Perched atop the Aleomandra cape on the southwest of the island, between Ornos Bay and Agios Ioannis, Kalesma Mykonos is an island retreat conceived as a village of whitewashed volumes inspired by the local vernacular with a desire to invite (kalesma means invitation in Greek) guests to fully embrace the sun-drenched Cycladic lifestyle. Conveniently close to some of the island’s most renowned beaches and attractions, yet isolated enough to provide the feeling of an authentic Mykonian neighborhood – stunning Aegean Sea views included with the sunrise to the east and the sun setting over Delos island to the west.
The upper part of the site surrounds a ‘plateia’, or communal space, that is home to a series of pools and terrace dining. On the side, guest can relax around the fire pit at the centre of the Aloni Lounge, named for the traditional Greek circular area where wheat is threshed, which has been repurposed as the central element of the cozy outdoor space. The Pere Ubu Restaurant serves modern Greek cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Personal yoga and pilates training is arranged on request and in-room spa treatments and a fitness centre are available.
Lower down the slope, the 25 suites plus 2 villas provide secluded and spacious accommodation along with private pools and patios, outdoor showers and freestanding bathtubs with sea views. Other amenities include king sized beds with Simmons mattresses, in-room bars with complimentary water, juices and soft drinks, a Nespresso coffee machine and a tablet controlling the mirror TV, sound system and “do not disturb” electronic system. Luxury bathrooms also provide with a walk-in shower, bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer. 24/7 room service. Villas add a private gym, kitchen, and 3 or 4 bedrooms. 3 pairs of suites can be interconnected and so can the two villas.
Your host: Theodore Delousis
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 25 suites (63m2) (680 sq ft) & 2 villas (240m2) (2,600 sq ft) • hotel opened: May 2021 • architecture: K-Studio (Athens) • interior design: Vangelis Bonios, Studio Bonarchi (Athens) • bathroom amenities: Frederic Malle ✅ free on-site parking • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk
What makes Kalesma Mykonos stand out from the island’s numerous luxury hotels is its forthright, open-eyed embrace of Mykonos’ soulful Cycladic heritage. The design team has drawn from the island’s vernacular not just in terms of architectural tropes such as the sculptural geometries of typical whitewashed volumes and timber pergolas but also in terms of its humble complexity, sculptural sensibility and communal dimension. Interiors echo the rugged Mykonian landscape through a stripped down, monastic aesthetic of clean lines, an austere décor, and a palette of natural materials and earthy hues. Whitewashed walls juxtaposed with darker surfaces like the sandblasted stone floors and chestnut roof beams create a subdued backdrop, while bamboo reed ceilings, brushed wood furnishings, stonewashed linen fabrics and brass details add texture. By eschewing the typical blue-painted windows and doors for slim black frames, doing away with the whitewashed outlines traditionally applied to the paving stones, and introducing handcrafted furnishings that blend tradition with modernity provide an ideal natural canvas that allows the Aegean Sea and the Greek light to stand out.
Texture, craftsmanship, and sculptural furniture pieces, many of which are custom made, also set the tone. This includes handmade oak armchairs with rattan detailing, black lava stone coffee tables made by local craftspeople, ceramics by Aleksandar Vac, and antique elm consoles- all side by side with contemporary sconces and pendants, and in the lounge and reception, sculptural pieces by Rick Owens.