Let me put it out there, I’ve fallen in love with Mykonos…
I absolutely adore Greece and we’ve been there every year as a family for the past five years, so it was no surprise that Mykonos was a dream too.
It occurred to me that I’d never actually been on a girlie trip abroad ‘just because’ as they’ve all been for hen (bachelorette) parties, so I was super excited about going on this one with my friend Sam (who I met at a Baby Sensory Class!) and it really didn’t disappoint.
Whether you’re after a family, couple or friends holiday, Mykonos would tick the boxes for all and I absolutely want to come back with my own family.
We flew from Gatwick and arrived at 10pm at Hotel Argo, a beautiful little place in Platis Yialos. It’s small, stylish, quaint and friendly with a real mix of guests.
Breakfast is laid out on the terrace by the pool and the rooms are really modern and clean.
You know how I love to check out the decor; well the reception area is so cool, particularly the black and white striped blinds and red string detailing on the stairs.
I’m not surprised this hotel is voted as ‘exceptional’ on Booking.com and the staff were kind enough to bring a tv out to the breakfast area by the pool so we could watch England in the World Cup! Brownie points in my eyes.
Beach party day! We called ahead to book sunbeds at Kalua on Paraga Beach and got the boat across from the local beach. While waiting we bought the most beautiful silk maxi dresses from a lady selling them on the walkway. I can’t wait to channel my inner boho goddess and flounce around in it if I’m honest.
I’m so gutted I didn’t take any photos of the interior at Kalua (I literally can’t believe I didn’t do this! I’m putting it down to having so much fun) because it’s so dreamy. It’s undergone a revamp and is the perfect place for relaxing, dining and partying. Check out their website for a good look, as I can’t offer that to you – oops.
They have Whispering Angel on the drinks menu which washed down perfectly our potatoes with truffle and parmesan dish and epic fruit platter. Delish on all levels.
The sea is such a beautiful temperature and there’s a rock you can swim out to which reminded me of a scene in The Little Mermaid; pretend you’re Ariel about to meet her handsome prince or chill out and look back to shore.
At around 4pm the party really kicks off with a trio of super-talented musicians. Dance around the bar (or ‘on’, ahem), enjoy the vibe and generally let your hair down. This is where what happened in Mykonos stays in Mykonos, but let’s just say there was champagne spraying, dancing on the tables and sore heads the next day…
Chill day by the hotel pool, drinking watermelon slushies and lounging on an epic pineapple floatie sent by my friends at Talking Tables. I’ve always wanted to take a shot like this to pretend i’m a proper ‘pro’ so I was pretty chuffed when Sam took this!
In the evening we got the bus into Mykonos Town for a spot of shopping, an amble around the local art galleries and the most beautiful meal at Avra Restaurant.
Avra is a hidden treasure (literally – Google Maps was our friend) and has incredible reviews on Tripadvisor. It was like something from a Mamma Mia film complete with a blanket of bougainvillea flowers above the terrace.
The cuisine was as good as the decor and the service; we loved the rose petal jam that came with the Sesame Feta starter and the fresh mint in the Chicken Dijon was a subtle yet delicious touch.
My most favourite day of our amazing trip; a day at Scorpios Beach Club.
Scorpios is actually on the same stretch as Kalua so we could have got the boat again but we decided to walk there across the beach and along the cliff path, which was spectacular.
Me in the green silk dress I bought from Mykonos Town and Sam in her silk maxi dress bought from the beach on the first day.
Scorpios is a truly special place. In its own words Scorpios is ‘a gathering place meant to galvanise the artistic, spiritual and social life of the community’, host to healers, artists, DJs, meditation teachers and musicians.
I was a bit obsessed with the boho chic decor to be honest. Can you tell by the amount of photos?!
We called ahead and were told that all sun loungers and tables were fully booked as Sunday is their busiest day, but that we were welcome to sit on the terrace which we expected to be a piece of concrete to put our towels on. We couldn’t believe our luck when we got there and discovered that the terrace is full of loungers that are free, yes FREE (up until 4pm). There’s a little path down to the beach if you fancy a swim or there are seats on the terrace edge if you want to gaze out to sea or watch the private helicopters land.
I imagine you’d have to book way in advance to get a table in their renowned restaurant, particularly on a Sunday, but the healthy juices and guacamole with tortillas ordered to our sun loungers were delicious and the service was impeccable all day.
If you like great quality, handcrafted clothing and accessories then you will literally die and go to heaven in the bazaar, which is as stunning as the clothes in it but have a word with your bank manager before you enter.
From around 5pm the evening party goers start to arrive, the free loungers are cleared for those who have booked them and what was a calm and fairly clear space becomes incredibly busy in preparation for the post-sunset-party.
A traditional sharer tray of Souvlaki from Mykonos Town was the perfect end to the day and totally worth the indigestion.
We flew home in the evening so enjoyed our last day by the pool topping up our tans.
Late afternoon we had massages booked at a nearby hotel in little huts on the beach. I would love to describe it as heavenly but it was more like a brutal sports massage which brought tears to my eyes. No pain no game though right and I’m sure my muscles benefitted.
We walked back along the beach and stopped off in a beautiful modern restaurant directly on the beachfront to have our final meal and to toast our wonderful holiday. I’m totally going to recreate the roasted aubergine with greek yoghurt, pomegranate and parsley at home.
A few of you recommended stocking up on Korres products while there, which I did at the airport. Thank you! I particularly love the Coconut Guava Anti-ageing Body Oil.
If you have a similar trip on your bucket list I hope our itinerary and recommendations help you to plan yours.
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