If anyone should be given just two colors in order to draw Heaven, these should be white & blue… And there is no other place on earth that can be portrayed better in this way… than Mykonos in Cyclades. This small part of land which spans an area of 85.5 square kilometres (33.0 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 metres, remains a hot spot for perfect holidays, crystal blue waters, relaxing atmoshere and amazing nightlife. We are happy to announce you the 5 Best new hotels in Mykonos , bazed on the Condé Nast Traveller and of course personal experience and taste.
The lemonade served on arrival is homemade from fruit grown in the hotel’s walled herb garden, a delightful little enclave where candles twinkle in jam jars at night and the scent of rosemary hangs in the air.
Look closely and you’ll spot a bamboo treatment hut for massages and a deck for yoga in among the olive trees. Up a level from this wholesome spot is the more decadent pool bar, a hill-top sun-trap and the real hub of Bohème.
Here guests laze around the kidney-shaped pool on grand super-loungers and bean bags; at night, bearded bartenders turn out flawless Negronis at the chic Bilo Bar, just the place for a sharpener before taking advantage of the hotel’s superb location, a two-minute walk from Mykonos Town and its many lively restaurants.
Polished concrete floors give the bedrooms a modernist quality, but knitted rope light fittings and splashes of colour stop it all becoming too sombre. Breakfast is served on private balconies, for when you want to lie low the morning after sampling the mixologist’s magic.
Address: Bohème, Mykonos Town, Greece
Price: Doubles from about £255
Online Booking for Boheme here
Back in 2014, Mykonian hotelier Theodosis Kakoutis worked with hip Athenian architects K-Studio to begin a radical overhaul of the original Bill & Coo, upping the ante from unassuming honeymoon hideaway to super-slick hangout with a buzzy vibe.
Last year, after an impossible-to-turn-down piece of land became available on the Agios Ioannis peninsula, he opened Bill & Coo Coast, a gorgeous, suites-only hotel overlooking a perfect crescent of sand. Built in rugged stone, bleached wood and cast iron, it feels a lot more private and peaceful than its sibling; a place for A-listers to unspool rather than party.
Each of the 15 lovely bedrooms has secluded terraces and is done out in a cool, calm colour palette of light grey and powdery whites with the occasional jet-black vase thrown in for contrast.
For lunch, old-school taverna staples have been given a light, modern makeover, with standouts such as humble but delicious sardines on bread, and slow-cooked rooster pasticada served with pasta and truffles.
For dinner, guests can catch the five-minute transfer to the original Bill & Coo, whose chef Athinagoras Kostakos creates serious tasting menus with a strong Greek accent. Back by the pool at Coast, there are a couple of gazebos (one of which doubles as a therapy tent for outdoor massages), with views of the charming Greek Orthodox church of Agios Ioannis, where black-clad widows mourn on the steps and village lads scoot past on mopeds.
Address: Bill & Coo Coast, Agios Ioannis, Mykonos, Greece
Price: Doubles from about £420
Online Booking for Bill & Coo here
Super Paradise Beach
Just when you thought Mykonos didn’t need another Japanese restaurant, up pops chef Nam Truong at this out-of-the-way new hotel.
And guess what? He’s turning out some of the best sushi on the island.
The German banker-turned-chef trained in Japan, and his black cod with miso-yuzu buttercream and sensational tuna-belly nigiri are reason enough to brave the winding road to Lyo, which sits high on a slope above Super Paradise Beach.
Being removed from the intensely developed parts of the coast has allowed the owner, Tasos Zouganelis, to create a more sprawling hotel than is usual in the Cyclades; the 18 bedrooms are spread beneath a series of low-rise buildings, giving the feel of an intimate hill-top hamlet.
Its pristine spaces have a kind of upscaled Nineties look, which makes a refreshing change from the boho-mania that dominates current hotel design, with unabashedly smart and contemporary wire furniture, and bright-white, sky-blue and geometric colour schemes: the opposite, basically, of the murky modern palette.
In high summer, Super Paradise’s beautiful sandy bay, a five-minute stroll down the hill, transforms into a heaving, hedonistic party zone with crowds drawn to beach clubs such as the magnificently razzly Jackie O.
Those who prefer to sip rather than spray their Champagne will probably plump for Lyo’s super-quiet, open-air bar with sublime sea views.
Address: Lyo Boutique Hotel, Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece
Price: Doubles from about £210
Online Booking for Lyo here
Above the beach in Korfos Bay, on a narrow isthmus in the south-west of the island, brightly coloured kites fly through the air like brilliant birds of prey hitching on a thermal.
The beach below may not be the prettiest on Mykonos, but its horseshoe shape and exposure to the northern winds make it one of Europe’s best spots for kite-surfing. How clever, then, for born-and-bred Mykonian George Syrianos to turn the land where he once grazed his goats into the first hotel on the island aimed squarely at wave-riders.
It’s a laid-back, hands-off, DIY kind of place where all eight suites are accessible straight from the beachside pool area, meaning there’s no lobby to drag your board through, no carpets to drench with your kit. Unsurprisingly, this chilled approach goes down well with young families, and the interiors are fittingly pared-back and solid; whitewashed rooms are made homely with chunky wooden furniture and gauzy curtains.
There is no restaurant, but simple breakfast baskets are delivered every morning, and each suite has a fridge and hob to prepare meals using ingredients from the cluster of shops at the other end of the beach, which include a couple of good bakeries, an independent butcher and a surprisingly chic fishmonger.
For more sheltered sunbathing, the bars and day-beds at Ornos beach are a 10-minute walk away on the other side of the isthmus, and Mykonos town is just a 10-minute drive.
Address: Waves, Korfos Beach, Mykonos, Greece
Price: Doubles from about £190
With its snug, tucked-away bars and secret swimming pools, hot-tub grottoes and multi-storey sun terraces, Kenshō feels like one of Escher’s impossible fantasies lavishly realised as a boutique hotel, each surprise staircase leading to another unexpected delight.
Simple lines , purity and relaxing atmosphere… are some of the components of a magic scene.
It is owner George Nikitidis’s first hotel and he’s picked a great spot up the hill from Ornos beach: close enough to walk to, but far away enough not to hear the bass from its beach clubs.
The design is slick and contemporary, with lots of sliding glass doors, white walls and adult-sized wicker bassinets by the pool.
Each room is subtly individual; some have freestanding baths, others plunge pools on the terrace, and all have a different signature piece by first-rank Italian furniture-makers such as Riva 1920, Baxter and Mogg.
Undoubtfully a place that is a lifetime experience to stay…
The open-sided restaurant is heavy on attention-grabbing touches – vast metal light shades, plate-glass tables – which keep pace with chef George Stylianoudakis’s high-concept food, including dishes such as red mullet with artichoke.
The body-beautiful crowd lounge decorously around the pool, or in the spa, with its low-lit treatment rooms where therapists practise reiki.
Address: Kenshō, Ornos Beach, Mykonos, Greece
Price: Doubles from about £525
Online Booking for Kenshō here
source: Condé Nast Traveller April 2017
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