Split between two covetable locations in Mykonos, Bill & Coo offers sea-facing serenity and mod-Mykonian style in spades. The hotel has long been the designer destination of choice for jet-set romantics – your only real decision is which of its two locations to bed down in. The original part of the hotel is now known as the Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge, which is within walking distance of Mykonos Old Town and 150m from the nearest beach. This is the place for elegant poolside lounging, sunset mojitos and midnight seduction. The adults-only Coast Suites, on the other hand, hug the beach at Agios Ioannis, 3.5km from the Old Town. Here, you’ll have direct access to the sun-kissed sand and service to straight to your lounger.
Double rooms from £404.53 (€450), including tax at 13.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include breakfast.
Annually from 4 November to 2 April.
At the hotel
Valet parking, TV lounge, free WiFi throughout, dry-cleaning service. In-room amenities: LCD TV, Apivita toiletries, hydro-massage jet shower. The Executive, Bill & Coo and Bachelor Suites have an in-room iPad too.
Our favourite rooms
The spacious white and baby blue suites all have private terraces with sun loungers, but for that genuine master-of-all-you-survey feeling, opt for a Deluxe Suite so you can admire the Aegean from your hot tub. If you want a little peace and quiet away from the main hotel and direct access to the beach, stay in one of the Coast Suites (3km from the main hotel). Don't worry, you won't feel stranded, the Coast Suites have their own reception, bar, pool, beach and two restaurants, and you'll have full access to the main hotel via the 24/7 shuttle service.
There's a large waterfront pool at both locations. At the Suites and Lounge, a classy combination of glass and wood-panel flooring surrounds the infinity pool, where you can unwind on banquettes or sun loungers and admire the view (and your fellow guests). At the Coast Suites, the pool fringes the the beach and has a sun terrace with large cabanas.
High heels and cobbles were never destined to get on well, so make sure you have some flat party shoes. Remember: as far as sunglasses are concerned, there’s no such thing as ‘too big’.
If being within walking distance of town is your priority, book a room at Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge. For a more secluded stay with an adult feel, go for the Coast Suites.
Welcome at the Suites and Lounge; the Coast Suites only accept over-16s. Under-3s stay in parents' rooms for free – cots can be added to all rooms. Extra beds for over-3s are an additional 25 per cent of the room rate and can be added to most room types.
Sit side by side on the banquettes so you can both enjoy the sea view and the colourful play of fibre-optic lights in the pool.
Linens and labels.
The Bill & Coo open kitchen dominates the poolside and provides light, fresh Mediterranean cuisine, with a wizardly approach to fish. It’s open to non-residents, too.
The poolside lounge bar is as chilled out as it’s possible to be in this much sunshine. The squashy sofas and cool Corian furniture are the perfect place from which to watch the sunset over a daiquiri.
Dinner is served between 8pm and midnight; salads and snacks are available throughout the day. The bar runs dry at 3am.
24 hours. The suite terraces are ideal for intimate dining or champagne breakfasts.
The hotel arranges transfers (from €15) from Mykonos airport, which can be reached from the UK with EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or Thomson Airways (flights.thomson.co.uk). For more choice, there are regular flights between Mykonos and Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Santorini and Crete in the summer. In low season (or for the scenic route) do the second part of your journey by boat.
Bill & Coo is 2.5km from both the port and the airport, and 600m from Mykonos town.
Two ports near Athens (Piraeus and Rafina) have regular high-speed ferry services to and from Mykonos; the fastest is three hours. The Mykonos–Delos boat departs daily except Mondays; for more information about Greek ferry routes see www.ferries.gr. The hotel can collect you from the port in Mykonos for free.
Worth getting out of bed for
Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge is a 20-minute walk away from Chora, the main town in Mykonos – a gathering of white-cube buildings, crowded round the hilly coast and facing out to the turquoise waters of Alefkandra Harbour. The town is easygoing and steeped in antiquity, but come summer its luxe bars attract moneyed club kids and superstar DJs; so among its cobbled alleyways you’ll find designer clothing and jewellery shops tucked in between shops selling traditional handicrafts. If you’re too refined to rave there’s also plenty of cultural sights to take in. A tilt of 16th-century windmills, the whitewashed Church of Panagia Paraportiani (the former door to the city) and Armenistis Lighthouse are just some of the city’s surviving ancient landmarks. Of course, you don’t have to do anything, with Megali Ammos beach just 150 metres from the hotel you can sunbathe, swim and sandcastle your holiday away.
Avra Restaurant(+30 (0)228 902 2298) has a romantic tree-trimmed terrace and serves a hotch potch of cuisines, with some authentic Greek dishes – moussaka, stuffed vine leaves and plenty of feta – thrown in for good measure.
Doris Day Once sang, ‘Just got in from the windy city, the windy city is mighty pretty.’ Contrary to popular lore, I think she had been to Mykonos. Even though it’s not a city. Still, on arrival at this Greek island’s tiny airport, Mr Smith and I thought we had walked into Hurricane Hilarious. Now I know that the Cyclades are renowned for the brisk breeze but this was a gust too far. Go Greece Lightening – literally. However, once we arrived at Bill & Coo, all of our windy wisecracks were immediately swept away.
Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge is perched high on a hilltop, yet this hip little hotel is remarkably sheltered; a modern Mykonian masterpiece glistening in the searing sun. While waiting patiently for our honeymoon suite to be prepared – that’s not an announcement of our marriage, just to say we had the best room in the house – we were given a glass of bubbly and asked to sit by the infinity pool. ‘Let the game of people-watching commence,’ piped up a perky Mr Smith.
Staff at this beachside boutique hotel are a beautiful, friendly, well-dressed bunch. There they were all chatting merrily to each other like an ostentation of peacocks (the official collective noun may be ‘muster’ but I prefer mine), ensuring that guests are as comfortable as is humanly possible. After a bit of investigation and snoopery, Mr Smith discovered that the job of the youngest member of the Bill & Coo crew around the pool is to plump up the cushions, and offer each guest a fresh towel every 10 minutes. And he did this magnificently and unobtrusively.
As our mission to Mykonos took place late September, our clientele analysis became more of a round of birdspotting than proper people-ogling. Having rather expected a pack of youthful Prada-clad goddesses draped over pool loungers, I was brought back down to Earth at the sight of mere mortals much like us soaking up the stunning views from their just-plumped pillows and double loungers.
After being shown to our ‘honeymoon suite’ these two Smiths couldn’t have been happier. Outstretched before us in our own little house high above the Med was everything that you could dream of for a loved-up escape. A huge white bed with crisp dove-white linen, a terrace overlooking the main fibre-optic-enhanced pool with a dining and seating area from which to watch the sun disappear. The pièce de resistance? A magnificent private bubbling hot tub set constantly to the perfect temperature for two. And, for anything else, we were handed our own room-service-dialling mobile phone – in case we didn’t want to hop out of the tub to order one of the delicious cocktails. (Our favourite? The ‘espresso old-fashioned’. How modern.)
A warm understated Greek hospitality envelops Bill & Coo. This was illustrated best a couple of hours after lunch when we decided it was fizz o’clock. As the appropriate bottle was delivered to us, we deemed a snack a suitable accompaniment. We’d barely voiced our hankerings to each other when a cheeseboard arrived as though on cue, courtesy of the bar. Further evidence of such telepathy? Surprise deliveries of delicious fruity mocktails to unsuspecting poolside revellers throughout the day.
Evenings at Bill & Coo insist guests devour that stunning sunset; and while we were doing so, it begged decisions be made. ‘In the words of those punk greats,’ said Mr Smith, ‘Should we stay or should we go now?’ After pointing out that the Clash actually sing it in the singular, I realised he did have a point. The temptation to remain perched in the hills at the slinky suites is an easy one to succumb to, even though the hotel is only a few minutes from Mykonos Town… And it turned out that sampling the more detailed aspects of the evening menu was a wise decision.
Downstairs we found ourselves in the cool, yet comfy surroundings of the restaurant. A chilly evening, but the staff, helpful as ever, humoured us by bringing an outdoor heater and a snug cosy blanket to our rescue. The menu is simple, with three main offerings – meat, fish and pork – as well as seasonal starters. Flavours were delicious, as were the carefully selected sauces, and the cuts themselves were tasty: the only shame was that we couldn’t ask for seconds.
A generous breakfast of traditional and local delights eased us into our stride the next morning, and unlike our previous evening, left no yearnings for extra helpings. The Mykonian Breakfast was the standout dish, serving up some of the island’s finest resources, in mezze-style small plates. We were properly refuelled for all that lay ahead. Lay being the operative word, as we plonked ourselves onto our sunloungers for a Herculean dose of Grecian sunshine.
Another glorious day of being pampered poolside was capped off with an indulgent sunset-view soak in our hot tub. A cracking cocktail in his clutches, Mr Smith piped up again. ‘This place should be renamed Bill and Cool’. In fact, I explained to him, the hotel’s quirky name comes from pigeons’ flirty mutual preening. How wonderfully appropriate, given that Bill & Coo is all about getting as cosy as lovebirds.