At the beginning of June I spent ten days in Mykonos doing very little. Sleeping in. Eating fish. Sunbathing. Dancing. Riding around on ATVs. Getting lost. And losing all track of time.
Best Sunset: Scorpios
Best Sunrise: Armenistis Lighthouse
Best Day Club: Nammos or Kalua
Best Place to Say You Were There: Lohan Beach Club
Best Lunch: Kiki's
Best Dinner: Nicolas Tavern (next to Scorpios)
Best Snack: Mykonos Bakery (in Ornos)
Best Shop: Reef Mykonos
It's been hard for me to sit down and write this. Certain memories are hilarious and meaningful to me, but I realize that the layers and inside jokes are completely lost on anyone who wasn't there. I can tell you where to eat and which beaches are the best, but so can Conde Nast and anyone who has been to Mykonos. And it seems everyone I know was also there this summer.
Mykonos is actually a large island (40.62 square miles) and getting around it is not easy. There are buses, and I commend you if you can, but I cannot go with a bus. Everyone advised against renting ATVs - friends, family, the hotel concierge, a random shopkeeper - most of the rental agencies flat out said no, they were not renting ATVs this season. That people die every year. But finally we found a place that was willing to rent them, we paid a deposit and off we went. I love ATVs for a few reasons - I know how to drive them (I've driven one a total of three times in my life so I'm pretty much an expert), they are cheaper and easier to park than a car (in theory), and they are fun.
The ATVs were amazing and a complete nighmare. It turned out I didn't know how to put one in park. Which proved to be problematic as immediately after renting them we had a brilliant idea to drive them onto a dock and stand on them for photos. This resulted in an ATV rolling backwards almost into the ocean..
One day we drove to Lohan Beach Club, we rented sunbeds and ordered lunch and laid out most of the afternoon. It was lovely and relaxing, but Lindsay wasn't there and it wasn't the 2007 night at Hyde we had been hoping to relive. We wanted more of a party so we decided to go to Scorpios for sunset.
On the drive to Scorpios down some back road along a farm there were dozens of goats. When I was 5 and my family was living in Yemen, there were no stores on our compound or in our village, my parents got me sheep for Christmas from a Bedouin tribe. And ever since I have had an affinity for farm animals. I stopped the ATV and got off to try to take a picture, afterwards the ATV wouldn't start. For twenty minutes on the side of this tiny dirt road where not a single other vehicle passed by we troubleshot why it didn't work. (It turned out it was in the wrong gear).
The advice most friends gave me for Mykonos was: Nammos during the day, Scorpios in the evening. Rinse and repeat. And this is good advice. Especially if you are short on time and looking for the best parties. We spent a few days doing exactly this. And it was wonderful.
We got up early one day and went to the Armenistis lighthouse on the north side of the island. It was built in 1891, after the British steamboat VOLTA sank off the north coast causing the death of 11 members of the crew.
The beauty of Mykonos is quite severe. Sharp cliffs. Rolling brown hills. Strong winds. Heat. But its magical.