I have a confession to make: I’m a „mykonosoholic”. I simply can’t go through a summer that I don’t visit the Island of Joy in Greece. This year I had the chance to show my beloved holiday spot to my boyfriend, Nimi – with all it’s delish vegan dishes, breathtaking beaches and perky parties. No surprise he became addicted as well… (עברית בהמשך)
As I usually have a super-busy summer packed with talkshow host jobs, cooking courses and exciting journalism projects throughout the hottest months of the season I always end up arriving to Mykonos towards the end of the summer. My loved one had a busy-as-a-bee year as well – being Nimrod Dagan, actor of the National Theatre of Israel, HaBima is just as tiring as glamorous after a long season of playing in five ongoing shows. Luckily for us the island shows it’s most beautiful face throughout the pre and post season madness: it’s less packed with tourists, but still lively enough to feel the signature Mykonos-vibe, and chances are that you’ll get a fabulous holiday rental for affordable price. Like we did at magical Mykonos Princess Hotel…
If you are looking for a five star experience yet homey vibes, this Greek palace overlooking the flickering lights of ever-busy Mykonos Town, facing the blue-as-it-gets waters of Agios Stefanos beach is just what you need. Mykonos Princess Hotel combines style and chill in the most perfect way. Classic bright-white buildings, modern minimalistic interior, comfy sun beds around the pool equipped with Jacuzzi, and a contemporary yet traditional restaurant, Kapari open for á la card breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which serves vegan breakfasts up un request.
The Greek salad, the fried veggies with sesame oil and soy sauce, sprinkled with nigella seeds, and the aubergine in spicy tomatoes sauce reminding us on our favourite Israeli breakfast, shakshouka took our breath away morning after morning. We had the pleasure of staying in the Grand Suite for two nights, feeling like we are on our honeymoon, then for three nights we tried out the Double Seaview Room – both were fabulous. At the posh suite we always felt like staying in, taking long baths, sipping delicious Greek red wine our balcony, or just staying in bed with the double door open to the breathtaking view of Mykonos town and the majestic bay. We loved our second “home” too, also because it gave us the opportunity to be able to leave the comfort of this piece of paradise once in a while.
At the closest Greek tavern, Matthew Tavern we enjoyed a gigantic and ritch salad composed by avocados, sweet corn, artichokes, flashy and ripe Greek tomatoes, and crunchy lettuce, and we ordered fava beans cream, similar to hummus, only without tahini. By the end of the dinner we even received a present, caramelized pumpkin bites in home made syrup, prepared by the tavern’s chef, served in a cute glass jar. We also visited internationally hyped Nince ‘N’ Easy, where Christos Athanasiades, chef of the all-organic restaurant uses products of their own ecological farm, and natural ingredients by local producers – we tried the green salad which came with The Perfect mustard vinaigrette sauce, and tested the fried forest mushrooms topped with tofu crumbles. And some dares to say vegans have nothing to eat in Mykonos!
My favorite eat was with no doubt The Indian Palace overlooking Paradise Beach, where I ate one of the best pakoras – fried vegetable chips with sweet and spicy fruit chutney – of my life, and picked some of my most beloved Indian dishes, such as alu gobi – cauliflower and potatoes curry -, and chana masala, the chickpeas dish I could kill for, it was so yummy. For a post-midnight meal, my tip is Appaloosa in the heart of Mykonos town, where Greek cuisine meets Mexican, Indian, Indonesian flavors – thanks so much for the vegan foodie tips to our wonderful host and fellow vegan, gorgeous Erieti Fragkopoulou from the Mykonos Princess Hotel Team’s sales department.
Of course a holiday in Mykonos could never be perfect without partying by Jackie O’ Beach’s pool bar, overlooking Super Paradise Beach, admiring the Queen of Mykonos’s, Priscilla’s fierce drag performances. Mariano Gallo, Italian born performer is just as important part of the Mykonos-vibe as the iconic windmills facing Little Venice. His alterego, Priscilla gets sassy on stage, inviting guests to the limelight, cracking jokes and making them drink a shot of ouzo “The Priscilla Way” – meaning placing the shot glass in their mouth, bending their had to the back, then elegantly pulling out the empty glass from their throat. No surprise: no stage guest can do it as perfect as Priscilla does – and that’s true about her showgirl performances as well.
We saw a few other drag shows while on holiday, but even a crew of dancers and sky high wigs won’t guarantee for other drag queens to reach up to the level of Mariano’s Priscilla. Catch her next year in Jacle O’ Bar downtown in Mykonos Chora – she steps on stage around 2 AM, or at the afternoon performances at Jackie O’ Beach every day at 6.30 PM. For a sophisticated cultural experience and a romantic night out I recommend Montparnasse Piano Bar, a “good ol’ days” style bar open all year around for over two decades now, located in Little Venice. Experiencing the buzz by some well deserved Cosmopolitan and Tequila Sunrise cocktails and the easy listening jazz and musical classics performed live, spiced up with old time theater anecdotes by veteran singers and actors is truly a must, while in Mykonos.
When we were not drinking or eating, we were riding our little white qua dall over Mykonos Island – thanks for the tip to Mykonia’s Pako Summer -, and for the dream vehicle, MotoTrust Team. I showed Nimi around my favourite hot-spots I already visited in previous years, such as Vioma Farm, a family owned vinery hosting wine tasting events with a refreshing white, a comforting red, and a sweet yet spicy dessert wine, all grown locally, with the help of classical music therapy – no kidding. With the wines they serve home grown vegetables salad with self-prepared, savoury sun dried tomatoes. The family farm is also a home for dozens of beautiful animals, such as fluffy bunnies, chickens and turkeys running around, cutie goats, and a majestic donkey waiting for your leftover breads, and some caressing around his pointy ears.
It’s always fun to find out that even a regular Mykonos-goer can find new, fascinating spots ont he tiny island: our newly found favorite beach, Agios Ioannis – most famous of being the location fot the shooting of the classic silver screen hit, Shirley Valentine – amazed us with it’s chilled vibes and azure blue seas sparkling like diamond with the rays of the warm, pre-autumn sun. We left the island with heavy heart, and light head, already missing Mykonos – but be sure, next year we will be back for more…
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Thank you for the warm welcome and the unforgettable few days to Princess Mykonos Hotel, and the super crew, especially to Erieti, Irene, Anna, Maria, and Ginos – a beautiful dream team, not only giving flawless service, but making our holiday memorable with meaningful conversations and fun get-togethers as well.