Mykonos, Greece


Rates from (inc tax)$115.90

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Aegean paean


Overlooking Ornos Bay

Kenshō is a Japanese word for enlightenment: you’ll certainly have achieved a higher level of consciousness after a cocktail mixed by the hotel's dapper barman, a meal rustled up by clever chef George Stylianoudakis and a night or two in one of the whitewashed rooms. Delightful staff waft around in in ethereal linen layers like off-duty angels; further celestial touches come courtesy of a serene, sea-spying pool, an expert onsite yoga teacher and a madcap, cave-set spa.


Smith Extra

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Free airport transfer to the hotel, a bottle of wine, a fruit platter in your room upon arrival and 15 per cent off spa treatments


Photos Kensho Mykonos – Mykonos – Greece

Need to know


35, including 13 suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm (1pm, if availability permits).


Double rooms from $115.90 (€106), excluding tax at 24 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR131.75), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast (pick from buffet and à la carte options).


Breathe in Kenshō’s signature scent – a heady blend of sea salt and fig, developed specially for the hotel by a boutique perfumery based in Athens.

Hotel closed

From 1 November 2016 until 30 April 2017.

At the hotel

Spa with treatment rooms, hammam and plunge pool; al fresco Jacuzzi; yoga area; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, minibar, Hermès bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Room number 121 – a Junior Suite – has a swing chair you’ll want to take home with you and some bonkers chunks of crystal set in its ceiling, along with a hunk of whitewashed treetrunk spliced onto one wall. There’s also an outdoor Jacuzzi, designed for sunrise and sunset sessions (preferably accompanied by champagne/some of bartender Alex’s cocktails).


There’s a sea-spying outdoor pool by the bar, shielded by a glass wall and flanked by chic sun loungers. Should you get thirsty from splashing and sploshing, the bar is just a flipper’s flap away. (There’s also a little pool in the basement spa.) You can easily walk to Ornos Beach.


Affectionately known as the Cave, the spa is proof of Kenshō’s playful side, featuring craggy, rock-boulder walls, a colour-lit pool, a Jacuzzi and curved massage chairs that look like they’ve been left behind by aliens. Treat sun-frazzled skin to one of the refreshing, soothing therapies starring fragrant Fleur’s products: a clay-and-cucumber body mask or a body peel plus massage, perhaps.

Packing tips

Swish swimwear for the pool; some cue words for cocktails: ‘refreshing’, ‘sour’, ‘sunset’, for example.


Design fans will wander around wide-eyed admiring Kenshō’s collection, which includes pieces by designers such as Patricia Urquiola, Paola Navone, Il Laboratorio and more. Reforested wood gets a star role; for every tree used, another seven are planted.


Little Smiths can come too, but don’t expect heaps of family-friendly frills – Kenshō was definitely designed with grown-ups in mind. Baby bedlinen can be provided, as can on-loan highchairs; babysitting is €40 an hour.

Food and Drink

Photos Kensho Mykonos – Mykonos – Greece

Top Table

Aim for the stars – or at least the ravishing rooftop verandah that spies on Ornos Bay (there’s even a Jacuzzi up there, should you wish to have a bubbly interval between courses).

Dress Code

Copy the eye-candy staff: sport loose linen layers – bleached Mykonos-white, naturally – and caramel-coloured Grecian-god/goddess sandals.

Hotel restaurant

George Stylianoudakis – Kenshō’s acclaimed chef – is on a mission to win Greece its first Michelin star outside of Athens. Don’t expect simple souvlaki here – dishes are culinary fireworks of texture and flavour: sea urchin with sea-mist tea, crispy cod skin with oyster emulsion, suckling pig with celery and green-apple pickles, for example. Opt for the Moonlight Tasting Menu to canter through 10-plus courses with deceptively concise names such as ‘Egg’, ‘The Garden’ and ‘Octopus’. Save room for dessert – baklava with honey jelly, lemon cream, black-pepper ice-cream and honey crystals, perhaps.

Hotel bar

The bar is by the pool, manned by drinks don Alexandros. Menus are for squares: let the exceptionally capable bar staff rustle you up something based on your precise thirst at the time – just lob them a clue such as ‘sour’, ‘minty’ or ‘dangerous’, to point them in the right direction.

Last orders

It’s a deliciously leisurely set-up: breakfast is served until 11am; lunch til 5pm (yes, really). The restaurant closes at 11pm; the bar doesn’t really have a set closing time – it takes its cues from you.

Room service

Order salads, snacks and mains (meaty, veggie and seafood) from the restaurant to your room.


Photos Kensho – Mykonos – Greece
Ornos Beach, 84600 Mykonos, Greece


Mykonos Airport is 7km away, a 15-minute drive. Hotel transfers can be arranged (€35 each way).


Forget trains – you’re on a beachy island.


Don’t let wheels weigh you down. Taxis are fairly cheap; even better, gad about by air or water.

Worth getting out of bed for

Admire the off-duty glitterati sunning themselves in tiny swimwear on nearby Psarou Beach; Platis Gialos is Psarou’s sister, with a more mellow feel. Both are a short drive away; your local stretch of sand, easily accessed on foot, is Ornos Beach. Other items for your sun-sea-and-sand list include: Paraga, Paradise and Super Paradise. Boats to all of the above – and more – regularly leave from Ornos Bay. Not everybody wants to lie on sand all day: potter around Little Venice, browse the boutiques that line Matogiannia (one of Mykonos Town’s main pedestrian walkways) or have an interactive history lesson at Delos’ museums and galleries. Kenshō’s concierge team includes quite a few native Mykonians – get the local low-down on what to do.


Local restaurants

If you end up eating every meal at Kenshō, nobody will blame you. If, however, you’d like to savour something different, Pasaji is a safe bet (; +30 22890 23216). The restaurant is right on Ornos Beach; the seaside influence extends to the menu, which gives succulent seafood a star turn. Sushi-lovers should have a memorable meal at Kuzina, also on Ornos Beach, where Mediterranean flavours and Japanese techniques enjoy a happy marriage (; +30 22890 22600). Catch sunset at Appagio, which is relaxed, friendly and in possession of beach views and friendly owners (; +30 22890 24344). If you leave without having a tot of ouzo or raki, you’ve done something wrong.

Local cafés

Pick up fresh bread and Greek treats – such as just-baked, jam-less, sugar-rolled doughnuts – from Choriatiko bakery nearby.

Local bars

Stay for drinks at Pasaji and Appagio, above.


Photos Kensho – Mykonos – Greece

Anonymous review

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 this dazzling hotel by Ornos Bay and unpacked their olives and eye masks, a full account of their Greek island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Kensho in Mykonos…

Kensho: not the most Greek-sounding word perhaps, though its concept – ’ken’ means ‘see’ in Japanese; ‘sho’ means ‘in nature’ – is totally at one with the spirit of the Aegean Islands. The hotel’s whitewashed architecture obeys Myconian traditions; interiors graced with wood and stone, moulded to resemble the island’s labrynthine paths and cave dwellings, continue the local focus. There’s a stash of Greek treasures displayed proudly in the lobby’s curves and crannies; staff’s linen layers were picked by Athenian designers; the fig-and-sea-salt scent comes from an Athenian perfumery.

Simplicity can be sophisticated, as Kensho proves: pieces by Patricia Urquiola, Kenneth Cobonpue and co ornament rooms and communal areas. Chef George Stylianoudakis uses humble local ingredients in his dishes, but assembles them ambitiously: his take on beef stifado – a traditional Greek stew – comes with tomato consommé and potato cream; a dessert called ‘Cherry’ teams cherry textures with pistachio crumble, forest fruits and dark chocolate. We were lucky enough to be here when the architect was visiting – he was planning on polishing perfection, apparently. Alexandros Kolovos is everything you’d want an architect to be: wild-haired, colourfully dressed and stylish, in an eccentric way. Our one regret from our stay? Not buying him a glass of champagne to say ‘efcharistó’ ('ta', to non-Greek speakers).

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