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Chic Greek: Mykonos beach hotels and travel guide

A fabulous hotel on the beach? With character, charm and glamor?

Why not! You’re visiting Mykonos, after all!

We stayed at some awesome Mykonos beach hotels that fit the bill. And we’ve scouted out several more of the best hotels in Mykonos that also boast to-die-for beachfront locations.

Now, Mykonos may not be a secret gem or even one of the most unique places to visit in Greece – but it is one of the most sophisticated Greek islands.

And when you go, you deserve to bed down in one of the best beach hotels in Mykonos, right?

Check out the best hotels in Mykonos that boast to-die-for beachfront locations.
You never get tired of the blue colors in Mykonos

Contents: Mykonos travel guide

Why visit Mykonos? (And why you want a hotel on the beach)

Things to do in Mykonos

5 Best Mykonos beach hotels

Best time to visit Mykonos

How to get to Mykonos

Beautiful Mykonos, Greece, beach hotels (a great reason to visit Mykonos!)

Mykonos beach hotels
Perhaps you’d like to stay in a beautiful Mykonos beach hotel like this one?

Ever since Homer penned Odysseus’ epic odyssey, Mykonos has enticed travelers.

Today, Mykonos is the chichi island – the one jetsetters and celebs escape to when visiting Greece.

A slice of cool in the hot blue Aegean, it boasts exciting nightlife, sybaritic sandy beaches and seriously hip hotels.

And then there are all the colorful tavernas and great restaurants in Mykonos town. A maze of whitewashed cubist buildings, the town buzzes at night with lively restaurants and bars.

But it’s those beaches that are probably the main reason you’re visiting this wonderful Greek island.

After all, you’ve already checked out the museums, Acropolis and other cultural things to do in Athens.

Now it’s time to chill. So it’s only natural you want a hotel on the beach when looking at where to stay in Mykonos.

(And don’t worry, some hotels are away from the party action, meaning you can immerse yourself in the scene when you want, but also retreat for quiet beach time too.)

Pssst! Do you love posh hotels? Check out these hotels around the world with private pool suites!

Things to do in Mykonos

The harbor in Mykonos town
The harbor in Mykonos town is filled with colorful boats (you may see pelicans too)

Before we get to those great Mykonos resorts on the beach, let’s take a closer look at the island’s appeal and some of the best places to visit in Mykonos.

Explore Mykonos town:

Mykonos town is a muddle of narrow cobbled streets, lined with white buildings adorned with pink and purple bougainvillea.
Mykonos town is a muddle of narrow cobbled streets, lined with white buildings adorned with pink and purple bougainvillea

You’re bound to stroll about the cosmopolitan Mykonos town – and inevitably get lost.

It’s an enchanting mix of narrow cobblestone streets, blue-shuttered houses, jewelry shops, chic clothing boutiques and cute cafés.

In the Little Venice area, balconies of the bars and alfresco restaurants hang out over the sea.

Snag a balcony table, and you look out at the landmark Mykonos windmills standing watch over the harbor.

The iconic windmills of Mykonos stand watch over the town
The iconic windmills of Mykonos stand watch over the town

See Super Paradise Beach:

Be sure to take one of the colorful old wooden taxi boats to the south coast beaches of Mykonos.

From Ornos Bay, you can putter along for an hour, past rocky cliffs and idyllic coves, to Super Paradise beach – the beach with the wildest reputation.

Crowding the outside restaurant bars, the bronzed and beautiful drink champagne and nibble on lobster, as music throbs loudly and Taylor Swift lookalikes in string bikinis dance on tables.

At the other end of the beach, nude and gay sun worshipers swim in crystalline waters.

It’s fun to see – even if you don’t join in.

(Garbed in sun-protecting, long-sleeve shirts and pants for walking the beach, we looked a tad out of place. But as die-hard travel writers, and in the name of research, we of course had to see for ourselves what Super Paradise Beach was all about!)

Anyway, you really can’t go to Mykonos and not check out its famous beaches.

Tour Delos:

Some of the stone lions on the island of Delos
Some of the stone lions on the island of Delos

Down by the harbor, excursion boats leave for half-day guided tours of nearby Delos.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island of Delos is one huge archaeological site, with ruins dating back to 300 BC.

Here’s a top-rated guided island tour with Delos Travel, which includes hotel pick-up on Mykonos, your return boat ride and skip-the-line tickets.

5 Mykonos hotels on the beach

Okay, now that you have a bit of an idea of what to do in Mykonos, here are 5 of the best Mykonos beach hotels.

1) Kivotos

Luxury is in the artistic details at this 5-star Mykonos hotel
Luxury is in the artistic details at this 5-star Mykonos hotel

What started out as a holiday home for a Greek architect/designer and his family is now an exquisite boutique hotel in Mykonos with an enchanting bohemian vibe.

Perched serenely over Ornos Bay, the Kivotos hotel is unique.

Kivotos Hotel is one of the best Mykonos hotels on the beach.
Kivotos Hotel is one of the best Mykonos hotels on the beach

Marble steps wind past garden courtyards, fountains and two swimming pools (where kittens nap on a couch in the sun and budgies chirp in hanging cages) – eventually leading to a private beach area, with cushioned teak sunbeds set on the rock and pebble beach.

Lots of nooks and crannies offer other private spots for soaking up the sun or relaxing.

Housed within white plaster and stone villas, each of the 43 rooms and suites is an individually decorated work of art – more than 2,000 pieces of art in total.

Our delightfully eclectic suite had exposed beam ceilings, Venetian glass chandeliers, a mosaic tiled bathroom with bevelled glass door (and deluxe Bulgari toiletries) and a large stone balcony framed by gauzy curtains.

Each room is individually decorated at Kivotos
Each room is individually decorated at Kivotos

Some suites even have private pools.

The Kivotos Signature Suite’s pool has a front wall made of glass.

What fun! The Signature 301 suite has a glass-walled private pool

The buffet breakfast, included in the rate, is to be savored.

There’s champagne and fresh squeezed juices; eggs and bacon; lox and cheeses; a sweet selection of chocolate banana tart, baklava and sugar cookies; silver baskets of raisin cream pastries and croissants; and even a hot chocolate sauce fountain for dipping pineapple chunks.

Settle yourself outside on the terrace or inside on a Louis IV chair at a marble table with sweeping views of the sapphire blue sea – and you have the perfect start to a fabulous day in Mykonos.

Kivotos is one of the best Mykonos beach hotels
Good morning – fruit to start your day?

From the welcome glass of champagne to the deluxe Bulgari toiletries, Kivotos radiates glam – easily making it one of the best luxury hotels in Mykonos on the beach.

Just don’t go topless at Kivotos. We’re specifically referring to ladies here, of course!

One of the fun facts about Greece is that topless suntanning is allowed pretty well everywhere on Mykonos beaches.

But hotels can prohibit the practice around their pools and private beach areas. And Kivotos would prefer that you keep your bikini top on.

Also be aware: Ornos town (where Kivotos is located) is quiet. For nightlife, you have to head into Mykonos town.

Kivotos, Mykonos: Check rates and availability

2) Santa Marina Resort & Villas

A deluxe seaview room at Santa Marina Resort & Villas.
A deluxe seaview room at Santa Marina Resort & Villas

Traveling with children? Santa Marina is one of the few Mykonos beach resorts that is family-friendly.

In July and August, a free supervised all-day kids program is offered for ages three to 12.

Part of the Luxury Collection (by Marriott), the resort is laid out like a Greek village in cubic white washed buildings.

The 101 guest rooms and suites come with contemporary furnishings, marble or mosaic-tiled bathrooms, super comfy king-size beds (many Mykonos hotels have queen beds only) and lovely sea views.

As well, there are 13 two- to seven-bedroom villas, each with a kitchen and private pool.

Traveling with kids? Choose a villa with a private pool at Santa Marina Resort, Mykonos
Traveling with kids? Choose a villa with a private pool!

But the resort’s most brag-worthy feature? The long curve of private golden sand beach – possibly the best beach in Mykonos.

Tucked away in a sheltered cove, the beach provides an unrivaled spot for swimming and lounging. It’s the only private sandy beach on Mykonos – and it can’t be beat!

We loved swimming at this Mykonos beach at Santa Marina Resort.
We loved swimming at this Mykonos beach at Santa Marina Resort

When hunger strikes, wander over to the resort’s sophisticated Buddha-Bar Beach restaurant.

The specialty is oh-so-fresh grilled fish. (The chef buys seafood from fishing boats that come to the resort’s dock each day.)

The Buddha-Bar Beach Restaurant at Santa Marina Resort, Mykonos
The beach restaurant at Santa Marina Resort

Go Greek with a fashionably late lunch – and you can watch the setting sun melt like liquid gold into the sea.

Santa Marina Resort, Mykonos: Check rates and availability

Other Mykonos beach resorts

We didn’t personally stay at the following three Mykonos hotels, but from what we’ve read, heard and researched, they come highly recommended!

3) Branco Mykonos

View to the beach and sea from Branco Mykonos
View to the beach and sea from Branco Mykonos

This intimate boutique Mykonos hotel is relatively new – it opened in 2017.

One of the few true beachfront hotels in Mykonos, Branco Mykonos has 21 luxury sea-view rooms.

A room at Branco Mykonos
A room at Branco Mykonos

The décor sports poured concrete floors and lots of grey stone and pale woods.

A large covered terrace outside has a sunken beachfront pool right on the sands of Platis Gialos Beach, with shaded pool beds for lounging and chill pool music.

Branco Mykonos has the perfect pool beds for sipping champage.
Branco Mykonos has the perfect pool beds for sipping champage…

This 5-star Mykonos hotel prides itself on doing everything just right. And judging by other Branco Mykonos reviews, they pretty well satisfy most guests.

(By the way, unlike many other Mykonos hotels, a breakfast buffet isn’t included in the rates here; everything is à la carte.)

Branco Mykonos: Check rates and availablility

4) Mykonos Blu

Maybe book a room with a private pool at Mykonos Bu?
Maybe book a room with a private pool at Mykonos Blu?

Walk down outdoor stone stairs to reach this hotel’s private piece of beautiful Psarou Beach, well-protected from the wind.

And when you tire of the beach – how could you! – settle back on a lounger around the two-level infinity pool offering spectacular sea views.

Cubist in design, the whitewashed Grecotel Mykonos Blu has 103 suites and bungalows with beach-chic interiors. Some have their own private pools.

A room at the Grecotel Mykonos Blue Hotel
A room at the Grecotel Mykonos Blu Hotel

Exclusive Eau de Grece toiletries are from Grecotel’s own brand of Cretan organic products (made from olive oil, fennel and sage).

Hourly hotel shuttles go into Mykonos town, a 10-minute drive away.

Rounding out your stay here: Welcome drinks and a fruit plate; slippers and robes; and free Wi-Fi and breakfast.

Mykonos Blue Hotel: Check rates and availability

5) Myconian Korali

Guest room at Myconian Korali with a jacuzzi on the deck
Some rooms and suites come with a jacuzzi or private plunge pool

Now this 5-star Myconos resort isn’t right on the beach. It’s a 5-minute walk away from Megali Ammos Beach.

But as a Relais & Chateaux retreat, it makes up for that with a ton of deluxe comforts (free breakfast with champagne, thalassotherapy spa and outdoor swimming pool with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea), not to mention its gourmet restaurant.

Some of its luxury suites have private plunge pools too.

The other plus to staying at the Myconian Korali is that you’re walking distance to Mykonos town (15 minutes away) – so you’re close to its hopping nightlife, eateries and legendary shopping.

The hotel’s restaurant, Baos, is the spot for fine dining with great views. The farm-to-table cuisine highlights local ingredients.

Fine dining at Baos restaurant, Myconian Korali
Fine dining at Baos restaurant

The tasting menus are highly recommended.

Selections may include citrus-marinated scallops, octopus with split pea purée and lobster with cauliflower sauce and truffle. Are you drooling yet?

Myconian Korali Relais & Chateaux: Check rates and availability

Best time to visit Mykonos?

July and August are the busiest months in Mykonos.

In our view, September is the best time to visit Mykonos. The water is still deliciously warm for swimming, and the crowds aren’t as crazy.

How to get to Mykonos

Close to Athens, Mykonos is easy to visit.

From the mainland port of Rafina, high-speed ferries depart daily for Mykonos.

Most deluxe Mykonos hotels (including the first two featured here) provide complimentary transportation to and from the ferry dock or airport.

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Photo credits: 3, 5 to 8, 15 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 1 Santa Marina Resort | 2 Branco Mykonos | Remaining hotel photos courtesy the respective hotels

About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Tuesday 3rd of September 2013

Wow, what gorgeous pictures, Janice and George! definitely could never afford it on a regular basis but I would love to be pampered in beautiful high end accomodations like that every now and then :)

Janice and George

Tuesday 3rd of September 2013

It's a lovely treat for sure!

Irene S. Levine

Tuesday 27th of August 2013

What lovely places; make me want to visit Greece!