The island has become synonymous with beach clubs, 24-hour parties and those instagram-perfect sunsets. And, on Mykonos, there’s no shortage of new boutique hotels, bohemian retreats and reasonably prices budget stays for every kind of traveller.
But The Myconian Collection – 10 luxury, family-run hotels dotted across the island – perfectly combines the white-washed, traditional Ionian aesthetic with a design-led escape.
Where is it?
A three-and-a-half-hour flight from London and you’re on the Cycladic island of Mykonos, which lies between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The Myconian Collection group has properties in Mykonos Town but it’s the hotels set high up in the hills, above Elia Beach which allow for breath-taking views across the island and out to sea.
The Myconian Villa Collection is by far the most private and exclusive property in the portfolio, nestled into the mountains and offers a 360-degree panorama of the Aegean.
Sister hotel, the Myconian Ambassador, also feels private and out-of-the-way but is just a three-minute walk from Platis Gialos beach and a mountain trail away from trendy beach clubs such as Scorpios.
The hotels run complimentary car services to and from the airport and a shuttle bus into Mykonos town throughout the day.
Billed as the ‘ultimate experience in style and privacy on Mykonos’, the Myconian Villa Collection delivers both in spades.
The 69 private villas, many of which have their own mini-infinity pools or hot tubs on the balcony, give the feeling that you’re on your very own secluded part of the island, but with five-star luxury hotel service.
The rooms are white-washed and minimal, but given a splash of opulence in the form of plush light pink velvet sofas, spacious king size beds and stylish, well-placed sculptures.
Day beds decked out in on-trend black and pink line the infinity pool, which is overlooked only by the resort’s restaurant, while a vintage Rolls Royce is permanently parked outside the front.
The same aesthetic runs through the Myconian Ambassador, which has a quiet, paired-back luxury thanks to its use of floor-to ceiling whites and minimalistic fixtures.
The swimming pools tend to be the focal points of the hotels, with the Myconian Villas’ infinity pool appearing to bleed into the ocean so seamlessly that you might feel you’re out at sea.
As the whole hotel group is big on luxury, they’ve made their spa experiences second-to-none, with the Villas’ Elemis/St Barth spa offering thalassotherapy and rejuvenation menus.
Over at the Ambassador there is also an Elemis spa as well as designated pilates and yoga rooms, which seem to be in constant use.
There’s always a helpful member of staff on hand to deliver you a cocktail, book you a treatment, or direct you to the on-site helipad, should you require that kind thing.
Food & Drink
At the Myconian Collection, poolside a-la-carte restaurant Cabbanes is the main attraction, offering stylish, local cuisine whipped up by head chef Thodoris Kyriakidis.
The breakfast buffet, served at Nouveauis, is a luxurious experience with an on-hand egg chef and bottles of champagne to hand, in case you fancy starting your day the right way.
Ilias Maslaris runs the kitchen at the Ambassador and gives Greek culinary classics a contemporary twist.
George’s Bar – named after hotel group patriarch George Daktylides – has experienced mixologists on hand to deliver you delicious but very potent cocktails.
It’s tempting to not to set a foot outside the Myconian villas during your stay, thanks to the unparalleled views from the poolside.
But if you’re looking for outdoor activities, to get a culture fix or just to indulge in pure relaxation, there are endless ways to spend your days and nights on Mykonos.
The town is a hive of activity but if you want to escape the island for a day, the hotels arrange trips to the nearby Delos, which is an archaeological site and the mythological birthplace of Apollo.
The small island of Tinos is also a ferry-ride away if you want a taste of relatively untouched-Greece, which is off the beaten tourist track and is quickly becoming a culinary haven.
Myconian Collection offers rooms at the Myconian Villa Collection from €310/£278 per room per night, myconianvillas.gr
Myconian Collection offers rooms at the Myconian Ambassador Hotel from €240/£212 per room per night, myconianambassador.gr