There are four white windmills that can be seen from every point of the village of Mykonos, a Greek island, and right by the side of this iconic setting is tucked Theoxenia, a member of Design Hotels™. It shines across with a winning combination of three attributes: breezy, contemporary and welcoming to all.
Part of the Cyclades, an island group in the Aegean Sea, southeast of mainland Greece, Mykonos lies between Tinos Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 sq km and rises to an elevation of 341 m at its highest point. Since the fifties, Mykonos has always been one of the most popular tourist islands of the Mediterranean.
Island hotels have a magic all of their own and none more so than Theoxenia. With wonderful views of the Aegean Sea from almost all locations in the hotel, Theoxenia one of Design Hotels™’ very worthy members in Mykonos, is all about privacy and serenity. The structure is a legendary example of the typical hotel architecture that existed in the 1960’s, but it has since, been extensively refurbished in the year 2004. This 52 room property now does a splendid job of holding its own and yet merging in with the cube-shaped, all white and turquoise houses that glow in the sunlight on this close to paradise, Greek island.
Angelos Angelopoulos and Yiannis Tsimas were at the helm of affairs of redesigning the interiors of this beautifully located coastal retreat originally created by architect Aris Kostantinide. The decorative style is chic and minimalist: a tasteful mix of uncovered stone and turquoise and white, which is of course the default colour combination of the structures on this island.
The rooms are done up in impressive fabrics with patterns inspired by the 60s and natural stone floors and luxurious bathrooms with a bathtub and/or spa-shower complete the luxe package. Big balconies or patios with gardens providing sea views make the rooms even more of ‘just what the doctor ordered’.
At the heart of this unique hotel is a decadent free form pool with an island; the area around is landscaped with pine and date trees. It is here that most of the guests are seen soaking up the sun and indulging in some deep relaxation. For those who feel the need to expend some energy from time to time, the underwater exercise equipment does the job brilliantly.
The jetted corner in the pool itself provides some more soothing and sybaritic luxury. For the even more energetic the fully equipped B-Healthy Club allows the guests to not miss out on a single day’s workout. And, over and above the menu of unique massages offered, keeps the spa junkies well satiated too.
Sea front pergolas placed amidst landscaped gardens and filled with inviting day beds let the guests relax in yet another stunning setting of the hotel. Theoxenia has a fresh and modern aesthetic and aided by the gentle Mediterranean breezes and jaw dropping views, becomes quite easily a clear choice for anybody coming to Mykonos.
Come evening, when the guests crave for their favourite tipple or two, it is to the deep blue Patricia Urquiola designed, Fjord bar stools of breeze in, the cocktail bar of the hotel that they head to. The cuisine offered at the gourmet restaurant The Plate is informed by an innovative approach and underpinned by authenticity that keeps even the fussiest of eaters spoilt for choice.
Theoxenia is a luxury boutique hotel that is inspired by the 60’s and is now accredited ‘national preserved property’ for its innovative style, architecture and the unique use of the local stone and craftsmanship while respecting the traditional Cycladic architecture.
Walk just 30 steps away from the hotel and you will find yourself in a labyrinth of countless alleys and whitewashed cobbled pathways. These are full of restaurants, bars and shops filled to the gills with almost everything that you can think of. Red domes and bell towers of countless churches intersperse and complete a picture so unique to the island of Mykonos.
Theoxenia is the consummate boutique hotel. It does everything right. From its views – high up above the golden sands of the Mykonos Beach which seem recently sieved, with soul-stirring panoramas of the Aegean Sea – to its rooms: bright, airy, done up in subtle colours and chic furnishings, with no hint of nautical overload, with cloud-like beds and modern bathrooms and balconies that offer more of those views.
Banquets, special occasion celebrations or even candle light dinners for two are handled with heartfelt hospitality and ease. Theoxenia, provides that quality of a soul warming, comfortable and authentic island experience, both inside and out, that however long your stay is at this hotel you will be sorry to leave.
Text By Mala Bajaj
Photographs Courtesy Design Hotels™