An eclectic-cool twist on the traditional Cycladic cocoon
Kouros Hotel & Suites is a calm refuge on the fringes of sizzling Mykonos Town, but close enough to dip in and out of its labyrinthine core. You can even see the capital, with its white huddle of houses tumbling down to the harbour, from the outdoor terrace. But the ultimate view goes to the knockout sunsets. Nab one of the low-slung white armchairs to watch the sky streak pink and lilac.
Right on the water, a large swimming pool overlooks the Aegean and is flanked by a handful of cushioned loungers – the perfect spot for sun-drenched days. Elsewhere, a cave spa is a cozy cocoon for massages and body treatments beneath curving stone arches.
The open-sided restaurant is stunning, with the sea framed in every half-moon window and wooden fishermen basket-style lamps illuminating exposed brick walls and smooth stone floors. A scattering of tables spills outside onto the terrace, with the pool to one side, the Aegean the other. Traditional Greek cuisine is given a modern spin, with the food as artfully presented as it is delicious.
Rooms are minimalist-chic in style, with gallery-white walls showcasing eclectic art and sculptures. A scattering of rattan furniture, coastal murals and hanging basket lamps nods to the island surroundings. Sea views come as standard, but the room to book is the Deluxe Suite with Private Pool, which has a glorious infinity pool.
A 20-minute walk from Mykonos Town, overlooking the harbour
Good to know
• Wander Little Venice to see the prettiest Cycladic houses and colourful balconies • Linger over plates of mezze at a traditional tavern by the Old Port* • Visit the historic Church of Paraportiani, which looks like it could be carved from ice.
Breakfast at the main restaurant.
*Denotes local charge