Greece has no shortage of islands, many of which have earned their place in history. For some, like Crete, this honor derives from civilizations which ceased to exist over 3,000 years ago. Though Mykonos has occasionally been a force moving the tides of history from the Classical period to the Greek War of Independence, it is most known simply by virtue of what it is: a beautiful island.
This beauty has certainly been added to over the years. The local architecture, always splendid, is reaching new heights in the present century. The serene city of Venice has left its mark on the island, from the medieval Venetian windmills to the charming Little Venice neighborhood.
There is much to do on and off the island. Mykonos’s reputation as a premier tourism destination has proved a self-fulfilling prophecy. As more people visit, more grand restaurants and top-notch shops are built, adding to the appeal.
This has of course also led to the construction of a remarkable number of world-class accommodations in the form of luxury villas. What follows is no exhaustive list. But, to paint a picture of the glory that awaits you on Mykonos, here is a sampling of 12 extravagant villas on this unforgettable island.
When it comes to taking a holiday on the Aegean, one can hardly do better than Mykonos. When it comes to staying on Mykonos, you can hardly do better than Villa Psarou. The home is richly furnished, spacious, and within walking distance of the island’s most prized beaches. Gaze out from the poolside at the ships coming into the harbor, enjoy the moment, and try to forget sooner than you’d like, that one day, such a ship will carry you away from this splendid place. Even greater luxury awaits outside the villa’s grounds. Nammos, a world-famous restaurant, is worth visiting no matter where in Mykonos you stay. For visitors at Villa Psarou, there’s not excuse for missing out as the restaurant is a short walk away. Beautiful inside and out, the home is practically unrivaled.
The title on this one ought to be enough to convince anyone of its appeal. But, for good measure, we’ll give you even more reasons to stay at this secluded villa. This property isn’t technically on Mykonos. It sits on a small island just east of Mykonos’s most scenic spots. The home is both stylish and historic; the island is a natural wonderland. Up to 22 guests can enjoy the trip of a lifetime here. You’ll wish your time here was endless as you spend your days sitting on virgin beaches, exploring the nearby caves, barbecuing at the waters’ edge, or sailing around Mykonos. Spoil yourself and those dearest to you by staying on this unspoiled island, a Cycladic jewel.
Unspoiled beaches, island views, luxurious furnishings, an in-house chef: these are the things dream vacations are made of. All are to be found at this incredible villa in southeastern Mykonos. The villa is a fine example of Mykonean architecture and is a perfect fit for the local landscape (which happens to be a hilly area and the least developed part of the island). The virgin beach at Frangias is a 10-minute walk away. The home also has a pool, gardens, and a clear view of seven nearby islands.
Mykonos is not lacking in villas with spectacular views. This property in the northwest stands out for its grand and comfortable outdoor spaces from which to take in the Aegean Sea and nearby islands. It consists of three separate buildings surrounding a spacious veranda with an infinity pool, pergolas, sun beds, a hammock, jacuzzi, dining area, and more. Each structure has at least one master bedroom, a private kitchen, and dining areas. The scenic drive to Mykonos takes about 15 minutes and there are multiple beaches within a 2-mile radius.
Mere minutes from the beach at Agios Ioannis, this fabulous villa offers the vacation of a lifetime. The villa is very near to Mykonos Town so guests will have no problem discovering all the island has to offer. It is a two-story structure perpetually inundated with light. There are two rooms with double beds (and incredible views of the sea) and a third room with two single beds. The home has a pool, flourishing gardens, an outdoor dining area, and a kitchen that is both practical and stylish.
The design of this villa near the historic lighthouse is truly something to admire. Questions of aesthetics and access have been delightfully resolved by the property’s bold architects and designers. It is beautiful, unique, and quite friendly to those with mobility issues. The building features many curves that pay homage to the local landscapes. It makes use of a variety of materials (stone, wood, plaster, steel, marble, and more), using only the finest examples of each. The home has nine glorious bedrooms, an equal number of sleek bathrooms, and sleeps up to 22 guests.
Situated in north central Mykonos, Villa Atalia is great for beach lovers. Ftelia beach is 5 minutes away via a footpath over the flat plain. There you will find a small bay with sandy shores, beach chairs, and fine establishments like Ftelia Pacha — a restaurant offering favorites from the whole breadth of the Mediterranean. The villa has five splendid bedrooms and can host up to eight guests. It has all the plush comforts a villa ought to have (a pool, daily housekeeping, etc.) and the owners are happy to arrange additional perks should you want a chauffeur, boat rental, or guided tour.
Though this villa in south central Mykonos is just minutes away from multiple beaches, guests needn’t even go that far to take in the water. The place has stunning views of the water and there is, of course, a pool. The outdoor area really is incredible. There is a hammock, deck chairs, and a beautiful patio area. A canopy of twigs offers a respite from the sun and the rough stone walls on three sides help the place stay cool (though this can be counteracted by making use of the traditional outdoor oven). The home has a modern kitchen and, like most on the island, is dominated by pristine swathes of white.
Adjacent to Mykonos Town’s harbor, Villa Pnoe is a lavish property and a great way to enjoy urban Mykonos. Guests will enjoy postcard-worthy views of the city center, coastal hills, and nearby islands. Turning away from the windows or returning from the balcony, the scene is no less scenic. The home is luxuriously furnished. Each of the three bathrooms is a marble masterpiece and there are three bedrooms with large and lavish beds. The town’s many shops, restaurants, and historic sites are all easily reached on foot. If you plan to explore the rest of the island by car, there is a reserved parking space near the villa.
Though newly built, Villa Charity has already had the honor of granting many guests’ greatest wishes: the desire for an idyllic island getaway. It is part of a small complex consisting of five villas. Each has its own pool and plenty of privacy. Built mostly from local stone, Villa Charity is one example of new innovations in Mykonean architecture. The classic white walls are complemented by structural elements composed of rough gray stone. The bathrooms are a lesson in the elegance of simplicity and the value of local materials. The home looks out onto the island’s modern port and is minutes away from Mykonos.
Whether you’re staring out of the bedroom window on the top floor or letting your feet off the veranda as you sit by the pool, you are sure to enjoy the breeze, views, and profound sense of comfort begat by a stay at the Pink Pelican. The villa is less than a 5-minute walk from the blue waters of Kalafatis Beach. One of the island’s best, but by no means its busiest, Kalafatis has a large stretch of sand, many a thatched hut, and a few restaurants. The home itself has four bedrooms (each of which has sea views), a full kitchen, and comfortable spaces (both inside and out) where you can relax, slow down, and live life at an islander’s pace.
Near the southeastern tip of the island, this fantastic villa is another magnificent example of the beauty and luxuriousness of Cycladic architecture. The well-appointed home sleeps up to 11 guests among six bedrooms (each with its own bathroom done up in the local style). Whether you look out towards the south, east, or west, you will see the glory of the Aegean. Look north from across the pool and you’ll see the house, in its own way, is a passing rival to the wonder of the sea. The veranda is particularly stunning. It has incredible (and expensive) design features made of stone, wood, and other materials.
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