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First vegan hotel in Greece, Koukoumi, set to open on Mykonos this summer

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 This 2-minute promotional video explains the inspiration and philosophy for the new Koukoumi Hotel, and features beautiful views of famous Mykonos landmarks and island scenery 

 

Holistic lifestyle hotel: The first — and only — authentically vegan hotel in Greece is set to open its doors on Mykonos this summer, promising to bring both “a breath of fresh air” in hospitality and a “new life philosophy” to the Island of the Winds.

Situated on a hillside near Ano Mera, in close proximity to Kalafatis, Kalo Livadi and other top southern coast beaches, the 4-star Koukoumi Hotel is a project of the Kontiza family of Mykonos. The property has been designed in traditional Myconian architectural style and boasts 14 “boho chic” suites, a  restaurant featuring ethnic, Mediterranean and Greek-inspired vegan and raw cuisine, a swimming pool, spa and fitness center, and its own fruit and vegetable garden.

“Koudoumi” is a Myconian word which translates as “sheltered from the wind” and “a cozy place for snuggling.” To stay true to its name, the hotel has been conceived as “a peaceful sanctuary” where sophisticated travellers can “enjoy life without harming animals, the environment, or [them]selves,” the Koukoumi Hotel website explains.

 

Rooms include spacious standard, superior and executive suites that can accommodate up to 3 guests each, as well as deluxe and master suites that can sleep two persons each.

The hotel restaurant will offer a completely vegan menu, and pledges that its delicious recipes “will challenge you to reconsider everything you believed about food before!”

The Koukoumi Spa has been designed as a “haven of relaxation”  in which guests can detox, de-stress and rejuvenate “with soothing massages, healing treatments for face & body or by using the sauna.”

The hotel also has an indoor fitness center, staffed by a personal trainer and sports nutrition advisor who can tailor cross-functional training programs to help guests develop their own specific physical fitness programs and wellness goals.

Reservations can be made through the online booking page of the Koukoumi Hotel website, or through the hotel’s listings on booking.com, TripAdvisor and Expedia.

Below are several renderings of rooms and hotel facilities; additional images and information can be found on the Koukouimi website and on the Koukoumi Facebook page. A number of photos also can be viewed on the hotel’s Instagram.

 

A rendering showing an exterior view of Koukoumi Hotel on Mykonos

A rendering of the swimming pool at Koukoumi Hotel Mykkonos

Koukoumi Hotel Mykonos fitness room

A rendering of a suite at Koukoumi Hotel Mykonos

A rendering of a suite at Koukoumi Hotel Mykonos

A rendering of a suite at Koukoumi Hotel Mykonos

Koukoumi Hotel Mykonos 2020 opening announcement

 

New Kalesma Mykonos luxury hotel suites, villas & restaurant set to open in June

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Kalesma Mykonos hotel & villa complex sunset view

Kalesma Mykonos hotel & villa swimming pool

Kalesma Mykonos hotel suite terrace view of Ornos Bay

 Kalesma Mykonos, seen in renderings provided by the hotel, is comprised of 25 luxury suites, 2 villas and a signature restaurant showcasing Cycladic cuisine. A collection of whitewashed houses, the newly-built property occupies a hillside location overlooking Ornos Bay on Mykonos.  

 

Inviting newcomer: A unique collection of luxury suites and villas will make a distinctive mark on the Mykonos boutique hotel scene when it opens its doors this summer.

Kalesma Mykonos will bring chic designer digs, destination dining, “private experience concierges” and a traditional Mykonian village vibe to the Ornos area when it opens on June 1.

“Inspired by Cycladic architecture, combining tradition with contemporary elements, Kalesma is a design aficionado’s dream,” according to a property description brochure provided to me by the hotel.

Aerial image of a private terrace and pool at Kalesma Mykonos Hotel

An aerial view of the pool and patio at one of the Kalesma Mykonos suites. Each of the hotel’s accommodations has its own private heated pool.

 

With its Cycladic-style whitewashed houses that spill down a slope of the Aleomandra peninsula on the southwest side of Ornos Bay, Kalesma has been built to resemble a traditional island village.  Suites, villa and common area interiors will feature sleek minimalist design details, fashioned with locally-sourced materials. Each accommodation will boast its own private heated pool — a rarity on Mykonos.

The 25 suites are 680 square feet in size and can sleep either two adults and two children, or three adults. Each unit boasts a 970-square-foot terrace, furnished with poolside lounge chairs, and offers impressive, unobstructed sea views. “All accommodation features original artwork and expansive bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs and an outdoor shower on a private patio,” the hotel’s publicity brochure notes.

“Kalesma is also home to two spectacular, earth coloured private villas, one with two bedrooms and one with three. Ideal for entertaining or family holidays, both feature an open plan living room with cosy sofas, dining area and a fully equipped kitchen with pre-stocked food and wine fridges. A personal chef is available to villa guests if they wish to organise an intimate gathering or romantic meal on their terrace. Villas also come with their own fitness rooms complete with Technogym equipment. A stay in one of these private villas combines self-contained serviced residences, with access to exceptional hotel facilities and each will have a dedicated Villa Manager on call to coordinate guests stays,” the brochure adds.

When they’re not admiring and relaxing in the beautifully-designed private and public spaces, Kalesma guests will enjoy fabulous scenic views including beautiful Ornos Bay, the Aegean Sea, and both the sunrise and sunset.

 

Kalesma is a Greek word for “inviting,” and the hotel complex and its services have been meticulously planned to foster an inviting, welcoming ambiance and provide outstanding hospitality. “The look and feel of a traditional village is deliberate, as Kalesma is all about making guests feel at home and encouraging a neighbourhood vibe, enhanced by weekly intimate dinners,” the hotel description says.

Kalesma Mykonos hotel PERE UBU restaurant

Kalesma Mykonos hotel sunset lounge fireplace

Top: The al fresco patio for PERE UBU restaurant (there’s an indoor dining room as well); bottom: the outdoor fireplace at the Aloni lounge.

 

Kalesma’s centerpiece will be its restaurant and “social hub,” PERE UBU, whose menu will spotlight Cycladic cuisine incorporating seasonal local products.  Created by the owners of the acclaimed Pere and Ubu and Sea Spice restaurants in the glam Glyfada district of Athens, Kalesma’s PERE UBU will offer “a laid-back atmosphere during the day with chilled summer music, delicious small plates and light lunches. By night, it transforms into a sophisticated eatery, serving simple, elegant dishes showcasing the local produce alongside innovative cocktails keeping guests fuelled into the early hours.”

Open to the public, PERE UBU has been conceived as a destination restaurant whose inspiring cuisine and comfortable atmosphere  will entice visitors from across the island. However, the restaurant also will host intimate weekly dinners exclusively for Kalesma’s own guests. 

 

With an open fireplace, the Aloni Sunset Lounge is another common space that is expected to become a popular gathering spot for sunset viewing over cocktails or late evening conversation and nightcaps.

Additional amenities include a private on-site chapel for wedding ceremonies, and a boutique shop offering luxury brands, accessories and local products.

Aerial view of Kalesma Mykonos hotel

Aerial view of the Kalesma Mykonos hotel property

These aerial images show how Kalesma’s hotel, villa and common-area buildings have been designed in the distinctive white architectural style of the Cyclades islands, and positioned to resemble a traditional Mykonian village 

 

As part of the Kalesma hospitality team, private experience concierges will be “on hand to help guests discover the islands hidden gems including local eateries, exclusive boutiques and picture-perfect tiny churches. They can also arrange trips to some the island’s 25 beaches – from the hottest beach clubs to wide stretches of golden sand and secluded swimming caves, known only to the hotel’s private tenders. Private yacht charters and helicopter transfers are also available upon request for those who wish to truly push the boat out and experience the island from a different perspective.”

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Above the rest: Panoptis Escape luxury villas set to open in May on a Mykonos mountaintop

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Aerial view of Panoptis Escape villas at Elia beach on Mykonos

From their lofty aerie overlooking Elia beach, guests of the Panoptis Escape villas will enjoy unrivalled 360-degree views of Mykonos and the sea, plus both the sunrise and the sunset.

Daytime aerial view of Panoptis Escape villas on Mykonos

Sunset view of Panoptis Escape villas on Mykonos

 

Peak perfection: An exquisite new mountaintop villa retreat will be opening on Mykonos this summer, promising “pure relaxation,” “laid-back luxury,” and exceptional personalized service  along with “breathtaking sunrise to sunset sea views.”

Perched on a rocky peak high above Elia beach, Panoptis Escape is an enclave of luxuriously-appointed boutique accommodations that include honeymoon suites and 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom villas.  While the villas can be booked on an individual basis, the complex can be reserved in its entirety as well. Featuring more than 1,900 square meters of indoor space, 2,500 meters of outdoor space, 12 swimming pools and 21 bedrooms that can sleep up to 69 people (42 adults and 27 children), Panoptis will provide a perfect private getaway space for a wedding party or large group of family, friends or business associates on a corporate retreat.

 

Panoptis is the 10th and newest 5-star property in the Myconian Collection luxury hotel and villa chain, owned and operated by the Daktylidis family of Mykonos. It is scheduled to open in May.  Five other Myconian Collection hotels are clustered on the same steep mountainside at Elia — the Imperial, Royal, Villa Collection, Utopia and Avaton. Panoptis overlooks these sister properties from its enviable summit position. 

 “Panoptis” translates as “where man meets his gods,” and villa guests could well feel like they’re in heaven as they savour the scenery and serenity at their lofty lair.

Each of the accommodations include “en-suite multi bathroom facilities and luxury toiletries and amenities, separated living rooms with mini kitchenette facilities, refrigerators, wine coolers, coffee machines and electric kettles and a fully equipped kitchen.”

The property features a welcome area, lounge, open-air bar, outdoor open-air kitchen with BBQ, restaurant facilities, and a wellness studio. Guests can relax on sunbeds on the Myconian Collection’s private section of Elia beach, and have access to spa facilities. Private vehicle parking is available, while a helipad can accommodate up to three helicopters for guests who arrive by air. A staff of 20 — receptionists, bar and kitchen personnel, housekeepers and maintenance crews — work on site.

Daytime aerial view from Panoptis Escape villas on Mykonos

Daytime (above) and sunset-time views (below) from one of the private swimming pools at Panoptis Escape

Sunset view from the Panoptis Escape villas on Mykonos

 

I can only imagine the fabulous impression Panoptis will make on visitors — and how amazing it will be for them to spend their vacation relaxing amidst such sumptuous surroundings and spectacular scenery. We have thoroughly enjoyed staying in two of the Myconian Collection properties — the Ambassador at Platis Gialos (our first hotel on our very first trip to Greece), and the Imperial — so we have an idea of what the Panoptis guest experience will be like. And we’ve already seen its breathtaking views with our own eyes. During our stay at the Imperial, we climbed to the top of the mountain above the hotel, and stood near the spot where Panoptis now sits. The views were outstanding, so I feel a tad envious of the lucky guests who will enjoy them from the comfort of private pools and patios at the Panoptis.

 

Seaview patio at Panoptis Escape villas on Mykonos

A seaview patio for one of the villas

 

Open air dining room at Panoptis Escape villas on Mykonos

An open-air dining space on one of the villa patios

 

Panoptis is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and can be booked through its listing on the SLH website.

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Mykonos bar & club openings, parties & events in 2020

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Events added regularly. Latest updates:  September 16

 

Tropicana beach club Mykonos 2020 season closing announcement

Tropicana will wrap up its season on Sunday October 4

 

Scorpios Mykonos September 16 Sunset Ritual with OYTU

OYTU entertains at Scorpios on Wednesday September 16

 

Scorpios Mykonos September 17 event with Jean Claude Ades

Jean Claude Ades is the featured entertainer at Scorpios on Thursday September 17

 

Scorpios Mykonos September 18 event with Oliver Koletzki

Scorpios presents Oliver Koletzki on Friday September 18

 

Scorpios Mykonos photo from the beach clubs page on Facebook

Sunday September 20 is season closing day at Scorpios

 

Solymar beach restaurant and bar Mykonos 2020 season closing announcement

Monday September 14 is season closing day for Solymar

 

Scorpios Mykonos September 15 Sunset Ritual with Oxhala

Oxhala performs at Scorpios on Tuesday September 15

 

Lohan Beach House at Kalo Livadi Mykonos

Sunday September 13 is the final day of the season for Lohan Beach House at Kalo Livadi 

 

Adelon Cocktail and Sunset Bar Mykonos 2020 closing party announcement

Violinist Rina Psalida will entertain for the season closing party at Adelon Cocktail & Sunset Bar on Sunday September 13

 

Scorpios Mykonos September 13 event with Kaz James

Kaz James is the featured guest artist at Scorpios on Sunday September 13

 

 If you’re planning to travel to Mykonos soon, be aware that special coronavirus control measures remain in effect until at least September 15.

On August 19, the Greek government imposed a number of restrictions on residents and tourists in an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19. The measures were implemented after the island experienced an increase in the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus around the middle of the month.

The rules took effect on Friday August 21, and stipulated that:

♦ Masks must be worn indoors AND outdoors;

♦ There is a ban on live parties, trade fairs, public markets, parades and processions;

♦ There is a ban on any kind of gathering of more than 9 people, for any reason, both in public and in private

♦ in restaurant dining areas, a maximum of 4 people will be allowed to sit at the same table (a maximum of 6 in the case of immediate members of families)

In addition, the existing requirement that bars and restaurants close from midnight to 7 a.m. every day was extended until August 31. (The midnight curfew originally was supposed to end on August 23.)

The government has since extended all of the above restrictions to September 15 as it strives to fend off an expected second wave of the coronavirus after cases spiked in a number of destinations in Greece.

Police on Mykonos have been enforcing the mask rule by issuing €150 tickets to people who don’t comply; however, mask wearing is not required for people sunbathing or swimming at beaches and pools. Government officials also have been inspecting businesses on the island to ensure they are complying with the coronavirus safety measures.

Greek media reported that, on Tuesday September 1, officials with the General Secretariat of Civil Protection conducted surprise inspections on two of the island’s best-known beach clubs, Nammos and Scorpios, and tested their employees for coronavirus. Following the inspection, the government ordered the two clubs to cease operations until September 4.  According to the media reports, the Scorpios staff all tested negative for the virus, so the club was allowed to re-open on September 4. At Nammos, on the other hand, two employees tested positive, and authorities ordered the club to stay closed for an additional 10 days. The club hired lawyers to appeal that decision, but ultimately decided to close early for the season and shuttered the premises on September 7, saying the club will reopen at the end of April in 2021.

 

 

 

Covid-19 safety measures, news and special announcements

 

Scorpios Mykonos photo from the beach clubs page on Facebook

Nammos Mykonos seen in an aerial photo from the beach clubs page on Facebook

On September 1, Scorpios (top image) and Nammos (bottom photo) were ordered to stay closed for 48 hours after officials conducted surprise inspections of both beach clubs to check for compliance with the Greek government’s special coronavirus safety measures. Scorpios was subsequently allowed to re-open on September 4; however, Nammos was ordered to stay shut for a further 10 days. However, Nammos decided to close for the season on September 7.

 

Porta Bar Mykonos street view photo from the bars page on Facebook

Porta Bar Mykonos social media notice on August 23 2020

Porta Bar, pictured in the top photo, posted the above notice on its social media accounts on August 23 to explain that it will remain closed until stringent government coronavirus safety measures have ended. The current regulations do not allow customers to stand in bars, and the limited availability for physically-distanced seating arrangements in small bars and clubs, like Porta, makes it extremely challenging if not nearly impossible for businesses to operate.

 

Skandinavian Bar Mykonos social media notice regarding face mask requirement

This is a notice Skandinavian Bar posted on its social media accounts to advise of mask wearing requirements that would take effect on August 21

 

Negrita Bar Mykonos August 2020 closure announcement on social media

Negrita Bar on the Little Venice seafront posted this notice to social media on Thursday August 13

 

Alemagou beach club Mykonos statement posted to Instagram on August 9 2020

Alemagou shared this  message on its Instagram account on August 9  as an update to a previous notice explaining why the club is temporarily closed. On August 6, Greek media reported that 6 more of Alemagou’s staff have since tested positive for the coronavirus, so the club must stay closed while all employees complete an isolation period.

 

Mykonos Boat Club banner photographed at sunset

Mykonos Boat Club has announced that its sunset party cruises have been discontinued until further notice, due to the new Covid-19 control restrictions put in place in early August by the Greek government. As an alternative, the company is offering “Hola Rhenia” all-inclusive day tours to Rhenia island.

 

Scorpios Mykonos notice posted to social media on August 1

In the wake of new Covid-19 control regulations implemented by the Greek government in early August, Scorpios has announced that dancing will not be permitted on its premises for the rest of the summer season

 

 

Skandinavian Bar Mykonos notice regarding hours of operation during August 2020

Skandinavian Bar issued this notice about its new hours of operation beginning on Tuesday August 11

 

4711 Mykonos live clubbing shows in August 2020

4711 has adjusted the times of its live performances by Vasilis Dimas and Giorgos Xylouris to comply with the new government regulations. Shows will now begin at 8 p.m. and conclude at midnight.

 

Queen of Mykonos champagne and cocktail bar photo from Facebook

Queen of Mykonos has new hours of operation: from 8 p.m. until midnight. Reservations are recommended because of the limited number of available tables.

 

JackieO Town Bar Mykonos hours of operation during August 2020 - Copy

JackieO’ Town Bar has changed its hours of operation for the August curfew period imposed by the Greek government

 

Tropicana beach club Mykonos notice regarding the clubs Covid-19 safety measures

Tropicana has announced the safety measures it has implemented in the club in the wake of new Greek government regulations for Covid-19 control

 

Tropicana released this short video on August 10 to affirm its commitment to keeping its employees and guests as safe as possible during the challenging summer of Covid-19

 

Sanctus club Mykonos 2020 season closing announcement

Sanctus posted this notice on Monday August 10 to announce it has decided to close for the season. Its last event took place  on August 10 and featured music by Brina Knauss

 

 

Regular and scheduled events this summer

 

Tropicana Mykonos daily parties during summer 2020

Once again this summer, Tropicana holds beach parties starting at 4:30 p.m. every day, with host Sasa and music by DJs Argie, Terry and Mark Code

 

Kensho Psarou presents Eva Presley daily during August 2020

Violinist Eva Presley entertains every afternoon at Kensho Psarou

 

Paradise beach club Mykonos photo from its pages on social media

Paradise Club will hold daily events throughout the summer, with DJ sets beginning at 5 p.m. and host Jeff leading the party at Guapaloca Bar.

 

Tropicana beach club Mykonos champagne shower parties during summer 2020

Tropicana will throw its famous champagne shower parties every Wednesday

 

Baos Cocktail Bar Mykonos presents DJ Spy on Thursdays during summer 2020

Bao’s Cocktail Bar presents DJ Spy every Thursday this summer

 

On Friday nights this summer, Kensho Psarou presents live musical entertainment by vocalist Rosanna Mailan and violinist Eva Presley

 

Tropicana beach club Mykonos Saturday event during summer 2020

Starting July 4, DJs Argie & Terry will play for the TropicanaLand Experience parties every Saturday at Tropicana

 

Super Paradise beach club Mykonos Sundays with DJ Vasilis Koutonias

Again this summer, DJ Vasilis Koutonias will be on the decks every Sunday at Super Paradise beach club

 

Baos Cocktail Bar Mykonos presents DJ Marios Ntoumis on Sundays during summer 2020

DJ Marios Ntoumis will be on the decks at Bao’s every Sunday this summer

 

Cosi Bar Mykonos presents Stelios Kolaxidis on WEdnesdays & Sundays during summer 2020

DJ Stelios Kolaxidis plays at Cosi on Wednesdays and Sundays

 

The Phly Boyz bring their “uptempo musical vibes and jazzy feel” to Nammos this summer, appearing from July 2 to 24, August 13 to 28, and September 13 to 22

 

Kelly Kaltsi live music performances at Sale e Pepe Mykonos during summer 2020

Popular local singer Kelly Kaltsi will be entertaining regularly at Sale e Pepe restaurant/Narghile Bar. Check with the venues for upcoming performance dates.

 

54 Cocktail Bar and Sunset Lounge Mykonos presents singer Kelly Kaltsi

Kelly Kaltsi also sings at 54 Cocktail Bar & Sunset Lounge every Wednesday and Saturday

 

 

 

XLSIOR Festival Cancelled

XLSIOR FEstival Mykonos cancellation notice for its 2020 event

The  XLSIOR Mykonos Festival, originally scheduled take place August 19 to 26, has officially been cancelled, for reasons explained in this July 15 notice from event organizers. XLSIOR is one of the world’s biggest annual gay festivals, and for the past 10 years has been the biggest multi-day party event to take place on Mykonos each summer.  

 

 

Related articles:

♦  Mykonos parties, live music events & DJ shows during 2019

♦  What’s new on Mykonos for 2019

 

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