A villa with a view that’s hard to put into words, you’ll have to see it for yourself…
Mykonos is the most famous of the Greek islands and surrounded by the azure blue Aegean Sea. Think classic whitewashed buildings adorned with vibrant bougainvillea vines, and rambling cobblestone paths peppered with pops of colour from traditional painted shutters and doors. Shopping is plentiful; whether you want jewellery, art, fashion or handmade pieces crafted by local artisans, you really are spoilt for choice.
Just 11 minutes from Mykonos Town in the Aleomandra area sits Villa Nefeli, a secluded, serene spot that’s picture perfect. There’s five bedrooms, an infinity pool looking out to the surrounding islands, and the crème de la crème – a secluded beach just a few steps away. Sleeping 10, it’s ideal for families or groups of friends that want to experience everything Mykonos has to offer.
Villa Nefeli review
Rooms and facilities
Greeted in true Mykonian style with distinguished cubic whitewashed walls, drystone archways and natural materials throughout, Villa Nefeli is awash with character. Outside, you are welcomed with a crystal-clear infinity pool ideal for taking in the idyllic views. There’s a quirky wooden swing aside the pool as well as a sail, outdoor shower and wooden awning, a nod towards the owners’ love of sailing. Sun loungers and seating areas are comfortable and plentiful, and there are two outdoor dining areas, the main table being close to a built-in brick barbecue, perfect for cooking fresh fish and vegetables bought at the market.
The bedrooms are minimal and modern, with unique dark wooden furnishings and crisp white bedding. Each leads onto state-of-the-art en-suite bathrooms with Mykonian-style curved stone walls, showers and sinks – a tranquil space with fluffy towels changed twice a week. The main living space is spacious with a large sofa, a 10-person dining table and kitchen with all the amenities; Nespresso coffee machine, washing machine and fridge-freezer (perfect for the Limoncello purchased en route).
Food and drink
Whether you want to eat out or utilise the villa’s barbecue and kitchen facilities, there’s no shortage of choice. Why not try your hand at creating your own Greek feast? Ornos, the nearest town, has a fish market called Anemotrata which sells fresh fish caught daily. We chose the prawns, calamari and red mullet – along with a sweet treat from the bakery. Eating alfresco from the comfort of your own villa has never felt so good, and it’s made all the more special by the spectacular views.
If you fancy dinner out, Kostantis restaurant is just a stone’s throw away from the beach. Listening to the waves lash onto the golden sand over dinner really does set the bar high. Fall under the spell of the warm atmosphere and traditional menu served up using fresh ingredients. If you head into Mykonos Town you can try a favourite amongst the locals, Appaloosa, owned by Mykonians. ‘World flavours, music and cocktails’ is what you can expect, serving up tasteful dishes from Mexico, India and Indonesia, all crafted using local products. For something simpler, try souvlaki, a popular Greek fast food perfect to enjoy while taking an evening stroll through the cobbled streets.
As soon as you walk through the doors of Villa Nefeli you’re put at ease. It’s clean and welcoming with a high-spec finish, not to mention the décor, an eclectic mix of unique antique furniture and artwork with a mix of rattan, wicker and bamboo. The everyday stress is taken off your shoulders with a 24/7 concierge service, daily housekeeping and linens and towels changed twice a week, so all you have to do is sit back and relax. If the pool isn’t for you that day, well, step no further than a secluded beach only 200 metres away, the clear waters and warm sand between your toes will put you in to full holiday mode. The magical views from Villa Nefeli will win you over and you’ll honestly find it hard to leave.
What to do nearby
Whether you look to enjoy the Greek island for its culture, nightlife or beaches, Mykonos has something for everyone. Little Venice is steeped in history with the classic whitewashed buildings and blue accents. The world famous picturesque windmills have panoramic views of Mykonos Town and you can even stay in one (Meltemi Windmill). Ornos beach is ideal for anyone looking to relax and unwind, with golden sand, clear, calm waters and beachfront restaurants serving fresh dishes and cocktails. Morethanvilla, the management company for Villa Nefeli, have years of experience and advice to share about the island so do not hesitate to get first-hand knowledge.
A friend/family group trip to indulge in the luxuries a villa has to offer while enjoying the historical Greek island of Mykonos.
To book Villa Nefeli visit (from £1,117 a night), villanefelimykonos.com or morethanvilla.com/ where you will also find other villas. To see more, follow their Instagram @morethanvilla, @villanefelimykonos