Amyth of Mykonos
Located in a quiet hamlet, Amyth of Mykonos is a dreamy hideaway of boho-luxe design. Rebecca Ann Hughes visits the property in search of a chic side to the party island.
The Greek island of Mykonos has become synonymous with boozy parties and overcrowded clubs, but the Amyth of Mykonos hotel is the much-needed antidote. The Cycladic hideaway is the first of the Thanos group’s new design-led boutique brand Amyth Hotels and it opened on April 14, 2023.
Arriving from the airport, you drive for around 15 minutes to reach the property with the glittering Aegean sea on one side and hills dotted with whitewashed houses and chapels on the other.
The boutique hotel lies in the hamlet of Agios Stefanos, with a clutch of simple houses on a cliffside. The residential area where cats pad the steep narrow streets is a world away from the buzzing beach clubs but close enough should the urge to dance take hold.
After one final sharp bend that requires the driver to make a three point turn, you arrive at the wide terrace overlooking the coastline in front of the hotel entrance. Wicker swing chairs sway gently in the breeze inviting weary travellers to rest.
The quiet boutique property feels like an oasis of calm. Although it was previously also a hotel, the Thanos group has given the place its unique design touch. The hotel was developed and designed by GNB Architects in collaboration with other studios.
All interior spaces have been shaped and designed from scratch following the layout made by GNB Architects. The interior design, including the selection of materials, furniture and decoration, was overseen by Vasilis Papadias and his company Design Studio.
On arrival at the hotel, glass doors slide open to reveal the reception area of soft, earthy tones, exposed wooden beams and floor-to-ceiling plants. Simple wooden sculptures and old agricultural tools stand on low shelves behind two stylish leather chairs. Guests check in at a front desk hewn from stone manned by staff in cool flowy shirts and trousers.
The open space leads through to a little cream-walled boutique of bohemian beach cover ups and wide straw hats. Beside this is the small dining area with wooden tables and soft seating strewn with organic cotton cushions in muted tones.
On the walls are decorations made of twine and rope while the lights hanging down from the roof are covered in raffia that rustle in the breeze.
The indoor spaces flow into the outside space, where there are more tables for alfresco dining shaded by plants and a bamboo roof allowing the sun to filter gently through. On the concrete floor are big round straw mats.
The hideaway property is roughly organised around the central pool where oatmeal-cushioned pale wooden sun loungers lie beneath beige rope-woven sun umbrellas. At one end, there is a bar with simple wooden stools and tables that can serve fresh drinks and fruity cocktails.
Most of the 17 rooms (the hotel is also due to expand next year) are housed in one block that overlooks the pool area. The building reflects the style of typical Mykonian structures with a flat roof and white washed walls. Exposed stone balconies with wooden roofs extend from the front of the building.
The rooms continue the boho-luxe design and each is a little different in layout and amenities. All have private terraces, while eight have balcony pools and a further eight feature hot tubs.
The rooms feel like entering a peaceful retreat. They capture the simplicity of ancient Cycladic design while providing all the usual mod-cons.
The rooms are characterised by a palette of calming, neutral tones with pale stone flooring and cream walls. The rustic wooden furniture includes a small desk and bedside tables while there are hand-woven bedspreads and wall decorations.
All rooms are stocked with fragrant Acqua di Parma toiletries and beside the rock-carved sinks are a little woven caddy with useful items like toothbrushes and nail files.
French doors open onto the balconies with mesmerising sea panoramas or peaceful garden views. There are cushioned sun loungers, raffia decorations and cool private plunge pools or hot tubs.
On the first floor outside the rooms is a compact outdoor gym hidden by leafy plants.
The hotel’s restaurant, Amyth Kouzina, is as much a part of the design as the furnishings. The dishes are a kaleidoscope of colours, like the grilled prawns with peppers and lime dressing or tuna tartare with mango and artistic flick of avocado sauce.
Breakfast, too, is exquisitely presented with edible flowers decorating the generous plates of poached eggs on avocado toast or syrup coated waffles.
AT A GLANCE
Owner/Operator: Thanos Hotels
Architect: GNB Architects
Interior Design: GNB Architects and Design Studio