The top party spot on the Cyclades islands, Mykonos is also a place to unwind – particularly at the quieter beginning and end of the summer season, around May or October. Attracting architects and hoteliers from Greece’s main cities, it’s spoilt for grand designs and devilishly luxurious hangouts, where Greece’s jet set (not to mention half of Europe) come to mingle, recover and repeat. If lounging by the pool is a major part of your itinerary, read on for our pick of the best hotels with pools on Mykonos.
If you’re seeking style, spa and serene swims, Harmony is the see-and-be-seen crashpad for you. Close to the buzz of Mykonos town, its large, jagged slab of blue pool attracts boho-chic couples and groups of friends. Its buildings are in dazzling white with linen canopies and powder-blue painted balconies. Rooms have prettily tiled bathrooms and raw-wood headboards, for a light, breezy, beach-house feel.
With spacious, open-plan rooms and a minimalist aesthetic, you decompress instantly as you enter the smooth-edged, sage-shuttered Olia Hotel. At the relaxed, alfresco Meze on Port restaurant, zingy beetroot salad and fresh squid are served up with flair, while a huge, curvaceous pool has more than enough room for an exclusive crowd of guests. It’s a quiet location, but you’re only a 15-minute walk away from Mykonos Town, with its labyrinthine whitewashed houses and windmills.
The stylish monochrome cocktail bar, brightened by zesty green cushions and lit by storm lanterns, is the place to be at this trendy stay – though its top-notch gym and herbal-scented spa (widely regarded as the best in Mykonos Town) are just as popular. Rooms are kept in smart greys and whites, and some have sultry plunge pools or whirlpool tubs. Most seductive is the huge, rippling pool, trimmed with a part-shaded patio and generous sun loungers, which, at night, takes on a nightclub feel, thanks to twinkling LED lights.
Psarou Beach is the posey, party beach on Mykonos, and Nissaki Boutique Hotel has the slightly blingy beach-club aesthetic to match, with veiled cabanas, circular daybeds and alfresco dining tables all looking out to the sea. Faced with a ravishing rectangular pool, inset with loungers on wooden platforms, guests take lounging breaks only to traipse off to the spa or retreat to the shade of the healthy-chic Phos Restaurant, which has lots of tempting veggie options.
With beaten-copper lamps, bohemian murals and curious fringed chandeliers wiggling on the ceiling like a coral reef, this striking design hotel is a step away from Greece’s usual whitewashed simplicity. Outside, crochet canopies cast pretty ripples across cushioned daybeds around the pool, but prettiest of all is the “forest” of wood and foliage that trims the buffet restaurant. Topped off with an exceptionally friendly staff, this is one of the best hotels in Platis Gialos.
Sitting out by the pool on balmy evenings is an absolute treat at this boutique-chic hotel, its plump sofas overlooking the twinkling lights of the infinity pool as it meets the expanse of the ocean beyond. Close to the soft sands of Megali Ammos Beach, the hotel’s hyper-modern rooms have minimalist lights hanging from long strings, egg-shaped, freestanding baths, Nespresso machines and (for some) generous patios, some with private plunge pools and Jacuzzis.
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