Myconian Kyma – an ultra-luxurious resort in Mykonos, with views along the west coast… and down to the island’s windmills – is at once nostalgic for Mykonos’ artist-haven past and wholly modern in its striking design. Bespoke ceramics, a smattering of retro chairs and ingenious lighting (we like the Med restaurant’s ‘hanging plate’ chandelier) add contemporary cool to an otherwise white-cube shell. Its dashing looks come to life with the meraki (passion) of the hotel-dynasty owners, innovative chef and other artisans whose work is proudly presented throughout. Its name translates to ‘Myconian wave’, and it’s one guests will ride high on.
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Shared return transfers from the airport in a luxury limo-van, and a cocktail for each guest
Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm; both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £578.47 (€630), including tax at 13 per cent.
Rates usually include a lavish breakfast buffet (with eggs any way, breads and pastries, fresh fruit and juices, yoghurt, cereal and a few traditional dishes), and return airport transfers.
This hotel revels in the details; its bespoke glassware and ceramics echo gently rippling waves or hunks of volcanic rock; the retro chairs recall Mykonos’ swinging Sixties; and the unique light fittings shine in more ways than one.
The hotel closes annually from 30 October until 30 April.
At the hotel
Spa and gym, sun terraces, free WiFi throughout and a laundry service. In rooms: a TV, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, beach bag, air-conditioning and Olivia bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Sun’s out, bums out: your daily mantra if you’re staying in the hotel’s incredible Horizon Suites, where the private pool is blinkered with walls to stop your neighbours from seeing your unmentionables – the terrace is delightfully discreet, too. Within, the suite wears mod-Grecian style well, and the view allows your daily dose of vitamin sea.
There are a few options for swimwear flaunting here: pitch up and whip your towel off by the unheated, split-level outdoor pool, where you’ll have the most eyes on you. Just over a metre deep, with a raft of sunloungers at its side, the pool’s suited for both posing and laps, and its Aegean Sea backdrop improves any photo. The adults-only spa has a quintet of pools to dip in and out of as part of its thalassotherapy treatment, each engineered to solve a unique ailment. If you’re more shy and retiring, give your fellow Smith a treat and book a suite with a private pool or Jacuzzi.
Therapists at the wood-and-stone-lined Satori Thalasso Spa work mini miracles with Elemis and St Barth products as they massage, scrub and soothe. The signature thalassotherapy treatment is a circuit of five healing pools.
Bring your swankiest poolside posing gear; when exploring, heed Smith’s travel experts, whose Greek island gallivanting has taught them that a sturdy pair of Converse trumps dainty flip-flops when climbing hilly, cobbled paths. In both instances, pack something that won’t fly off at inopportune moments.
The hotel’s incredible views come at a steep price – no, we’re not talking nightly charges – the road up to the entrance is fairly precipitous, but taxis can drop you off at the door.
Children aged three to 12 are welcome; one baby cot or extra bed can be added to all rooms except the Aegean Suite. The hotel is better suited to Greek gods and goddesses than little cherubs, but babysitters can be hired from an outside firm on request.
Snag a seat with a view by the restaurant’s large windows; otherwise, dine poolside beside the light of flickering candles and the wibbly sub-lit pool.
Toga? Or not toga? That is the question. The answer: the latter; go for glam.
Kalypso is the resort’s modern Mediterranean restaurant, helmed by chef Panagiotis Tsoukatos. With hot-pink chairs, and a dusky rose-hued banquette, intriguing objets d’art and picture windows framing serene Cycladic scenes. Steak and seafood are the cornerstones of the menu, primped up with local, seasonal vegetables; and there are a few outliers, such as burrata with blueberries and macadamia nuts. But, like most Greek island stays, the breakfast spread almost trumps the sunrise as the best reason to leave your comfy bed. Pastries and breads warm from the oven, home-made jam and honey from the comb, a colourful array of fruits, meats, eggs cooked to your liking, and Greek delicacies.
George’s Bar is a casual by-the-pool affair, where guests can sidle up after a dip and request a cappucino freddo by morning, or something a little stiffer later on – the range of specially designed cocktails is very refreshing.
Breakfast runs from 7.30am to 10.30am; then the restaurant opens from lunchtime to dinnertime, from 12.30pm to 11.30pm.
You can dine in-room from dusk till dawn; the menu changes seasonally.
The hotel sits in pole, sunset-watching position, on a hillside just south of Chora (Mykonos Town) (around a 15-minute walk or 10-minute drive from the centre). The island’s iconic Windmills and waterfront enclave Little Venice are both a mile away.
Mykonos Island Airport is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Low-cost carriers run direct flights here from all over Europe; flights from further afield require one or two stopovers, and most arrive via Athens. The Smith24 team can arrange all transportation on request.
A fairly compact island, Mykonos lends itself to leisurely strolls. Hire car is easily arranged (the Smith24 team can help, if required), but clifftop roads, speedy drivers and hills may counteract that relaxed holiday feel.
Blue Star Ferries runs a daily service from Piraeus port in Athens to Mykonos; it leaves at 7.30am each morning and the journey takes around six hours.
Worth getting out of bed for
Mykonos was allegedly formed when Hercules defeated the giant Titans, who petrified and formed the island when he threw their bodies in the sea; the island is lovelier than the myth would suggest, but it’s certainly titanic of character and charm. Chora (AKA Mykonos Town) lies close to – and thankfully downhill from – the hotel, around a 15-minute walk away. Here you can stroll along cobbled streets lined with little boutiques; pick up linen wearables and leather sandals in the old town, then wander down to the windmills or Little Venice, where buildings with wonky balconies swoon towards the sea. Need an eye-catching Grecian backdrop? Stop to pose by the Church of Panagia Paraportiani. If you have the stones (see above to guess which myth that saying derived from…) hire a quad bike to zip over the isle’s roads; these can be hired from Rizos Bikes.
After so much excitement, get your pulse down to its normal rate by chilling out on Paradise Beach; or head back to the hotel for some spa spoiling, people and boat watching on the suntrap pool terrace, and a languid afternoon swim.
Tasos Taverna, at the sandy edge of Paranga Beach, is the kind of indoors-outdoors, low-key taverna, serving simple yet excellent seafood dishes, that Grecian holidays are made of. With sweet red and blue gingham tablecloths, generous meat and fish dishes and a jovial ambience, Niko’s Tavern has a sterling reputation – but, as one of the island’s oldest eateries, it’s had time to forge its fame.
Close to Mykonos’ port is Madoupas café, where locals and tourists crowd into the unpretentious dining room, or under the terrace’s awning for a light lunch or a strong coffee (or, make like the local fisherman, who sometimes fortify their day with an early morning ouzo…)
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 mod-luxury resort in Mykonos and unpacked their bottle of ouzo and glass mati (evil-eye) charm, a full account of their romantic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Myconian Kyma in the Greek Islands…
Luxury Greek Islands resort Myconian Kyma’s name means ‘Myconian wave’, and with ice-cream-hued modern styling, upper-tier rooms with private Jacuzzis and a perch overlooking the island’s comeliest patch of Aegean blue – with a glimpse of the island’s stately windmills – this is one you’ll want to crest on. The hotel’s brilliant white walls and sunset-watching terraces nod to tradition. However, the ancients and 19th-century sailors of Mykonos’ past probably didn’t have textured feature walls, bespoke avant garde glassware, or assemblages of retro wicker armchairs and more surreal seating options. They’re more reminiscent of the island’s Sixties heyday as an artists’ haven. We’re especially fond of the ‘sword of Damocles’ chandelier of hanging plates in the Kalypso restaurant, where equally witty updates are given to trad Mediterranean dishes.
The hotel’s photogenic makeover is courtesy of Lebanese firm GM Architects, whose new look bumped the formerly three-star stay up to a wholly deserved five. The thalassotherapy spa, pool with a view and elegant rooms all require a chorus to sing their praises, too, but we recommend booking a flight to Mykonos and letting this wave of Grecian luxury wash over you.