Coastal design touches and glittering Aegean views make Rocabella Mykonos the stuff of Grecian getaway dreams. Add an enticing pool, spa, and rooms with private terraces, and you’ll be scrambling for suncream before you can say ‘Agios Stefanos’.
11am. Check-in, 3pm, with a two hour flexibility on request and subject to availability.
Double rooms from £544.65 (€600), including tax at 13.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional room tax of €4.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates usually include breakfast (buffet and à la carte items) and a welcome drink upon arrival.
At the hotel
Sauna, fitness room, free WiF throughout, and a library. In rooms: a minibar with free bottled water and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Deluxe Rooms and Suites also have espresso machines and a flatscreen TV; a Marshall radio can be provided for any room.
Our favourite rooms
For a cosy seaside getaway, snag a Superior Sea View room; the large stone headboards act as a room dividers in these airy open-plan rooms. Swing open the doors of your private terrace for lots of light and sea views from your bed. Splash out on the Master Suite for its sweeping panoramic views and large terrace with private plunge pool and cushioned wooden loungers.
The outdoor pool, like much of the hotel, is framed in white stones. Snag one of the white-canopied poolside day beds to lounge on between dips, or to recline on for an après-swim beverage. It's particularly romantic at night, when lit up by the bevy of poolside lanterns.
The hotel’s spa treatment room menu includes deep tissue and Swedish massages, facials and aromatherapy, all with local Olive brand products. There is a couples massage option for a de-knotting-à-deux.
Stair-climbing shoes, flowing white and blue attire to match the scenery, and the next book on your list to read on the terrace.
Score extra romance points by steering your date to the hotel’s telescope for a little after-dinner stargazing.
Welcome. The Two Bedroom Suite has enough space for families to spread out. Big-ticket baby swag (cots, cribs and highchairs) can be provided on request, as can children’s books, colouring-in materials and bicycles (with helmets). Give three days’ notice
Smiths aged six and older, although all children are welcome!
The Two Bedroom Suite has space for families to spread out.
The main pool is family-friendly, with a shallow end, Roman steps, and floats to borrow.
Children are welcome in the restaurant at all times, and you need only ask to have menu items adapted for young and picky palates.
Can be arranged with three days' notice.
No need to pack
Big-ticket baby swag (cots, cribs and highchairs) can be provided on request, as can children’s books, DVDs, colouring-in materials and bicycles (with helmets). Big kids also have access to computer tablets, paints, board games and puzzles.
Rocabella Mykonos is the proud holder of a Green Key Certificate, which recognises its sustainable practices. Solar panels generate hot water, and there are bicycles to borrow.
Sit as close to the edge of the terrace as possible for uninterrupted views of the Mykonos bay sunset.
Strappy flat sandals for Mrs Smith and breezy white linens for both.
Served poolside, the breakfast changes daily and often includes fresh Spanakopita, Greek twists on classic egg dishes (expect plenty of feta), pancakes, semolina halva, fresh fruit and juices. The hotel restaurant Reeza serves up modern Greek cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients, organic produce, and freshly caught fish. Order a bottle of Cycladic wine and enjoy leisurely dinners in this open-air restaurant.
The poolside bar is separated from the restaurant by flowing white curtains and has a cocktail menu created by the hotel’s award-winning bartender. Try a refreshing Watermelon Margarita or cucumber-and-apple-infused Green Mojito while lounging poolside, or pre-dinner Bubble Trouble with pineapple and prosecco. The bar menu has light bites, lamb burgers, fresh fish, fruit platters and desserts. There’s also a small bar in the lobby where you can stop by throughout the day for a gin fizz or Aperol spritz.
Breakfast is served poolside from 8am to 11am. The restaurant closes at 11pm, but the poolside bar is open until midnight.
The menu includes Greek salad, light bites including pitta bread with spreads, cold cuts and cheeses, fruit salad, a classic beef burger, pasta and more. Order anytime and enjoy a meal on the privacy of your terrace.
Just a short walk uphill from the boat-dotted harbour and 600m from Agios Stefanos beach, Rocabella Mykonos has the perfect vantage point for yacht-spotting on Mykonos Bay.
Mykonos Airport is 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. The hotel can arrange shared transfers from €10 a person, or from €20 each way for a private car.
The hotel has onsite parking for guests, so if you’re driving, follow the signs first to the new port, then to Agios Stefanos Beach and on to Rocabella Mykonos. Taxis usually aren’t available outside winter, so organise yours transfers or car-hire delivery at the airport or ferry port.
The hotel is a short walk from Mykonos Ferry Port , which has regular services to and from Piraeus and Rafina in the high season (May to September). Mykonos is also connected to Thessaloniki, Crete, and other islands in the Cyclades.
Worth getting out of bed for
Agios Stefanos beach is short stroll downhill from the hotel, so you won’t need to venture far to find a sun-soaked spot on this chilled-out curve of coastline. Consider reserving daybeds at Scorpios Mykonos Beach Club to ensure your ideal spot on this stretch of white sand. Psarou Beach is slightly set away from town (about three kilometres), and has bottle-clear waters and very Instagrammable carefully aligned loungers with shades.
Head south to Chora, Mykonos’ main town, to check out its 16th-century windmills and milk-white adobe churches, or ask Rocabella Mykonos to customise a sailing excursion for you and your first mate; they will personalise it right down to the on-board music, and when you return to port a bountiful barbecue will be waiting for you.
For a laid-back lunch, Popolo (+30 (0)2289 022208) serves up, arguably, the best sandwiches in town. With fresh juices, pastries and coffee, it’s also a solid bet for breakfast or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up after a stroll around the town. For a Mykonian take on modern Greek, swing by Bakalo (+30 (0)228 907 8121); we particularly like the tables in the shaded garden and the fresh fish dishes here. Avra Restaurant (+30 (0)228 902 2298) has a tree-trimmed terrace and serves a selection of contemporary European and traditional Greek dishes, including moussaka and stuffed vine leaves.
Mykonos is one of Greece’s more sophisticated clubbing-mad islands and there are plenty of slick VIP bars where you can down an ouzo and dance along to celeb DJs. Caprice in Little Venice is a cosy but airy bar that sits right at the edge of the Aegean. Island institution Cavo (+30 (0)228 902 6124), on Paradise Beach, is the mega-club host to the likes of Roger Sanchez and Tiësto, and open from midnight to mid morning in July and August.
We leave Mykonos Island Airport and are immediately struck by a wall of heat. A gentleman from our surf-hued Grecian stay, boutique hotel Rocabella, promptly greets us and ushers us into a mercifully air-conditioned car. Around 15 minutes later, at the front desk of the airy lobby, we’re being offered champagne. Naturally, we accept and take our flutes out onto the balcony overlooking the pool, which in turn, overlooks the sea. We’re here; we’re on holiday. Our room isn’t quite ready yet, but we’re perfectly happy lounging poolside, alongside a few other couples, who seem equally thrilled to be here. While we wait, we’re treated to a champagne top-up.
After half an hour of basking, we’re swiftly taken up to our sea-view suite, which is simply beautiful – perhaps more so than the pictures suggested. Its focal point is a large bed at the centre of the circular room, facing floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that look directly out over the glistening sea. The wardrobe’s a wooden rail running along the wall, and the bathroom is equally open-plan with not one, but two showers, a large sink and natural local bath products. The whole ambience encapsulates Mykonos; everything’s been whitewashed: the walls, ceiling, linen, towels… Everything. We love the simple bed frame hewn from stone, also white. This pale palette makes the suite feel fresh and airy, and sunbeams bounce around the place.
Out on the balcony, as if the view wasn’t enough, there’s a hot tub too. Arguably, we struggle to get it to quite the temperature we’d like, but it’s still rather glorious — especially at night, when you can soak and stargaze. It’s a real treat, far more exclusive than a communal Jacuzzi, and better suited to the sun-drenched surroundings than a bath tub. A hot tub on the balcony – one should be included with every holiday…
Needless to say, we get a blissful, soundless night’s sleep. We stick with the pillows already plumped up on the bed, feeling too much like divas to order alternatives from the ‘pillow menu’, even though we’re intrigued by the very concept. Come morning, we marvel at the extensive breakfast offering. We eat everything: Greek yoghurt (naturally), home-made vegetable tarts, fresh and dried fruit, eggs… All wolfed down in the alfresco dining area, right by the pool – ideal for lapping up the early-morning sun that’s already beating down.
After breakfast, it’s time to see what the spa has to offer. Rocabella treats each guest to a free 15-minute treatment, so my fellow Smith and I decide to indulge in a mini massage each. Afterwards, I pretty much float out of the room, muscles deep-tissue pummelled to a pulp (in the best possible way), knots banished. Mr Smith is in a similar state; I wouldn’t have thought it possible to reach such an ecstatic state in just 15 minutes, so I’m impressed. Obviously, there are plenty of full-length treatments on offer too, from buffing to massaging, filing to polishing.
In Mykonos, if you haven’t acquired a hire car, you’re reliant on resort chauffeurs or local taxis. However, Rocabella runs a faultless – and free – on-demand shuttle service; you need to give 30 minutes’ notice, but it’s a joy to know that as soon as we’re ready to head into town we can just call down from our room. We let reception know when to pick us up and when we tire of exploring, they’re there and waiting for us. This handy service runs between the main town, hotel and airport; but if you want to log some beach lazing, you’ll need your own car.
We dine at Rocabella on one night, at a candlelit table in the same alfresco area where we had breakfast. We share a Greek salad to start with, made with sea fennel and cheese curds instead of the usual feta. The rest of the menu is Italian-tinged, with a meat- and fish-heavy selection of risottos, pasta dishes and grills. I sort of wish there were more Grecian classics, but I can’t complain – everything we eat is fresh and tasty, and there’s a relaxed ambience. The poolside is quiet, with just a few fellow diners scattered around, and the hotel’s cat is purring around guests’ legs, yearning for attention.
Retiring to our room every evening is a treat. Each night there’s a little something new in our room, be it chocolates, tiramisu, or the mini bottle of local pink fizz which appeared on our final night. We feel spoilt with these unexpected and thoughtful gifts. There’s also a TV in the room, but I can’t say we ever turned it on. With this ‘get away from it all’ setup, you don’t need it; and by check-out, which comes around all too soon, we’ve forgotten the outside world exists beyond our Mykonos hideaway.