Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Beaches 2007

by Natalie Walsh

Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece

The vibe: You're only young once. If you're not, keep drinking—you'll feel young soon enough.

Picture this: Every hedonist worth his or her margarita salt comes to frolic on Mykonos, the naughty little Greek party island. Of the island's dozen or so fun spots, Paradise Beach is one of the most playful. Think Club Med with your clothes off, spring break for grown-ups—where the afternoon scene is hotter than the nightlife of most other islands. The drill is simple: early drinks, late dinner, dance all night, sleep all morning, come to Paradise in the afternoon for swimming, schmoozing, and power-napping. Rinse. Repeat.

The crowd: Naturists and exhibitionists, bikinied girls on bar tables, gay boys with washboard stomachs, lots of red eyes

The sundowner: Join the party people at Tropicana Beach Bar right on the sand and knock back a few shots of Mastika, a herbal spirit that'll remind you only a little bit of turpentine.

Come to bed: The frolicking continues at the Belvedere Hotel on the edge of Mykonos Town, where jet-setters stake out their favorite rooms months in advance and where professional party-thrower Colin Cowie just opened a new cocktail lounge. But despite the stream of celebrities, the Nobu outpost, and the general air of decadence, this is actually one of the island's most elegant places to stay.

Belvedere Hotel
Tel: 800 525 4800
Doubles from $325

Tropicana Beach Bar
Tel: 30 22890 23582

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