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This New Boutique Hotel In Mykonos Offers A Quietly Romantic Stay

The Greek island of Mykonos is known for big-spenders and elite beach clubs, so there’s something altogether quieter about Deos Mykonos, a new, boutique hotel of 40 rooms and suites, which opened in May 2024.

Deos Mykonos is part of Myconian Collection – a homegrown family business that opened its first hotel on Mykonos in 1979 and now has 12 properties speckled around the island. These range from hedonistic-flashy to quietly luxurious, some family-friendly, some for over-16s only: this latest outpost is perched happily above the main port, Mykonos Town, where it benefits from sweeping views of the whitewashed harbour and (on a clear day) the nearby islands of Delos, Rinia and Syros. 

It fits in seamlessly to the sort of five-star, chillout scene you picture here in the Cyclades islands: whitewashed and stone-built design, breezy Mediterranean gardens, a trickling infinity pool. Everything here feels designed for couples, more mature travellers and groups of stylish friends, who want to unwind, dine and spa rather than dance up a storm.

The Vibe

There’s more than a hint of traditional Myconian village to this hotel’s layout: a hilltop huddle of sugar-cube buildings with white-stuccoed portions, rustic walls built in the traditional mink-coloured stone, and living roofs of wildflowers and indigenous coastal flora. Around the olive trees and lavender of the paths and gardens, you’ll see outsized, unpolished earthenware urns. Everything’s low-lit, hushed and breezy by night: ideal for a romantic aperitif before heading out for dinner. There’s nothing high-rise or neon-lit here; instead the elongated main pool, like a slab of fresh-cut aquamarine, sits framed by a white terrace, with plush white loungers as deep and cushioned as a sofa. Everyone gets their space, not least on the bedrooms’ generous private terraces.

The Rooms

Entry-level Delta rooms are merely a decently-sized double on first glance; until you press the panel that slides back your moody grey curtain and blackout curtain, and see your terrace. Every room here gets a well-sized balcony-terrace with a jet-lined hot tub or a cool plunge pool, plus a sofa area and daybed-style mattress to lounge on – very appealing to honeymooners and couples seeking some alone time. This is an exceptionally breezy island, and high glass screens keep upper terraces sheltered and warm.

Decor in the smallest rooms goes beyond your typical white-and-pine Greek hotel room with a floral-inspired, watercolour-look wall mural in tasteful grey and teal, plus frosted sliding screens to your spacious bathroom, where the shower is by a sea-view window and a Deco-feel illuminated mirror plus make-up mirror assist in glamming-up time. Six larger suite categories only get bigger, including some with two-bedrooms and huge, cream corner sofas and 30-square-metre terraces; the Zeta two-bedroom suite is the most luxe, with an L-shaped, seaview private pool and a comfy cream outdoor sofa.

The Food + Drink

Deos has gone for stylish simplicity when it comes to its menus. Everything feels five-star, but it’s not prissy fine-dining: instead, whole-grilled sea bass is filleted at your table, along with dainty Greek dips and freshly fired-up pitta and sourdough, heavenly Greek and Myconian salads, lightly-battered calamari and herby lamb chops. There are plenty of healthy options at lunch, and though the prices are as sky-high as you’d expect on this island (€52 for a modest hot mezze platter), there’s no faulting the quality.

The inclusive breakfast is a highlight here, with generous bowls of cool, fluffy Greek yoghurt, honey you’ll want to take home and platters of fruit, plus baskets of warm pastries (including savoury spanakopita and custardy bougatsa) and a whole menu of egg styles – the truffled scrambled eggs on house sourdough are a standout. Coffee, fresh orange juice and Champagne are lavished on guests by super attentive staff. If you want a more affordable meal, you’re just an eight-minute saunter down the slope to Mykonos town and dozens of great restaurants.

The Spa

The Sana spa is one of this boutique hideaway’s biggest draws: a large, indoor seawater lap pool is framed by slatted white slabs and hulking pillars in a modern interpretation of an ancient Roman bathhouse. You’ll choose from a menu of Augustinus Bader and Elemis treatments before reclining on (more) incredible sofa-loungers for a herbal tea, enjoying a hushed pre-massage swim (only spa attendees may use the indoor pool before or after their treatment, and there’s also a steam room and sauna). Treatment rooms are spacious and silent, with heated beds and expert, clear-communicating therapists.

The Little Extras

There’s a fabulous poolside bar where guests congregate for rosé or signature house cocktails like the tequila-laced Dos Hermanos; ask the helpful staff what they’d recommend (they have both non-alcoholic beers and wines for non-drinkers, for example). If you’re heading into Mykonos Town, Deos will send a golf buggy down to their end of the harbour to pick you up, if you don’t fancy the uphill walk back.

The To-Do List

A stroll into Mykonos Town is a must-do, either for an afternoon’s shopping or an evening’s dining and drinking; Salachas Linen, whose founder was known as the “Dior of Mykonos” in the fifties, is a key shopping stop, as is Irene Syrianou’s mosaic workshop and studio. Fun excursions can be arranged by the hotel too: Rizes Folklore Farmstead, where you can tour a traditional Myconian cottage, see vines and gardens and eat lunch or dinner on a twinkling terrace styled like a historic village, is a highlight. Boat trips to the ancient, abandoned city of Delos, with an expert guide, is another one for your list: there are multiple ferries over per day (taking 30 minutes), but going at golden hour is gorgeously atmospheric, with golden light on the intricate, 2nd century BC mosaics matched only by the honeyed scent of thyme and pines in the air.

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