You will (most likely) not go to Mykonos for peace and quiet. You will go to this world class Mecca of cosmopolitanism, to see and to be seen; to eat in gourmet restaurants like Thioni and Krama; to chill out at stylishly opulent hotels like the Semeli; shop designer clothes at 2:00 in the morning; sip champagne concoctions at Little Venice’s Semeli the Bar; rub shoulders with the glitterati at Bao’s; go clubbing until dawn at Toy Room and then continue to party on the beach.
The sun is shining bright in the cloudless, cerulean sky. The sea is glistening against the whitewashed, sugar cube houses of the iconic old town, with the blue domed churches and maze-like alleys dotted with multi colored bougainvillea. After feasting like an Emperor for breakfast, on a glorious afternoon, you decide to head for the beach. There are so many -more than 20 in fact- to choose from. All pristinely beautiful, with golden sand and crystal clear, turquoise waters.
Mythology connects Mykonos and Mykonians to Dionysus: god of wine, joy and mischief. It is no wonder. Present since antiquity, this bacchanalian spirit has survived over the eons and is still going-very- strong: Contemporary Mykonos is all about celebrating life; and this is manifested in a multiplicity of ways: More than 70 traditional feasts throughout the year- which are in fact no less than zestful Dionysian affairs. And that’s not to mention the legendary Mykonian parties, with world class DJ’ s, glamour, sophistication and tons of fun; whether in private villas, iconic bars or historic clubs.
Ever since it was discovered from the bohemian bourgeois and the aesthetes of the 60’s, Mykonos became synonymous with the good life: Hedonism, glamour and pleasure in all shapes, sizes and forms. Nowadays it’s is the Mediterranean’s quintessential trendsetter in fashion, music and design- and that’s not to mention clubbing. In fact Mykonos nightlife is amongst the most deliciously outrageous; open minded and forward thinking in the planet. And it is this distinct, vibrant Mykonian vibe-joie de vivre, if you will-that to all of us at the Semeli group, serves as the greatest source of inspiration: Actually the driving force that propels us to constantly engage in fresh and exciting projects. Our latest undertaking is none other than “The Secret of Bao’s”; a just launched, super elite, micro club, which is destined to become a favorite of the jet setters; and a legend of Mykonos nightlife.
Mykonos became synonymous with partying; and its nightlife acquired legendary status ever since the 60’s and the 70’s; when Onassis, Jackie, Brigitte Bardot, princess Soraya and their cronies, started roaming the maze like streets of Chora in search of pure, unadulterated fun.
Krama means amalgam in ancient Greek. By default any mix needs measure and balance if it is to be harmonious-or in this case delectable. The just launched homonymous restaurant at the newly revamped Semeli luxury boutique Hotel in Mykonos, offers a novel, Greek fine dining experience; signed by acclaimed chef Chrysanthos Karamolegos.
Sure, Mykonos is everybody’s who is anybody favorite playground around the world. Yet despite being such an esthete, cosmopolitan destination, the island of the winds retains its unique identity and keeps its time honored customs and traditions. Mykonians are of course descendants of Dionysus, god of wine and merrymaking. Which means that periods of devoutness and restrain are followed by great feasts. This is perhaps most gloriously manifested during the Easter.
Days are getting longer; almond trees are starting to bloom…Despite the bitter cold, the tell tale signs are there-and they are infallible. Spring is on its way; and this means that a new, glorious season is about to open in our beloved island of the winds. A key, historic, and most importantly, timeless player in this contemporary Mecca of the good life, Semeli luxury boutique hotel Mykonos never rests in its laurels. In fact this is the secret of its success. For it is our unfaltering determination to constantly outdo ourselves; to always keep up with the zeitgeist-and why not even be ahead of the spirit of the times, for that matter- and to carefully listen to our guests’ demands, imperatives and wishes, that makes Semeli luxury boutique hotel Mykonos truly stand out. And that’s not a small feat in an island abound with posh, opulent and rather striking accommodation options!
On my first visit to Mykonos last year I found it an island full of contrasts. The 5 star Mykonos glitz and glam shops, buzzing vibrant bars and nightlife then the traditional picture postcard whitewashed houses, iconic windmills, narrow pedestrian streets bedecked with bougainvillea and stunning scenery. Add a sky that glows with a fiery intensity as the sun sinks from heaven to meet a sea which during the day sparkles like it’s made of thousands of stars. Mykonos is something else!
Mykonos is world famous as a round-the-clock-party, glorious summer destination. But this doesn’t mean that life here, stops during the winter. Granted you’ll not find the intense, frenzied action of the busy season, but you’ll be bountifully rewarded by a serene, calm, much more esoteric (and in many respects more interesting) vibe; and that’s not to mention a striking winter scenery: Picture long, empty stretches of sand against the windy, blue seas; by now, verdant, rolling hills and a spectacular play of hide and seek between clouds and the cerulean sky.