Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Ann Rickard0
Ann’s Secret Mykonos place.
All travellers have their secret locations and I have mine. I shouldn’t tell you about it because it’s so good, but I’m a sharing person, so here goes.
On the Greek island of Mykonos there is a complex of white-washed villas called Soula Rooms.
Owned and operated by Soula and her adult twin daughters Barbara and Nansy, the accommodation is spotless and comprises small villas with bedroom, bathroom, sitting space, kitchenette and veranda.
It is modest, inexpensive and so Greek.
Soula Rooms fronts the charming Psarou Bay, the most sexy of all the sassy beaches on this island.
Billionaires and A-list celebrities anchor their yachts in Psarou Bay and come ashore in private tenders with their entourages of nannies and assistants.
The main attraction to this small and crowded beach is the restaurant next door to Soula Rooms. Called Nammos after its owner, it has built a far-reaching reputation for glamour, exceptionally slick service and cutting-edge gourmet food.
Nammos also rents out padded sun lounges and umbrellas at considerable cost and there is no shortage of takers.
Many people reserve the lounges for the entire summer and happily fork out thousands of dollars for the privilege. Soula’s guests can use these lounges at a discount.
All day long the music from Nammos’ speakers wafts over the beach.
As the afternoon hots up and the beach boys run endless buckets of champagne and trays of mojotos from Nammos’ bar, the music pumps up and the pace becomes electric.
By 5pm the entire beach is a dance floor. Hot bodies are up on sun lounges and in the water doing their moves.
Inside the restaurant beautiful women in tiny bikinis and hot guys in shorts are on top of the tables cutting moves Michael Jackson would have been proud of.
You will dance, too. You can’t help it. It’s not just for hot bodies.
I shouldn’t tell you about it because it’s so good,
Fancy hotels are dotted around the brown hills overlooking Psarou Bay. Their guests, who pay at least three, maybe four times the cost of a villa at Soula Rooms, don’t have direct access to this fabulous beach and its party vibe. But you do.
Soula’s daughters both have fluent English. If Soula takes to you, and she does to most of her guests, she will bring you a frosty glass of ouzo and plate of spinach filos she’s whipped up in her own on-site villa. Her husband, Timmos, keeps a low profile but he is there to help attend to any request.
The water at Psarou Bay is as clear as the gin served in the Nammos bar, and warm and free of sharks, rips and dangerous currents. Swim out to the anchored yachts for a close-up of what life must be like as a billionaire.
If You Go
Mykonos is a quick plane ride or a longer ferry ride from Athens.
Nansy will collect you from the airport or ferry.
- Soula’s guests can use the Nammos sunlounges at a negotiated price. Umbrellas and towels are provided. There is no charge for the fascinating people watching.
- Although it would be nice to order champagne and sushi from Nammos and have a strapping beach boy bring it to you, you can discreetly take something of your own onto the beach.
- Soula’s villas are serviced every day.
- The kitchenettes have facilities for breakfast preparation or simple salad making only.
- Soula Rooms is about 5km from the main Mykonos town. You will need a car if you plan to explore the island. There is a bus to Mykonos Town every half hour.
- You can walk across the hills around Psarou Bay to dozens of restaurants and tavernas.