Mykonos Theoxenia Hotel
A legendary classic of 1960s hotel architecture has made a glamorous comeback on the Greek island of Mykonos where cutting-edge chic meets breezy joie de vivre.
The low-rise building of the Theoxenia stands on a prime location right next to the white windmills that are the island’s trademark and offers stunning views of the Aegean Sea below. The hotel’s original design by one of Greece’s most revered architects from the 60s, Aris Kostantinides, which incorporates local stone and traditional Cycladic architecture stood the test of time well enough to be considered for national preservation by the Greek Ministry of Civilisation. But its interiors desperately needed a makeover, something architect Yiannis Tsimas and interior designer Angelos Angelopoulos pulled off successfully in 2004. The designers didn’t stray far from the late Kostantinides’ master plan, opting to revamp the 60s glam interiors while bringing the hotel up to the most modern design standards. Stone-clad walls, orange and turquoise hessian fabrics and sweeping minimal surfaces all create a backdrop for Patricia Urquiola’s deep blue bar stools and sofas for Moroso. Interior designer Ron Adler developed the white chairs in the pool & Breeze Out bar area, which is also surrounded by curtained four-poster beds and makes a tempting alternative to the beach.
Angelos Angelopoulos have added accents in bright lime, orange and red to Greek standards of white and blue to the hotel’s 52 rooms. Selected period furniture made of light beech wood pays tribute to the design era in which Theoxenia exploded onto the Greek hotel scene. As guests marvel at the picture perfect sea views while leaning back on retro period furniture on simple white balconies, Kostantinides’ original vision has been turned into a truly timeless design statement.
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