Once home to Greek gods and a favorite destination of Jackie Kennedy as well as artists, poets, designers and actors, Mykonos is preparing for its summer season.
Soon to celebrate its one-year anniversary, Kalesma Mykonos brings to the island a luxury experience that balances fun and privacy with genuine insider knowledge of off-the-beaten-path sites.
What’s new for 2022?
- For 2022, the property has expanded 13 of its one-bedroom suites into one-bedroom villas with full outdoor kitchens and BBQs where the chefs can whip up private meals in the al fresco dining room.
- Seasonal direct flights to Greece from the US are launching earlier than ever on March 7. Direct flights will be available from New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. They’ve also lifted the mandate for Covid-19 testing before travel for fully vaccinated travelers from the US.
- The bar and restaurant are being reconfigured to create an uninterrupted view of the water looking both east and west from the bar/restaurant/pool area. After the weekly BBQ nights were so popular, there will now also be a weekly music night featuring local DJs.
More about Kalesma
Set on a hilltop above Ornos Bay and just under two miles from Mykonos town, Kalesma’s suites and villas are spread across five acres and set against a lush hillside blanketed with 20,000 plants.
All suites and villas offer unobstructed lookouts from the private patio, as well as a full-sized personal heated pool.
For a truly unique vantage point, guests can venture up to Pere Ubu where veteran Greek chef Costas Tsingas offers locally sourced Cycladic specialties such as cheese saganaki with three local cheeses, spicy honey, thyme and roasted almonds and toasted octopus with sun dried tomatoes and olives.
Costas has cooked and written about Greek cuisine all over the world and has a passion for local Greek ingredients and showcasing his country’s fare in an elevated fashion.
After 20 years in New York where he owned Agrotikon in the 80s, he returned to Greece to be the Culinary Director of the Olympic village for the Athens Olympics.
While offering international wines, the wine list places an emphasis on Greek wines such as Assyrtiko from Santorini, rosé from the Peloponnese, and orange wine (a very popular style in Greece).
The signature cocktail, the Mediterraneo, is made with Greek Mastiha – a unique liqueur from Mastiha trees found only on the island Chios – infused with thyme and lime.
The restaurant embodies Kalesma’s community ethos with nightly sunset celebrations, evening DJ entertainment and weekly BBQs. All are encouraged to partake in the lighthearted island lifestyle over dinner – and plenty of wine – before sleeping soundly just down the hill.
Two Greek designers collaborated to create its authentically Cycladic look with a sleek, modern take: Studio Bonarchi and K-Studio (known for the new Mykonos airport and Scorpios Beach Club).
From the Rick Owens furniture in the lobby to the indoor-outdoor suites filled with custom pieces including artwork by Serbian artist Aleksandar Vac and horsehair sconces, a nod to the mythical history of the area (Apollo was said to keep his horses here.)
The seasoned trio behind the project – who also established Athens hotspots Sea Spice, Pere and Ubu – are all local to the island, and the resort shares a modern expression of Mykonian traditions.
Translating to “invite” or “calling,” Kalesma welcomes guests to become a part of the island’s community. Cool earth tones like taupe, grey, dark brown and charcoal blend with white-washed surfaces and bougainvillea-filled archways to give a strong sense of place and to allow the brilliant blue of the Aegean Sea to stand out.
Surely a place to see and be seen, Mykonos is so much more than its nightlife.
Known as the Island of the Winds, Mykonos was the birthplace of Aeolus – appropriately, the wind god. His gusts pushed Odysseus toward home, only to have him return when a shipmate opened a bag that contained a fierce breeze that drove him back. Aeolus’s cave is located just below the Armenistis Lighthouse.
Guests of Kalesma are invited to explore the island’s history, including its much-photographed windmills that date back to the 16th century – now ornamental, they were once essential to the island’s economy.
Of course, Mykonos isn’t all culture and no fun. Greeks are famous for prioritizing carefree vibes. What form that takes is up to the vacationer.
Kalesma’s beach concierge can reserve sunbeds in advance at different beach clubs, providing recommendations based on the desired mood – bathers can opt to be completely secluded, to party, to enjoy family time or to partake in water sports.
It’s been said that there are as many churches on Mykonos as there are local families, and a quick scan of the white-washed skyline underscores the anecdote.
The abundance is largely due to the number of ancestral churches built on private property. Kalesma’s own chapel can serve as a picturesque backdrop for weddings.
Kalesma’s concierge can create the perfect itinerary for each guests, whether than includes historic tours and Greek wine tasting or festive afternoon beach gatherings and reservations at the hottest restaurants in town.
Here are some of the top activities:
- Guided tour of Delos – A trip back in time to the island of Delos, the most famous and sacred of all islands in antiquity. According to the legend, Apollo-Helios, god of daylight, and Artemis-Selene, goddess of night light, were born there. Explore the archaeological site with a guide and marvel at exceptionally well-preserved monuments.
- Yacht Cruise to Rhenia Island & Guided Tour of Delos – A special perspective of the island from the deck of a yacht. Visit the natural insular archaeological site of Delos and swim in a secluded cove off the uninhabited island of Rhenia.
- Sunset Trekking Experience – Visit the old Lighthouse of Armenistis and go trekking through a very old path that even few Mykonians known about on the highest mountain of Mykonos to the Prophet Ilias Church.
- Romantic Evening Horse riding – A sunset ride with a guide to the beautiful secluded beach of Fokos, where a romantic picnic awaits with bean bags, carpet, flowers, and sparkling wine under the stars.
- Coast to Coast Cruise – Cruise at close distance towards the famous beaches of Mykonos (Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, Elia, Kalo Livadi, Agia Anna, Kalafatis, Lia and Fragkia) and reach up to the further eastern end of Mykonos, passing by beautiful small bays that cannot be approached by any other means. Snorkel at one of the rocky isles of Dragonisi’s beach, which can only be approached by a yacht.
- Bohemian beach cooking at Rhenia – Rhenia is an uninhabited island next to Delos famous for its crystal clear waters, ancient temple ruins and high energy levels. Explore the beach, swim, sunbathe and enjoy the delicious freshly cooked recipes.
- Watersports are available such as water skiing, jet skiing, tubing, fly boarding, and parasailing.
- Shopping – The heart of the island is known by locals and tourists to be Matogianni Street in Chora. The street is dominated by designer stores, souvenir shops, and handmade jewelry designers. Kalesma will give a curated suggestion of shops.
- Private Yacht and Helicopter Tours – From visiting Delos & Rhenia islands, to Mykonos South Coast and even journeying all the way to Santorini, guests can customize each day.
Suite rates begin at €1,450 and grand villas at €3,450 per night.