Get set to join the jet set: How ordinary mortals can cash in on the action in flashy Mykonos
, 2022-07-06 02:29:09,
The sun is beating down on Super Paradise Beach and gym-sculpted bodies are sizzling on neatly placed loungers.
At Paraj, a new restaurant overlooking this coveted spot — open for just five days before my visit a few weeks ago — 100g tins of Iranian caviar are being sold for £1,030 apiece, while a small shaving of Australian black truffles can be sprinkled over your lunch for £107. To drink? Perhaps a Methuselah — eight bottles in one — of the French rosé Chateau Romassan, a snip at £2,230. That’s if it’s drunk at all: plenty of visitors, including fallen BHS tycoon Philip Green, come to the island’s beach clubs to spray champagne over fellow dancers like Formula One stars on the victory podium.
The diminutive Cycladic island of Mykonos (just 33 square miles) has always had a wild side. But in recent years it’s gone bonkers — all the more reason, many say, to check it out.
Mykonos Town, above, is the most touristy part of the island and sees plenty of cruise-ship custom. But it’s also intrinsically Cycladic, says Oliver, a warren of whitewashed houses and flagstoned streets studded with souvenir shops, bars and winsome restaurants
Supermodels Gigi Hadid, Kate Moss and Emily Ratajkowski are pictured here at the launch of the Nammos Village shopping mall on Mykonos in 2018
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Mariah Carey, supermodels Kate Moss and Gigi Hadid, pop star Justin Bieber and a long list of English footballers and Instagram influencers come here every year to peacock and party.
The trend arguably started in the 1960s, when Jackie Onassis, Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly were lured by the 300-plus days of annual sunshine. Brigitte Bardot pouted for pictures here wearing only a towel.
Before mass tourism, there were only a couple of…
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