Elia Beach Villa

Elia, Mykonos, Greece Book from Eur2,000

A lovely Cycladic-chic villa perched amidst terraced gardens overlooking Elia beach (sleeps 4-10)
Views don't get much better than this: a stunning panorama of the azure Aegean sea, with the sandy beach of Elia at your feet and the silhouette of distant Naxos on the horizon. It's heavenly. Around you, lush terraced gardens - a rarity in sun-baked Mykonos - wrap the whitewashed villa in citrus and palm trees, agapanthus flowers and a private olive grove. Snowy white sofas give a perfect vantage point, and you could easily spend all afternoon here (mornings don't tend to feature much in Mykonos), with the occasional stroll down to the sea to cool off, or to sip iced drinks in one of the buzzy bars.

A wide terrace circles the villa, and you step inside to a cool blend of pearly greys and whites. Leather sofas and contemporary rugs set off the polished cement floors and wooden furniture; the art is a tasteful blend of works by local artists, block colours and black and white photographs. The accommodation - reconfigured in 2012 to create one large villa over 2 floors - is comfy and spacious, perfect for a group of 4-10 friends or a large family. And it also gained a stunning infinity pool, perfect for when the beach is looks too crowded (or too far away!).

Highs

  • Spacious gardens with plenty of private areas, and shaded spots for when the sun gets too much
  • A perfect panoramic view of the Aegean sea
  • The luxurious extras: Villeroy & Boch china, crystal glasses, a Bose iPod docking station, free WiFi
  • The villa and surroundings are super tranquil yet Mykonos' famous nightlife is only a short cab ride away
  • You can book for 3 nights and upwards (not just by the week)
  • The gorgeous infinity pool with views stretching to the horizon

Lows

  • It's expensive - even by Mykonos standards
  • The payoff for your fab view is a steep walk back from the beach (10 mins there, 20 back!)
  • Beds are all doubles - albeit queensize ones
  • Elia Beach can get crowded in high summer, though nothing like the more famous Paradise and Super Paradise beaches
  • You will need a rental car, but might not use it much

Best time to go

The season starts to hot up from late May and runs to late September. However, it will still be warm enough to swim in the autumn (October), and if you want Elia beach (almost) to yourselves, come in April or early May (a bit chilly for swimming, but the air temperature is usually a pleasant 20-30 celsius). If you want the party scene, come in July-August.

Our top tips

One of the great things about this villa is that the concierge, David (and occasionally the owners, Nick and Roy), live in an adjacent house, and can help out with restaurant recommendations, hire cars etc. On that score, you will need a car, even if you only end up using it to nip down to the beach and to the shops; and you will need to book at the more popular restaurants like Nobu.

The other thing we loved was the gorgeous artwork, including some very arresting black-and-white-stippled human scenes, various funkily painted model Mini Coopers lurking in niches, and impeccably tasteful displays of driftwood, pine cones etc. (If you like this sort of thing, David can point you to the gallery in in Mykonos Town where artist Richard North displays and sells his work).

Great for...

Beach
Family
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Villa
  • 5
  • Self-catering, restaurants nearby
  • Over 5s welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbeque
  • Cd player
  • Coffee tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Tv
  • Wifi internet

Eating

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).

Features include:

  • Chef on request
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Meal delivery service
  • Oven
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Wander down to Elia beach: a sandy, relatively secluded cove with sunbeds, bars and watersports (in season), and a healthy mixture of straight and gay, nudist and clothed... it's probably the best "all round" beach on Mykonos, and if it gets crowded you can walk over to Agrari in 15 minutes. Otherwise head to Panormos for a chilled-vibe, Paraga for more family-friendly sunbathing, Paradise for a lively scene with loud music and great bars or the remote Agios Sostis to get away from the masses. Many of these are connected by water taxi in summer.

  • Stroll around Mykonos town (Chora), 10km away. It's postcard-pretty, with chapels, windmills, a charming fishing harbour and the famous ‘little Venice’ waterfront

  • Indulge in some stylish shopping: think elegant jewellery, designer boutiques and original art shops

  • Have a late night: Mykonos is famous for its party scene and the town's cobbled streets are full of fab bars and clubs. Pierros Gay is a great gay club, Space Disco constantly full, and Cavo Paradiso is the biggest and the best

  • Go diving and snorkelling. There are PADI dive shops on Paradise Beach and Psarou Beach, and the azure Aegean sea is a beautiful place to learn

  • Take a boat to the sacred isle of Delos, with its ruins of a once-magnificent ancient treasury, including a row of monumental marble lions (catch the shuttle boat from Chora’s old harbour)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Nightlife
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

Kids

Not recommended for children under 5 as the terrace walls are quite high and steep.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Kid Friendly:

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