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MUSINGS ON MYKONOS

YOGA POOLSIDE AT SANTA MARINA ON MYKONOS is already one of Girlahead’s top exercise experiences.  There was tai chi at the now-gone InterContinental Hong Kong, again poolside, LED BY AN OCTOGENARIAN IN OVERSIZED WHITE SATIN PYJAMAS. There was yoga at Nihi, on Sumba.

Read more about the yoga colleagues on Mykonos in the next few days. Meanwhile, think Santa Marina Mykonos, high above Ornos Bay, in the south-west of the island.

Self-made shipping tycoon Elias Papageorgiou loved this hilltop site and travelled here so many weekends from his Athens base that back in the 1970s he bought the land. It then had four buildings on it, a pigeon loft, a windmill, another chapel and a small house, which became his holiday home. His only child, near-professional fashionista Christiana Papageorgiou, now owns and runs what has become a 114-room Luxury Collection hotel. PRIDE OF PLACE goes to Ruby, Villa 242, a two-floor 217sq m beauty which comes with a totally-private 170sq m courtyard (there’s a 16-metre pool). Its all-white kitchen, with Neff and Smeg bits and pieces, would delight any celebrity chef. Two bedrooms are downstairs but best sunset views are from the two upstairs. Look across the Bay to Delos Island as you watch pretty-amazing orange-gold sunsets.

MYKONOS SOCIAL,  all-day inside or outside, is by A GIRLAHEAD HERO, London-based globalist Jason Atherton, and for fun outdoor evenings, Buddha Bar is one of the best of that party-goers’ brand.  Reef is a highly-personal boutique – obviously Christiana Papageorgiou is the buyer, choosing floating robes and Vegas-type accessories she herself adores, say a bead handbag shaped like a London telephone box.

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