But then we joined the Mykonos Town By Night tour, and somewhere between bars Blu Blu, Down Under and Scandinavia, the shots came out and the clothes came off. In a couple of hours I’d run the gamut of the Contiki Mykonos experience – a journey I’d make several times over the next few days.
When British Airways announced they were starting bi-weekly flights to Mykonos, it didn’t take long for Contiki, who specialise in holidays for 18-35-year-olds, to organise short breaks to their Kalafatis beach resort off the back of them. In keeping with their ethos of ‘milking life for all it’s worth’ Contiki ensure those on three- or four-night trips don’t miss out on all the island has to offer. There’s a packed schedule up for grabs, as long as you’ve got the stamina.
Too many shots and a missed bus later (taxis are a rare commodity on Mykonos) and you might, as most of our group did, miss the early morning departure for nearby Delos. But as far from a god or goddess as you might feel, making the trip to the birthplace of Apollo is worth it (see Get Out of Bed, above). If sacred archaeological ruins don’t ease the hangover, a gyros kebab in Mykonos Town will sort you out.
It better had do. After a morning of classical culture, an afternoon of its opposite awaits. It’s time for Cocktail Mixology school and the first assignment (and second and third) is to down a shot. Next up we’re to prepare three cocktails taking care not to break the rules and end up in the pool. As the spirits flow, the demands to shake our booty along with the cocktail become less humiliating and the compulsory sexual descriptions of our concoctions less PG. An Old Granny’s Bits Sex on the Beach or Strap-on-Licious Paradise Island, anyone?
Whether spurred on by shame or curiosity, it’s good to escape Contiki world and explore the island at some point. Hire a car at the resort and tackle the snaking roads, passing whitewashed houses, and myriad mini churches as you skirt the coastline. If you need an aim, head to Mykonos Town for its tempting boutiques, pelican mascots and Paraportiani Church, or the award-winning Ornos beach.
Make sure you’re back in time for the Paradise Beach trip. A coach delivers all those who have signed up to the strip of beach bars and clubs (including the famous Cavo Paradiso) where, weather permitting, the swimming pools cry out for more disrobing and the tables beg to be danced on. One cocktail, the Devil’s Tongue, contains 12 spirits. It’s cruel, but oh so clever, that during our stay the trip returns just in time for the resort’s karaoke night.
It’s easy to leave your dignity behind during a short break at Contiki Resort Mykonos, but it’s just as easy to relax and take in the charms of the island. If you want to do it all then that’s possible too, though climbing one of Aphrodite’s Boobies to add to her nipple might be one step too far.
• Amy Adams travelled to Mykonos with Contiki. Three-night breaks at the Contiki Resort Mykonos start at £199