“A lovely Cycladic-chic villa perched amidst terraced gardens overlooking Elia beach (sleeps 4-10)”
Elegantly arranged over 2 floors, the 5-bedroom villa is airy and light thanks to big windows and French doors. Cool whitewashed walls and floors add to this, and the pastel furnishings blend in beautifully, as do the contemporary glass, ceramics and leather lamps. It's a palette of dreamy Mediterranean style.
On the top floor are 2 double bedrooms, the larger one giving onto its own covered terrace via French windows, with a view across the infinity pool to the sea. The second bedroom is smaller but, like its neighbour, has a private shower room with a walk-in power shower. Beds are queensize and fantastically comfortable, with crisp white and pastel linen and funky zebra-striped cushions.
There are another 2 large bedrooms downstairs, both with French windows which look out past the large covered terrace to the sea. Both have en-suite bathrooms, one with a large tub and one with a large walk-in power shower.
Overlooking the infinity pool is the spacious master bedroom, with large French windows overlooking the infinity pool to Naxos in the distance. This suite boasts a super-kingsize Harrods Posturepoedic bed, a private seating area, and large ensuite bathroom with sea-facing tub and a separate walk-in power shower.
The 2 living rooms allow plenty of room for people to spread out over the squashy aquamarine sofas, and all the mod cons are in place: TV, DVD player, CD player and Bose iPod docking station.
The upstairs kitchen is supremely well equipped for self catering, with a fan oven/grill, electric hob, food processor, big fridge/freezer and a full range of appliances, cookware and utensils. In fact, it's one of the best kitchens we've seen in a Greek villa. A full welcome pack is provided, containing basic ingredients (cooking oil, salt and pepper, bin bags, washing up liquid etc), along with a few treats. Villeroy & Boch china cutlery and crystal glasses up the elegance quota, and a separate wine fridge means you can keep the champagne beautifully cool for sunset bellinis.
There's an indoor dining table but you'll probably spend most evenings dining alfresco on the terrace, where there is a choice of covered or open dining table as well as a built in barbeque. The supermarket is a 10-minute drive away (in Ano Mera), and you can pick up just-caught seafood in Mykonos Town - perfect for an easy barbeque.
If you're all about the relaxation on holiday, consider getting a couple of meals catered in (or most of them!). The owners can arrange various meals-on-wheels options, ranging from continental breakfasts to 4-course dinner parties. Combine that with your dishwasher and you won't have to lift a finger all night - perfect.
Mykonos is also full of great places to eat out. There are heaps of streetside tavernas serving traditional Greek dishes, including some friendly family-run eateries on Ano Mera square; and a couple of funky places on Elia beach, including Capelayo where we had some of the best calamares and melitzanosalata (aubergine dip) ever. Or you can go for Greek chic at Nammos on Psarou Beach or Aghios Sostis. Head to Aqua for delicious Italian food, Blue Ginger for Thai and Chinese dishes, Avra for juicy peppered steaks or French-style meat and fish dishes at Katrines. Fancy a special night out? Splash your cash in Nobu (within the Hotel Belvedere).