force winds (we rescued our sodden clothes from the sea), we needed an eatery that accepted towels within the dress code and didn’t serve pizza or takeaway pre-prepared sandwiches. Yialo Yialo ticked both of the above boxes and more, whilst the fried Calamari was worth every one of it’s fat-ridden calories. The traditional Greek salad was superb and the Prawns Saganaki (tomato based sauce with feta) is a new favourite.
BAKALO: Situated in the town, off one of the many side streets, Bakalo is greek food without the fussy frills. Whilst bread and dips were served up straight away (and free), we then went on to order the ‘cheese dumplings’, which were a chef recommendation and the zucchini fritters. For main course, we shared a moussaka and grilled octopus which were both divine, and finished off with the most amazing tasting ‘shot’ I’ve ever downed. A rose geranium liquer exclusive to the restaurant – make sure you ask Yannis (the manager) for a try.
MAMALOUKA: A greek/mediterranean eatery – wandering through the restaurant courtyard is like a scene out of ‘Secret Garden”, all hanging flowers, trees and fairy lights. We ordered the mezze platter to share for a starter, and then shared the sea bream fillet with bulgar tabbouleh and salmon with zucchini noodles, both of which were undeniably fresh, full of flavour (which can often be lacking with fish I find), and particularly generous in portion size. As is tradition, a bottle of ‘Mastika’ was then plonked on our table, cheered on by the waiters I managed one of these, through a lot of grimacing.
SCARPA: Right on the seafront, this is a must visit for sunset. With the water literally just below your feet, grab a table at the forefront of the bar for prime viewing and order up one of the many cocktails on offer. I developed a penchant for frozen daiquiris whilst there and promptly nailed three during a half hour sundown session. Adorned with fresh fruit, they are surely sugary laden but worth every granule.
Cover-up by Next
Shopping: Mykonos is home to some of the best boutiques EVER, and the style is totally up my (understated) street. Think boho white kaftans, linen shirts and floral, floaty kimonos, multicoloured pom pom bags and grecian sandals. You’ll find amazing leather goods and gorgeous delicate jewellery too. Head into the town and wander through all the winding streets as the stores are so spread out and all so varied in price. You’ll find bikinis for €15 and swimsuits for €500, if you’re after the luxe designer pieces. Keep a look out for the many sunglass stores too, I invested in 3 pairs whilst there and they’re beauties!
Dress by asos.com, necklace by Alexi London, watch by Larsson & Jennings