Insta-kind-of stories about Mykonos

Insta-kind-of stories about Mykonos

Too bad Instagram was not invented back in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, when tycoons, artists and Hollywood legends started crowding Mykonos, setting the foundations of what today is one of the top-10 global tourist destinations.

Too bad, because now, with the Social Media thriving, every summer we can have a full celeb-list of who was on the island and with whom, who flew in and when, who posted selfies from the deck of some super yacht and who kept holding private pool parties on the terrace of some beautiful villa with an amazing view of the Aegean Sea.

We know, for instance, that Izabel Goulart accepted her partner’s marriage proposal two years ago in Mykonos; or that Alessandra Ambrosio enjoyed there a rather quiet summer vacation last year; or that Kendall Jenner loves attending yacht parties on spectacular beaches. These celebs are just a tiny “sample” among the thousands of tycoons, artists, athletes, and Hollywood legends who fly in this exceptional Cycladic Island every year.

And then there are the authors, writers and actors of the new generation who choose Mykonos for inspiration and share their love for it through beautiful insights, like:

“Surrounded by the blue-green water of the Aegean sits whitewashed, windmill-strewn Mykonos, the island of the winds.” — Lizy Manola, author of Mykonos Muse

“In every island of the Aegean Sea are found abundant traces of a vast prehistoric empire.” — Eugenie Niarchos, designer

“But Mykonos was different in that respect. Mykonos made you long for the restful, happy day to day reality of life on the Greek island, and it was the brief visits that tortured the soul. Paris was a romantic respite from life, Mykonos was life itself, and living.” — Bobby Underwood, The Long Gray Goodbye

‘We’re often wrong at predicting who or what will transform us. Encountering certain people, books, music, places, or ideas at just the right time can immediately make our lives happier, richer, more beautiful, resonant, or meaningful. When it happens, we feel a kind of instant love for them, both deep and abiding. Now and then it can be something as trifling as a children’s book, a returned telephone call, or a night at a seaside bar in Mykonos.’ — Jonathan Carrol, author of Bathing the Lion

M Mykonos Villas: Homeward-bound

M Mykonos Villas: Homeward-bound

Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends.

Whoever said these beautiful words about what home is —or rather what home feels like— must have recently spent holidays in a private house, in some spectacular Greek island. Having a home in Mykonos, for example, means that you and your loved ones will be overwhelmed by your love for this exceptional Aegean Island where every corner waits to host the most beautiful memory, where friends love to visit and where there is a high spirit; a certain je ne sais quoi in the air that makes people never stop laughing.

The good thing is that having a home in Mykonos doesn’t require months of exhausting paperwork nor long tours around the island to find the ideal piece of land with the ideal view. All you need to do is choose among one of the available dream villas that will become your home-away-from-home, to go back every year and have the time of your life, custom-made for you!

M Mykonos Villas is the perfect example: a complex of four luxurious, yet totally homey homes, located in the most convenient area of Agia Sofia, where you can have absolute privacy while being close to the notorious party life of the island and its gorgeous beaches. All four villas follow the typical Cycladic architecture, combined with state-of-the-art amenities and exclusive VIP services. Based on natural materials, the structure of the houses ensures light abundance and offers guests an inimitable open-space experience. Each villa bears its own magic touch, yet all four share the same special qualities of elegance, calmness, and, of course, breathtaking views of Mykonos. That’s why M Mykonos Villas residents become fanatic repeaters and you must book early!

All four villas meet the highest standards for a perfect stay, either it’s a pure happy holiday or a combination of business and pleasure. There are outdoor infinity swimming pools or hot tubs, barbecues, showers, ensuite bathrooms, playrooms, large living areas with fireplaces, master bedrooms with cloakrooms, private state of the art gyms, private parking places, security alarm systems — and much more.

As far as services are concerned, these include a 12-hour reception, twice daily housekeeping, pool and garden care, and concierge services to satisfy your demands for private chefs, nannies, extra security services, guided tours, private shopping — and anything else you dream of to make yours and your loving ones’ stay a truly unsurmountable one!

Mykonos Insta-opps

Mykonos Insta-opps!

Mykonos was among the most photographed spots on our beautiful planet ever since the ‘60s! At the time, a paparazzi picture of Hollywood star and royal princess of the Monegasques, Grace Kelly, or of Frank Sinatra, or of Jackie Kennedy – later Onassis, onboard a luxury yacht in the old port of the island was worth thousands of dollars.

The most popular themes of Mykonos imagery were, among others, the legendary windmills, the much close to Mykonos sacred Delos Island, the church of Paraportiani, Little Venice, the world-class 9 Muses and Remezzo clubs.

Today, Mykonos remains one of the most Instagrammable places on earth. But taking again and again the same pictures of the windmills or of Little Venice, will not put your followers under the island’s —or your— magic spell! Instead, you can create super insta-opportunities by visiting Mykonos’s less known beauties:

  • Hide in a cave. It is said that pirates loved Mykonos, maybe because they had already discovered Tragonissi; a small rocky island, only a few meters east of the island, which is famous for its caving systems. Go on an organized diving or snorkeling tour (never alone) there and take the most spectacular underwater selfies!
  • Visit remote and deserted beaches. Does such a thing exist in Mykonos during the summer? It does if you take the road to Ftelia, Houlakia, Fokos, Kapari, or Mersini. They are all beautiful beaches, far from the crowd and the partying, yet worth visiting. In some, like Ftelia, you may need to take along your own umbrella —or tent— and beach chairs.
  • If you want a selfie “flying” in the wind, go to Kalafatis beach in the afternoon of a windy day (one of the many) and try to walk against the “meltemi” north-east gusts.
  • Watch a stunning sunset from the iconic Armenistis Lighthouse, about 6,5 kms drive from Chora (Mykonos capital) towards the north. The Lighthouse flashes a white beacon every ten seconds to remind the wrecking of an English ship that, in the 19th century, crashed on its rocks.

Of course, there are many more opportunities out there in Mykonos — just keep your eyes open and use your imagination to create a stunning, more interesting Instagram feed that your followers will love!