One of Greece’s most anticipated hotel openings in 2021, Kalesma opened just days after the country relaxed its border restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic. Located in the southwestern corner of Mykonos, it immediately became one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, offering guests the very best in hospitality and accommodation. And despite overlooking Ornos Bay and its popular beach, it seems a world away from the island’s famous party scene.
The serene oasis was designed by Athens-based architecture firm K-Studio and boutique interior design agency Studio Bonarchi. They were inspired by traditional Cycladic villages and combined them with contemporary touches. Building materials and exteriors, for example, include brown granite stone; lime wash to create a white shade; and burnt wood, a technique used to create a darker color while also protecting it from the salty air. These classic Mykonos elements are then contrasted with pieces like the Rick Owens furniture in the lobby; ceramics by Serbian artist Aleksander Vac; and horsehair chandeliers, a nod to the mythical story that the area served as a refuge for the stallions of Apollo.
The entire property spans a whopping five acres, but you wouldn’t notice it thanks to its intimate nature. Cascading down the lush hillside, you’ll find just 27 suites and villas. All accommodations feature their own furnished terraces with a full-size pool, the first on the island, and a shaded dining area. Interiors feature an earth color palette contrasted with black accents and are decorated with beautiful linens and luxurious furnishings like a Simmons mattress and a custom headboard with leather details reminiscent of a bridle. The bathrooms are also spectacular, equipped with a freestanding bathtub and a rain shower, including an additional option outside; a marble sink; and are stocked with luxurious towels and Frédéric Malle toiletries. To maximize the indoor-outdoor layout, most of the doors open to the spacious patio that includes the bedroom, which leads directly to the pool. And from almost every corner of the space you will have a view of the sparkling blue waters of Ornos Bay. In addition to all these lavish features, you’ll also have an in-room yoga mat, dumbbell set, TV hidden in the mirror, Sonos speaker, and a complimentary mini bar with water, juice, and soft drinks at your disposal during your stay. .
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, after the Greek god and goddess, respectively, they offer three- and four-bedroom configurations. Spread over three floors, both accommodations feature additional amenities such as butler service, a full kitchen with wine cooler, living room, and a fitness area with Technogym equipment. And if you want a private chef to prepare your meals or a personal trainer to keep you on track during your vacation, the property can certainly accommodate such requests.
When hunger strikes, there is the Pere Ubu open all day next to the hotel’s main pool. Led by Costas Tsingas, who previously owned Agrotikon in New York City and became the culinary director of 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 homemade pita bread, fresh salads, wood-fired octopus, seafood pasta and slow-roasted rabbit served in a crock pot. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list that highlights Greek wines along with a selection of craft cocktails. Come in the evening and enjoy your drink by the poolside lounge or head back to the fire pit and watch the sun go down before enjoying an extraordinary dinner with a live DJ.
To help you explore Mykonos and the surrounding area, Kalesma offers a variety of experiences to help you get the most out of your vacation. Whether it’s a shopping tour of some of the island’s best boutiques, private boat charters, a guided tour of nearby Delos Island, or a romantic sunset horseback ride, they’ve got you covered. It will be difficult for you to leave your exquisite excavations, but remember that you will have a relaxing abode waiting for you when you return.