While most family businesses are built over several generations, the Myconian Collection was established over four decades by one family, inspired by a passion for sharing the beauty and hospitality of their home with the world.
‘We are as proud of our roots as we are of how much we’ve grown,’ says Markos Daktylides about his parents George and Eleftheria Daktylides, founders of the Collection that today counts seven of the leading luxury hotels on Mykonos and is run by their four sons.
The Mykonos of George Daktylides’ youth was a world unto itself. The island ran a barter economy well into the Fifties and people who lived on the land traded their cheese, sausages, cured fish and produce with the townsfolk for imports such as sugar, flour, rice, coffee and spaghetti, not to mention the all-important cigarettes which were sold individually from large boxes of all sorts.
Besides visitors to a few private villas, the island was a well-guarded secret before the yachts and cruise ships of the Sixties’ began to drop anchor on their way to the magnificent ruins of Delos. Onassis and Jackie O were followed by Princess Soraya, Grace Kelly, Brando and Liz Taylor, to mention but a few, and Christian Dior famously crowned the town’s tailor Josef Salachas ‘le roi du pantalon’ (‘the king of trousers’), inspiring Givenchy to collaborate on a couture collection. The secret was out, and close on its heels came the boho chic of the Seventies.