Seen from a distance, the Cycladic island chain resembles a jewel necklace nestled in deep blue satin. With its elegant nautical decor, lavish rooms and dazzling views over Tourlos Marina, the Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa is a sparkling gem that offers an unparalleled guest experience. From its exceptional dining experiences at the hotel’s two restaurants to a wellness sanctuary and a breathtaking infinity pool, the hotel impresses from every angle from sunrise to sunset when a magical glow spreads over your stay.
Created from a series of whitewashed structures against the landscape of centuries-old Aegean cliffs, the Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa – which opened in 2018 – offers a relaxed and effortless stay on this cosmopolitan island. A path winds through the resort, leading to relaxed open spaces, two restaurants, an exquisite spa, and a dreamy infinity pool. Presenting five-star luxury, the hotel is perfectly located, close to the sandy shores of Agios Stefanos beach and a short walk from the world-famous capital of the island with its vibrant shops and colorful boutiques. Once installed in your room, enjoy luxurious amenities and modern design, the perfect refuge anchored in antiquity but resolutely modern and island chic.
Lobby: A series of white Cycladic buildings terraced along the jagged terrain give way to a sunken lane, an elegant starting point for your journey. Using natural landscapes and drawing inspiration from centuries-old Greek architectural features, Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa resembles a village of quaint houses, steeped in coastal scenery and refined luxury.
As you step into the reception hall, with its abundance of polished natural surfaces and maritime accents, you’ll be tempted to look around, but you should look up instead. The hotel’s elevated infinity pool can be seen through the glass windows punctuating the ceiling. The movement of the water casts rippling, shimmering reflections against the walls and floor, and a sculpture of a splashing diver in the lobby is the finishing touch to this dramatic underwater experience.
Accommodation: With 74 spacious and beautifully appointed guest rooms, villa suites and ultra-private maisonettes, everything about Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa exceeds expectations. Nautical decor, navy blue design touches, designer marble bathrooms, flat screen TVs, Nespresso machines, mood lighting and more make every home a wonderfully homey experience. enveloping. The suites have additional options such as a heated Jacuzzi, in-room spa and fitness equipment or private pools. The three bedroom maisonette has a fully furnished terrace and a private infinity pool. After a day of playing on the island, open the patio doors at night and fall asleep to the sound of the waves lapping the shores under the blanket of a starry sky.
To eat: Welcome each morning with a complimentary breakfast and feast on a mouthwatering selection of a la carte eggs, pancakes, smoothies, and coffee, plus a fresh buffet of Mykonian specialties, local cheeses, meats, fruit, yogurt, bread and pastries.
The Pool Club, located right next to the sparkling infinity pool, serves a casual all-day menu inspired by Greco-Mediterranean cuisine. In the evening, the ‘sunset’ crowd make the most of the golden vibes and mezzo platters, while a live DJ spins the final grooves.
For a special evening, the hotel’s signature restaurant, Lafs, serves sumptuous Mediterranean, Greek and Lebanese inspired meals in an elegant dining room and open-air patio surrounded by spectacular views. It’s open in the evenings only, but the creative offerings draw in guests and locals alike for an exciting menu that blends regional food traditions with contemporary flair and artistic presentation. The executive chef is known for his penchant for seafood cuisine, serving a reinterpretation of centuries-old recipes with a contemporary twist.
Pool: The focal point of the hotel is its saltwater infinity pool. Take a dip in the warm waters of silk or relax in a chair with the latest bestseller. During the day, the views abound and the sun shines on the water which blends in perfectly with the azure horizon. In the evening, sparkling optical fibers dance on the crystal-clear surface of the swimming pool, reflecting the beauty of the starry sky.
Spa: With its polished finishes, natural lights and elegantly sculpted walls, the 500m² (5,381sq.ft) Oqua Spa is a haven of tranquility and calm. The perfect place to realign, revitalize and rejuvenate body, mind and spirit, this beautifully designed sanctuary features an indoor thalassotherapy pool heated with natural light, sauna, steam room and six treatment rooms, featuring ’emphasis on traditional massage, exfoliation and cleansing techniques.
The centerpiece of the spa is a classic Greek hammam, a multisensory escape from age-old customs and practices. This ancient steam bath ritual restores body and soul, with exclusive body treatments such as sea mud body masks and hot candle massages. The spa’s exclusive collaboration with international skin care brands promises specialized therapies and treatments for all skin types. No matter how you choose to be pampered, the Oqua Spa offers a sublime experience.
Onsite Fitness Center: For those who wish to continue their fitness routine, the hotel has a fully equipped state-of-the-art gym. Open 24 hours a day, it offers a full line of weight training, cardio, stretching, free weights and TRX equipment. Follow up with a relaxing soak in the spa’s heated thalassotherapy pool or take a dip in the saltwater infinity pool.
From sunny days to starry nights, the Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa seduces and nourishes body and soul. Designed to exceed your expectations, this cosmopolitan and chic hilltop enclave retains a sense of timelessness, evoking the history, culture, and mythical charms of a classic Greek island adventure.
Article by Raquel Baldelomar. She is an entrepreneur, author and journalist. She is the co-author of Sugar Crush (HarperCollins, 2015). His journalism focuses on how travel leads to a unique type of productivity, creativity and well-being. It can be found at https://www.instagram.com/rbaldelomar/.