Mykonos is more than its glamorous restaurants and bars. Experience local life at these authentically Greek island hotels.
Mykonos is known for its cosmopolitan elegance, attracting the rich and glamorous to its top-class restaurants, bars and shops. But there’s so much more to island life than that. Along with the glitz, you’ll discover the charming Greek welcome the locals live by and call philoxenia, meaning “friend to a stranger”. With a backdrop of beautiful beaches, traditional villages and fantastic food, experience living like a local at these expert-selected hotels, for a stunningly authentic island break.
Pair local experiences with luxury in these villas that have everything you could want: a private pool and jacuzzi, lounging areas with plush sofas on shining marble, bright airy rooms and full kitchen equipment. The highlight is the flawless service. Staff can organise everything from private sunset dinners in your villa and in-suite massages, to yacht chartering and even private jets for the especially lavish. They promise to “reveal local secrets of the island” and arrange local experiences you won’t forget.
This simple family-run hotel promises a friendly atmosphere and warm Greek hospitality. Walk under the white stone arches, past the rows of green plants, and into your little apartment with brightly coloured, homely decor. Grab a snack on the hotel’s roof terrace, situated next to a traditional church, or live local and walk into the village to visit the bakery for fresh spanakopita (spinach pie). Paradise Beach, famous for parties, is 2km (1.2mi) away if you want to kick it up a notch.
Described as “minimal design and luxurious amenities,” the suave rooms at My Mykonos are a blend of black and white with geometric patterns. Combined with their restaurant and bar – which serves haute cuisine and new generation cocktails with signature recipes – this hotel encapsulates the chic, cosmopolitan spirit of Mykonos. Town is a short walk away, and you can see the classic white cube buildings spilling before you from the hotel pool terrace. Here, you’re truly a part of the town.
From the moment you walk into the sun-drenched lobby, you’re surrounded by luxury – and that’s the feeling that Mykonos should give you. The rooms are classically Cycladic with whitewashed stone and natural wood features, creating the cosiness of traditional Greece with a cool twist. Of course, there’s a pool, and massage and beauty treatments can be enjoyed in your room. The real highlight is the boutique hotel’s surroundings: mountainous horizons, tumbling hills and unmistakably Greek greenery.
Right outside Myconian, you’ll find Kalafati, the only beach in Mykonos with trees for shade from the endless sunshine. Do as the locals do and chill out in this peaceful bay after a relaxing dip in the Aegean. Back in your room, you’ll find log tables, colourful wall art and statement cushions, not to mention a private garden with a bubbling jacuzzi. The suites are situated in the rolling hills, making them a peaceful break from the bustling town.
Lithos sits in the quiet, charming village of Agios Ioannis with its traditional chapel, sandy beach and pretty harbour. Wander the area (slowly, you’re on Greek time now) and enjoy the natural beauty every direction you look. Back at Lithos, ever-friendly staff welcome you with a smile. Rooms are simple yet exquisite, and there’s an al-fresco continental breakfast to wake up the Greek way: with good food and lots of coffee.
To experience the ultimate Greek beach life we all dream of, stay at Patasos, situated on a private peninsula. Relax on your exclusive stretch of beach, between Platis Gialos and Psarou, to see some of the island’s loveliest nature with powdery golden sands and turquoise water. Rooms have recently been renovated and are Cycladic-white with pops of colour. There’s a spa with revitalising therapies and a fusion cuisine restaurant with a DJ, overlooking the yacht-dotted sea.
Greeks love their sea and sand as much as the visitors do. This chilled haven is located right on beautiful Ornos Bay and exudes that laid-back Greek vibe of the islands and their people. Natural-inspired room details include bamboo-lined headboards and woven wall features. There’s a spa, gym, infinity pool and beach bar with that perfect Mykonos mix of relaxed cosmopolitan chic.
The first modern private hotel in Mykonos, Kouneni was built in the ’60s and has been enjoyed by famous politicians, intellectuals and artists from across the world. It’s smack in the centre of town, so you can truly experience the winding, Cycladic maze of Mykonos with restaurants, shops and churches at every turn. The studios are built for comfort with vintage-style furniture, pastel colours and floral print curtains, so you can make yourself at home in this Greek paradise.
Explore the streets of beautifully quaint Ano Mera village to find colourful houses like those from a postcard and traditional tavernas selling classic Greek fare such as moussaka and souvlaki. This boutique hotel is located here, 8km (5mi) from bustling Mykonos town, with fabulous view of the peninsula. It’s a five-star joint with rooms featuring bare brick walls and lanterns, for a comfy, classy stay.