Mykonos, Greece

San Giorgio Mykonos

Rates from (ex tax)$402.98

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 (EUR390.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Sparkling boho hangout

Setting

Perched between Paradise and Paraga

Boutique hotel San Giorgio Mykonos sits perched above the dramatic rocky shore of the Aegean Sea. By day, sun lovers and pleasure seekers can flop on the private beach, laze in the poolside hammocks, or retreat to their sleek whitewashed boho rooms; by night the island comes alive with the brightest names in the hippest clubs and dancing under the stars.

Smith Extra

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Free airport transfer to and from the hotel (via shuttle service, which may be shared with other guests) and a bottle of local wine on arrival

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

32, including 2 suites.

Check–Out

12 noon. Earliest check-in 2pm, but both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $402.98 (€345), excluding tax at 13 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 (EUR390.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a welcome drink and a Greek buffet breakfast of breads, jams, Greek biscuits and yogurt, as well as cooked dishes and fresh juices.

Also

Restyled by club-runners Thomas Heyne and Mario Hertel (who met in Ibiza in the 90s), San Giorgio sits comfortably in Mykonos’ hills, with stone buildings, mosaic-tiled paths, and even the original chapel nodding to its traditional roots.

Hotel closed

From mid-October to early May.

At the hotel

Swimming pool, private rocky beach, palm garden, lounge, free WiFi. In rooms: TVs are available on request, minibar with free bottled water, Prija toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

There’s a hint of driftwood chic in San Giorgio’s calm, cool and comfortable whitewashed rooms: you’ll find bleached-wood stools, thick home-spun rugs, and hand-beaten metal bowls arranged around inviting beds draped in airy mosquito nets. Room 80 is lovely, with plenty of sunlight, a white-painted pebble floor, and an irresistible bed from which guests can look out to sea. For sun lovers and master idlers, the Famosa Suite has a dreamy sea-view veranda, with a cosy cocoon of a hammock for languorous lounging.

Poolside

Turquoise and translucent, the unheated saltwater pool is perched above the Aegean and surrounded by a wooden deck dotted with palm-trees. Inviting hammocks are strung between the stone pillars of a gazebo, and there are sunloungers and long communal tables to enjoy cold drinks and nibbles from the pool bar.

Packing tips

Body paint for nights at Paradise Club; bright swimwear for days by the pool.

Also

Mykonos is a haven for hedonists (you can even suntan au naturel at Paraga Beach). Party-seekers can head to Paradise Club, the sleek hangout for the island’s well-heeled crowd run by San Giorgio’s owners: guests get free transfers and VIP treatment.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are welcome at no extra charge. See more pet-friendly hotels in Mykonos.

Children

San Giorgio’s more of a couples’ hideaway (the pool is adults-only).

Eco‐friendly

San Giorgio Mykonos treads lightly: the hotel uses eco-friendly cleaning products and toiletries, and is equipped with solar panels and water-saving low-flow taps. In the kitchen, the emphasis is on fresh, local food from the island’s markets.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

If you’re feeling chatty, opt for the communal table under the gazebo, where you can order a sharing platter and mingle with fellow guests (but staff will happily serve you on your day-bed or hammock, too).

Dress Code

Swimwear and soft linen sarongs by day; feather-light maxi-dresses by night.

Hotel restaurant

Stella di Mare’s open kitchen focuses on healthy, organic, local Mediterranean food, served home-style around the pool’s wooden tables, perching stools, comfy cushions and hanging pods. Expect a feast of freshly caught seafood and Mykonian produce, mostly sourced on or around the island, such as thin-sliced cuttlefish with fava bean puree, or poussin stuffed with copanisti cheese; make sure you try the goat-ragu moussaka and home-made ice-cream.

Hotel bar

It’s hard not to be lulled to a blissful slumber by the poolside bar’s soundtrack of chill-out music, particularly when ensconced deeply in a gently swaying hammock, looking out to sea. Resist the temptation to make like a sloth – once a month, San Giorgio hosts gatherings around the pool, with guest DJs and warm-up drinks before residents head out for the night. Fruity mojitos, classic martinis and Greek wines can be enjoyed in one of the bar’s cosy nooks from 9.30am to 1am.

Last orders

Breakfast from 8am–11am; Stella di Mare serves snacks, lunch and dinner from 1.30pm to midnight.

Room service

Guests can order in-room from the full menu during breakfast and restaurant hours; from 11pm to 7am, a light night menu of antipasto and sandwiches is available.

Location

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Address
San Giorgio Mykonos
PO Box 153 Paraga
Mykonos
84600
Mykonos
Greece

Planes

The hotel arranges free transfers from Mykonos airport, which serves major European destinations, and can be reached from London or Manchester with EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or Thomson Airways (flights.thomson.co.uk). There are also flights between Mykonos and Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Santorini and Crete in the summer. In low season (or for the scenic route) do the second part of your journey by boat.

Automobiles

San Giorgio Mykonos is a 12-minute drive from both the airport and Mykonos Town, and has free on-site parking. You may not need a rental car – book the hotel’s driver to take you to nearby beaches or to town, for a small fee.

Other

Two ports near Athens (Piraeus and Rafina) have regular high-speed ferry services to and from Mykonos; the fastest is three hours. The Mykonos–Delos boat departs daily except Mondays (www.ferries.gr).

Worth getting out of bed for

Toned, tanned bodies (some clothed, albeit skimpily, some not) flock to San Giorgio’s two closest bays: Paradise and Paraga beaches are pretty but packed with the party crowd, and not ideal for a peaceful picnic. With its wooden platforms, dramatic black rocks and crystalline waters, San Giorgio Mykonos’ private beach offers more seclusion; or walk the 40-minute to attractive Psarou beach to find inviting hideaway coves along the way. A 20-minute drive away, remote Agios Ioannis is a quiet beach and a pleasant spot to watch the sunset (Shirley Valentine was filmed here), with great views to the island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Boat trips to Delos from Mykonos or Paraga take about 25 minutes; once there, you can roam the temple ruins, sacred lake, outdoor museum and amphitheatre for a glimpse of Greece’s ancient past. For those after more epicurean and earthly pursuits, Fish, the hotel’s guest relations manager, can recommend the best bars and clubs on the island. Sleek, sprawling and sultry, Paradise Club (+30 694 55 45 791) hosts names such as David Guetta, Afrojack and Bob Sinclair.

Local restaurants

Island getwaways should be all about eating fresh seafood right on the beach – at Taverna Tasos (+30 22890 23002), you can enjoy chargrilled octopus and shellfish on a sunlounger at Paraga beach. On the northern coast’s Ftelia beach, stylish Alemagou (+30 22890 71339) offers sea views and inventive takes on Greek classics – try the stuffed tomatoes or lobster pasta. For more homey, traditional Mykonian dishes, including zucchini pies, or fava and pancetta, head to Bakalo (+30 22890 78121), with its tables set around a pretty courtyard in the old town – you can’t go home without trying the moussaka.

Local bars

Right at the water’s edge, Caprice (+30 22890 23541) is a memorable bar in Little Venice: the best tables are perched on a sea wall, with waves crashing at your feet and a glorious sunset as the perfect backdrop to a potent cocktail.

Reviews

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Helen Bagnall

Anonymous review

Our chauffeur, dramatically adjusted the limo mirror as the gleaming-white San Giorgio Mykonos hotel came into view. ‘For 18 centuries people have come to Mykonos for three things,’ he said with conviction, ‘for cosmopolitan holidays, for shopping and for the orgies.’ ‘Mykonos has only had people on it for five centuries,’ batted back Mr Smith with a smile – we were reminded that this Cycladic island thinks of itself as a temple to its history and its hedonism.

Entering San Giorgio, we felt more like we were arriving at a house party than a hotel – especially when chilled glasses of prosecco (a gift from Dionysus perhaps?) were pressed into our hands. But, trust me, only something sparkling should accompany your first glimpse of ‘the view’; the hotel’s bar perches above the southern coast at the exact point this Grecian isle tumbles into the sea. Flutes in hand (I told you this felt like a house party), we glided along, following our hostess Violetta’s winged sandals (literally) to our room, where our veranda was enveloped in a thousand hues of blue, and gazed out to shadowy islands: no run-of-the-mill horizon for these cosmopolitan guests.

Because – by Hellas – this design-led hotel displays a deftness of touch few mortals possess. Truth to materials is evident in everything: the cotton hammocks strung from palm trees, the rattan lampshades in the restaurant, and the stone walls and flagging seemingly at one with the colours of the island – those ‘18 centuries’ of international trade have clearly come in handy. ‘Even puss received the design memo, I see’, remarked Mr Smith, as a blue-eyed calico cat moved from reception to garden to restaurant, without once offending the eyes of the design director. I mentally readjusted my weekend wardrobe to favour sun-bleached metallics, warm sandstone and brilliant white. After all, who wants to offend the gods of beach hotel design?

Mykonos by night is your liveliest friend after the first round of Aperol Spritz; the San Giorgio perches between high-octane Super Paradise Beach partying and the champagne culture of Paraga Beach (which is where to head if there is ever a world Jeroboam drought). So, rather cleverly, the hotel does everything to ensure you conserve energy in the hours you don’t spend partying. At times, it seemed that Mr Smith and I simply couldn’t take three steps without encountering another ingenious invitation to loll around sipping something refreshing. Swing chairs and hammocks dangle provocatively between the bar and pool, allowing you the unique experience of being physically in both. Enormous floating cushions drift on the freshwater pool, the sun-deck is strewn with double day-beds, while the terraced palm garden offers seclusion for your massage. There’s a teak deck down by the hotel’s private beach, complete with steps into the inky blue water, so you can swim, swim, swim. Exhausted by our advanced languishing, we retired to our magnificently comfortable beds, canopied by an wooden frame bound with mosquito nets to keep you safe from uninvited nighttime biters.

Mykonos town (Chora) is a €10 cab ride; it’s a car-free, harbour-fronted maze of martini bars and mezze restaurants. Anyone who speaks ill of its dining scene clearly hasn’t tried the octopus on fava beans at Nautilus; I heartily recommend choosing a cocktail bar by its lighting to ensure successful social media-ing of your passionfruit mojito. I indulged the island’s love of trade by buying tan sandals and a piece of jewellery from Dida Designs, which is all you need to pass as an 18th-generation Greek islander.

The Cantina, the hotel’s restaurant, serves health-giving salads, towers of perfectly cooked prawns and beach-club classics reworked with local flavours. It also, thankfully, resists the temptation to play music that makes you think you’re in a lifestyle ad. Instead the parties of Paradise, and the afterparties at Cavo Paradiso try to lure you siren-like into their grasp. You can reach Paradise after dark from the hotel, ‘just use the stars, to guide you’ we were told by Violetta, before she added ‘and also the torch on your phone’. 

The hotel has a sister property five minutes’ walk away called Scorpios. This super-sized yet secluded beach club is all about location, location, location, with views too broad even for your phone’s panoramic setting, an enormous restaurant terrace that an East London restaurateur would wrestle an octopus for, and a sunset beach structured like a Greco-Roman amphitheatre. Their summer club, Sneaky Sundays, pairs world-class DJs with cabana beach life.

With the sun setting on Scorpios’ terrace, Mr Smith and I set off along the coast, searching for a taste of traditional island life; we found the white wooden tables at beachside taverna Nikolas waiting for us. Here, Mr Smith and I shared a kalamari, delighted to be among fishermen drinking ouzo, a huge family Christening and gay men with bodies that would shame Adonis bartering for beach blankets. Like the cosmopolitan crowd San Giorgio attracts, we like a splash of tradition when we travel. As for the orgies? Well, you’ve got to leave something for next time, right?

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in San Giorgio Mykonos’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The atmosphere, the views, the breakfast, the lovely staff. Recommend Scorpios for fun, Spilia for lunch.

Don’t expect

Quiet nights.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Sep 2016

We loved

We loved our airy bedroom with no TV, and a fridge but no mini-bar! If you want a drink it is nicer to sit by the pool listening to cool music. It's all about the experience at San Giorgio but they are happy to bring food and drinks to your room if you would rather. We loved sitting on the beach and eating at Tasos, a Taverna on the beach a 2 minute walk from our hotel. We had some very good Greek food.

Don’t expect

How friendly the staff were and how involved they got. They would come over for a little chat on how your holiday was so far and offer advice. Nothing was too much for them.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

Friendly service, delicious breakfasts and the simple aesthetics and attention to detail of the environment. This was a special treat for my 11-year old daughter, as she was about to start the next era in her life: the secondary school! Educate them early about standards and hopefully one day your child/children will treat you for an amazing holiday.

Don’t expect

Total quietness as the bars at the two beaches near the hotel play music late into the night.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Aug 2015