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Funky island retreat on a hill above Mykonos Town, with minimal white interiors and super-friendly staff
Mykonos, the original Cycladic haunt of the 1960’s, is back in vogue. And the in-place to lay your head is the stylishly minimal Ostraco. It sits on a hill above the impossibly pretty horseshoe-harbour of Chora, with long views out to a scudding blue sea. Guests lounge around on sumptuously cushioned day-beds in bamboo-shaded pergolas, or top up their tans on white-clad sunloungers around an amoeba-shaped pool. In the evening, the place comes alive with music, lanterns, cocktails and a party-soul bartender: a fitting prelude for a night on the tiles (or rather cobbles) of Chora’s labyrinthine alleys, glitzy restaurants and laid-back dance clubs.

But it's the supremely cool interiors that really take your breath away: a few bold drops of colour (a hot pink rug, three orange candles glowing in an alcove) against a backdrop so brilliantly white that you’ll be wearing your Armani shades inside. And it could not be more romantic: wrought-iron four-posters with billowing canopies, heated outdoor Jacuzzis in some suites, even a pair of immaculate chapels on hand in case you pop the question.


  • The rooms’ pared-down aesthetic is the last word in Greek island chic
  • With 21 rooms, the mood is intimate and sociable (it is still family-owned)
  • Manager Fotis and his excellent team provide faultless, friendly service
  • You can take a day-trip to ancient Delos, shop (or bop) till you drop in Chora’s designer boutiques and clubs, hang out among the perfect bodies of Paradise beach, or jump on a bus or fishing boat to a quieter cove


  • Some road noise in the rooms nearest the street
  • It’s a steep 10-minute walk (or short taxi ride) into town
  • The island can be very windy in summer
  • Mykonos is the most expensive island in Greece, and Ostraco’s rates reflect this

Best time to go

If you can make it in May, early June, September or early October, that’s the best time: not too hot, not too crowded, and room rates are significantly lower. Prices across the island rise between mid June and early September, and at Ostraco the peak period runs from late July to late August.

Our top tips

Bear in mind that taxis in Mykonos are in short supply, and high demand, so book ahead - or use the hotel's shuttle.

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 21
  • Breakfast only (walk to restaurants)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Ground chess


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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Flip-flops
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Pool towels
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Light snacks
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


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.

  • The island’s most famous beaches are Paradise (hedonistic and crowded) and Super Paradise (flirtatious and very gay); for a quieter swim head north to Ayios Sostis or further afield to Elia, which is now divided into gay and straight sections to avoid any embarrassing misunderstandings

  • You can hire a fishing boat - Fotis will fix it - to chug you to a remoter beach or the islet of Tragonisi

  • If you enjoy watersports you’ll find windsurfers, jetskis and waterskiing at most beaches, while scuba-diving is also allowed (unlike most Greek islands)

  • Don’t miss the wonderful open-air museum that is Delos, an ancient holy island just off Mykonos which is chock-a-block with ruined temples, sanctuaries, stoas, treasuries - and day-trippers (catch the shuttle boat from Chora’s harbour)

  • With a scooter and nerves of steel, you can explore the bumpy tracks that criss-cross the scrubby, wind-buffeted interior; Ano Mera and its icon-laden monastery of Tourliani are a good place to aim for

  • Back at the ranch, you can sunbathe by the pool, chill out on bamboo-shaded daybeds, book a massage or aromatherapy treatment, play ground chess or (for groups) arrange a special event like a beach party, BBQ or even a wedding in their private chapel

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Fishing
  • Nightlife
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing


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).

Family friendly accommodation:

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 equipment:

Baby cots available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

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