Mykonos: Ibiza with a Greek Accent
By Simon Gusev
One of the most famous Greek islands, Mykonos is a heaven on Earth for the wide range of audiences, from casual party-goers to sophisticated elite who prefers upscale leisure time.
With all its stunning beaches, original architectural style, crazy nightlife, fashionable restaurants, and Bohemian crowd, the island breathes a very special, unique, and positive atmosphere. Besides, Mykonos is probably the most cosmopolitan island of Greece, rightfully considered its "party" capital. It is here that Greece's famous personalities and world stars prefer to spend their summer holidays. So, you may be lucky enough to take a swim in the sea with a famous Hollywood actor or sunbathe next to a popular singer, dine in the same restaurant with a glamorous fashion designer or dance your night off to the music sets by the most renowned DJs on the planet.
The island of Mykonos or the Greek Ibiza is a perfect place for those who love active and fun holidays that charge you with unforgettable emotions for years to come.
How to Get There?
Since there are many direct flights from major European airports to Mykonos International Airport, you can grab a plane from your hometown. However, if there is no access from your local airport, you can transfer at Athens International Airport or Thessaloniki Airport for a sweet short trip to the island. Alternatively, you can hop on the ferry ride from one of the two Athenian ports – Piraeus and Rafina. But bear in mind, the trip by ferry usually lasts from 3 to 5 hours depending on whether your ferry is a normal or a high speed one. If you are already in Greece, chilling on one of its picturesque islands like Santorini, Paros, Naxos or any other one, you can also reach Mykonos by ferry in no time.
Where to Stay?
The Santa Marina
Known for its exclusivity and luxurious services, The Santa Marina is a mecca of relaxation and upscale recreation. You can fly or sail to the hotel since it has a helipad and a private pier. Besides, The Santa Marina has the only private beach on Mykonos – which guarantees much-needed privacy and seclusion from the outside world.
Learn more at https://www.santa-marina.gr/
The Belvedere boasts five-star facilities like the world's first outdoor sushi bar and SPA with an extensive list of treatments that will satisfy even the most sophisticated of us. One of the top hotel features is its concierge team – ready to meet your wildest expectations, including ultra-luxurious helicopter rides to the next island.
Learn more at https://www.belvederehotel.com/
One of the first 5-star hotels on Mykonos, Cavo Tagoo, still alive and thriving. The hotel overlooks the sea from its hillside location, offering spacious rooms, substantial private pools with panoramic views, and marvellous service.
Learn more at https://www.cavotagoo.com/mykonos/
Destino Pacha Hotel
A prestigious offspring of the famous Pacha hospitality chain, the hotel represents a unique fusion of leisure, fun, comfort, and elite services, including a world-class spa and an excellent pool for outdoor relaxation. Destino Pacha Hotel also invites guests to embark on a unique culinary journey at one of the best restaurants on the island, conveniently based on the hotel's premises.
Learn more at https://www.destinopachamykonos.com/
Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge
Every jet-setter's prime choice, this hotel truly defines hedonism. With a striking infinity pool and one of Greece's award-winning restaurants, Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge goes as far as issuing your own driver for transfers around the island, as well as a personal assistant, shopping assistant, and fitness instructor.
Learn more at https://www.bill-coo-hotel.com/suites/
Where to Beach?
Since Mykonos experiences over 300 days of sunshine per year, your top priority will be finding a suitable place for sunbathing while sipping handcrafted cocktails and partying next to azure waters. That's why iPremium decided to ease your search and prepared the list of the best beaches out there.
For casual relaxation and after dusk party time:
A chic beach with all you'll need: luxury shopping, a seafood restaurant & a stylish bar with comfy sun loungers and everyday parties.
Learn more at https://www.nammos.gr/
Built around a contemporary interpretation of agora – a classic Greek central public space – Scorpios is meant to evoke our spirituality and sense of beauty while having great parties on Sundays and Thursdays.
Learn more at https://www.scorpiosmykonos.com/
This beach club at Panormos strikes a perfect balance between the posh venue and a laid back opulent summer beach living.
Learn more at https://principote.com/
This beach fuses an inspirational yet laid-back ambience with a traditional, well-loved Greek cuisine to produce a unique sense of joy. Besides, you can find yourself at a glamorous party on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Learn more at http://www.alemagou.gr/
A popular meeting place among Greek and international connoisseurs alike, this beach offers an excellent service and divine choice of all-time favorite cocktails.
Learn more at https://solymarmykonos.com/
Boasting with its northern location and strong yet gentle winds, the beach has established itself as a windsurfer's paradise, where you can also party your troubles away on Mondays.
Learn more at https://fteliabeachclub.com/
For a taste of classic Greek cuisine under the sunshine:
If you are up for the best lunch or afternoon relaxation under the trees while sipping rose and sampling delicious plates, try Kiki's Tavern at Agios Sostis beach.
Known for its original tastes and traditional Greek dishes, Fokos Taverna overlooks an untamed marine beauty and is tucked away from prying eyes to preserve its exclusivity for those who do their research beforehand.
Spilia Seaside Restaurant
Nestled in one of the most picturesque spots on the island, this tavern sits on a natural rock formation, hanging over the sea. Its superb location and mind-blowing cuisine make Spilia a must-visit place on Mykonos.
Learn more at https://spiliarestaurant.gr/
For the best secret, natural-feel beaches:
Although no longer a deep secret, thanks to numerous influencers, Kapari remains a little-known beach to the public. It's a tiny paradise next to the lovely chapel of Agios Ioannis.
Since only a few know this windswept coastline spot, this beach generously offers visitors its calming and relaxing atmosphere.
Loulos Beach is yet another hidden gem on Mykonos island. A gorgeous, unknown beach is tailor-made for those who wish to stay away from famous, busy spots.
One of the most secluded and inaccessible beaches on Mykonos, Vatheia Lagada nestles east of Ano Mera and represents an ideal place for those in love with the unspoiled and intimate nature.
One of the most secret beaches on the whole island, Myrsini boasts an unparalleled view of marine vasts and tender sandy landscape. Since there are no open or paved roads that lead to this beach, one might find it challenging to reach it. But don't worry, when you get there, you will realize the beach was worth your trip.
Where to dine:
Holidays on Mykonos are all about good times. And we all know that food, drinks and night outs truly define the well-spent time. Please note that getting into many restaurants, lounges, and clubs might not be easy since all the bookings are usually made well in advance. But, don't forget, you can always reserve your spot quick and easy with the iPremium Lifestyle application.
Here's the list of top-tier restaurants that will suit your upscale needs and leave you with an aftertaste of joy:
Top in town restaurants:
Learn more at https://www.internirestaurant.com/
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La Maison de Katrin Restaurant
Learn more at https://catrins-mykonos.com/index.php/en/
Learn more at https://koursarosmykonos.gr/
Nikkei Mykonos Peruvian Experience Restaurant
Learn more at https://nikkeirestobars.com/en/home/
Lotus Resto Bar
Learn more at https://lotusmykonos.com/
Learn more at https://remezzo-mykonos.com/
Learn more at https://www.nusr-et.com.tr/tr/ana-sayfa.aspx
Learn more at https://liomykonos.com/
Learn more at https://destinopacha.com/en/cuisine/
Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/bagatellemykonos/
Learn more at https://www.noemamykonos.com/
Top out of town restaurants:
Learn more at (no website)
Nobu Matsuhisa Mykonos
Learn more at https://www.belvederehotel.com/mykonos-restaurants-bars/matsuhisa-mykonos/
Buddha Bar Beach Mykonos
Learn more at https://www.santa-marina.gr/restaurants-bars/buddha-bar-beach-mykonos
Bars & Clubs:
Learn more at http://www.astra-mykonos.com/Astra.html
Queen of Mykonos
Learn more at https://queenofmykonos.gr/
Learn more at https://bonbonnieremykonos.com/
Learn more at http://www.cirquelesoir.com/mykonos/
Learn more at https://toyroommykonos.com/
Learn more at https://www.instagram.com/voidmykonos/?hl=en
Learn more at https://www.instagram.com/guzel.mykonos/?hl=en
Learn more at https://www.monimykonos.com/
Let’s be honest, how can any trip be deprived of a great sunset experience? Here are the best spots to see off the sun:
Sunset in town:
Sunset out of town:
180º Sunset Bar
Learn more at http://kastropanigiraki.gr/180-bar/
Alemagou Beach Bar Restaurant
Learn more at http://www.alemagou.gr/
CavoTagoo Hotel with a regular sunset party on Monday
Learn more at https://www.cavotagoo.com/mykonos/
Scorpios Beach Hotel
Learn more at https://www.scorpioshotel.gr/
The Liberty Breakfast Room
Learn more at https://m.facebook.com/The-Liberty-Breakfast-Room-273348649688628
Fresh Boutique Hotel Mykonos
Learn more at https://www.hotelfreshmykonos.com/