Mykonos: The Magical Island of the Jet Set

This is once again the story of a fishing island that has become the hotspot of the jet set – where nature, esotericism, chic and fun go hand in hand!

If the jet set today answers a thousand and one synonyms, it is a question of its golden age. Period when, in the 1950s, a certain Aristotle Onassis casually moored his yacht in the sublime and peaceful waters of a small fishing island. Mykonos and its wild nature. Mykonos and its iconic windmills. Mykonos and its insolent beauty quickly become the kingdom the jet set dreamed of. It must be said that the evenings initiated by Aristotle Onassis had everything to attract his friends. Sophia Loren and Paul Newman. Maria Callas. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. Everyone has found the charm of discreet luxury.

On the island with its picturesque atmosphere, legends were still forged in 1958. That year, it was a fisherman who, saving a pelican from certain death, attracted this fauna to Mykonos. His nickname is Petros, and Petros is the island’s first pelican – in other words an icon! It was also in the 1960s a film that piqued the curiosity of Jackie Kennedy. ‘Jamais le Dimanche’, a film that won over everything at the 1961 Oscars, while also launching holiday fashion in Greece. Those of Jackie will be his first – an unofficial visit that nevertheless triggers scenes of hysteria as he passes the island. Mykonos, said to be the birthplace of the god Apollo, has just found its goddess.

Because once Jackie has become Jackie Onassis, she makes Mykonos her favorite destination. She initiated a very Greek Dolce Vita where, wearing Liontis sandals – gilded and decorated with olive leaves – she became the muse as well as the model. A decade later, it’s the freedom and breathtaking surroundings that make Mykonos a favorite spot for the gay community. But not just any – Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino in the lead… We just lose it in the iconic club of the time, Piero’s. Even today, the island makes Ibiza turn pale when Scorpios or Cavo Paradiso attract international Djs, as much as the people who matter. Because, perhaps today more than before, the jet set finds in Mykonos this carelessness which has become very rare!

Ibiza, The Multiple

Carved like a swan, the Balearic Island welcomes the worthy heirs of the Beatnik ways of life and thoughts.

Whether they are clubbers, jet-setters, neo-hippies, hedonists, or newly outraged, the populations there, if they meet only rarely, coexist in exemplary tolerance. Pacific, Ibiza east.

A telluric energy, the result of a cultural and ethnic mix and max as it has rarely happened: in the wake of the hippie community which has made it its first gathering center in Europe, the island has achieved international notoriety; in the 1960s, artists were electrified by its magnetic vibrations; then came the 90s, and its clubbers.

Like a land of promise, wild Ibiza, spiritual Ibiza welcomes the Little Princes of the Earth.

Beyond the old traditional clay dwellings inherited from the Arab period from the 8th to the 14th, by the dirt roads, it is a real wild flight of poetry which uninhibited man from everything, leaving him within the reach of the ecstasy, in all its incarnations.

From the heights of La Formentera, the white square houses – “the payesas” – the rivers, the creeks and the white sand breathe the concept of a dolce vita made of freedom, love, and mutual understanding enchanted by the Party. We like to dance there outside, under the stars, feet in the water, where the body darted solar rays from a cerulean sky. An embodiment of wellness and mindfulness experience!

Land of passage, Ibiza hosts arty concept stores, but also bohemian restaurants which, near the design hotels adjacent to the fisherman’s huts, in turn welcome the soul to experience terrestrial pleasures.

Its villages trace their routes far from Saint-Tropez, an atmosphere that is often wrongly compared to it: far from being just a cool and entertaining place, Ibiza embodies an inspiring message of bravery, befitting all nationalities. The best spots on the island cannot be summed up: they are everywhere!

As soon as summer begins, the season begins: every night, the clubs turn a different DJ into the shaman of a spontaneous and intense crowd. The intriguing Ibiza is just one to experience.

Saint Tropez, Eternal Icon from the Jet Set

Paul Signac made a canvas of it. The New Wave made him a muse. Brigitte Bardot has made a myth of it.

Saint Tropez, at the beginning of the last century, was only a village when Paul Signac discovered it. Attracted by its light and its wild landscape, the painter does not hesitate for a second – he invites his friends to spend the summer of 1904 there. Among them, Matisse. Touched by this timeless decor, the painters of the new century sketch Saint Tropez using colors and dots. Before them, Maupassant, plying the Mediterranean aboard the Bel Ami, was also swooning; “This is the corner that I love the most. I love it as if I had been born there, as if I had grown up there” he wrote in 1887.

We do not know if Boris Vian, Juliette Gréco and the others got wind of these notes or if it was another breeze that led them to make Saint Tropez their summer neighborhood. What does it matter since before BB, here is the Saint-Germain-Dés-Près gang in search of radical chic in the streets of this village on the Côte d’Azur. They stay at the Hôtel de La Ponche. They even manage to open a jazz club there – Paul Eluard, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir… All of them attend the frenzied oxen at Club St-Germain-Prés-Près La Ponche.

The myth of Saint Tropez owes everything to Roger Vadim and Brigitte Bardot. 1956, he made the village and the beach of Pampelonne the filming location of the scandalous and iconic ‘Et Dieu… Créa La Femme’. The impression on the spectators is such. The vogue of Saint Tropez is launched! Henri Salvador sang love there in 1959. Five years later, the monokini fashion came to life there. We wander barefoot between its rupestrian streets, just to show our freedom of mind. We travel its waters in Riva boats. We play pétanque with the locals. But above all, we enjoy a festive atmosphere, without limits. Eddie Barclay thus attracts all the gratin during his memorable white evenings in his Villa Du Cap Camarat.

It is because the landscapes of Saint Tropez lend themselves to life like no other. At the heart of this same villa, ‘La Piscine’ with Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin completes the making of Saint Tropez the eternal icon of the jet set. In the 1970s, at the Byblos Hotel, Bianca Perez married Mick Jagger in a white tuxedo by Yves Saint Laurent. Iconic. At Club 55, Grace Jones, Elton John and Cher make the legend of Tropezian nights. And today? We dance with the same lightness at Caves Du Roy. Pampelonne beach has regained all the pleasure of its wild luxury thanks to Philippe Starck for La Réserve Ramatuelle. Then there is the Sénéquier. Guarantor of the effrontery of Saint Tropez, since 1887. Where you can taste tarte tropézienne, nougat or iced chocolate, leaning on Kate Moss, Rihanna or Jacques Chirac. Must have!