The legendary origins of a contemporary legend
The classic myth links Mykonos to Hercules. As the story goes, during the battle of the Titans, the legendary hero, who fights on the side of his father Zeus, succeeds in defeating the local Giants and imprisons them under the Mykonian rocky terrain, in Houlakia Bay. The name of the island in this narrative indicates a ‘stone pile’ or ‘stony place’. Likewise when ancient Strabo recounts the murder of the giants, he- rather prophetically- writes “all under a Mykonos’, which loosely translates to ‘(we are) all in the same boat’. This description seems to fit today’s multicultural, cosmopolitan Mykonos like a glove.
Of course in this “all” included are VIP’s and A listers, international party people, glamorous jet setters -and everyone in between.
For the emblematic whitewashed island, has been for several decades now the stamping ground of the world’s crème de la crème.
Several factors led to this phenomenon. Indeed as early as the 1930’’s, the exciting news of the excavations in Delos coupled with rumors about an undiscovered paradise nearby, begin to circulate among bourgeois and bohemian circles. Respected artists, poets, writers and politicians discover Mykonos, and fall in love with its unspoiled beauty and pristine charm. On the years to come, their example is followed by European royalty and American stars. From Liz Taylor, to Marlon Brando, Princess Soraya or Jackie O, everybody who’s anybody worships Mykonos, because, here, they can feel free.
Today the legend of Mykonos is very much alive and kicking. In fact every season it attracts its lion share of jovial, good looking faces from around the planet (champagne sipping, paparazzi’ d celebrities included!), who party their nights-and days- away.
To enjoy this cocooned haven with its liberating atmosphere and hedonistic lifestyle is a privilege indeed. So if all this got you into an epicurean sort of mood, here’s another tip:
Live like Epicurus at the San Marco boutique hotel in Mykonos
A slice of heaven for food and wine connoisseurs, nature lovers, spa enthusiasts, party-animals, and zen seekers, the San Marco boutique hotel in Mykonos, is designed to offer you the ultimate in indulgent living.
Admire the Aegean’s Big Blue as you lounge in the impressive seawater pool, suspended above the magnificent Houlakia bay, with its unique pebbles, allegedly made of the Titans’ fragmented bodies. Allow yourselves to be pampered by our expert concierge who shall arrange everything, from your dinner reservations to the most exclusive restaurants in town, to your private yacht tour. Revive your spirit and rejuvenate your body and mind in the relaxing sanctuary of the Houlakia Boutique Hammam Spa at the San Marco boutique hotel in Mykonos. Have a signature cocktail -or two- at sunset time, at the ultra romantic Pool bar of our boutique hotel in Mykonos– the perfect place to begin (or end) your evening in the island. Get tempted by the outstanding Greek seafood specialties served at the critically acclaimed Pythari restaurant of our boutique hotel in Mykonos. Delight your aesthetic and taste buds at the opulent, gourmet Veranda restaurant of the San Marco boutique hotel in Mykonos, before hitting the bars and clubs in town. And then, after some much deserved socializing and fun, return to your room at the San Marco boutique hotel in Mykonos, to relax and unwind in total comfort. Ah bliss! We bet that this is how paradise must feel like!