Adults-only holistic hideaway Nomad Mykonos has a fond affiliation with the Greek isle’s unbridled nature. Not to be confused with its namesake hotels in NY and LA, this hotel’s rugged minimalism (artfully imperfect vases, unpolished stone sinks, driftwood furnishings and willow baskets) seems to take inspiration from the surrounding sun-parched hills and peaceful dirty-blonde sands of Kalo Livadi beach close by. And, this appreciation is infused into the hotel’s philosophy too, which espouses barefoot frolicking and alfresco living – all suites have a terrace and a private pool or Jacuzzi, activities involve plenty of fresh sea air or taking lesser-trodden paths, and the bar has a scattering of hammocks and pouffes gathered around an open fire. An ideal place to pause for those with an equally wild nature.
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A bottle of Greek wine and fruit in your room on arrival
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £349.91 (€410), including tax at 13.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of €4.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates usually include breakfast of Mediterranean dishes, muesli, fresh fruit and more.
It’s hard not to love the basil- and mandarin-scented candles, leather-bound notepads, wicker baskets, kyūsu-style teapots and modern decanters in your suite. We’d wager the owners have had many requests to buy the handicrafts on display because they’ve opened a small artisanal boutique onsite, selling accessories for the home, and stylish wearables, all locally made.
The hotel closes from 31 October to 1 April.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, beach bags to use, plug adaptors to borrow, free WiFi. In rooms: private terrace with either a pool, Jacuzzi or both; wet bar; Nespresso coffee machine; minibar; and air-conditioning. TVs have been removed to keep suites serene, but they can be installed on request.
Our favourite rooms
Myconian minimalism allows for a focus on form, precious materials and just-so details, and Nomad Mykonos shows masterful restraint in all three areas, while taking inspiration from the rustic surrounds. Alongside sleek basins carved from grey Aliveri marble, curvaceous stone bath tubs, wood furnishings and earthenware with artful imperfections, there are decadent features too: private pools or Jacuzzis, spacious come-into-the-light terraces and blushes-spared alfresco showers. Each suite is worthy of honeymooner lock-ins or intimate starlit meals, but the Cave Suite stands out for its typically fluid Cycladian architecture and the pool that flows from indoors to the terrace.
Come together around the glinting rectangle of a pool, set into a patio lined with slabs of Boeotian marble. Unheated and filled with freshwater, swims here are a cooling antidote to sunny days, and it’s where guests gather to flop onto pouffes for cocktails or sway in hammocks as a stoked fireplace flickers. It’s also right next to the bar, so you can top up your tan and your glass at once. If you want a secluded late-night dip, stick to your handcrafted ivy-stone pool or Jacuzzi in your suite, all but one of which has a view of the Aegean.
Massages scented like a skip through a Myconian meadow are carried out in the hotel’s treatment room. Otherwise, yoga and pilates classes, held open-air by the bar or privately on your terrace, help to centre you, and personal trainers can put you through your paces on request. And the hotel’s gym has sustainably-made equipment constructed with recyclable materials, including bikes, weights, a cross-over machine and more.
If you don’t already own a wardrobe full of floaty dresses, fringe, floppy hats and bejewlled flip-flops (optional), now is the time to invest.
The hotel isn’t best suited to guests with mobility issues.
Hop into a hammock by the pool for a restful sway-and-sip session.
More airy and graceful than airs and graces.
Each morning, Nomad’s chef heads to the market to see what local fishermen have hauled in and to pick up the freshest raw ingredients for Kukulu Restaurant’s creative yet simple Greek dishes. The restaurant is as barefoot and fancy-free as the rest of the hotel, with a laidback, open-to-nature dining space with private tables that can be assembled for a convivial group meal on request.
Set by the pool, open-air Kukulu Bar is an informal gathering spot with pouffes to flop onto and hammocks to kick back in. It’s a come-and-go-as-you-please kind of drinkery, where mixologists will happily create a drink off the cuff to your whims, and after dark, the fireplace is set ablaze to ward off any cooler winds coming in from the sea.
Breakfast runs from 8am to 11am.
Order from the menu round the clock for a meal on your terrace overlooking the sea.
Nomad Mykonos sits on the island’s south coast, surrounded by brush-coated hills, just a 200-metre walk from the golden curve of Kalo Livadi beach.
Mykonos International is a mere 15-minute drive from the hotel; transfers for up to two guests can be arranged for €60 each way. There are direct flights to here from major cities throughout Europe, but most flights stopover in Athens first.
A car may come in handy for exploring the north coast and tucked-away beaches, but with a beauty-spot beach just a short walk away, you could easily just flop and drop. If you do acquire some wheels, there’s free parking onsite.
Blue Star Ferries and Seajets both run a ferry service to Mykonos from the Port of Piraeus in Athens. The journey takes around four hours.
Worth getting out of bed for
Kick off your shoes, lather on the SPF and head out into the sunshine – with most activities focused on the outdoors, you’ll get used to (mostly) not having a roof over your head here. Each suite has either a pool, Jacuzzi or both set into its terrace, so you’ll spend a fair amount of time submerged. Or, paddle in the deep-blue waters of the Aegean, which laps at beautiful white-sand beach Kalo Livadi, just 200 metres away. A gentle breeze and calm waters also allow for wakeboarding, canoeing, pedal-boat trips and other watersports. Mosey your way through Mykonos’ sun-baked scrub and gently undulating hills on horseback (with an experienced rider) before trotting through the surf on Fokos Beach. Or cruise out on a luxury yacht to Delos Island, the birthplace of Apollo, to see its ruins of once grand temples, amphitheatres and houses – the Terrace of the Lions, which still has its snarling sculptures, makes quite an impression. Mykonos Town is just a 20-minute drive from the hotel, where you can capture the sunlit historic windmills for Instagram posterity, tour museums on archeological intrigues and the island’s maritime past, and browse indie boutiques: we like Amnesia for its quirky printed wares, Jardin for its moccasin boots and flowery dresses, and the dainty leather sandals from Liontis (55 Matogianni). And take a scenic hour’s hike to the west and you can reward yourself with flights of kala krasia (‘good wine’, as the locals say) and lovingly made mezze at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm – arrive at harvest time and you can even help to ‘stomp’ the grapes.
Whether you get peckish in between sunbathing sessions, or you want a date night in Mykonos Town, there’s a great amount of culinary talent packed into this 86sq km island. Set on the soft white sands of Kalo Livadi Beach (just 200 metres from the hotel), Solymar restaurant lures in tan topper-uppers with lobster and caviar sushi rolls, Greek favourites (baked feta with honey, grilled aubergine with sheep’s yoghurt, seafood orzotto, flavourful dips), truffle-laced delicacies (say, shaved over wild-mushroom ravioli with manouri cheese, or beef tataki) and hefty dry-aged steaks. In town, Koursaros Mykonos has a gleaming white dining room and proudly declares itself as not your typical fish restaurant. And with its modern style and dishes such as king oysters with green-apple jelly and wasabi, honey-glazed octopus with aubergine purée and a creamy white-chocolate Japanese namelaka with yuzu – the claim holds up. Perhaps even more angelic in style is Interni Restaurant, which ups its romance factor by surrounding its pallid open-air dining space, styled by renowned designer Paola Navone, with lavish foliage.
The sun in Mykonos goes all out painting the sky in oranges, pinks and purples as it sets, and the best perch to watch the sky turn Technicolour is 180 Sunset Bar, set on a hillside overlooking Mykonos Town. Settle on some of the Moroccan-style pouffes, order a round of Drunk Pirate cocktails with rum, coffee and coconut, and let nature provide the entertainment (with some local live music to accompany).
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 stop for restless wayfarers in the Cyclades and unpacked their yoga gear and a willow basket or jewellery crafted by a local artisan, a full account of their free-spirited break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Nomad Mykonos…
Mykonos is known for mythological battles: it’s where Zeus clashed with the Titans and Hercules fought giants, who – as legend has it – became the hulking rock formations that today slumber on the island’s grassy hills. But, that was a long time ago, before hippies sought out a counterculture life here, Jackie Kennedy gave it a huge PR boost and Mykonos Town became the monied glamourpuss of the Cyclades. And boutique hideaway Nomad Mykonos shows just how docile the island has become since. As its name suggests, it attracts freewheelers (with a taste for the finer things) whose suitcases are heavy on bikinis and floaty cover-ups and who eschew both schedules and shoes. It leans heavily into outdoor living, with few indoor spaces, a quiet beach just a short stroll away and a seat on a remote part of the south coast. By day, take yoga or meditate by the ficus and mulberry trees, paddle in the Aegean and ride out into the scrub, then get a mixologist to dream up something original for you. The bar’s late-night fire, hammocks and smattering of pouffes make it feel like a chic commune awaiting its griot’s evening tales, and dining is of the fresh and summery sort that Greece does so well. Simple pleasures these might be, and the hotel has embraced the island’s neutral hues and rustic minimalism in their decor, but it’s look has been meticulously conceived: artisans were brought in from Tinos Island and Aliveri to shape sinks and pools from stone and marble, local carpenters crafted the doors and the striking accoutrements you’ll see in suite were largely made by Myconians. The overall effect is a cool sense of calm that – along with rigorous self care in the sun – will have you sleeping more soundly than one of those legendary giants.