Of the many Greek islands scattered across the Aegean Sea, Mykonos ranks among the most beautiful. It’s the sort of scenery we dream of waking up to as we hatch our next summer escape. Whether you visit Mykonos to see the windmills in Chora or to soak up a sunset over the seafront in Little Venice, relax after a long day of exploring with a stay at one of these dreamy hotels.
Views of the Aegean Sea come as standard at the Mykonos Beach Hotel, situated on the hillside above Megali Ammos beach. A typically Greek decor of white-washed walls, stone tiled floors and Santorini-blue furnishings runs throughout, and the sun deck includes a pool, jacuzzi and bar. Sip on a cold beer or white wine while watching the fishing boats bobbing on the water. To fully immerse yourself into the Mykonian lifestyle, dine al fresco at the hotel restaurant and enjoy a plate of local cheeses, salamis and olives.
This hotel has a Cave Pool suite that’s become an Instagram sensation – and the rest of the hotel is just as inspiring. Each premium room comes with sweeping ocean views, and the concierge team will arrange yacht rental, helicopter charter and even private photoshoots to tempt you away from your own piece of paradise. Make sure to save some space in your suitcase, as the on-site boutique offers a great selection of designer labels and boho-style souvenirs.
A stay at the Arcs Boutique Villa gives you access to your very own pool, terrace and jacuzzi – with no one else around to spoil the mood. But when you do require assistance, help is at hand via 24/7 call assistance. Breakfast is included in the room rate, as well as room service. When you’re ready to tour the island, you can hire your own private driver to show you the best spots around.
If you’re dreaming of a stay in a traditional Greek island hotel – where white-washed exteriors, blue-shuttered windows, wooden beams and sea-inspired furnishings are framed against a deep-blue view – check in to Harmony Boutique Hotel. It provides all the above, and then some. You’ll be able to choose from a range of treatments at the Spa Center, and doze in hanging egg chairs under rattan umbrellas by the pool – when you’re not taking a dip, of course.
It may boast the wooden beams and sugar-white walls of classic Greek architecture, but the traditional tropes stop there. You also get modern features like free-standing sinks, carved wooden side tables and handcrafted headboards in your room at My Mykonos. An earthy palette of charcoal, mud and pine runs through the hotel, from the pool that overlooks the Aegean Sea to the Mediterranean-Greek fusion restaurant. If you’re here to splurge, opt for the two-bedroom suite for a private pool and an outdoor dining area set against olive trees and lush gardens.
The aristocratic influence of this 18th-century manor house guarantees the royal treatment while you’re on Mykonos. Once the residence of the island’s mayor, the TownHouse boasts a collection of contemporary rooms, ranging from luxury Mykonian villas and suites to superior and classic rooms with uninterrupted sea views. There’s a host of activities at your selection – including luxury speedboat cruises, private yacht rental and tours of ancient ruins. Be sure to drop by the 54 Cocktail Bar & Sunset Lounge for a night of cocktails paired with house beats and iconic island views.
Postcard-worthy panoramas of rolling hills backed by endless ocean await at Portes Mykonos Suites & Villas. Breakfast is a typically Mykonian affair that’s brought straight to your door, and there are kitchens in most suites so you can make your own evening meal on the nights you don’t want to eat out. Plus, you can order a massage service to your room – the perfect way to relax after a day spent exploring Mykonos town or lounging on Psarou beach, both just short walks away.
Built in the 1960s by Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis, Mykonos Theoxenia has kept up with the times but lost none of its groovy personality. Look around for the palm tree prints and flashes of colour that nod to its early years. Then gaze out to the seafront – it’s right outside the window. The hotel also has its own marina, where you can hire a boat for the day, while back at the hotel bar you can transport yourself to whatever decade you like via an era-transcending cocktail menu.
Breakfast is served with priceless Aegean sea views at the Ilio Maris. On a hot morning you may want to make a beeline for the cooling ocean – but respite is much closer to hand in the form of a large luxury pool, lined with loungers and shady parasols, and served by a poolside bar. If you can tear yourself away, you need only solicit the services of the concierge team for catamaran cruises out to secluded beaches and guided walking tours around the island.