Enter the Theoxenia Mykonos and you’ll be amazed by what you find. The hotel was built in the 60s by famed Greek architect Aris Konstantinides who designed a quasi-bioclimatic building using stone and other materials from the earth. Instead of tearing this precious property down like many others have done, Greek designers Yiannis Tsimas and Angelos Angelopoulos emphasized all that is unique about it and recreated a heavenly place to enjoy the best of Mykonos. Interestingly, the property lies just across are the historic Mykonian windmills, offering a curious yet befitting contrast from an even earlier era on the island.
Suave and sophisticated, inside out
On the outside, the hotel still maintains its original Greek Mediterranean chic from the 60s, attracting architects and students from all over the country who come to admire its unique Cycladic construction. In fact, the building is designated as an officially preserved property by the government. Once you enter the public spaces, you’ll see how this design continues from the outside in, creating absolute island harmony between inside and outside.
The rooms at the Theoxenia Mykonos are gorgeous, with the uncluttered modern design, refined lines, refreshing colors and Greek marble floors. Beyond comfortable features such as hair dryer, flat-screen TV, wifi internet and minibar, the management has gone an extra step with mini hi-fi stereo, i-pad/i-phone docks, dimming lights and deluxe cosmetics by no other than famous natural-based Greek brand, Korres. You’ll also love the local welcome bottle of Greek wine and basket of the finest local fruits.
Another side of Mykonos
The island is of course known for its beaches and nightlife, something definitely worth enjoying while you’re there. But there’s so much more to Mykonos that the average visitor doesn’t know about, and the Theoxenia can help you unveil its charms. Just ask the friendly team at the reception to arrange a sailing trip such as a day-tour to the island of Rinia for a swim, a horseback riding trip on the wild landscape in full view of the sea, a kite-surfing escapade in Fteria or Ornos, or a scuba-diving adventure in crystal island waters. You’ll start seeing Mykonos in a completely different light!
Needless to say, the hotel can also help you organize a trip to Dilos, the off-limits island known for its unparalleled archeological site and archeological museum. Next on the itinerary, there’s a walking cultural tour of the town, as well as a tour that will take you to the Monastery of Ano Mera (on the more authentic side of the island), as well as a visit to a cheese-making facility to sample the famous Kopanisti cheese of Mykonos.
Cycladic gastronomy with a global twist
Get ready for a culinary Mediterranean experience at its best, starting with a generous breakfast which has earned the official ‘Greek Breakfast’ designation from the government. Begin your morning with fresh bread from the local bakery, succulent Greek yoghurt, lots of fruit, freshly squeezed orange juice, an egg station and some hot dishes that will awaken any appetite. Then there are Greek breakfast specialties such as homemade jams, local sweets, walnut cake, fruit preserves, herbal teas, trahana soup and Mykonian cheese that will definitely surprise the palate.
The regal menu continues with lunch and dinner, boasting many seafood dishes and a variety of local ingredients such as feta cheese, oregano, ouzo, retsina wine and Greek saffron, embellishing pork, beef, chicken and vegetables in surprising combinations. Fantastic Cycladic wine will complement your dinner, while a few yet very fine desserts will add a superb finale to your meal at the Theoxenia.
A touch of green
We’d like to commend the Mykonos Theoxenia for being one of the few hotels on the island of Mykonos that are thinking sustainably, besides preserving the architectural heritage. The hotel was monitored by Travelife for its sustainability and has undertaken several steps to build a green image. Hot water powered by natural gas, recycling of kitchen oil, and recycling of leftover soap through a philanthropic organization are all elements of their eco philosophy. It’s good to know that behind all the fabulous glamour lies a sustainable vision!