When it comes to luxurious European getaways, it doesn’t get much better than the sophisticated Greek island of Mykonos. Known for its opulent five-star hotels, beautiful blue and white architecture and high-class nightlife, it’s the perfect place for a short break this autumn, and has fast become one of Greece’s most sought-after destinations and a playground for the rich and famous. From celebrities to the social elite, here you can expect to rub shoulders with extravagant spenders at every corner, and with a plethora of hip restaurants, bars and beach clubs to keep you entertained when you’re not busy kicking back at the beach, a blissful break is guaranteed.
During the autumn months, the island takes on a calmer and more relaxed feel. It’s a great time to visit, with fewer crowds and warm weather without the humidity of the summer months. Mykonos is known for its windiness, but the cool breeze that descends across it each day offers some welcome relief from the midday sun.
From world-class hotels and bars to trendy boutiques and coffee shops, there’s a lot to love about this beautiful island, so if you’re thinking of planning the perfect trip this autumn, then look no further – because we’ve got all bases covered.
Where to stay
In Mykonos, there is no shortage of luxury accommodation choices that promise an enjoyable base for your stay, and from five-star hotels to opulent villas, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
In Ornos, the Adorno Suites are an esteemed choice, where Bohemian chic meets with authentic Mykonian architecture, right on the beach. Just a few steps from the sea, its 22 beautifully designed rooms offer privileged views over the Aegean, and comprises traditional white-washed walls with classic blue shutters and pretty wooden pergolas to make for a truly photogenic choice.
Find out more about this stunning accommodation choice in Ornos here.
Where to eat
Foodies will never be disappointed in Mykonos, with a range of unique restaurants to choose from serving up everything from mouth-watering traditional Greek fare to decadent international cuisine.
Beach-side tavernas offer up local delicacies including pastitsio, gyros, and the freshest of Aegean seafood, along with tasty classics such as moussaka, kopanisti and louza.
Some of the finest luxury restaurants and bars on the island you’ll want to add to your itinerary include the chic and sophisticated Buddha Bar, which offers the perfect spot for sunset cocktails in Ornos Bay. Pasaji and Kuzina, on nearby Ornos Beach are popular spots amongst A-list visitors to the island and are very much places to see and be seen. The up-market Interni, in Chora Bay, is another not-to-be-missed eatery, fusing classic local flavours with inspiration from around the world.
Over on Psarou Beach, set within a flashy complex that comes complete with luxury shopping, Nammos is a chic beach bar that is a great spot for daytime dining.
For late-night food, head to Scorpios in Paraga, or head straight to Myknonos Town to enjoy its buzzing atmosphere, and dinner at Uno Con Carne or Remezzo.
If eating out isn’t your thing – or you simply prefer the luxury to come to you – then take advantage of some of the island’s personalised private chef services. You’ll get to enjoy a five-star experience all-round at your luxury residence, and whether you’re looking to host a BBQ party, VIP closed-circle dinner or even book yourself a private cooking lesson, your wish will most certainly be granted.
What to see
If you wish to explore the island in the most comfortable way, why not take a private excursion with a local agency to ensure you do so in style? Cruise to the most famous places in Mykonos by car or by boat, or arrange for VIP club service, jet, helicopter, or yacht rental, if you really feel like pushing the boat out.
Sights not to be missed include the island’s famous windmills, which were built by the Venetians back in the 16th century, and Delos, whose excavations have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and is reachable in a short hop from the Old Harbour.
If you’re eager to spend your days cruising the Aegean in style, then chartering your own private yacht is a must. There are a range of companies on the island offering glass-bottomed vessels which will allow you to take in the wonders of the deep blue in all its glory, and come complete with luxury yacht catering, to boot.
Known for its premier entertainment offerings, those in search of a spot of VIP clubbing or all-night partying certainly won’t be disappointed. Clubs like Super Paradise and Paradiso offer tourists almost an endless service, which starts from around 4pm and continues until the early hours.
Some of Mykonos’ most popular high-end clubs include @54 and Babylon Club, both in lively Mykonos Town, Scandinavian Bar and Club, in Agios Ioannis, and Cavo Paradiso and Tropicana, both in Paradise Beach.
With the help of highly experienced stylists and fashion designers, your shopping dreams will come true in Mykonos. Here, hard-to-find luxury items are yours for the taking, and with a range of lavish boutiques and designer stores to make your way around, it’s truly a shopper’s delight. Throughout all of your activities in Mykonos, you never need feel insecure, as the island provides a range of high-security options for those who need them. So, if you’re looking for a bodyguard or security expert to keep watch over your family and, of course, your extravagant purchases, then your needs will all be taken care of.
The final word
There’s no denying that Mykonos is one of the most luxurious destinations in Europe to spend your holiday. Highly sought-after amongst the VIP and celebrity elite, extravagance comes as standard, and with warm and sunny weather, breathtaking architecture and crystal clear waters fusing seamlessly with the island’s range of opulent accommodation choices and experiences, where better to spend a lavish last-minute break?