Visitors will have more choices of upscale accommodations for their Mykonos holidays as several brand-new luxury properties prepare to open for the 2017 tourist season.
But the arrival of some of the high-end hotels means fewer options for budget travellers, since at least two of the properties previously were mid-range hotels that have been thoroughly renovated and converted into first-class accommodations.
Gone are the Golden Star Hotel in Mykonos Town, which has been replaced by Absolut Mykonos Suites & More, and the Hotel Lady Anna at Platis Gialos beach, which has been upgraded and rebranded as the 5-star Branco Mykonos Hotel.
The Mykonos Bay Hotel at Megali Ammos beach also has rebranded and is now named Mykonos Bay Resort & Villas. Its social media pages recently referred to “art design” and “new premises,” and its online booking page mentions the hotel was renovated in December, but no further details of changes since last season are available yet.
New luxury hotels on Mykonos
A sample suit room in Absolut Mykonos Suites & More
You can expect to see additional upscale hotels launching on Mykonos in the foreseeable future.
The Mitsis Hotels group, which operates the Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel, is planning a 100-bed complex of apartments and suites, for instance, while other premier chains like Four Seasons and W Hotels apparently have been eyeing and acquiring locations at some of the island’s major south coast beach resorts.
An Adel Private Suites promotional image showing the jacuzzi-equipped seaview terrace of one of its Cozy Suites
Absolut Mykonos Suites & More targets hip young travellers in a promotional video the hotel has shared on social media.
Absolut Mykonos Suites & More
Situated in the Despotiko district of Mykonos Town, Absolut Mykonos Suites & More will welcome its first guests on May 12. Its location will be familiar to many people who have visited the island before — Absolut occupies the premises of what used to be the Golden Star Hotel, a family-run business which opened in 1990.
Mykonos visitors will remember the Golden Star as the hotel with the traditional windmill out front — a sight they would pass while riding buses from Fabrika Square to beach resorts on the southern coast. Interestingly, Absolut is right next door to Boheme Mykonos, another 5-star property that used to be a budget hotel — the Carrop Tree — until its renovation and relaunch in 2014.
Absolut will offer 32 completely renovated and redesigned suites, each boasting modern furniture, premium linens, a Nespresso coffee machine, a 32-inch flat HD TV, and a mini-fridge. Most rooms sleep 2 persons, though there is a 2-bedroom veranda suite that accommodates 4, plus a traditional windmill suite with outdoor jacuzzi that also sleeps 4. Some junior suites overlook a garden, while the others enjoy a sea view.
The hotel website promises exceptional service, noting that Absolut will be “all about hospitality” In addition, the entire hotel — suites and common areas — will be “social media friendly,” with free “fast and reliable WiFi.”
Hotel facilities include the Feed Me restaurant, which will feature a “wide selection of Greek inspired” dishes with a “hip twist” in a “modern islandic lounge.” The outdoor Wet Bar is located beside the sea- and sunset-view swimming pool, while the Heming Bar is situated indoors. The Enso Spa & Fitness Studio will provide massage and other treatments.
Below are two photos I shot of the former Golden Star Hotel and its windmill several years ago, followed by images of the new hotel that appear on the Absolut Mykonos website and social media pages.
The family-run Golden Star Hotel operated from 1990 through the 2018 travel season. The complex was completely renovated last December during its makeover into a 5-star hotel.