Forget everything you’ve heard about Mykonian madness: Bonzoe Homes & Villas give you island ambience without the crowds. The seven villas are perched atop Megali Ammos beach on the outskirts of Chora, all with a private pool and sea view. Just like their location, the villas have a feel of uncluttered airiness – perhaps because of their sugar-cube-white walls, natural materials, muted tones and shaded pergolas, all festooned by the infinite blanket of the Aegean.
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Seven secluded homes and villas, all with private pools.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £319.98 (€373), including tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €0.50 per room per night on check-in.
Rates include an organic breakfast in bed (or on the terrace, in the pool, in the shower – essentially anywhere in your villa that takes your fancy).
The Cyclades take their name from the Greek kiklos, because they circle Delos – a sacred island and the mythical birthplace of Apollo, god of music and dance (which seems to have inspired Mykonos' nightlife).
At the hotel
24-hour concierge, security, parking on site, 24-hour room service. In villas: WiFi, TV, sound system, tea- and coffee-making facilities, robes and slippers, beach towels, continental breakfast, infinity pool. Five rooms have a kitchenette, two have a barbecue.
Our favourite rooms
The one-bedroom home is a corner abode, giving it added peace, privacy and a perimeter of palm trees.
Each and every room has its own heated pool so you can dip in and out of the Mykonos heat – ranging from the lounge suite’s plunger to the two-bedroom villa’s nine-metre-wide infinity pool.
Suitcase space to take a piece of Mykonos home with you – if you’re so taken after browsing the boutiques for island-inspired beachwear, jewellery, artwork and local crafts.
Two- and three-bedroom villas have plenty of room for families; babysitting can be arranged for a night out on the Chora cobbles (with 24 hours’ notice).
It’s your home-from-home, so PJs are more than acceptable, no matter the time of day. Otherwise, linens fit well with the Bonzoe aesthetic, and whites and blues are always welcome in Mykonos.
There’s no restaurant at Bonzoe, but the food and drink offering is 24 hours and delivered to your door. That said: a fruit platter on your sunken terrace sofa; a chef-helmed barbecue in your backyard – ‘room service’ doesn’t quite cover the in-villa dining at Bonzoe.
Bonzoe’s seven suites are perched atop Megali Ammos beach on the outskirts of Chora, Mykonos.
Your private hideaway is just 15 minutes from JTM (Mykonos International Airport). Bonzoe can arrange your transfer – starting at €35, one way.
A car is definitely not a necessity, due to Bonzoe’s excellent island location, but if you do wish to drive then you’ll find a private car park on site, with plenty of spaces shaded from the heat.
Island hoppers can set sail to Tinos, Siros, Naxos, Paros and Rafina – boats nose the harbour walls of the island’s new port.
Worth getting out of bed for
Difficult decisions will be made here: should you soak up the sun from your private terrace and pool, or from one of the island’s many beaches? Psarou is one of our favourites because of its bottle-clear water; Fokos is an off-the-beaten-path bay – its horseshoe arch is to the north of the island, and you don’t even have to pay for a sunbed (okay, fine, that’s because there aren’t any). Navigate the curling walkways of Chora to the boutiques lining Matogiannia street, and head west to see the windmills up close; they’re one of the island's most iconic sights, after all. Watch as the sun paints the sky golden-pink from here, or from the hill of Armenistis Lighthouse – another surviving ancient landmark. Back down by the waves you’ll find quaint Little Venice, a waterside strip of wooden balconies, bars and walkways leaning over the lapping turquoise waves.
Scorpios is a seriously sought-after beach club: the restaurant doubles up as an artists’ community, and as such the atmosphere is mellow and bohemian. The food is a showcase of the delectable Mediterranean diet, served on sea-front communal tables. It’s hard to miss the queue for Kiki’s, a teeny taverna by Agios Sostis beach. It might appear humble, but the fresh charcoal-grilled seafood draws serious crowds, and for good reason. Another local option is Avli Tou Thodori – go Greek here with feta cheese pastries, chicken souvlaki, grilled Mykonian mushrooms and Mediterranean fig salads. The candlelit cliffside setting of La Taverna is enough to enchant diners, but the stuffed vine leaves and salt-baked sea bass are seriously good, too. Serious (sea)food lovers will likely already know about Koursaros on the edge of Little Venice. The icing-sugar-white dining room buzzes with life as red mullet, sole, dorado, and jumbo prawns arrive at tables hissing-hot. Life’s a beach (party) at Kalua, which begins the day as a sophisticated seafront bar but becomes increasingly boisterous as bottles pop and beats spin. Cavo Paradiso is a Mykonian megaclub, with nights hosted by the likes of Benny Benassi and Peggy Gou. Scorpios makes a great sandy sundowner spot, as does 180 Sunset Bar, where the sky seems to be constantly technicolour. Settle in on the Moroccan-style pouffes and order a round of Drunk Pirate cocktails – nature will provide the entertainment.
Life’s a beach (party) at Kalua, which begins the day as a sophisticated seafront bar but becomes increasingly boisterous as bottles pop and beats spin. Cavo Paradiso is a Mykonian megaclub, with nights hosted by the likes of Benny Benassi and Peggy Gou. Scorpios makes a great sandy sundowner spot, as does 180 Sunset Bar, where the sky seems to be constantly technicolour. Settle in on the Moroccan-style pouffes and order a round of Drunk Pirate cocktails – nature will provide the entertainment.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from these Mykonian homes and villas and unpacked their boutique beachwear and stacks of books, a full account of their Aegean break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Bonzoe Homes & Villas in Greece…
Pops of turquoise and mustard break up the white-washed décor in your Bonzoe home – the design of which is just-so, a lesson in clean lines and crisp corners. The villas are lined by vegetation, and beyond that, the blues of the Aegean and the iconic windmills of Mykonos postcards. Sundowners are spent in the sunken pool-side sofas, as the walls take on the hues of that rose-gold Mykonian light, which makes even the most sun-tired and sunburnt look spellbinding. It’s easy enough to reach the cobbles of Chora if you’re looking to experience Mykonos’ nightlife, knowing that you can order a post-night out meal (or a nightcap) back in your room, with 24/7 room service.