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Going Greek


Your Mykonos honeymoon at Pelikanos


Words: Damien Woolnough

Photography: Pelikanos


12th June 2018

There's a reason that super saturated images of Mykonos beaches flood social feeds during the European summer. The Greek island is spectacularly beautiful and while we’re pretty sure the Greeks didn’t invent homosexuality, Mykonos pioneered gay-friendly travel, making it a great choice for your honeymoon.

 The key to falling love with the island, while celebrating your new love with your husband, is to splurge on accommodation, as some properties are as tired as the last man slumping at a gay bar at closing time.

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Pelikanos from the Karma Group, owned by British entrepreneur and former Bananarama manager John Spence, is at the top of list for those after the perfect mix of privacy, luxury and location.

The private villa is nestled in Pirgi between Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach – now if that doesn’t make it paradise the sweeping views of the Aegean Sea help.

With the main villa, guest villa and studio, the property can handle 15 guests, making it the perfect escape for your entire wedding party, or even for the actual celebration, with the Karma group willing to organise everything.

When the beaches are too much you have your own private pool, a sun-soaked terrace and a pizza over perfect for carb-loading (it’s time to abandon the pre-wedding diet once and for all).

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All of the advantages of a hotel, without the couple thumping the bedhead against your room, are on hand with a private concierge able to secure restaurant bookings or find you the perfect yacht at a moment’s notice and a chef available to provide evening banquets. There’s housekeeping, so don’t worry about making your bed, wifi, a satellite TV and coffee machine for your urban addictions.

Take advantage of the villa’s Jeep Wrangler and explore some of the island’s more secluded beaches but escaping the views from the terrace will be difficult.

Sure, you’re paying more than a local pensione, but through the Karma group Spence has developed a well-deserved reputation for luxury that’s not stuffy, making this an investment in honeymoon happiness.

 

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Mykonos Top 5

  • Kiki’s Tavern. No sign, no electricity, no problems. Expect to queue for the simple flavours and hearty serves at this unpretentious restaurant with views Agios Sostis beach best appreciated from the shade of the overhanging trees.
  • Liontis. Ditch the Havianas and pick up some sandals from this local institution producing sandals since 1956.
  • Elysium Hotel. Take a break from the earnestness of RuPaul’s Drag Race and embrace the kitsch and camp of Elysium’s cabaret shows.
  • Jackie O’s Dancing on the tables at Jackie O’s bar is almost as essential as a tan on the island, or posing at Jackie O’s Beach Club.
  • Pelikanos. It's where you're honeymooning so of course it made the list. It’s that good.

Visit Pelikanos.

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