Myconian Kyma – an ultra-luxurious resort in Mykonos, with views along the west coast… and down to the island’s windmills – is at once nostalgic for Mykonos’ artist-haven past and wholly modern in its striking design. Bespoke ceramics, a smattering of retro chairs and ingenious lighting (we like the Med restaurant’s ‘hanging plate’ chandelier) add contemporary cool to an otherwise white-cube shell. Its dashing looks come to life with the meraki (passion) of the hotel-dynasty owners, innovative chef and other artisans whose work is proudly presented throughout. Its name translates to ‘Myconian wave’, and it’s one guests will ride high on.
At the hotel
Spa and gym, sun terraces, free WiFi throughout and a laundry service. In rooms: a TV, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, beach bag, air-conditioning and Olivia bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Sun’s out, bums out: your daily mantra if you’re staying in the hotel’s incredible Horizon Suites, where the private pool is blinkered with walls to stop your neighbours from seeing your unmentionables – the terrace is delightfully discreet, too. Within, the suite wears mod-Grecian style well, and the view allows your daily dose of vitamin sea.
There are a few options for swimwear flaunting here: pitch up and whip your towel off by the unheated, split-level outdoor pool, where you’ll have the most eyes on you. Just over a metre deep, with a raft of sunloungers at its side, the pool’s suited for both posing and laps, and its Aegean Sea backdrop improves any photo. The adults-only spa has a quintet of pools to dip in and out of as part of its thalassotherapy treatment, each engineered to solve a unique ailment. If you’re more shy and retiring, give your fellow Smith a treat and book a suite with a private pool or Jacuzzi.
Therapists at the wood-and-stone-lined Satori Thalasso Spa work mini miracles with Elemis and St Barth products as they massage, scrub and soothe. The signature thalassotherapy treatment is a circuit of five healing pools.
Bring your swankiest poolside posing gear; when exploring, heed Smith’s travel experts, whose Greek island gallivanting has taught them that a sturdy pair of Converse trumps dainty flip-flops when climbing hilly, cobbled paths. In both instances, pack something that won’t fly off at inopportune moments.
The hotel’s incredible views come at a steep price – no, we’re not talking nightly charges – the road up to the entrance is fairly precipitous, but taxis can drop you off at the door.
Children aged three to 12 are welcome; one baby cot or extra bed can be added to all rooms except the Aegean Suite. The hotel is better suited to Greek gods and goddesses than little cherubs, but babysitters can be hired from an outside firm on request.