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Two New Resorts Go Again To The Island’s Roots

In 2022, Mykonos is after all identified for its nightlife, over-the-top luxurious and unapologetic extra. Phrase had it that Elon Musk was on the island this summer season on the identical time I used to be. I did not see him, however I did see Salt Bae posing for selfies with visitors at his wildly costly Nusr-Et restaurant, and I used to be requested to slap considered one of two Borat-banana-sling-wearing males who had been celebrating the top of their bachelorhood.

So it was one thing of a reduction to retreat into the quiet luxurious of a considerate lodge. Fortunately, Mykonos nonetheless has its share of these, together with the (newly redone) oldest five-star lodge on the island and one of many latest.

In-built 1960 on the Kato Mili (these well-known windmills in Mykonos City), the Mykonos Theoxenia shortly turned a landmark that attracted the likes of Brigitte Bardot. Aristotle Onassis introduced Jackie. The jet set adopted, absorbing the island’s solar and Greece’s refined simplicity.

The lodge reopened in July after an intensive transformation by VOIS architects that paid homage to and up to date the unique design, by postmodern architect Aris Konstantinids. It was a constructing that was forward of its time. Now it is a welcome return to minimalism.

As a result of it is a landmark area protected by the Greek ministry of tradition, the brand new architects had to make use of the identical conventional Cycladic constructing methods that had been used again in 1960. The outside is manufactured from the identical stone that makes up the present sea partitions. The concord with nature—and nostalgia—is obvious.

Inside, the 49 visitor rooms have the correct of simplicity, with up to date options and luxury. It is no hassle to discover a energy outlet, however within the bigger rooms, the entire work and leisure zone might be hidden behind a tender linen curtain.

A number of of them have non-public swimming pools, however the primary pool—to not point out the clear Aegean Sea proper subsequent door—is inviting, and the service from the Kou Kou Bar is pleasant and fast. Identical goes for the starlit poolside dinner service, by which a quiet meal of well-prepared Mediterranean dishes (grilled fish and Greek salad, after all) is served to visitors who aren’t within the temper for crowds. Nobody cares whether or not you costume up.

A number of miles away in Ornos, one other pared-back luxurious lodge with a whiff of nostalgia opened in June. As soon as in Mykonos is a bit snazzier than Theoxenia, reflecting the property’s previous as an expensive and cosmopolitan villa that was frequented by artists and intellectuals.

It is fairly massive for a 59-room lodge, with the reception, massive swimming pool and important restaurant atop a hill overlooking Ornos seashore. The lodging, in a design by architect Fivos Stavrides of F Studio Designers, are arrayed down the hillside within the type of an (huge) historical Greek amphitheater. A number of the rooms have “chill-out swimming pools” in entrance of them, with a path over the water to get into the room. It is a powerful infrastructure.

However inside, the rooms have a postmodern sensibility and a boho-chic design, with whitewashed partitions and pure supplies like copper and stone. A few of them have actual timber inside. Every part is spacious and lightweight. The Jo Malone facilities are a pleasant contact.

The spa, nevertheless, goes a bit extra native, utilizing natural substances from the Aegean Sea and Mykonian earth, which is claimed to be wealthy in nourishing vitamins. It is small however absolutely outfitted, and my therapeutic massage hit all the fitting spots.

So did the poolside restaurant, the place head chef Nikos Skordakis (beneath the steering of the lodge group’s government chef, Kyriakos Sotiriou, who has intensive expertise in five-star accommodations and Michelin-star eating places) has put collectively a menu of classics from Greece and past. At dinner which means grilled octopus, squid and crimson mullet, or possibly beef tartare or crayfish risotto, whereas through the day there are salads, flatbreads and pastas. They’re planning on bringing on a global luxurious restaurant model for the advantageous eating restaurant quickly.

Each accommodations have one final element that gives an escape from the Mykonos craziness. They’ve partnered with an area yacht firm to supply non-public cruises alongside the island’s shoreline and to close by islands like Delos and Rhenia, and with dive facilities that take visitors to discover the underwater Greek and Roman ruins—Mykonos because it actually was.

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