The end of Mykonos

May 30th

If I didn’t know better, I would have sworn that two grouse strolled along my terrace this morning and had a drink from the pool. Still unseasonably cold, but I saw a couple of houses that we are going to take on – one in Lia, a lovely little gem tucked away above a secret beach with a private swimming platform,  real infinity pool, and lush foliage and flowers twining all over the place.

This would be one of the 3  houses in Mykonos, along with AK,  that I personally would love to stay in for a cosy holiday with easy private swimming.

Mykonos 2 AK terrace with a Myconian "snake" wall

Over in Panormos, an excellent  Italian-owned house with chic and flair.

And as a final contrast, an artist’s house; winged light-bulbs hover above mirrors, life-size stuffed crocodiles lie splayed across the floor, marble nudes, 1950 photos, a hammock swinging over the pool, a great collection of tribal necklaces and Carnaby street hats, wonderful views and cows grazing in the fields above,  all a stone’s throw from the beach.


Dinner at  Bandanna down on Elies beach – Bandanna 2 is opening down town in the new Marina area. Mykonians  are extremely demanding and sophisticated in their food tastes, and follow chefs around wherever they go,  so Bandanna groupies are very excited. Over mussels in wine, a Greek girlfriend explained how she had trained her husband to not leave clothes lying on the bathroom floor.  If you want to know the secret, call me;  brutal but effective.

30th May

Footnote to Mykonos….

Waiting at the airport for the little plane to Athens involves a lot of staring down at the ground, and it struck me every single girl’s foot was shod in jewelled sandals and immaculately pedicured. Not an unpainted toenail in sight. Don’t even think of coming to Mykonos unless you have been groomed, plucked, threaded, waxed, oiled and varnished to within an inch of your life.   And that goes for the ladies too.


  1. Like clockwork, the season really begins in Mykonos every year in the second week of June. The hoards of cruise ships passengers that have been clogging the streets since April are replaced by the elegant individuals for which the island is famous.
    From this point on, charter flights are regularly delayed in order to accommodate private plans and the old harbour is stacked with the most amazing yachts, each one struggling to be bigger than its neighbour.
    Johnny Depp has been here for a week as has Mr & Mrs Pitt. Chakiri arrived yesterday with her footballer boyfriend and they have already been spotted at several spots and nobody bothers them.
    Newt Gingrich spent the day here and visited Lalaounis jewelers despite his ongoing legal battle with Tiffany. Lalaounis also had a very impressive cocktail party to inaugurate their 43rd season on Mykonos.
    The chic folk are like the swallows returning for summer and despite the never ending economis problems of Athens Mykonos again seems immune. As Apollo recognised… the is something magical in Mykonos.

    Edward Prendergast · June 21, 2011 · 8:34 am · Reply

    • Edward is spot on – this is the real Mykonos – and it really can’t be beaten. There are still some great houses with the odd week available as well.

      fivestargreece · June 21, 2011 · 8:45 am ·

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