Kalesma Mykonos Is The Epitome Of Style And Luxury

One of Greece’s most anticipated hotels openings in 2021, Kalesma opened just days after the country loosened its border restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic. Set in the southwestern corner of Mykonos, it immediately became one of the island’s must luxurious hotels, offering guests the finest when it comes to hospitality and accommodations. And despite overlooking Ornos Bay and its popular beach, it feels world’s away from the isle’s famed party scene.

The serene oasis was designed by Athens-based architecture firm K-Studio and boutique interior design agency Studio Bonarchi. They took inspiration from traditional Cycladic villages and have married them with contemporary touches. The materials and exteriors of the buildings, for example, include brown granite stone; limewashing to create a white hue; and burnt wood, a technique used to create a darker color while protecting it from the salty air. These classic Mykonian elements are then contrasted with pieces like Rick Owens furniture in the lobby; ceramics by Serbian artist Aleksander Vac; and horsehair sconces, a nod to the mythical history that the area served as a shelter to Apollo’s stallions.

If you’re traveling with family or friends the hotel also offers two multi-bedroom villas, which can be connected internally for even larger groups. Named Apollon and Artemis, paying homage to the Greek god and goddess, respectively, they offer three- and four-bedroom configurations. Spread across three floors, both accommodations come with additional amenities such as butler service, a full kitchen with a wine cooler, living room, and a fitness area with Technogym equipment. And should you want a private chef to prepare your meals or a personal trainer to keep you on track during your holiday, the property can certainly oblige such requests.

When hunger strikes, there’s the all-day Pere Ubu next to the hotel’s main pool. Helmed by Costas Tsingas, who previously owned Agrotikon in New York City and went on to be the culinary director for the Olympic Village in Athens, the chef has devised a menu of Mediterranean fare and modern takes on Greek classics. Savor all your favorites like mezes with house-made pita bread, fresh salads, wood-fired octopus, seafood pasta, and slow-baked rabbit served in a clay pot. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list that highlights Greek vinos along with a selection of craft cocktails. Come around dusk and enjoy your tipple by the pool lounge or head to the back by the firepit and watch the sunset before enjoying an extraordinary dinner with a live DJ.

To help you explore Mykonos and the surrounding area, Kalesma offers a range of experiences to help you get the most out of your vacation. Whether it’s a shopping tour of some of isle’s best boutiques, private boat rentals, a guided tour of nearby Delos island, or a romantic sunset horseback ride, they’ve got you covered. You’ll be hard pressed to leave your exquisite digs, but just remember that you’ll have a relaxing abode waiting for you upon return.


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