“Supremely stylish, sociable hotel overlooking buzzing Mykonos town – perfect for celebrating your Greek salad days”
Near the top of town - and of its accommodation range - the Belvedere positively oozes style and glamour. With a sushi restaurant courtesy of Nobu Matsuhisa, 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!
- From Bosé speakers to muscle-soothing jacuzzis, everything is designed to indulge
- The panoramic pool with its white-leather loungers is the meeting point for the island's glitterati
- 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 Guest 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)
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- 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. There's also wireless internet - though not always reliable.
At the time of writing, the last "old-style" rooms were being redone - and about time. It's definitely worth requesting a new generation one - we loved the clean, minimalist look. But no amount of styling will hide the fact that they are pretty small (20-27 sq.m. for the rooms, 35-40 sq.m. for the suites), and the cheapest ones don't get the view (think of them as more of a crashpad, and spend your day by the pool).
If you can afford a suite or deluxe room, go for it. They come with their own private patio for people-watching - a big improvement on the "personal compact island terrace" (i.e. little more than a balcony) of the standard and superior rooms.
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.
- Air conditioning
- CD player
- Central heating
- Cordless phone
- Cots Available
- Customised lighting
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Ipod dock
- Plunge pool
- Private line & voicemail
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 Greece's only accredited Nobu restaurant (open June-Sept) - presided over by Japanese celeb-chef Nobu Matsuhisa or (more often) his Kikkoman-trained sous-chefs. 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.
In April, May and October there is a stylish Mediterranean menu, available for residents only. We visited in April and enjoyed tender octopus with dill, caraway seeds and black-eyed beans; then tucked into lamb brochettes served with a floral vol-au-vent of spinach and rice; and somehow found space for a rich chocolate mousse. Portions are small but perfectly formed, with interlinking curls of red pepper or artistic swirls of raspberry coulis around the ice cream.
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.
At lunchtime, snacks and salads – we tasted a beautifully light rocket, mozzarella and cherry tomato with walnut oil – are available from the poolside bar; or brought to your room or balcony. And of course you can wander into town for a meal of almost any cuisine and any price range at any time.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Chill out in Mykonos’ coolest clubs, both gay and straight - 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)
- Relax by the pool and improve your tan (everyone else seems to have already spent days at it)
- Head to the hotel's astonishingly well-equipped gym to improve your muscle tone
- 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’
- Don't forget to say hello to the resident pelican
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