Even among the been-there, seen-that habitués of Mykonos, this gleaming beauty perched above crystalline Ornos Bay caused a stir when it opened recently. The boutique property—named for the Japanese word meaning “enlightenment”—marries elements of classic Cycladic architecture (cube-shaped structures, whitewashed stone walls, arched entryways) with idiosyncratic design touches including a generous use of soft-colored naked wood and modern white furniture made locally. The 25 rooms and 10 suites were furnished individually by a number of well-regarded artists, ensuring none of them look the same; most have private outdoor whirlpools or plunge pools. Nearly all of the public spaces offer stunning views over the nearby party town of Mykonos (about 1.5 miles away) and the bay, and make striking use of night-lighting, especially at the pool, built into a corner of natural rock. A grottolike spa features two treatment rooms, a futuristic-looking whirlpool area, and a hammam. The hotel offers complimentary transportation to Mykonos, but with its inviting Bar & Sunset Lounge and a restaurant that is already garnering awards and accolades, you may decide to stay put for the duration of your stay.
By Deb Hopewell, AFAR Contributor
Ornos Beach, Mykonos, Greece 846 00, Greece
+30 2289 078788