Four of the best ultra-luxury hotels in Mykonos for 2022

Greece’s most hedonistic island is welcoming a clutch of ultra-luxe boltholes.

A suite at Kalesma Mykonos.

Photograph by Kalesma Mykonos
By Julia Buckley
Published 20 Jun 2022, 12:00 BST

Habitat Mykonos
Party island Mykonos has always had luxury hotels, but Santorini has long been the top stop for those looking for something exclusive in the Cyclades. As the latter has boomed as a poster child for Greek island chic, those in search of rarefied digs are moving north to Mykonos, taking its hotel scene to new heights. Make no mistake, this is some of the priciest terrain in the Mediterranean; which other tiny island could sustain a clutch of new openings that start at around £1,000 a night? 

Newcomer Habitat, which opened in June 2021, is rather more affordable than some of the gang, with rooms starting at £250 (although they double in high season). The all-suite hotel above Agios Stefanos, on the northwest coast, channels the island landscapes — palms dot the property and there are olive trees by the pool and marram grass swaying in the breeze. 

The rustic design also has a hint of Ibiza about it, blended with classic Greek island style: a fresh, white-on-white palette paired with straw-wrapped lamps, wicker chairs and plenty of distressed wood — visible in everything from the bedside stools to the thick door frames. All but the entry-level rooms have a private hot tub or pool outside, and Acqua di Parma toiletries await in the bathroom. There’s even a free shuttle to the sandy beach —500 metres away. From €299 (£249). 

A gorgeous room at Habitat Mykonos.

A gorgeous room at Habitat Mykonos.

Photograph by Christos Drazos

Cali Mykonos
Ready to really get away from it all — and pay for the privilege? Enter Cali Mykonos, which unwraps its private stretch of Kalafati Beach, on the quiet south east of the island this July. Forty villas swagger above a vast, 110-metre infinity pool, but if it’s privacy you’re seeking, each has its own pool, too. Sea views from your villa are, of course, guaranteed. From €950 (£792), room only. 

Destino Pacha
Correct, that’s the Pacha, of Ibiza nightclub fame. This Mykonos outpost, which opened in 2021, is the first property outside Spain for the group. Combining Pacha’s soundtrack with Mykonos’s party vibe, it’s a place of poolside DJ sets and cabaret dinners, plus 34 boho rooms with plenty of rattan and woven straw detailing. From €360 (£300). 

Kalesma Mykonos
What looks like a Cycladic hamlet spilling down the hillside on Mykonos’s southwestern peninsula is in fact an all-suite and -villa hotel. Prime views abound from every room, and villas really make the most of them, with outdoor kitchens and private pools. The look is vamped-up Greek island, with lots of neutrals and dark wood adding a five-star feel to a classic white palette. From €1,450 (£1,209). 

Published in the July/August 2022 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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