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Chic Greek: Mykonos beach hotels and travel guide

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On the beach? Check. Close to the colorful tavernas and best restaurants in Mykonos town? Check. With character, charm and glamor too? Check.

We stayed at two awesome Mykonos beach hotels that fit the bill.

And we’ve scouted out three more of the best hotels in Mykonos that also boast to-die-for beachfront locations.

Mykonos Beach Hotels

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

Mykonos beach hotels

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

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

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

Mykonos town is a maze of whitewashed cubist buildings
A maze of whitewashed cubist buildings, Mykonos town buzzes at night with lively restaurants and bars

And it’s those beaches that are the main reason you’re visiting this wonderful Greek island, right? You’ve already checked out the museums, Acropolis and other things to do in Athens.

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.)

Oh yes, there are some fabulous hotels on the beach in Mykonos
Oh yes, there are chichi hotels on the beach in Mykonos

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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 fab beach hotels, 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
The colors of Mykonos town…

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

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

Pink and purple bougainvillea vines adorn shuttered buildings in Mykonos town
Pink and purple bougainvillea vines adorn shuttered buildings in Mykonos town

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 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 party 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.

5 Mykonos hotels on the beach

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

1) Kivotos

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

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

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 rocky beach with cushioned teak sunbeds.

It may be small, but this pebbly beach at Kivotos is one of the best private Mykonos beaches
It may be small, but the pebbly Kivotos beach is one of the best private Mykonos beaches

Kivotos rooms:

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.

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

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

Beach hotels on Mykonos - Kivotos
We loved our eclectic light-filled room!

Some suites 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

Breakfast is a feast:

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.

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

Settle yourself outside 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 five-star fabulous day in Mykonos.

Mykonos beach hotels
Summer dreaming at Kivotos luxury beach hotel

What we loved about Kivotos Hotel, Mykonos:

  • You receive a welcome glass of champagne upon arrival.
  • Deluxe Bulgari toiletries await in the bathroom.
  • Kivotos has an enchanting boutique vibe.
  • There are lots of private nooks and crannies for soaking up the sun or relaxing.

Be aware:

  • Ornos town (where Kivotos is located) is quiet; for nightlife, you have to head into Mykonos town.
  • Rooms are individually decorated, and a few aren’t as bright and deluxe as others.

2) Santa Marina Resort & Villas

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

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

Rooms and suites at Santa Marina Resort are clustered in whitewashed buildings built on a hillside overlooking the sea
Rooms and suites at Santa Marina Resort are clustered in whitewashed buildings set on a hillside overlooking the sea

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

A complimentary shuttle departs for nearby Mykonos town three times a day.

Santa Marina Resort rooms:

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!

In addition to 101 rooms and suites, there are 13 two- to seven-bedroom villas, each with a kitchen and private pool.

Rooms come with contemporary furnishings, marble or mosaic-tiled bathrooms, super comfy king-size beds (most Mykonos hotels have queen beds only) and lovely sea views.

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

Best beach in Mykonos?

But perhaps the best feature is the long curve of private golden sand beach.

Tucked away in a sheltered cove, the beach provides an unrivaled spot for swimming and lounging.

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 fresh grilled fish (the chef buys seafood from fishing boats that come to the resort’s dock each day).

The beach restaurant at Santa Marina

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

What we loved about Santa Marina Resort:

  • The private sandy swimming beach can’t be beat! Of all Mykonos hotels on the beach, Santa Marina likely has the best beach.
  • Guestrooms are very spacious.

Be aware:

  • Like Kivotos, Santa Marina is located in Ornos town; if you want to party, you have to head into Mykonos town (a short bus or taxi ride away).
  • Lots of stairs lead down from the top of the hotel to the swimming beach. (Think of it as good exercise!)

Santa Marina, Mykonos

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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 quite new – it opened in 2017.

On Platis Gialos Beach, Branco Mykonos has 21 luxury sea-view rooms.

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

A room at Branco Mykonos
A room at Branco Mykonos

A large covered terrace outside has a sunken pool overlooking the beach, with shaded pool beds for lounging.

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

By the way, no breakfast buffets here; everything is à la carte. This 5-star Mykonos hotel prides itself on doing everything just right.

Branco Mykonos

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4) Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel

The Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel fronts Platis Gialos Beach, one of the best beaches in Mykonos
The Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel fronts Platis Gialos Beach, one of the best beaches in Mykonos

Also on the same prime golden sands of Platis Gialos Beach as Branco Mykonos, this hotel is one of the best 4-star hotels in Mykonos – offering good-value, affordable luxury.

The casual Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel has 50 rooms in Cycladic-style whitewashed buildings, adorned with shutters.

Families are welcome here.

A room at the Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel
A room at the Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel

The pool has thatch umbrellas for shade, and the outdoor restaurant makes its own wood-oven pizza.

The bustling beach experience and pool music may not be for everyone though.

Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel

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5) 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, some with 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.

Mykonos Blu Hotel

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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.

What to pack for your Mykonos trip?

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Experience more of Greece!

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Crete | You’ll love chilling at St. Nicolas Bay Resort.


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Photo credits: 3, 7, 8, 9, 14, 16 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 1 Branco Mykonos | 4 Mykonos Palace Beach Hotel | 5 Santa Marina Resort | Remaining hotel photos courtesy the respective hotels


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Mike

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!

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