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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 party and event calendar 2020

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Cavo Paradiso Mykonos May 28 livestream performance by DJs Freespirit and QVAM

On Thursday May 28, Cavo Paradiso presents a Facebook livestream show by DJs Freespirit and QVAM.  Use this link to register in advance for easy access to the show: http://jebegmc.ml/live.php?artist=Freespirit+&+QVAM&venue=Mykonos,+Kikladhes,+Greece

 

Galleraki cocktail bar Mykonos 2020 season opening announcement

Galleraki starts its summer on Monday May 25

 

Cosi Bar Mykonos photo from its Instagram page

Cosi Bar opens its doors for the summer on Monday May 25

 

Nammos Mykonos 2020 season opening announcement

Nammos returns on Thursday May 28

 

180 Sunset Bar Mykonos official logo

May 29 is the official season opening day for 180º Sunset Bar

 

Beach parties resume at Tropicana on Sunday June 14

 

Pinky Beach Mykonos 2020 season opening announcement

Pinky Beach is expecting to start its season during the period of June 17 to 20

 

Scorpios Mykonos beach photo from the clubs page on Facebook

Scorpios has announced that it has tentative plans to open in July  — “at least for our local community if international travel is still restricted.”

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos party image shared on social media

Cavo Paradiso has shared this party photo on social media, with the caption: “We will be dancing together again!” Exactly when has not yet been announced, though. The club was supposed to hold its opening party on Saturday May 9 but that event, along with the rest of its parties scheduled for May, had to be cancelled because of Greece’s lockdown to foreign travellers during the Covid-19 pandemic. At present, Boris Brejcha and Steve Aoki are still set to appear in July, while The Chainsmokers are still on the roster for August. Cavo says it will not make any further summer DJ lineup announcements “until the end of May or until there’s a clearer picture” of what’s happening with this year’s travel season in light of the pandemic.

 

Nammos Mykonos champagne spray photo shared on social media

Nammos beach club has been posting this champagne spray photo on social media, saying “Stay forever young and #togethersoon …. we will wash away our troubles!!” Nammos hasn’t announced exactly when it will open for the summer, but since it is now accepting reservations for dates starting July 1,  its famous champagne parties may resume as early as that month. There’s still time for you to shop for a water-resistant mask!

 

Saturday July 25 is the day DJ Vassili TsiliChristos is supposed to bring his annual Made in Mykonos party to Nammos at Psarou beach.  It’s the biggest single-night party to take place on Mykonos each summer. The official aftermovie from the 2019 event (above) shows what it’s all about.

 

 

Friday May 22 update: What will the 2020 summer party scene on Mykonos look like?

That’s the question on everyone’s minds as the island’s bars, clubs, shops, restaurants, hotels and service businesses prepare to open, now that Greece has begun easing the lockdown that had been put in place to control the spread of Covid-19.

The country permitted beaches to reopen in mid-May, but under strict rules regarding social distancing, the number of people allowed on the beach, and a ban on serving alcohol on the beach.

On May 25, ferry travel to Greek islands will resume, but under strict passenger limits to allow for social distancing. Passengers will have their temperatures checked, and must fill out health questionnaires before being allowed to board the ship.

On June 1, hotels that operate year-round will be permitted to re-open, as will camping facilities.

On June 15, seasonal hotels and accommodations will be allowed to resume operations.

Also on June 15, Athens International Airport will be re-opened to flights from countries considered to have good epidemiological results from their Covid-19 control measures. Those 19 countries are:

Cyprus

Israel

China

Japan

Australia

Norway

Denmark

Austria

Bulgaria

Serbia

Romania

Albania

North Macedonia

Bosnia and Herzegovia

Croatia

Poland

Hungary

Slovakia

Czech Republic

On July 1, regional Greek airports — including Mykonos airport — will be reopened to international flights.

On July 15, the government will add more countries to the list of those whose tourists will be allowed into Greece. It is not yet known which countries may be included in that group.

So far there has been no indication of rules the government may impose upon bars, nightclubs and beach clubs to require appropriate social distancing and infection control. So no-one yet knows what sorts of party atmosphere — and specifically crowd control — may be in store for visitors to Mykonos this summer.

Also unknown is how long the travel season will continue this year. People are wondering if the Mykonos party season will be extended into October, but it’s too early to tell if that will happen. Many businesses aren’t yet sure about their precise opening dates yet because they are awaiting further information on rules that may apply to their operations. So they can’t even begin to think about when they might close.

Although many hotels have advertised and announced on social media that they are now accepting bookings for summer holidays, we recommend you don’t make a reservation unless you’re coming from a country that is included on the admissibility list. And don’t make a booking unless you can cancel your reservation without a penalty if it turns out you can’t get to Greece after all.

We will post information about club and party opening announcements once further details have been released.

 

 

 

The annual XLSIOR Mykonos Festival is still scheduled take place August 19 to 26. It’s one of the biggest annual gay festivals in the world, and the biggest multi-day party event to take place on Mykonos each summer. Above is the official aftermovie for XLSIOR’s 10th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

 

XLSIOR Festival Mykonos August 20 Beach Party announcement

XLSIOR Festival usually doesn’t announce its party lineup until August, but in mid-February it released this image to promote the highlight of its 2020 program, the XLSIOR Beach Party.This event has been set for Thursday August 20 and will feature “a totally different concept that will blow your mind and get you dancing in the rhythm of the summer,” organizers say. 

 

Related articles:

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

♦  What’s new on Mykonos for 2019

 

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