From cozy studios to spacious designer villas and luxurious hotel suites with private pools, Mykonos offers a vast array of holiday accommodations. Here are the island’s impressive new lodging options for 2021.
Top row: Aeonic Suites & Spa (left) and UBUD. Second row: Soleila and Ethereal villas (left) and Bonzoe Homes & Villas. Third row: Noima Luxury Suites (left) and Destino Pacha. Bottom row: Mykonos Euphoria Suites (left), Aloni Sunset Lounge at Kalesma hotel (center), and Habitat All Suite Hotel.
Decisions, decisions: Where to stay on Mykonos?
The answer is easy for most of the island’s repeat visitors: They’ve already found their favourite accommodations, and keep returning to familiar surroundings, where management and staff feel like old friends or even family.
But for people travelling to Mykonos for the very first time, it can be a daunting task to choose from the sizeable selection of places to stay. More than 1,100 properties are available through booking.com alone, and TripAdvisor tallies 770 hotels and 1,030 vacation properties in its listings. Over 300 accommodations can be found on Airbnb, while high-end management agencies, professional concierges and elite travel planners have hundreds of luxury homes and villas bookable through their exclusive portfolios.
Making a decision gets increasingly difficult each year as dozens of additional accommodation properties enter the market.
For 2021, visitors can choose from a wide variety of new lodgings that include cozy studios, sumptuously-appointed suites, full-service 5-star hotels, and exquisite private villas.
For nervous travellers seeking accommodations where they can enjoy comfort, space and privacy for their first overseas holiday since the Covid-19 pandemic began, there’s good news: choices are plentiful for luxurious, spacious rooms and personal pleasure amenities like private plunge pools and patios.
Here, in the first instalment of a multi-part post, we take a look at 10 of the island’s top new accommodations, providing photos, descriptions and contact information for each property.
Mykonos visitors can choose from a vast array of holiday accommodations, ranging from cozy studios to spacious designer villas and luxurious hotel suites with private pools. Here’s a look at several more of the island’s impressive new lodging options for 2021.
Some of the beautiful new bedrooms where guests will enjoy resting and recharging after a day at a beach or a late night in the island’s legendary bars and clubs. Top row: Agrari Black Villas (left), Soleila villa, and The Elaia House. Second row: Once in Mykonos (left), Noima, and UBUD. Third row: Mykonos Euphoria Suites (left) and Kalesma. Bottom: Mykonos Earth Suites.
Luxury of choice: Each year dozens of new accommodations open on Mykonos to sleep the steadily-rising numbers of tourists who flock to the island for spring, summer and fall vacations. In New hotels, suites and villas on Mykonos, we profiled 10 such newcomers, including Airbnb studio rentals, luxury hotels and vacation villas. Here, in Part 2, we shine the spotlight on 7 more properties that have already opened or will be opening their doors in 2021.
♦ Agrari Black Villas
♦ Noima Luxury Suites
♦ Bonzoe Homes & Villas
♦ Bill & Coo Villas
♦ Habitat Mykonos All-Suite Hotel
♦ UBUD Mykonos
♦ Panormos Bay Luxury Suites
Please click on the link below to see the profiles on page 2 of this post.
From an impressive airport overhaul to bars, clubs, cafes, restaurants, hotels and villas, there are lots of new things for visitors to discover on Mykonos this summer. Here’s a sneak peak at some.
A 4-year, €25 million project to expand and improve Mykonos International Airport (JMK) was completed recently, just in time for the 2021 tourist season. The terminal building has been completely overhauled and enlarged, and will impress with its striking modern look based on traditional Cycladic island design elements. The terminal now boasts a larger arrivals area, more departure gates, a new baggage handling system, plus new shops, restaurants, washrooms and VIP lounges. Upgrades also were made to the runway, ramps, parking, and terminal curbfront. The terminal entrance is shown in this photo from airport operator Fraport Greece.
Noteworthy newcomers: Spring has sprung, and pandemic-weary people around the world are wondering whether they will get a summer vacation this year. Millions are hoping to holiday in Greece, and many have set Mykonos in their sights. As the most exuberant, exciting and hedonistic island in Greece, it’s quite possibly the ideal holiday destination for anyone looking to let loose and experience unbridled joy, freedom and self-indulgence — something most of us have only been able to dream about during the lockdowns and quarantines that have kept us cooped up at home for much of the past 12 months.
It’s no wonder Mykonos maintains such immense appeal for people desperate to escape the mind-numbing tedium and disruption of the Covid-19 crisis. While the island’s wind-whipped natural landscapes are barren, arid and austere, they provide the perfect backdrop for the bliss and pleasure-focussed activities and attractions that have made Mykonos one of the most desirable summer holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.
Crisp white sugar-cube houses, hotels and villas gleam in the sunshine on rugged, rocky hills. Sparkling turquoise seas splash against craggy coastlines ringed with secluded coves, scenic bays and crescent-shaped sandy beaches. A magical atmosphere pervades in Mykonos Town, where glamorous fashion boutiques, exquisite art galleries, stylish cocktail bars, elegant restaurants, budget-friendly fast food joints and delightful dessert shops sit nestled inside a mesmerizing maze of cobbled lanes and bougainvillea-draped courtyards. Of course, there’s also the allure of the dynamic dance bars, bustling beach clubs and the electrifying late-night party places that have made Mykonos legendary for robust dusk-to-dawn revelry and unabashed adult entertainment. The island’s long-established reputation as a summer playground for the world’s beautiful, rich and famous only adds to its cachet as a great place to get away from the everyday grind back home.
Vacation rental villas are in high demand on Mykonos. This photo shows Soleila (left) and Ethereal, new “twin” villas on a sun-soaked hillside at Kalafatis.
This image shows the Kalesma luxury hotel in the Aleomandra area of Mykonos. Several leading travel and lifestyle publications have ranked Kalesma among the world’s top new hotels for 2021.
Beaches, food, drink and fun are among the top features that draw crowds to Mykonos. Paradise, Super Paradise, Platis Gialos, Psarou and Paraga are among the island’s most iconic beaches, but dozens more — from hidden coves to quiet, pristine shorelines and busy golden-sand strips fully organized with bars, restaurants and water sports amenities — mean there’s a sensational seaside to suit any traveller’s lifestyle, needs and preferences . First-time and repeat visitors also come to dine at the superb restaurants and dance at the notorious party venues they have been hearing about for years. Paradise Beach Club, Tropicana, Cavo Paradiso, Skandinavian Bar, Astra, Caprice, Nammos, Remezzo, Katrin, Kastro and Kiki’s are perenially-popular tourist hangouts, but visitors also throng to newer hotspots that regularly feature in their Instagram and Facebook photo feeds, including Scorpios, Alemagou, Principote, 180 Sunset Bar, JackieO’ Beach Club, Lohan Beach House, Buddha-Bar Beach, M-eating, and more.
Five much-anticipated additions to the Mykonos dining and nightlife scenes in 2021 are the Joker Mykonos dinner and party events; the Italian Dinner Show restaurant Bordello , the live cabaret restaurant and club Lio, Nōema restaurant, and the Jason Atherton restaurant Mykonos Social.
Ensuring that Mykonos remains vibrant and enticing is the bevy of brand-new tourist-oriented enterprises and attractions that debut on the island every year. A building boom that began in the mid-2010s has added thousands of hotel and villa beds to the island’s accommodation capacity for overnight guests, and is still going strong with dozens more villas, hotels and rental homes currently under construction and in early stages of development. This has led to corresponding growth in travel-related hospitality and service businesses — retail shops; drinking and dining establishments; personal health, beauty & spa services; transportation and tour providers; and so on. Each new tourist season brings even more things to do and places to discover — an impressive feat for a small island that already boasts an incredibly wide range of options for rest, relaxation and entertainment.
That trend continues in 2021, despite the tremendous upheaval and uncertainty that the Covid-19 pandemic has inflicted on the international travel industry. Mykonos is set to welcome dozens of new establishments whose owners and management expect a good summer for the island’s tourism industry, and see an even brighter future for holiday travel in the forecast.
Among the fabulous accommodations opening on Mykonos this summer are the Destino Pacha hotel at Agios Stefanos (top), new 1-bedroom villas at Bill & Coo Hotel in Mykonos Town; Noima Mykonos Luxury Suites at Agios Ioannis; Aeonic Suites & Spa near Korfos beach; and Agrari Black Villas near Agrari beach.
Food, drink and entertainment newcomers set to make waves on Mykonos this year include live dinner show clubs, elegant restaurants and cocktail bars, cafes and bakeries, and specialty food shops. You can see some of them in our post Hot new places on Mykonos in 2021.
This summer’s new accommodations range from studio apartments to luxury hotels, lavishly-appointed suites, and spacious private villas. You can see them in our post New hotels, suites & villas on Mykonos.
Mykonos: Yours for life is a scenic 1-minute video that will instantly put you in a Mykonos frame of mind. It’s from a joint travel promotion campaign by Marketing Greece and the Municipality of Mykonos.
*Photo credit notes: The images, photos and videos included in this post were sourced from websites and/or social media posts published by the respective businesses.
Keep an eye on this post to find out when your favourite Mykonos bars, beach clubs, nightclubs, hotels and restaurants will open for the 2021 tourist season. This listing will be updated regularly. Latest update: Friday May 7 includes rescheduled opening dates for Noema, 180 Sunset Bar and Scorpios.
Scenes from Tropicana Beach Club and other places on Mykonos are featured in this video by John Moschovakis, released May 7 to promote the club’s 2021 season opening on May 20
Doors open: Here’s a preview of opening dates for Mykonos venues, along with places that are busy preparing for the upcoming travel season.
Restaurants that have been open since winter and/or early spring for delivery and takeaway include:
♦ Cantina at the Mykonos New Port
♦ Pikanti Gonia
♦ Oregano Cook & Grill
♦ Local BBQ & Souvlaki
♦ Blu Blu Lounge
♦ Pita Wrap & Pizza
♦ MJ Cafe
♦ El Burro
♦ Rustic Grill
♦ Souvlaki Story
♦ La Rosticceria
♦ Αυλή Μύκονος
♦ Souvlaki Mykonos – Cantina Street Food
♦ Central Cafe
♦ Teo’s House
♦ N’ice Cream Mykonos
Most of the above-mentioned establishments will open their outdoor dining patios in May, pursuant to Greek government rules easing the Covid-19 lockdown and permitting restaurants to open for outdoor dining only starting on May 3.
MYK Boat Club is offering a “super early bird” ticket sale for its summer party cruises. Check @mykboatclub on Facebook and Instagram for further information.
Cavo Paradiso club circulated this announcement April 17 on its social media accounts
Friday April 9 was opening date for Tokyo Joe sushi bar — for food and beverage takeout and delivery. On May 3 it opened its patio for outdoor dining.
Aroma cafe-bar opened on Wednesday April 14
Starting on Saturday April 22, the new La Barran bar in Mykonos Town will be open to serve cocktails for take-away
Apaggio seafood and Greek restaurant at Ornos opened May 3
Galleraki Bar at the Little Venice seafront of Mykonos Town started its season on May 3
Monday May 10 is opening day for Platis Bakery at the Argo Hotel at Platis Gialos
The two Bill & Coo 5-star hotels on Mykonos — the Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge in Mykonos Town, and Bill & Coo Coast Suites at Agios Ioannis beach — will open on Monday May 3
180 Sunset Bar is not only the top sunset-viewing cocktail lounge on Mykonos, it’s also one of the most Instagramable places on the entire island. Originally set to open on May 8, it has re-scheduled its season launch to Thursday May 13.
Branco Mykonos resort, the beachfront hotel and restaurant at Platis Gialos, opens on May 12
May 15 is opening day for the infamous DK Oyster restaurant and bar at Platis Gialos beach. The place made international headlines in the spring of 2019 after an American tourist wrote an online review complaining about “rip off” prices charged for a lunch he had with friends. (The article Calamari made of gold on Keep Talking Greece was one of dozens that reported on the incident.) His was just one of hundreds of scathing reviews posted on TripAdvisor, where customers regularly complain about what they feel are misleading business practices.
Pinky Beach, seen in an aerial photo from its website, has planned a Sunday May 16 re-opening for its restaurant, bar and sunbeds at Agia Anna/Paraga beach
Tropicana beach club will open its doors on Thursday May 20
Kaz James and Jean Claude Ades will host the season opening event at Scorpios beach club on Sunday May 23. The opening originally was scheduled for May 16 but the club announced May 5 that it was pushing that date back by a week.
It was the most popular and talked-about restaurant on Mykonos last year, and COYA will return for a second highly-anticipated season on May 26
The contemporary Japanese izakaya restaurant Zuma returns to Mykonos this summer with its second consecutive seasonal pop-up at the 5-star Cavo Tagoo Hotel in Mykonos Town. Opening day is set for Friday May 28.
The 5-star Destino Pacha Mykonos luxury hotel is scheduled to open Tuesday June 1 on a clifftop overlooking Agios Stefanos beach (in the premises previously operated as Oniro Mykonos — A Shanti Collection Resort). Like its “sister” hotel in Ibiza, the Destino Pacha Mykonos promises “the ultimate adult playground where life is celebrated from sunrise to sunset and beyond.”
Wednesday June 16 is the anticipated opening date for Mykonos Social, the newest project of Michelin-starred restaurateur Jason Atherton. Situated in the Santa Marina Mykonos luxury resort at Ornos, Mykonos Social will offer a Mediterranean and Greek cuisine menu created by Atherton and overseen by executive chef Kostas Papathanasiou.
Venues gearing up for summer
The brand-new Lio Mykonos cabaret restaurant and nightclub expects to provide information about its opening date soon
COYA was the hottest new restaurant on Mykonos last year, and it will be back for its second season in May. The precise opening day has not yet been announced.
Bonbonniere will be back this summer. In promotional posts on social media, the nightclub says: “Imagine your dream summer….Now get ready to live it.”
Guapaloca Bar shared this photo of its entertainment team on social media with the caption: “Our summer events are on the way!”
In its social media campaign for the 2021 season, SantAnna beach club invites travellers to “get your life back” and start planning your holidays now
Paradise Beach Club shared this photo on social media along with the caption: “Counting the days for the party of all parties!”
Skandinavian Bar has launched a new website as it prepares for its summer opening
Liasti beach club at Lia beach also is preparing for another summer season
JackieO Beach Club at Super Paradise (top) and JackieO Bar on the seafront of Mykonos Town will both be returning this summer and are expecting to open at the end of May