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Is celebrity-favourite Mykonos the new Ibiza of 2015?

January 9, 2015
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While all the stars headed to Spanish island Ibiza last year, it looks like they may be jetting to the Grecian island of Mykonos in 2015. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lindsay Lohan and the Kardashians were just a few celebrities to recently grace the idyllic shores of Mykonos, and more may soon follow in visiting the island made famous in the 1960s by Jackie Onassis and Grace Kelly, as it's set to be the summer queen of hip holiday destinations for 2015.The beautiful hilly spot, dotted with more than 400 white-washed churches, has more recently become famous for its vibrant nightlife - with clubs such as Jackie O, Rock n Roll, Guzel and Astra on offer - as well as perfect daytime beach activities including boat trips and windsurfing. A significant bonus for holidaymakers is the chance to see some of the world's top DJs for less than it might cost at Ibiza, long famed for its party scene.

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Boutique and luxury hotels and a wonderfully rich culinary scene are also not to be forgotten.According to the analysis of millions of search flights on leading global travel search site Skyscanner from the last three years, combined with qualitative research carried out by The Future Laboratory, Mykonos is tipped as one of 10 hotspots for UK travellers this year.The statistics, which put the "island of the winds" in third place after the further afield Siem Reap, Cambodia and Fort Lauderdale in Florida, will mean a boost of optimism for the Mediterranean paradise, after years of a tourism downturn brought on by economic turmoil.

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With a 31% rise in flight searches, it appears that visitors are returning to the travel gem, eager to experience not only its nightlife but its beauty and culture.

Iossif Parsalis, Managing Director of Marketing Greece, comments: "While Mykonos is home to high-end resorts, the beach bars, restaurants and boutiques, the island remains quintessentially Greek with its winding, stone-paved alleyways, windmills and typically Cycladic architecture."

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The top 10 destinations that Skyscanner is predicting to be hotspots for UK travellers in 2015:

The top 10 hot spots for 20151. Siem Reap, Cambodia2. Fort Lauderdale, Florida3. Mykonos, Greece4. Brazil, South America5. Gold Coast, Australia6. Nicaragua, Central America7. Seoul, South Korea8. Colombo, Sri Lanka 9. Taipei, Taiwan10. Panama, Central America

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