Life’s a beach club
Like Miami, Mykonos was not on my travel bucket list but when a dear friend decided to celebrate his 30th birthday here, I found myself floating around this super manicured island on the last weekend of June. FYI, getting around Mykonos is a bit of a pain if you don’t have a car and taxis are few and far between; we used Anemoni Travel (pre-agreed rates) and Radio Taxis (difficult to get but cheaper rates) to get around.
I stayed in an apartment which my friend had booked and it housed about 8 of us (the rest of the party staying at nearby hotels). The apartment, Villa Kampani, sat above a restaurant and breakfast from this restaurant was included as part of the villa rental cost. There was a nice little outdoor terrace which overlooked the old harbour that we utilised for daytime and nighttime activities (I recall downing some shots at 3am, stood on top of a table belting out tunes in the early hours of the morning (classy as ever). If I were to go back, i’d quite like to check out San Giorgio, a boho 32 room hotel by a duo who own Paradise Club and Scorpios Beach Club.
All the food we had in Mykonos was mediocre and expensive. We mainly ate at the beach clubs and had one meal at the Belvedere Hotel, which my friend Nick hosted (we ate Al Fresco in the gorgeous outdoor space). I’d say make reservations in advance for any restaurants (beach and non-beach) that you want to visit. I didn’t make it to Interni but my sister who has been and who has good tastebuds said it was the best place she ate whilst there, so maybe check that out too.
To be honest the beach clubs were my favourite part of Mykonos (not that I saw much else, lol). All were just really quite gorgeous.
Nammos (Psarou Beach) is kind of ridiculous but also quite fun. It’s super blingy (there’s a bottle of champagne for €150k or thereabouts but hey who’s counting) with all the waitresses in teeny weeny bikinis. Haughty service at the bar and restaurant.
I loved Scorpios (Paraga Beach) which the owners describe as a modern day ‘agora’. There’s a large indoor and outdoor space with beautiful chic neutral tones. You can lounge indoors, soak up the sun on the beach or party here at night (check their events schedule for details). So, you could easily find yourself here from AM – PM.
Solymar located on Kalo Livadi Beach is another fab beach club with an okay restaurant but they do a delicious mango smoothie which you should definitely order.
Alemagou (Ftelia Beach), the last beach club we went to on a Mon was also really great. Casual but upscale, super chilled vibes here. Loved the cacti, desert-y feel.
We hit up Scorpios for their popular ‘Sneaky Sunday‘ music sesh which was super fun – got very sweaty on the dance-floor.
On the Sat night, my friend wanted to go to one of those pay a 1,000 euro for a table club but no one was feeling that vibe and on the way home, we stumbled upon a cool local bar that played banging old school hip hop tunes with crowds spilling out on the streets. Win.
Mykonos is a picture perfect party town with lots of gorgeous beach clubs. The food won’t dazzle you but that’s not why you’re there. Be ready to drop some dough coz it ain’t cheap.
Here’s a map of all the spots I’m talking about: