Mykonos is famous for its luxury and hedonism, but one hotel on the island is proving that glamour need not come at the expense of culture. San Giorgio hotel in Mykonos caters to the traveller who wants it all. Here’s why the hotel is a dream cultural escape this summer.
Located between Paradise and Paraga beaches, the hotel was founded by entrepreneurial duo Thomas Heyne and Mario Hertel. After meeting in Ibiza the pair first transformed Paradise beach club on Mykonos in 2004 into the iconic destination it is today. In 2014 they decided to open San Giorgio hotel, an elegant boutique hotel that offers guests chic interior design, wellness and cultural experiences, and traditional luxury all in one place.
The hotel offers an artistic programme for culture lovers looking to embrace new communities and practices on their holiday. These take place at Scorpios, a beach-side space just steps from the hotel. Renowned international DJs play electro-acoustic sets as the sun sets with a view to fostering a communal and creative atmosphere. Meanwhile the boutique Scorpios store offers a chance to browse unique designers from around the world. A focus on sustainable and local craft ensures visitors pick up objects that offers stories and insight into other cultures. These include Caravana, an organic and handmade textile brand, and mother-daughter jewellery brand Goldfish.
If you can resist the pool and beach, by day the Inner Gardens space at San Giorgio also fosters the hotel’s cultural community. The space offers meditation, yoga and talks to encourage creativity and mindfulness. Visiting speakers this season include Mustashrik Mahbub’s series on storytelling and the creation myth and Dirk Nellens series on human design in August.
Meanwhile design lovers will find themselves smitten with the hotel’s interiors. Each room is furnished with handmade designs within classic Cycladic buildings. Rooms are light and airy, while classic Greek furniture and idiosyncratic pieces create a home-like atmosphere. There’s no shortage of pieces and spaces to capture the imagination – or serve as a dream Instagram composition.
Each room offers classic Mykonos style. In Casa Basico, the most accessible of the rooms, guests will encounter organic fabrics, mosaic floors and key design details such as minimal lamps and vintage wooden stools.
Meanwhile the larger suites offer open-plan living where guests can enjoy spectacular sea views from sweeping terraces. Inside rooms guests will find artful juxtapositions of bright, hand-woven rugs, special wall hangings and a minimalist palette to ensure the ultimate tranquil and bohemian experience.
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