Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Paradise Overrun; the Rich and Famous Have Found Our Long-Time Island Haven

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Paradise Overrun; the Rich and Famous Have Found Our Long-Time Island Haven

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TRAVEL

with Ann Rickard

THINGS change, people change, situations change. For someone who does not embrace change when it comes to a favourite holiday destination, this can be tricky.

Like those who have visited the same camping ground for decades and find it suddenly sold and replaced by a new resort, or those who have rented a much-loved country shack for years to learn it will be demolished to make way for a road, we feel our beloved Greek island destination of Psarou Bay on Mykonos has changed so much that it has left us behind.

We discovered this small bay about 14 years ago, an online search, and came across a family-run place called Soula Rooms: inexpensive, right on the beach, owned and operated by Soula and her family.

We arrived to find a series of modest but immaculate white-washed villas, a small stretch of sandy beach, fishing boats bobbing on the clear water, an unpretentious taverna next door.

A Greek island dream come true.

We have never missed a year visiting this delightful place.

Now it has changed. Not for the worse.... that could never be said. But the owner of the small taverna next door is no longer small. He is big. And fashionable. So big, so fashionable, his name reaches around the globe, and people come from great distances just to visit his once small taverna, now a swish restaurant with queues of glamorous hopefuls and a bevy of security men to keep things orderly.

The small fishing boats on the bay have been replaced by super yachts with scandalously wealthy owners whose demands are met with alacrity.

The sandy beach in front of the restaurant and in front of Soula Rooms is now crowded with sun-lounges jammed so close you could anoint your neighbour's back with sun lotion without moving an inch.

At 120 euros (about $175) a day for the hire of two lounges it is astounding they fill, but every day disappointed people are turned away if they arrive after midday. …

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