Near the top of town - and of its accommodation range - the Belvedere positively oozes style and glamour. With a sushi restaurant courtesy of Nobu (where Japanese cuisine meets the Aegean Sea), a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, an in-house DJ playing poolside, and bar drinks mixed by the man who founded the American Cocktail Museum, its credentials are as impeccable as the guests' tans. The town centre is near enough to stagger back from a night on the dancefloor, yet far enough to sleep in relative peace when you get in. And when you wake, there's that picture-postcard view (and a bumper breakfast buffet till noon). So, if you feel like a sybaritic salad of sunshine, shopping and sashimi, place your order here!
- The panoramic pool with its white-leather loungers is the meeting point for the island's glitterati
- The acclaimed Matsuhisa Mykonos - the first open-air Nobu restaurant in the world
- From Bosé speakers to muscle-soothing jacuzzis, everything is designed to indulge
- This is a great place to make new friends, and most rooms can accommodate (even unexpected) extra guests
- Service is smiling and unfaltering, from fixing jeep hire to swopping your Korres toiletries for Bulgari
- Standard rooms are fairly simple and smaller than you would expect for the money; side-facing rooms don’t get much of a view
- In summer the poolside party continues till the early hours - don't try and beat 'em, just join 'em
- Part of the fun is to see and be seen: if that's not a priority, try another hotel (or another island)
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- 42 rooms
- All ages welcome
- Outdoor Pool
- Beach Nearby
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Car not necessary
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
Dubbed New Generation by their NY-based designers The Rockwell Group, and described in the hotel's literature as "an entire living experience", the recently restyled rooms and suites do their best to impress. 'Crystal-ice' marble floors, wafting muslin curtains, and white-washed walls and beams create a clean and contemporary look, offset by bespoke walnut furniture and arty rosewood lattices. Wide, comfy beds, temperature control and sound insulation make them perfect for a post-party pass-out; outside the summer silly season, underfloor heating, iPod docks and flatscreen TVs keep you comfy.
We loved the clean, minimalist look, but no amount of styling will hide the fact that the rooms are pretty small (20-27 sq.m), and the cheapest ones don't get the view (think of them as more of a crashpad, and spend your day by the pool). The suites are larger (40-60 sq.m), so if you can afford one then go for it.
Several rooms have a single sofabed which can be used as an extra bed, but it will be too crowded for comfort - and the hotel itself recommends limiting occupancy to 2 per room/suite.
We're yet to personally visit the Hilltop Rooms & Suites (located 250m from the main complex across three whitewashed buildings), but they look every bit as gorgeous. All lap up views out to sea, many have private pools and Jacuzzis. Guests can use the free shuttle service running between both properties.
At the heart of the hotel is a 19th century, two-storey Myconian townhouse – the family home of the ancestors of the Ioannides brothers, who now run the hotel. Transformed into a cosy, split-level restaurant, it now serves a fabulous buffet breakfast – croissants, quiches, chocolate and lemon cakes, cereals, fresh juices, fruit, eggs and bacon, all obligingly available until noon.
But it's at dinner time that it - and the pool terrace - really come alive. Here you'll find Matsuhisa, presided over by Japanese celeb-chef Nobu Matsuhisa or (more often) his Kikkoman-trained sous-chefs, the first open-air Nobu restaurant in the world. The sushi is, of course, immaculate - even the sauces are flown in especially from Japan. But you'll need to book a table well in advance.
For something more traditional, Greek dishes are on offer at Thea Estiatorio. It's set on a terrace above the pool, and enjoys lovely views over the island. We tucked into lamb brochettes served with a floral vol-au-vent of spinach and rice; and somehow found space for a rich chocolate mousse.
The cellar is stocked with over 5,000 wines from Greece and France, including a Hadzimichalis red whose deep flavours still have me salivating at the memory. There's also a delightful cocktail bar for sundowners.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian options
- Chill out in Mykonos’ coolest clubs - Elysium is nearby
- Warm up on the Cyclades’ hottest beaches - Paradise and Super Paradise are legendary
- Hire a jeep or (at your own risk!) moped to reach a quieter cove or a Byzantine monastery
- Take a day boat tour to Delos island, sacred in antiquity as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, and boasting wonderful ruins (agora, sanctuaries, temples, theatre)
- Go scuba diving – Mykonos defies Greek tradition by allowing this sport on its beaches – or water-skiing, or wind-surfing (all available at various beaches by the hour or day)
- Check out the town’s clothes boutiques, leather shops, jewellery stores and art galleries
- Visit its archaeological, marine and folklore museums; photograph its iconic windmills and chapels, including the 4-in-1 Paraportiani
- Enjoy a cocktail on the waterfront of ‘Little Venice’
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets
Children are welcome and can be accommodated on extra beds and / or a double sofabed in the suites. Room prices are for 2 people so there are additonal charges for children over 2. Baby cots are supplied free.
Family friendly accommodation:
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The Belvedere is on the Greek island of Mykonos, on the edge of its main town (Mykonos Town). Mykonos is part of the Cyclades island group.
Mykonos (2km) (seasonally restricted) or Athens (year-round flights). There are also domestic flights from Crete to Mykonos.
If you are island-hopping, ferries run from Athens' port of Piraeus (3-5 hours), or Rafina near Athens (2-4 hours), and your closest neighbours are Syros and Tinos.
Getting to the hotel
From Mykonos port it is a 5-minute taxi ride. From the airport it is a 15-minute taxi ride (the hotel can arrange this).
If you wish to hire a car to explore the island see our car rental recommendations.
Detailed directions to the hotel itself will be sent when you book through i-escape.
- Mykonos 2.0 km JMK
- Beach 1.0 km
- Shops 0.5 km
- Restaurant 0.5 km