Of all the starry Cycladic settings, Mykonos takes the party prize, especially if you’re staying at Kenshō Psarou. With a beach (and beach clubs) for neighbours, this stylish, stone-hued stay is an island hotspot for the nocturnal. There’s a seafood restaurant overlooking the water, a poolside bar mixing up magic mojitos and a spa for steaming out the toxins afterwards. The cool, calming interiors feature fifty shades of grey, with artfully positioned boulders, bamboo accents and terraces toting hot tubs. Mykonos knows how to party – luckily, you’re invited.
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Free shared airport transfers, a bottle of wine and fruit platter in your room on arrival and 15 per cent off treatments in the spa
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £486.61 (€550), including tax at 13.6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates usually include breakfast.
Nammos beach club plays music until around 8.30pm on most evenings, and you might hear it from your room. Three or four times a year, there are parties that run later into the night.
From late October to late April.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, beach, gym, valet parking. In rooms: Nespresso coffee machine, iPod dock, iPad, air-conditioning, TV, free bottled water, minibar and Hermès bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All the rooms have the same curvy, cave-like appeal, with shades of grey, bright white and stoney hues. For a terrace treat, book a Junior Suite with a Full Sea View & Outdoor Hot Tub, which has plenty of alfresco space and an Aegean-facing advantage (remember: the higher your room, the better the view). Party poopers should request a room furthest from the neighbouring beach club.
There’s a petite heated pool by the restaurant. It’s better suited to cooling off than for hardcore lengths, but you’ve also got the Aegean on your doorstep (and potentially a private pool on your terrace).
The Kenshō Beach Spa is (you’ve guessed it) on the beach and it takes its marine theme very seriously: there’s a ‘spa water pod’ and a treatment that harnesses the metabolism-boosting properties of sand – you won’t need a whale-song soundtrack to feel in touch with the sea at this spa. Other treatments employ the powers of fabulous French brand Codage, and smoothies and healthy snacks – avocado dip and kale chips, anyone? – will perk you up out of your post-pampering stupor.
Don kaftans, kimonos and cover-ups for poolside posing; bring sensible shoes for the cobblestone staircases.
The communal areas are wheelchair accessible, but there aren’t any specially adapted rooms.
Children under two stay free; after that, it’s €100 a night, but the maximum occupancy of all rooms is two guests. Babysitting can be arranged in advance.
Go for one of the quieter, cosy tables on the terrace at the back of the restaurant; or take a seat near the open kitchen for a sneak peek.
Up all night.
Breakfast at the waterside Kenshō Psarou Lounge is an array of freshly baked breads, house-made marmalade, spinach and feta pies, and local cheeses, with a hot station, sweet corner and gluten-free table thrown into the mix. The sandy setting makes the seafood-heavy menu apt; classic Greek dishes are enhanced with a little Peruvian and Japanese zhuzhing. The split-level, sea-facing restaurant also specialises in sushi – with a side line in all things expertly Josper grilled.
The open-air bar is by the pool and beside the beach, with secluded, secretive spots to settle into one of the peak-comfortable chairs, as well front-row seats at the bar. Creative cocktails include a particularly potent passionfruit mojito.
Breakfast is served between 8am and 11am. The restaurant’s doors stay open all day (until midnight). The bar opens at 11am and closes at midnight.
Kenshō Psarou is on Mykonos’ south-easterly stretch.
The island’s airport is four kilometres away; the drive should take around 15 minutes, and transfers can be arranged for €40 each way. Island hoppers could also fly to nearby Santorini and zip over on the ferry; serious seafarers can do the same from Athens.
Mykonos Town is a quarter of an hour’s drive from Kenshō Psarou. There’s free valet parking at the hotel.
The Cyclades are linked by boat services of varying speeds; and Mykonos’ marinas are no stranger to mega-yachts. A helipad and private port are within a short distance of the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
Once you’ve chilled out by the pool, shopped in Mykonos Town and relaxed in the spa, it’ll hopefully be dark and you can join in with Mykonos’ legendary nightlife. The famous, celebrity-favoured Nammos Beach Club is right next-door so you won’t have far to stagger back afterwards. Let’s face it: you’ve probably come to the Cyclades because of their famous whitewashed churches and bright blue backdrops. See one of the oldest on the island, Panagia Paraportiani, which is just shy of celebrating its eighth-hundredth birthday. Head to the old monastery vineyard at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm for a seriously good wine-and-cheese setting. Psarou Beach is at your fingertips (and toes); further afield, drop in for a dip at Agios Sostis or, if you’ve got the boat required to reach it, Fragia Beach. The windmills of Chora are one of the island’s most iconic sights; some are still private homes, but you’ll be able to enter Boni, a museum that’s handily also one of the best places to watch sunset on the island.
Kenshō’s sister hotel over in Ornos offers a gastronomic Greek journey over an average of 10 courses. For something a whole lot more local, make the two-minute walk to Avli Tou Thodori and enjoy the tasty, traditional food. Try Kalua for brunch and Nesaea for an atmospheric lunch. For the best views over Mykonos Town and the Aegean, book in at Remezzo; if you’d prefer something low-key, try La Maison de Katrin, one of the oldest restaurants on the island.
There’s no shortage of places for a stiff drink around here: some of our favourites includeAlemagou, Ftelia and Solymar, all of which have a beachy backdrop. Scorpiosin Paraga is another sandy, sundowner-ready spot.
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 boutique hotel in Mykonos and unpacked their ouzo and olives, a full account of their romantic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Kensh? Psarou in Mykonos…
This sleepy Cycladic isle has gradually been getting more fabulous over the past few decades. First came the celebrities (Jackie Kennedy, George Michael); then the super-yachts. Now, with the opening of Kensh? Psarou, the glamour levels are off the chart. This curvy, contemporary stay has everything you need for Mykonos magic: a close-to-the-action setting so you can party with the neighbours; a soothing spa to sort you out afterwards; a sea-facing seafood restaurant to hark back to the island’s fishing-village origins; and stylish bedrooms with a mostly geological colour palette. It’s a short drive into Mykonos Town, for a stroll through cobbled streets and a browse of the whitewashed boutiques (and more venues to let your hair down at, if that’s your bag). Kensh? Psarou is steps from the sea, with beach clubs next door keeping life lively… but if you’re after peace and quiet, just retreat to the cosiest corner of the hotel’s own outdoor bar. Let the fun begin.