I think it's appropriate to start off this post with a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe it's 2018? I sure can't, especially because now these travel guides are SO. LAST. YEAR. Like can I be any more late on these? But in my mind, I think it's getting to be that time where people are going to start planning their summer vacations and need these more than ever. I could also be delusional but whatever. So without further ado, I present to you my travel guide for MYKONOS.
Mykonos was a freaking dream. I have probably said that about each past location but honestly the moment we stepped off of our plane in the wee hours of the morning I knew we were in paradise. You could just feel it in the air. I have been wanting to go to Mykonos for years now, and it didn't help that everyone and their mother was going there that summer or the summer before. My feed was consistently filled with photos of white buildings and I knew it was a must-see, must-do. Everyone was there for a good time and you could just feel the energy pumping through the island. The people we met were so friendly and willing to strike up a conversation. Summer in Mykonos was just an absolute dream come true.
WHERE TO STAY
So we were lucky to have an experienced Mykonos traveler with us who, as I've mentioned before, is from Greece and has been to Mykonos in the past. Eleni took care of figuring out all of our hotel accommodations and knew exactly where we should stay. She had stayed at the Damianos Hotel before and loved her experience, so we trusted her. It's a family run hotel and they really do it all for you. One thing we're not used to in America is full-service, but in Europe that is not the case. The hotel picked us up from the airport in the morning which made everything that much easier, and even brought us to the port when we left. We were exhausted from our flight and just from all the prior flights that it was so relieving to know someone was already scheduled to get us. Once at the hotel, we checked in, but because it was so early our room wasn't ready yet. So we ate breakfast there, which was delicious, then left our bags with the front desk and slept by the pool. It sounds crazy, and it was honestly ridiculous at the time, but looking back it is hilarious that we did that. I remember waking up around lunch time, still on the loungers, and feeling like I was in some fever dream because it was so hot and I was so out of it. Regardless, once we got our room all set up, everything was perfect. I would definitely recommend this hotel because it's relatively close to everything. We walked to and from the clubs every night and it was a 15 minute trek max. We were also higher up so the views from the hotel were amazing. Espressos every morning were also not a disappointment. Overall, everyone at Damianos really took care of us and if you are looking for somewhere fairly inexpensive to stay, I would come here.
If you're balling out and want to know where all the celebs and influencers usually stay, then I would check out Cavo Tagoo.
WHERE TO EAT
Remezzo: Definitely not a casual place to eat. This is one of the nicer restaurants we ate at during our time in Mykonos, which was perfect for our first night there. I loved the vibe and energy at this restaurant. They had a live singer who came around each table and was singing jazz songs everyone knew. It was fun to sing along while enjoying a glass of wine and the fish of the day.
Hippie Fish: I came here with my friend Brittany who just happened to be in Mykonos at the same time as us with her family. Seafood as well, which is obvious by the name. We had everything from oysters, fresh fish, and SUSHI. I eat sushi all the time back home and hadn't had it AT ALL in Europe and by this point, we were like 4 weeks in. I was so happy.
Bougazi Cafe: Eleni took us here because she loves the crepes. They have a huge menu of both sweet and savory crepes. They have a selection of mini crepes as well which is great if you want to try two.
Souvlaki Story: A more trendy souvlaki place that is in the heart of Mykonos town. There are tons of souvlaki places but we kept passing by this one so we had to try.
San Giorgio Hotel: We didn't end up making it here, but I was dying to go here for lunch because I love the interior design. So if you have the opportunity, I would try to add this to your list!
Nammos: Same goes for Nammos. We weren't able to make it because we were a little hungover the day we had a reservation, but this is a beach club + restaurant that was on everyone's recommendation list.
WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO GO OUT
I'm combining this section because for the most part, besides shopping and walking around, you're in Mykonos to party. The biggest draw for me was that there are tons of beach clubs which, if you read my Ibiza post, are places that you can basically stay all day at. Think all-inclusive resort without the hotel part. So below you'll find out my recs of things to do both day and through the night.
Mykonos Town: This is the heart of the island I would say. Basically where all the tourists go, but a must-do. This is where you'll start to see the white-painted cobblestone paths and all white everything. The first time we walked through it I seriously had an out of body experience. I couldn't believe I was finally seeing it with my own eyes. You'll find the blue-domed churches, colorful doors, shopping, eating, clubs, bars, windmills, and more. As mentioned above, this was right by our hotel, so whenever we wanted something to eat we would come here. We also came here at night because it's where all the bars and clubs are. We would just start out at one bar, then walk a little and go into the next lounge, then walk more and go to a club, then leave and go to another bar, and so on. There are so many options that I can't even name them all. A few I remember are Astra and Bonbonniere. Astra is a bar, similar to something that you would find in LA. Great design and more of a upscale vibe. Bonbonniere is right across the way and plays hip hop and rap which was fun. But you can find all different types of music playing, from traditional Greek songs to pop, rock to hip hop, and so on. If you aren't at a beach club all day and through the night, I would come here and explore.
Scorpios: Ok so... If you've spoken to me about my trip to Mykonos at all, you already know how OBSESSED I am with Scorpios. Words can't even begin to describe this place. I was told to come here by Danielle, who also told me about Experimental Beach Club in Ibiza. Scorpios is a beach club, but also a bohemian getaway. I reached out to Scorpios in advance to reserve lounge chairs for us to lay out in during the day. So we arrived before lunch and were directed to our cabana where we were able to put our stuff down and basically relax for as long as we pleased. I also made a lunch reservation for us at around 2 or 3 pm which was just a few steps away. The design and layout of this place is seriously heaven on Earth. There were also different areas you could rent cabanas, and just other lounge areas in general. They had a shop, multiple bars, a little pouf/floor pillow hang out area, and indoor/outdoor places to hang out. It also turns into a club later in the day. As you can see from the photos, it is basically like Little Beach House in Malibu on CRACK. But even more than that. Like, I can't and shouldn't even compare the two. If you come to Mykonos, you MUST GO to Scorpios. I also am already planning to celebrate my 30th birthday there because I can't wait to go back, so if I know you, mark your calendars for April 2022 ;).
Super Paradise: Crazy. This place is insane... that is all I can say. It's just one big party. Scorpios was more chill and a little high-brow, while Super Paradise is the exact opposite. It's where you let loose and will find all different types of people that are all there for a good time. We got lounge chairs here as well, mainly because you just want a place to relax and set your stuff down. Also the ocean is right there so you can just hop in/hop out as you please. But as the day goes by, people start TURNING. UP. We were dancing on tables, stages, chairs.. you name it. They play all the music you know and everyone is singing along.
Ornos Beach: I didn't go here but heard great things. Borrow a towel from your hotel and head here if you want a different place to lay out and just tan the day away.
Santanna: We didn't go here as well, but I forgot to mention above that Santanna is right across the way from Scorpios and was more of a day party than Scorpios was. We could hear the music and see the lights from where we were laying out. Another good beach club from what I've heard, but we never made it.
That concludes this guide. It may have been shorter than you anticipated, but everything I mentioned will give you plenty to do. If you go to Mykonos, you shouldn't really "plan" on having a lot of spare time. You're usually sleeping in until the afternoon, laying out, going to a beach club to spend all day there, eating dinner, then going out until the morning... and then doing it all over again. There are tons and tons to do in Mykonos so please explore more guides to find out other places to eat. I could have stayed in Mykonos for two weeks and would have had plenty to do. But I highly recommend each place we went to and you will not be disappointed. Depending on how long you plan to stay, I would try to spend at least half of those days at different beach clubs because that is where the fun is. I hope you enjoyed this guide and is somewhat helpful when planning your trip to the best place in the world. If you are island hopping, then stay tuned for my next guide: Santorini!