The Best Of Mykonos

Cooling winds throughout September temper the blazing summer heat, making it the ideal time to visit this breezy branch of the Greek Cyclades.

Cooling winds throughout September temper the blazing summer heat, making it the ideal time to visit this breezy branch of the Greek Cyclades.

Written off for years as a gay ghetto, Mykonos has metamorphosed into one of the most glamorous of the Greek islands with its many fine beaches, bars, boutiques and restaurants. Plane loads of fashionable French, Italian and German tourists enjoy life on this playground - we British need to catch on fast.

Best hotel

Hotel Belvedere (00 30 22890 25122; www.belvederehotel.com) is to Mykonos what Hotel Byblos is to Saint Tropez. Commanding a superb position at the top of Mykonos town in the School of Fine Arts District and just five minutes' walk from the glamorous, cosmopolitan Matoyianni street, it attracts a glitzy international crowd which parties around the exotic multi-level pool area and lounges on oversized daybeds. The staff are friendly and attend to your every need. Double rooms from £187 per night, including breakfast.

The newly opened Mykonos Theoxenia (00 30 22890 22230; www.mykonostheoxenia.com) is just a stone's throw away from the famous windmills, with a great view across the bay to Little Venice. This former 1960s low-rise building has been transformed into a hip boutique hotel and is a minimalist triumph. With its stone-clad walls, hanging basket chairs and orange wool textiles, staying here is like living between the glossy pages of Wallpaper*. Double rooms from £87 per night, room only.

The Saint John (00 30 22890 23160; www.greekhotel.com/cyclades/myconos/agiosioannis/saintjohn/home.htm) opened last year to much acclaim. Tumbling down a hillside into the turquoise Aegean in Agios Ioannis, just outside Ornos and a 10-minute drive from Mykonos town, the five-star Saint John resembles a traditional blue-and-white village, complete with chapel. Popular with young couples and holidaying Greeks, it has a vast seawater infinity pool, chic sun terraces, aprivate beach, and sensational sunsets with views of Delos. Double rooms from £182 per night, including breakfast.

Best restaurant

You know a destination has arrived when chef Nobu decides to open an offshoot. Matsuhisa Mykonos (00 30 22890 27362) at Hotel Belvedere is Nobu's latest worldwide venture. Hobnob with the jet set who dine alfresco around the pretty pool and tuck into signature dishes such as black cod with den miso. Helpful staff are on hand to make suggestions and to put together a meal for you. The food is great for a special occasion. From £75 per person for a seven-course meal including wine. Booking at least a week ahead is essential.

The Plate (00 30 22890 22230) at Mykonos Theoxenia has a varied menu and is hard to beat for stylish dining. The King prawns on wild rice with light pernod cream sauce are not to be missed. Around £35 per head including wine.

Join the queue at Taverna Nicos (00 30 22890 24320), which serves everything from seafood to pasta and pizza. About £18 per head.

Best cultural attraction

Mykonos Archaeological Museum, Agiou Stefanou, Mykonos town, houses a vast collection of vases from prehistoric to the late Hellenistic period, jewellery from the 1st century BC and funerary statues and clay figurines from the 2nd century BC. There is also the Mykonos Folk Museum, Paraportianis, Mykonos town, dedicated to the history of Mykonian culture with fine examples of embroidery, costumes, ceramics, painting, weaving and furniture.

But the beaches are where it's at today, with a wide choice for an island measuring nine miles by six.

Best shopping

The labyrinth of tiny, blisteringly white lanes in Mykonos town are crammed with small boutiques and galleries peddling designer clothes and local art.

Best nightspot

The cocktail bars in the Little Venice area of Mykonos town are popular sunset spots. After dinner, revellers head for small disco bars all over town. At Cava Paradiso, the open-air clifftop club above Paradise beach, punters queue to pay €40 (£27) for entry from 2am until dawn and beyond.

Best way to get there

Olympic Holidays (0870-429 6060; www.olympicholidays.co.uk) offers a seven-night b&b break at the Saint John Hotel from £639 per person, based on two sharing, with flights and private transfers.

Hertz (08708 484848; www.hertz.co.uk) offers seven days' car rental in Mykonos from £135.

Further information: Greek National Tourist Office (020-7495 9300; www.gnto.co.uk).

News
newsGlobal index has ranked the quality of life for OAPs - but the UK didn't even make it into the top 10
News
people

Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again

News
people
News
people
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
peopleStella McCartney apologises over controversial Instagram picture
News
Gillian Anderson was paid less than her male co-star David Duchovny for three years while she was in the The X-Files until she protested and was given the same salary
people

Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood

Life and Style
Laid bare: the Good2Go app ensures people have a chance to make their intentions clear about having sex
techCould Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Arts and Entertainment
Swiss guards stand in the Sistine Chapel, which is to be lit, and protected, by 7,000 LEDs
art

The Sistine Chapel is set to be illuminated with thousands of LEDs

Arts and Entertainment
Richard Burr remains the baker to beat on the Great British Bake Off
tvRichard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
News
i100
Sport
footballArsenal 4 Galatasaray 1: Wenger celebrates 18th anniversary in style
Arts and Entertainment
Amazon has added a cautionary warning to Tom and Jerry cartoons on its streaming service
tv
News
people
News
The village was originally named Llansanffraid-ym-Mechain after the Celtic female Saint Brigit, but the name was changed 150 years ago to Llansantffraid – a decision which suggests the incorrect gender of the saint
newsA Welsh town has changed its name - and a prize if you can notice how
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Arts and Entertainment
Kristen Scott Thomas in Electra at the Old Vic
theatreReview: Kristin Scott Thomas is magnificent in a five-star performance of ‘Electra’
Life and Style
Couples who boast about their relationship have been condemned as the most annoying Facebook users
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Hayley Williams performs with Paramore in New York
musicParamore singer says 'Steal Your Girl' is itself stolen from a New Found Glory hit
News
i100
Sport
Ronaldinho signs the t-shirt of a pitch invader
footballProof they are getting bolder
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Service Charge Accountant

    30,000 to 35,000 per annum: Accountancy Action: We are currently recruiting on...

    Management Accountant

    28,000 to 32,000 per annum: Accountancy Action: Our client, a hospitality busi...

    Food and Beverage Cost Controller

    18,000 to 20,000 per annum: Accountancy Action: Our fantastic leisure client i...

    Marketing Analyst / Marketing Executive

    £20 - 24k: Guru Careers: A Marketing Analyst / Marketing Executive is needed t...

    Day In a Page

    Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

    Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

    A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
    Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

    Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

    The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
    An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

    An app for the amorous

    Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
    Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

    Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

    Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
    Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

    Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

    After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
    She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

    She's having a laugh

    Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
    Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

    Let there be light

    Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
    Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

    Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

    Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
    Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

    A look to the future

    It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
    The 10 best bedspreads

    The 10 best bedspreads

    Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
    Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

    Arsenal vs Galatasaray

    Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
    Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

    Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

    This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
    Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

    The children orphaned by Ebola...

    ... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
    Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

    Are censors pandering to homophobia?

    US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
    The magic of roundabouts

    Lords of the rings

    Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?