The island of Mykonos, a Cycladian Utopia, attracts visitors from across the globe for its hedonistic party scene, white sandy beaches, fusion gastronomy, and luxury accommodations. Although quite a small island at only 33 square miles, it ranks among one of the top vacation destinations in the world. Rivaling its main competitor Ibiza, the island of Mykonos brings in an incredible amount of tourists every summer which infuses its ongoing party scene and fills its iconic beaches year after year. Although historically seen mainly as a party island there truly is more to this Grecian paradise than meets the eye. A newfound level of hospitality has been added, and several fine dining establishments and luxury hotel properties are beginning to show their face, increasing the island’s popularity.
Opening its doors in 2016 the Kenshō Ornos, a boutique-style hotel quickly made its name as one of the most sought-after hotel stays on the island. Although only ten minutes to the city center and just a short drive from the Mykonos airport you will feel like you are worlds away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Perched above the azure waters of Ornos Bay the hotel has a bird’s eye view of one of the most gorgeous sunset viewpoints on the entire island. With only 10 suites and 25 rooms, this hotel attracts only the savviest of travelers.
It all starts at check-in, with bags whisked away a sudden glass of champagne appears and a much-needed complimentary massage sets the stage for a great first impression. Making your way through the hotel lobby you pay notice to the hospitable staff opening doors for you with warm and inviting smiles making you feel right at home. As you pass the hotel’s striking pool scene a sudden feeling of paradise takes the stage. Hotel guests can be found lounging poolside under the warm Mykonos sunshine, a music set with chill vibes sets the ambiance and the sound of mixologists at the bar shaking creative hand-crafted cocktails fills completes the scene.
Eight room types are offered on the property each displaying a unique style and space, all inviting undisturbed relaxation with the most awe-inspiring panoramic views. From the Zen rooms that feature authentic contemporary design and cutting-edge technology to the deluxe room with an outdoor hot tub or plunge pool to the Vista Suite with panoramic views, there truly is a room type for the most discerning of travelers. White stone-clad floors and walls, tonal white and beige interiors and natural pale wood accents this harmonious mix of traditional Greek architecture and contemporary minimalism set the stage for the most relaxing of stays. For an enhanced guest experience each room comes fully equipped with the latest technology as well as every amenity one could expect from a luxury five-star hotel. 40-inch LCD-LED-FHD TVs with over 100 satellite channels, ergonomic desk/workstation, free WiFi, a fully stocked mini-bar, individually controlled AC, Ipad with custom application and unlimited music lists, luxury cotton linens, Hermes amenities, Nespresso coffee machines, as well as bathrobes and slippers.
The staff at Kenshō Ornos makes it the highest priority to ensure every guest’s needs have been well thought of to guarantee the most optimal of stays. For those looking to take their indulgence to an elevated level, a visit to the Kenshō Cave Spa is an absolute must. The ultra-impressive interior design of the hotel’s signature spa allows guests to fully immerse themselves as if in an actual cave to achieve the ultimate connection of mind, body and soul. Two treatment rooms offer a multitude of invigorating massages, facials, body scrubs, manicures, pedicures, and even a Deesse Pro LED Phototherapy mask for the most radiant, glowing skin. In the Kenshō Cave spa, you will find Hammam rooms where you can enjoy all the beneficial qualities of a steam bath as well as a Jacuzzi area where tropical rain beds offer pure bliss.
The most exquisite of dining experiences can be found during your stay at Kenshō Ornos restaurant. Highly touted Executive Chef Ippokratis Anagnostelis serves up the elevated Cycladic Traditional cuisine in the most modern of presentations. Each meal at the hotel’s restaurant is not only bursting with flavor yet also served at the highest level of Grecian hospitality, a combination that meets the standard for a meal to remember. It all starts with the most inviting of breakfasts Kenshō Ornos style, the hotel’s open-air restaurant sets the scene for a perfect start to your day. Myconian yogurt with honey accompanied by a fresh fruit plate awakens your tastebuds and signature Greek dishes such as traditional Sfakiania Pie and Myconian Eggs served with toasted country bread help close the show. Lunch hours invite guests to sit outdoors under the warm Mykonos sunshine sipping on wine and enjoying light bites from Chef Anagnostelis’s internationally themed menu. Items such as the Truffled Crispy Potato, Wagyu Sliders and Shrimp Gyozas are the ideal way to sample the most decadent of dishes and those craving a bit more of a substantial meal look no further than the Carbonara pasta with Parmesan Reggiano or the Robata Salmon with Fennel Salad and Lime Dressing.
Dinner at Kenshō Ornos is an experience all in itself with the newly added Gastro Comfort Project. Chef Anagnostelis and his team of esteemed chefs prepare a variety of traditional dishes with contemporary cooking techniques all served in the most artistic of presentations. Using the finest of locally sourced ingredients your own personal Degustation menu will consist of tantalizing menu items such as Marinated Scorpion Fish, Shrimp Saganaki, Cycladic Cacio E Pepe and Orzo Langoustine. Coupled with the hotel’s award-winning wine list the Gastro Comfort Project has been the most inviting of dining experiences served at a level of excellence that is second to none.
It could be said that you would be forgiven if you decided to never leave the property during your stay. Although only a quick drive to the famed mazed streets of downtown Mykonos and a multitude of white sandy beaches, guests truly have everything they need for the ultimate Utopian retreat. Days spent basking poolside, lavish spa treatments, evening cocktails at the sunset and lounge bar, award-winning Grecian cuisine and the highest level of hospitality, why would one want to leave?