Location. Location. Location. It's as important a selling point for club promoters as it is estate agents, and it's what makes many of the world's most famous venues most memorable. Think of Warung, for example, nestled on the balmy beaches of Balneario Camboriu, in Brazil, or La Terrazza, in an old fortress in Barcelona. But if there's one place that perhaps beats everywhere else for the most beautiful backdrop, then it's arguably Cavo Paradiso.
Built on the Greek island of Mykonos - which legend has it was formed from the bodies of giants slain by Hercules - this open-air space has become something of a giant itself amongst the worldwide clubbing cognoscenti, and one with almost mythical status.
Its stature and reputation has nothing to do with its physical size. Whilst it's no small fry at 3000 square metres, there are much bigger places in the holiday resort town of Mykonos it overlooks, but absolutely nothing compares to the view from this venue carved high up into a cliff-face. Staring out over the Aegean Sea, you half expect to see Odysseus sailing in after his return from Troy and indeed, with its concentric half-circles of stone terraces looking down on a swimming pool in the centre, Cavo Paradiso looks like a theatre for epic retelling of Greek legends.
For the past 15 years, Cava Paradiso has been a stage for many of the world's best DJs to perform instead, with David Morales the first international guest to play here in 1994 and Sven Väth, David Guetta, Sasha and Armin Van Buuren all having made appearances in the last year alone.
It's also a place where the bohemian vibe that originally made Mykonos the Greek answer to Ibiza still reigns. While the cosmopolitanism has been squeezed out of many of Mykonos's main resorts by cheap package tourism at one end and playboys with private yachts at the other, here you can feel the hedonistic spirit in the early morning as hundreds of people salute the sunrise after a full night of raving.
Cavo Paradiso really is a breath of fresh air, quite literally if you're Umek, who remembers his gig here in tones tinged with wonder.
"When you play my style of techno you're normally stuck in clubs that are really dark and smokey, not fresh and natural like this," he laughs. "It's the best club in Greece and the fact that it's on the cliff means there's an amazing view over the sea and islands.
"There's a really mixed crowd, which makes for an unbelievable atmosphere, and I got to play a very long set, which was great fun. DJing there for hours just as the sun came up was undoubtedly one of the most incredible experiences of my life."