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The 11 best hotels in Mykonos

With thriving nightlife and a classic spirit, make the most of the "Greek Ibiza" with the 11 best hotels in Mykonos
Boheme, Mykonos
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By Kerry Christiani |
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Mykonos is often dubbed the ‘Greek Ibiza’ because of its chilled-out vibe and party-loving soul, but, frankly, why would you want to imagine yourself anywhere else? This Cycladic isle has a spirit all of its own, a heady mix of sunlit, whitewashed, bougainvillea-draped streets, where mopeds dart past streetside tavernas and crescent-shaped bays made for posing by day and clubbing by night (gays, straights and all-comers are welcome).

 

When it comes to accommodation, Greek islands don’t get more glamorous than this one, with boutique pads, tucked-away villas and chichi suites-only hotels studding the coast, looking the business and attracting a seriously stylish crowd. This island has been fashionable ever since Shirley Valentine set foot on its sands, and it still hasn’t lost its touch. Whether you seek champagne on arrival, kite-surfing lessons or a yacht to (almost) call your own, our pick of the best hotels on the island should provide somewhere you’ll want to come back to again and again.

The 11 best hotels in Mykonos

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Boheme
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Boheme

Beach chic at its minimalist best, Boheme is a hip newcomer to Mykonos Town’s hotel scene, with 22 rooms and suites, done out in crisp blues and whites, that play up sensational sea views and open onto quiet terraces or balconies. Pared-back decor doesn’t shy away from boldly and beautifully mixing things up, with naturalistic print fabrics, nouveau-rustic wood furnishings and twisted rope lights that add eye-catching detail. Sunset is primetime for chilling on a beanbag chair by the rooftop pool, expertly mixed cocktail in hand, as the sun plops fatly into the Aegean.

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Nissaki Boutique Hotel
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Nissaki Boutique Hotel

An ode to the sea with its blue-and-white tones and ocean-inspired photos, this five-star hotel has plumped for a clean, minimalist aesthetic in luminous, glass-walled interiors. Sitting between the curving bays of Platis Gialos and Psarou, it’s the meticulous handiwork of modern-day Greek gods, with pools rimmed by day-beds, gorgeous rooms, villas and suites decorated with sheer drapes and blonde wood, a chilled bar for cocktail sipping and a restaurant serving imaginative riffs on Mediterranean cooking. The service is heartfelt, the light, painterly.

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Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort
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Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort

Just uphill from the peaceful sandy bay of Agios Ioánnis, famous for its role in the romcom Shirley Valentine, this ultra-luxe resort has alluring Aegean views from its poolside cabana beds. Staggering down the hillside, the low-rise, whitewashed hotel stays true to Cycladic architectural traditions, with uber-stylish rooms in Greek marble and a palette of blues and whites. Service is impeccable, as are the facilities: from the private beach to the gym and yoga classes to the Altea spa offering all-natural treatments and Med-infused food seasoned with garden-grown herbs.

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Lyo Boutique Hotel
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Lyo Boutique Hotel

From the hilltop perch of this boutique hotel, the Aegean spreads out like a blue silk cloth. The relaxed vibe here is a world apart from the pumping parties on nearby Super Paradise Beach, a five-minute stroll away. With clean lines, clever use of patterned fabrics, whitewashed wood and pops of turquoise and blue, the room decor is as uplifting as a breath of sea air. Top suites crank up the luxury with private whirlpools. And chef Nam Truong’s sushi is mind-blowing in its freshness and flavours.

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Grace
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Grace

Graceful by name and by nature, this fabulous escape opts for a pure aesthetic. Interiors decorated with pale, neutral colours, wicker and floaty drapes scream new-wave beach chic. It sits above Ágios Stéfanos, a pretty arc of sand edging into aquamarine sea. Champagne on arrival, a pool rimmed by cabana beds (where you can expect occasional treats), a spa with steam room, hydrotherapy bath and intuitive treatments, all-day à-la-carte breakfast, free shuttles into nearby Mykonos Town – they’ve literally thought of everything.

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Waves
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Waves

Look at a map of Mykonos and you’ll see a thumbprint-like indentation on the south-west coast, which creates a natural funnel for wind and waves. Hence the name of this little beach house, making the most of the surf. The whitewashed rooms, with rustic wood and woven basket lights, are deliberately understated, allowing the sea views to take centre stage. Breakfast baskets are provided on request. Snag a day-bed by the infinity pool or hook onto kite-surfing lessons.

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Kenshō Ornos
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Kenshō Ornos

A sleek, ultra-chic retreat uphill from party-loving Ornos Beach, Kenshō is Zen-like in spirit, with clever backlighting accentuating contemporary white spaces, funked up with driftwood, stone and modern art. Rooms and suites have been carefully thought out, with posh details running from private plunge pools and hot tubs to freestanding tubs, Nespresso makers, iPads and Hermès cosmetics. Add to this ingredient-driven tasting menus served with panache, a gym with personal trainer, a rooftop whirlpool and a grotto-like underground spa and you’re looking at one very special space to stay.

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Petasos Beach Resort and Spa
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Petasos Beach Resort and Spa

In certain lights, it’s hard to tell where the pool ends and the sea begins at this heavenly coastal resort, which sits on a private peninsula between Platis Gialos and Psarou Beach. Besides views to make you swoon, this minimalist-chic resort has slick rooms decked out in white, teal and hits of pastel. Top billing goes to those with roof-terrace Jacuzzis. The ambiance is blissfully chilled whether you’re being pummelled by thalasso jets in the mosaic-tiled spa or nibbling on sushi in VIP Restaurant.

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Rocabella
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Rocabella

‘Happiness is homemade’ is the strapline of this luxe boho getaway, a two-minute stroll from Ágios Stéfanos beach. It delivers, with delightfully breezy rooms featuring lily-white walls and linens, rustic wood furnishings and basket-woven lights, not to mention mood-lifting views of the Aegean. Simply drift from pool to spa, hire a bike, hit the gym or get the attentive staff to pack up a picnic for a day at the beach. Reeza restaurant makes creative use of local, seasonal ingredients in palate-awakening dishes like sea bream carpaccio with sea urchin, fennel root, lemon, chilli and kumquat.

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Bill & Coo Coast
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Bill & Coo Coast

A slice of coastal cool, with a discreet air and secluded location in 10 acres of grounds, Bill & Coo Coast is jetset heaven. If you’re lucky enough to snag one of the 15 suites, you’re in for a treat: the decor is super-slick, with sea-facing balconies, soft grey-white colour schemes, Nespresso machines, iPads and Molton Brown cosmetics. It’s luxury all the way, with a pool overlooking the glassy sea, private beach, spa treatments, and sumptuous breakfasts with fresh fruits, homemade bread and omelettes cooked to perfection.

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Kivotos Club Hotel
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Kivotos Club Hotel

The Kivotos pushes the boat out when it comes to luxury – literally: it has its own yacht. As well as its own beach and two pools. And the villas and suites go the extra mile too – from a villa with private glass pool to one with its own private beach, this is seriously luxe accommodation, all done out in cool white and local stone to merge beautifully with the surrounding olive groves and crystalline waters. Can’t afford a villa? The individually decorated sea-view suites are stunners, and even the garden-view ones aren’t to be sniffed at.

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