The hotel restaurant building, plus rows of seaview lounge chairs and umbrellas, reflect in the almost-smooth-as-glass water of the main swimming pool at the Petasos Beach Resort and Spa at Platis Gialos beach on Mykonos
Mountains along the west and north sides of Psarou Bay dominate views from the main Petasos Beach Resort swimming pool
The lounge chairs have views of beautiful Psarou beach
A smaller swimming pool on the south side of the hotel complex offers views of little Agia Anna beach across Platis Gialos Bay …
… while the pool terrace has views of popular Platis Gialos beach
No plunging at the Petasos: There are hundreds of beautiful hotel swimming pools in the Greek Islands but, as I’ve observed in earlier posts in my “Cool pools” series, their water is heated only by the sun and therefore almost always too cold for us to enjoy during our spring holidays.
That was especially the case when we stayed at the Petasos Beach Resort & Spa on Mykonos from May 9 – 16 2006. A 5-star hotel situated on a peninsula between Psarou bay and Platis Gialos bay, the Petasos Beach Resort boasts two attractive swimming pools — one overlooking each scenic bay. (The hotel also has several exclusive suites with luxurious private pools facing Psarou bay and the Aegean Sea, plus several more suites with “sharing pools” above Platis Gialos bay.)
Water in both pools was icy cold in early May
The main swimming pool is located next to the hotel restaurant, and has great views of Psarou beach and the mountains that enclose the bay on two sides. The long, rectangular pool has two levels; the water from the larger pool cascades over a marble-ledged “waterfall” about a meter above the smaller, lower pool. Both levels looked incredibly inviting until I dipped a foot in the icy-cold water and realized there was absolutely no way I could ever get the rest of my body wet. Virtually every other guest had the same reaction when they assessed the pool temperature. A couple of people did try to take a dip after laying in the sun on poolside lounge chairs, but nobody managed to tolerate the cold water for more than a few seconds before rushing back to their towels and lounge chairs to warm up in the sun.
The water in a much smaller pool on the south side of the hotel, overlooking Platis Gialos beach and bay, wasn’t any warmer, and we didn’t see anyone even try to take a swim there.
Nevertheless, both pools had lovely terraces with great views, so it was still enjoyable to relax at poolside even if swimming was totally out of the question.
Below are several photos, from the Petasos Beach Resort website, showing the private infinity pools for some of the luxury suites. Those are followed by photos we took of the two pools accessible by all hotel guests.
This photo from the Petasos Beach Resort website shows one of the luxurious private infinity pools that overlooks Psarou bay.
Also from the hotel website, another photo of a private infinity pool with views of the Aegean Sea and the wide mouth of Psarou bay
Yet another photo from the Petasos Beach Resort website. This private pool has views of Naxos in the distance; the rocky peninsula at upper left, Cape Drapanos, separates Platis Gialos bay from nearby Paraga bay.
Overlooking the Petasos Beach Resort from atop the mountains above Psarou bay. The hotel stretches along a peninsula between Psarou and Platis Gialos bays.
Approaching the main swimming pool along a walkway from the reception area
A double row of lounge chairs and umbrellas faces Psarou beach and bay
Looking toward private homes and villas on the mountain above Psarou bay
The hotel restaurant is located to the left of the swimming pool
A view of the restaurant building next to the main swimming pool
A sheltered bar is situated at the far right side of the pool
Approaching the sheltered bar terrace next to the swimming pool
A stone wall on the north side of the bar terrace
Looking toward Psarou Bay from the pool bar area
Looking from the bar toward the swimming pool and seaview lounge chairs
View toward Psarou beach from the edge of the pool bar terrace
The lounge chairs facing the sea were always the first to be snapped up
A pool chair view of ultra-chic Nammos retaurant at Psarou beach, one of the trendiest upscale dining establishments on Mykonos
Looking toward the hotel buildings on the east side of the pool
Hotel rooms with balconies overlook the main swimming pool
A whirlpool spa and shower area beside the main swimming pool
Two hotel guests sunbathe at the pool overlooking Platis Gialos beach and bay
Agia Anna beach is the strip of sand visible on the far side of the bay
This is one of several private pools on the Platis Gialos side of the hotel that are shared between two rooms each
Poolside lounge chairs and umbrellas above Platis Gialos bay…
… have great views of Cape Drapanos and, in the distance, Naxos island …
… as well as Platis Gialos beach and the pier right below the hotel. Those traditional Greek fishing boats at the pier are shuttles that transport passengers from Platis Gialos to other major beaches along the south coast of Mykonos.
Late afternoon view of the pool overlooking Platis Gialos bay & Cape Drapanos
Early evening view of the swimming pool and lounge chairs
The Aegean Sea is almost as calm as the water in the Petasos swimming pool
The swimming pool area is deserted because the mountains on the opposite side of Psarou bay block the late afternoon sun as well as views of the sunsets
The “waterfall” feature on the two-level main swimming pool
Another view of the waterfall and the lower swimming pool level
Umbrellas and chairs reflect in the calm waters of the main swimming pool
The pool reflects the entrance and windows of the restaurant building