One of the most enticing things about planning a trip to Greece is that every island has its own distinct personality—and with 227 inhabited islands, there's an abundance to choose from. While many are separated by a short boat ride, they can feel worlds apart, and each attracts a different type of traveler. Santorini is a mecca for couples in search of a romantic escape, Ios is a young 20-something's dream, and Mykonos is the glitzy jewel of Greece: a heady mix of glitzy boutiques, fine dining options, and the biggest club scene in the country.
So it's no surprise that Mykonos is known as the fashion set's Greek island of choice. "Since there's a real nightlife in Mykonos, people take style very seriously," says French photographer and street style pioneer Garance Doré, founder of Atelier Doré. "It's a thing that's disappearing at an alarming rate, which makes me sad, because I really love it—spending the day at the beach, going back to take a shower, getting dressed up to go out for the evening, and then staying out all night until early morning," she writes on her site. Thankfully this is a way of life in Mykonos, so you'd better be ready for it.
Considering a trip to Greece's famous party island? Add these spots to your itinerary and you'll live your best life in Mykonos.
San Giorgio: This renowned design hotel nails bohemian décor. Picture hanging woven chairs, embroidered throw cushions, and dreamy hammocks with ocean views.
Belvedere Hotel: The luxurious Belvedere Hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. The convenient location means that you're within walking distance to great boutiques and restaurants, but the retreat-style design means you feel miles away from the crowds.
Santa Marina: If you're visiting Mykonos for sun and sea, this is a great luxury option. Santa Marina has the only private beach on the island and a pool with jaw-dropping views of the piecing blue sea.
Agios Sostis: Beach-hopping is a full-time pursuit in Greece. A Mykonos local told Atelier Doré this spot is "unspoiled, full of energy, [with] clear, rejuvenating water, and the best little restaurant in the world, Kiki's, to top it all up." We're sold.
Psarou: Don't miss Psarou, a busy but beautiful beach that's also home to Nammos restaurant and bar, a place to see and be seen.
Boutique Shopping: Mykonos is postcard-perfect, with cobblestone alleyways and amazing boutiques covered in pink bougainvillea. Spend a leisurely afternoon wandering the shops for bikinis, beachwear, baskets, and leather goods.
Delos: This neighboring island is a short boat ride away and well worth the day trip. Wandering the ancient ruins is like stepping back in time.
OUT AND ABOUT:
Nikolas Taverna: This beachfront taverna in Agia Anna serves up traditional Greek cuisine with tables right on the sand.
Alemagou: This laid-back bar and restaurant on Ftelia Beach has exceptional food in a relaxed environment.
Nammos: Sure, it's sceney, but Nammos serves up great seafood and is the place to go for people-watching with cocktails in hand.
Kiki's Taverna: Jessie Bush of We the People says this spot near Panormos Beach is the ultimate for cliffside dining.
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