Mykonos is a wild island, rich in history, with natural beauty and up to three hundred days of sunshine a year.
Its legendary reputation as a holiday destination can be traced back to the 1930s. Although famous artists, politicians and wealthy Europeans vacationed in private villas, a hiatus after WWII preserved the island as a well-guarded secret until the yachts of 60s high society dropped anchor. Its idyllic image of island simplicity drew the likes of Christian Dior, Onassis and Jackie O.
In the exuberance of the 90s, many more luxury hotels opened, drawing new guests and the party crowd, turning it into one of the world's playgrounds.
Mykonos Town is overflowing with fascinating history and architecture. It has a relaxed, charming vibe, with stylish boutiques alongside clubs, bars and tavernas spilling out onto the picturesque maze of cobbled passages between whitewashed houses.
It is also famous for its long stretches of pristine sandy beaches, including Gialos for Mykonians and those in the know, located within the old harbour, and the unspoiled Elia Beach for the longest fine sand and crystal waters on the island.
For those dreaming of visiting Mykonos – spending the evening at one of the charming cafes of Little Venice before getting pleasurably lost in the maze of alleys lined with shops and restaurants – we've handpicked four beautiful properties that each offer a unique experience of the island.
Kenshō Boutique Hotel & Suites
Opened in June 2016, Kenshō comprises just 25 rooms and 10 suites nestled in the hills over Ornos Bay.
The architecture is pieced together around the natural elements, primarily wood and stone, to blend in seamlessly with the surroundings in a beautiful Cycladic landscape.
Artists from around the world engineered a design for every room, with each piece of furniture being wholly unique. iPads and Spotify are available to all, and some suites offer Jacuzzis, private pools and panoramic views.
The restaurant on site serves the finest Cretan cuisine using fresh, local ingredients and has already earned the hotel a nomination from Mr & Mrs Smith for Best Gourmet Getaway.
The most luxurious element though would have to be the Kenshō spa. Built into a cave, the colour-therapy chairs and Jacuzzi tub offer an ethereal relaxation experience.
With picturesque views overlooking the bay, this boutique hotel has to be one of the most Instagram-worthy hotels in the Mediterranean.
Earlier this year we introduced you to the delightful Myconian Collection of Hotels. With such a beautiful selection to choose from, it was difficult to only pick two – but we've chosen one hotel and one resort that we think you will love.
Myconian Korali Relais & Chateaux Hotel
Standing gracefully over the sacred island of Delos and the enchanting Mykonos town, the refreshed Myconian Korali offers chic character like no other.
High up, yet so close to the town, it boasts colourful details, handpicked art masterpieces and a unique, sophisticated and yet utterly inviting experience.
At the heart of the Myconian Korali lies the Baos Fine Dining restaurant, where haute cuisine meets the carefully selected raw materials, produced locally and exclusively for Korali's guests.
The elegant bar by the pool terrace, the early drinks strolling along the deck at sunset and the all-day extraordinary ambience, are merely a reminder that the night is still young.
Yet, the exquisitely designed rooms, some of them with their own private pool by the Aegean Sea and all with a breathtaking view, are highlighting a genuine Myconian experience sitting comfortably in the lap of luxury.
Delightful hospitality is the cornerstone of Korali's philosophy, with personalised attention, they aim high - Butler service, valet parking and packing assistance is available on request.
Life at the enchanting Korali is definitely easy; anticipate only glorious days of sunshine and endless pampering.
George's bar signature cocktails will make your evening far more intriguing while a soothing massage in the Satori Thalasso Spa might prove helpful if you are planning a late night out in Mykonos Town.
Myconian Villa Collection
Designed for absolute privacy and complete relaxation, the Myconian Villa Collection is an exalted luxury villa resort for insightful guests who seek the discreet lavishness of an indulgent getaway.
Whether you're looking for a romantic hideaway or an idyllic place where families and friends can come together, the Collection provides the perfect setting.
With panoramic views over the Aegean Sea – steps away from the famous Elia beach, an alluring pool deck and the boundless luxury of your own villa with its private infinity pool, your only remaining wish may be to be everywhere at once.
Exciting gourmet dishes, savory Mediterranean flavours and impeccable service promise to fascinate even the most demanding connoisseurs.
After enjoying the sun and the sea in Mykonos, regenerate your body and unwind your mind in our artfully designed Myconian Villas Spa, where serenity and revitalisation arise from elegant comfort and a mesmerising atmosphere.
To our ancient Greek forefathers, hospitality was a sacred obligation, and that heritage is reflected in every aspect of the Myconian Villa Collection.
One of the most historic hotels in Mykonos has been transformed into a 60s inspired luxury hotel, Mykonos Theoxenia.
Designed by the famous architect Aris Konstantinidis, Theoxenia is now considered a "national preserved property" for its innovative style, architecture and the unique use of local stone and craftsmanship, while respecting traditional Cycladic architecture.
Today, all 52 rooms of the hotel exude an aura of unique aesthetics and impeccable taste, which flirt with the characteristic "glam" culture and its discreet luxury.
A true epitome of style, Theoxenia neighbours the famous windmills of Mykonos, which subtly combines the intense downtown life with the absolute calm of the hotel.
Located a mere 300m from the beach and Mykonos town, the hotel has played host to Hollywood stars, celebrities, heads of state and jet set personas such as Jackie Onassis.
All rooms feature simple elegant designs, with pastel premium textures, comfortable beds, and luxurious bathrooms with hydro massage. And of course you can always enjoy your breakfast in your room... looking out at the sea, the pool or the gardens.
If you're celebrating your wedding or your child's christening, Agios Charalambos chapel of Mykonos would be the perfect spot to host it, ideally located next to Mykonos Theoxenia, you can already begin planning the after-party.