Gregg Kaminsky

New York, New York Travel Agent

The Perfect Summer: Mykonos

There are some places in the world which truly exceed all expectations. For me, Mykonos is one of those. It is a place that I visit again and again for its beaches, its beauty, and its wonderful Greek island vibe. It has an endless list of trendy accommodations, incredible restaurants, stunning beaches, and sexy people. 

Mykonos is bigger than you might imagine. Its main “town” is where most of the shopping, restaurants, and hotels are located. But to experience the real Mykonos, you must venture out to explore the many beaches and stunning views and dining options that are spread out all over this picturesque island. Until recently, I’d always stayed in town, but for my latest trip, we chose to stay at the Hotel Myconian Ambassador, part of the Myconian Collection, which is in the Platis Gialos area. It is close enough to town that you can easily go in for dinner and drinks but then return and wake up right at the beach. 

The Myconian Collection is a local family-owned group of nine leading luxury hotels on Mykonos, including three Relais & Chateaux, two Leading Hotels of the World, two Design Hotels and two Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Most of the GM’s are brothers, and while each property is unique and the price points are different, they all provide the highest level of service with the same welcoming style. 

The beach scene is just exquisite. You can walk from one to the next. Many have DJ’s, wonderful eateries with fresh seafood, and views that belong on a postcard. My favorites were the Nammos Beach Club where you look out to a string of fancy yachts and Elia, the most popular gay beach, and home to multiple Myconian properties including the absolutely gorgeous Myconian Royal Hotel

Fresh seafood is abundant, but Mykonos also offers a world-class food scene including some global favorite restaurants like Hakkasan and Matsuisha (Nobu). Dinner is an event, and most people sit down at around 10 p.m.  

My favorite spot this summer was Scorpios, a scenic location filled with beautiful people and wonderful food. You must experience sunset first with live tribal music before feasting on some of the best lobster, fish or steak you’ve ever tasted. Go with a group as most items are served family style and you’ll want to taste it all. 

You don’t have to break your bank to enjoy good food in Mykonos. You can certainly dine from a long list of high-end eateries, but a 5-Euro gyro is the best cure after a night out of drinking and dancing. And the town is filled with Greek and Italian restaurants with delicious and very affordable meals. 

When you’ve had enough of the beach or want a before- or after-dinner walk, get lost in the winding roads of town where you’ll hit some fun shopping. Like the restaurants, Mykonos offers both super high-end options and some great inexpensive gifts and clothing. 

If you haven’t visited this special place, write it on your list. You won’t be disappointed. Mykonos offers everything you could want for an unforgettable summer vacation with its amazing beaches, gorgeous hotels, delicious food, and the pretty people. I’m not sure they are all beautiful, but everyone is so happy to be there it is hard not to look good!

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