“Funky island retreat on a hill above Mykonos Town, with minimal white interiors and super-friendly staff”
The 21 rooms and suites are set in tiered, 2-storey blocks of classic Cycladic style (flat roofs, white walls, paved patios) among 6,000 sq.m. of landscaped grounds. You get marble floors, elaborate wrought-iron beds and translucent drapes billowing in the breeze which comes in from the patio or balcony. Each has a theme or colour, be it cherry pink in the rugs, chequered tiling in the shower room, or a row of warm orange cushions on the stone-built bench seating. Mykonian Superiors have a good view across the sea; all Sea View Suites get a separate sitting area and a large terrace; the Superior Jacuzzi Suites, as you may expect, boast a tiny plunge pool (indoor or outdoor) with Jacuzzi jets for a lingering soak. At the top of the price range is the Deluxe 2-Bedroom Suite, who’s 4-windowed sitting room has white-cube furniture and a dark oak coffee table.
Bathrooms are kitted out with trendy square or shell-shaped washbasins, curtained showers and shiny chrome gel dispensers. One has an arched, portholed wetroom, so you feel as if you’re hosing down inside the apse of a Cycladic chapel.
Budget permitting, it’s worth paying extra for the higher-spec suites, as some Mykonian Classics and Mykonian Deluxes suffer from noise from the nearby road, while others are let down by small and occasionally damp shower rooms.
Days start late in Mykonos, as the island recovers from long nights of drinking, dancing and dining. Thankfully the breakfast buffet is open until 12.30pm, so you can come gently back to life with a strong coffee and a plate of cakes, cereals, cheeses, meats and fresh fruit in the sunshine. Get there early and you may find pittes (filo-pies stuffed with cheese or spinach) or loukoumades (fresh-baked doughnuts in honey) for a more Cycladic start to the day.
For lunch, you can order a light snack from the poolside bar, but chances are you’ll be on one of the island’s many beaches: Paradise and Super Paradise are lined with music-pumping tavernas, while quieter Ayios Sostis offers excellent home cooking (and reassuringly slow service) chez Kiki, on a hill above the beach.
For dinner you’ll want to head into town - a steep 10-minute walk, or a short cab ride if you manage to order one - for anything from traditional Greek to authentic Nobu sushi. The beautiful people head for Sea Satin on the quayfront beneath the island’s trademark windmills, with its candlelit tables, chattering cellphones and 100-euro lobsters. Or follow in Matt Damon’s footsteps - the closing scenes of The Bourne Identity were filmed here - and book a table at Bobby’s. For a simpler but still stylish soirée, head for the tree-shaded court of Mamacas. For cheaper eats, Philippi and Chez Maria come recommended, as do the veggie Sesame Kitchen and the centrally-placed Antonini’s.
Fotis and his team will give you the latest lowdown on where to eat, and book tables for you if required.
Mykonos Town (Chora), with its pretty fishing harbour, its swinging clubs and pubs, its trademark windmills, its ‘little Venice’ waterfront, and its clothes, jewellery and designer boutiques, is a steep 10-minute walk away (or 15 on the way home). You can try to order a taxi, but it’s often tricky getting one to collect you from the hotel; much easier for the return leg, so long as you know where the ranks are. There’s also a bus stop just opposite the hotel, which is very handy, especially for day-trips to beaches without having to go via town.
Children are welcome, children up to 12 and baby cots are free of charge, but it’s not exactly a kid-friendly island - you’ll want a babysitter for the evenings (additional charge).
The Deluxe 2-Bedroom Suite is the best option for families as there's a second twin bedroom, and it can fit an additional baby cot or extra bed. The Sea View Suites have 2 single sofa beds and can fit a baby cot, while the Superior Jacuzzi Suites have space for an additional 2 extras beds or 1 baby cot. The Mykonian Classic and Deluxe rooms can fit an extra bed or baby cot.
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking