Boutique hideaway Amyth of Mykonos’s Greek island style – we covet you so. However, we have to admit that like swinging in a sun-drenched macramé hammock, gorging on souvlaki, and watching the sun sink colourfully into the Aegean, it’s something that can’t be recreated back home. The surrounding textures and colours of hillside and sand are evoked in woven wicker trenchers, mussy rattan lampshades, clay figurines and sculptural wood furnishings; and, whether you’re beach-worshipping, dropping in on Delos or slowing way, way down for lazy swims and spa spoiling – this adults-only retreat encapsulates an inimitable style of living.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both can be flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £169.66 (€198), including tax at 24 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €10.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include breakfast and a welcome lemonade and fruit plate when you arrive. Guests staying four nights or longer get a small pouch with sunscreen too and guests staying in suites get a branded beach bag.
The minibars are very well stocked, carrying everything from Hellenic beer to de-stress balls.
The hotel opens annually from April till October (dates vary from year to year).
At the hotel
Spa and fitness centre, small alfresco gym, jewellery shop, concierge, charged laundry service, phone chargers to borrow, and free WiFi. In rooms: 55-inch TV with movies on demand, minibar, Illy coffee machine, bathrobes and slippers, air-conditioning, and Acqua di Parma bath products. Ipads and e-readers available on request.
Our favourite rooms
‘Haven’ is a word bandied around a lot, but the hideaways at Amyth of Mykonos truly embody this, from the sand, shell and pampas-grass hues to the at-one-with-nature accessories in wicker, rattan, weathered wood and ceramic. All except the Bohemia Garden View Room have a private hot tub or pool; the Cyclades Pool Suite has the most sociable sitting area, and we like the Amyth Sea View Pool Suite for the swing chair on its terrace, sea views and the addition of Nohrd swing bells and kettle weights, should you have the urge to work out.
Set sheltered among the lavastone buildings housing the suites, the pool (open 8am to 8pm) is a deep-blue rectangle entered by Roman steps and surrounded by bean-bag sunloungers, all the better for flumping into. To one end, there’s the bar with sturdy wooden stools and more of the hotel’s natural charms (we especially like the shaggy lightshades).
Living up to its healing-hideaway milieu, Amyth of Mykonos has a spa area where massages are tailored from head to toe, with specialised styles for smoothing out cellulite, honing in on trigger points, or uplifting you with aromatherapy oils. All treatments use natural Grecian Olive Era products, and for less passive loosening-up, there are kinesiotherapy and physiotherapy sessions, plus a well-equipped fitness centre.
Bring catwalk-worthy beach kit; if you can’t wear impractical-for-tanning cutaways, ostentatious sunglasses, enormously brimmed hats and heels in the sand here, then where? And bring your A-game wardrobe for nights out in Mykonos Town.
The hotel on-site shop Kult sells locally made jewellery, clothes and handicrafts, all fitting with Amyth’s bohemian vibe.
This is much more of a romantic island retreat; it's for over-16s only.
The hotel’s au naturel look is just that, using local materials such as stone, wicker and rattan. And the kitchen uses ingredients sourced on the island wherever possible and limits food waste where it can.
The Aegean is essentially the Kool Aid all honeymooners must drink in, so wherever you can find the bluest views, hunker down.
A fresh take on ‘flower child’, swapping psychedelics for soothing neutrals in floaty silhouettes.
Ingredients might be largely Mykonian, but the dining menu has hop-skipped across the Mediterranean for some ideas (carbonara, truffle-y tortellini) alongside staunch Grecian favourites. The meze platter is a catch all for seafood with lemony shrimp, grilled octopus, fried calamari and marinated anchovies, with tarama and pita thrown in; summery salads are mixed with watermelon, rusk, Xynotyro cheese and spearmint; juicy souvlaki comes in a wrap or as a main with Black Angus beef, smoked yoghurt and confit tomato; and to finish there’s syrup-drenched orange cake. For lunches, tuck into wagyu sliders, smoked salmon in Koulouri buns and spicy shrimp tempura brioches. If you’ve never had breakfast on the Greek isles before, it’s best to note that the host-with-the-most Greeks don’t hold back – brace yourself for multiple courses of varying configurations of baked goods (we like the spanakopita), yoghurts, fruits, cheeses and cold cuts, pancakes, French toast and eggs every way.
There’s a bar by the pool that prescribes chilled wines and champagnes or cocktails as desired. The signature Amyth drink refreshes with lemon-infused gin, prosecco, watermelon and lemon-and-herb sorbet; but there are plenty fruity libations – we like the Dionysus Sangria, with rosé wine, elderflower, crème de cassis, and grapefruit soda.
Breakfast runs from 8am to 11am. On request you can have it earlier or till noon. Otherwise food runs through the day till 11pm and drinks flow till midnight.
Amyth of Mykonos is one of the white cube buildings that cascade down a slope towards enchanting village Agios Stefanos and its golden beach. Set on the west coast of the Cycladian isle, north of Mykonos Town, it’s ideally placed for sunsets.
The closest airport is Mykonos International, a well connected hub with direct routes all over Europe, just a 15-minute drive from the hotel. The hotel can arrange transfers on request for €40 each way (in a Range Rover for a little extra).
Drop-and-flop sorts are in the right place, with the beach just a 10-minute walk away (albeit along roads that aren't pedestrianised, so keep cautious about cars), and the briefest of taxi rides required to Mykonos’ main attractions. But, the island has many magical beaches, plus hilltop ruins and lakes to explore inland, which warrant some wheels (car or motorbike) – there’s a free car park and valet parking at the hotel and staff can help with hire.
The ferry from Athens’ port in Piraeus is a leisurely way to travel through the Cyclades – most ferries dock at the Mykonos New Port in Tourlos, and the hotel is just a five-minute taxi ride from there.
Worth getting out of bed for
For most visitors to Mykonos, getting out of bed doesn’t happen until a bit later in the day, in readiness for late, late nights ahead. But, Amyth of Mykonos is the sun-saluting sort that’ll have you tapping into your inner morning person (have you seen the breakfast spread?) and seizing the day with a hearty ‘namaste’. Of course, this can be as simple as rousing yourself for long enough to stroll downhill (some stretches are steep so bring some trusty Converse) to Agios Stefanos beach before getting horizontal again (a free shuttle makes this painless). But, Mykonos has a trove of gilt-edged stretches of shore to try, so hop down the coast to Psarou, where yachts queue up in the turquoise waters. It’s best known for the champagne-fuelled shenanigans of Nammos beach club; however, the neatly arranged parasols and loungers allow for R’n’R too. Paraga offers two beaches in one, separated by a headland and still has the feel of its hippie heyday (there are secluded spots where you could skinny dip or sunbathe nude), and to the east of the island, Kalafati is a jumping-off point for shipwreck dives, and Kalo Livadi – tipped as a new hotspot – is a photogenic find of mountainous buffers and calm crystalline waters. Inland, Mykonos has several wineries and tours can be arranged for tastings. Even if you’re going out in one of Mykonos’ more mellow bars, the fashion stakes are high, but luckily bougainvillaea-strung Mykonos Town (AKA the ‘chora’) and the surrounding area, have got you covered with established names such as DSquared, Louis Vuitton, a two-storey Gucci boutique downtown, and stores such as Linea Piu and Nammos Village that carry high-end labels. And, if the hotel’s aesthetic has won your heart, pick up homewares, jewellery and clothing in Scorpios Bazaar – we especially like the Mayan-inspired wares by Caravana. The hotel can help with boat hire for jaunts into the Aegean, and be sure to ride the ferry over to Delos, the alleged birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, where ancient ruins of Doric temples, an amphitheatre, mosaic-tiled houses and more have been preserved; there’s an archaeological museum, too.
Mykonos meets the very high standard of Greek isle dining in glamorous fashion. You only need look at the strings of octopus tentacles hung up to sun-dry, sea urchins split into bristly bowls, shimmering shoals of fresh anchovies and prawns that could take you in a fight to know that seafood is the way to go, but you’ll find all the classics (souvlaki, saganaki, cheesy pies, earthy sausages) here, too. In Mykonos Town, M-Eating is in a beamed, century-old building, and serves traditional onion pies, scallops with apple and orange powder, and smoked aubergine with sweet garlic mousse. A voguish spot with a tucked-away garden terrace, Interni attracts a lively crowd – its culinary credentials bolstered by plates such as black cod with miso, beurre blanc and lemon verbena; spice-crusted lamb with pistachio pesto; or beef in Madeira sauce. And then there are the restaurants that make a journey worth it. Kiki’s Tavern is a low-key laidback beach shack whose grill is laden with exciting things; inland, Rizes is a vintage farmstead with incredible food from the source; and east-coast seafood joint Spilia is set partially in a natural cave with a terrace on a rocky outcrop over the sea. Or, up the romance ante, by booking the only table Nero Nero has, set on a floating platform on the southwest coast, and the decadent menu (lobster caviar, truffle) only accentuates the swoonsome-ness of the setting.
Come to beachfront eatery Hippie Fish for sushi so fresh you can taste the sea, pastas tossed with seafood and moreish meze.
Mykonos has a – justified – party-hard reputation, but it’s not all a blur of neon and ouzo shots. If that’s what you’re after, then let us point you to Scarpa, a peaceful coffee bar by day, and body-packed bar with luminous cocktails after dark; it stays open till 5am, so you’re all set for sunrisers. And hilltop Cavo Paradiso has plenty of ‘untz, untz, untz’ with a renowned roster of DJs. But, if you want some chilled-out beach bar action, then rock up to agora-style Scorpios, which has a varied live-music programme and talented mixologists. And LGBTQ-friendly Jackie’O is as well heeled as its name suggests, with monochrome interiors and champagne-laced cocktails.
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Even monied, dance-till-dawn Mykonos needs to pace itself once in a while, and although the bijou beach clubs and clifftop raves are within easy reach of this polished rustic hideaway, Amyth of Mykonos is more of a peaceful retreat for the morning after. It has only a handful of suites, most of which have a private hot tub or pool, so you can squirrel yourself away; it wholeheartedly encourages lazing about – hammocks, swing chairs and bean-bag loungers abound; and activities such as massages and cooling dips, or boarding the shuttle to the beach, require minimum effort. And, doing right by its name, this is a very stylish cocooning, pulling in natural materials, landscape hues and statement handicrafts that sit together harmoniously. Of course, from here you can easily ride into Mykonos town to shop, beach-hop along the coast or spend an evening with shots of ouzo and mastiha in a bougie hangout – but, with such an enticing environment, taking it easy has never been, well, easier.