Mitsis Selection Blue Domes is a multiple award-winning, all-inclusive, family-friendly 5-star resort on the south shore of Kos, which is the center island of the Dodecanese islands in the southeast Aegean, close to the coast of Turkey. It’s a member of the Mitsis Premium Collection and is a 2023 Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice award winner, and one of the most popular resorts on the entire island.
The resort is beautifully laid out on a large rectangular plot of land which descends to the sea and is bisected by a serpentine lagoon featuring little waterfalls and foot bridges. The architecture is elegant and spare, featuring exposed beam ceilings and little touches like a marble cube in the middle of a fountain with a flame rising from a circular cut out in its center that looks like a modern art sculpture. A beach bar built on an island in the middle of the lagoon, and lots of wood decking, wooden, upholstered beach beds, and natural wood shaded cabanas on some of the rooftops. Not to mention the signature architectural feature: the abundance of small blue domes on the roofs of many of the rooms.
The craggy peak of 700m-high Mt. Dikeos rises dramatically a couple km behind the complex, and the beach is 160m of sand, sea and umbrella-shaded sun beds. The 499-room resort is stuffed with interesting features; swimming pools, some with water slides, placed at various locations, 12 restaurants and food venues, 6 bars, a spa, a playground, a library, a painting room, a music room, a puppet theatre, a projection room, an internet corner, a tennis court, a mini soccer court, an 800-seat amphitheatre and a 500-seat conference hall
Guests praise the food choices and quality, the layout of the resort and the entertainment. They especially raved about the friendly and helpful staff. Many guests gave the resort superlative ratings, such as “best holiday ever.”
Mitsis Blue Domes offers a total of 11 different room types. Because the coastline in this part of Kos faces southeast, the rooms are flooded with golden light in the early morning hours, and you can enjoy the sunrise on your balcony with your first cup of the day.
Rooms are spacious and take full advantage of the brilliant Mediterranean sun. Ceilings are blond- stained exposed beam and boards, a rarity in timber-poor Greece, which greatly favours plastered and painted cement ceilings. A special treat are that many of the bungalows feature either barrel-style or dome-style ceilings painted sky blue, and now you know how this resort got its name. The domes add a charming, chapel-like effect to the room decor.
Shutters, window frames, and the mullion-windowed bathroom sliding doors are all stained wood, adding to the rustic feel of the beamed ceilings. Balcony walls are, , are solid, marble-capped masonry, instead of the usual metal railings add to the atmosphere of traditional island architecture.
There are a host of standard room amenities including marble floors, private balcony, coffee and tea maker, beach and pool towels, satellite TV, 4MBs speed free WiFi, telephone in the bathroom, magnifying mirror, bathtub with anti-slip bottom and railings, hair dryer, bathrobe, towels and slippers, and upgraded bathroom amenities.
Twin Room Sea View gives you a pleasant panorama of the domed bungalows as the property heads down to the sea, with the blue waters of the Med shimmering in the distance. All room amenities apply.
Twin Room Private Pool rooms are found on the ground level of the resort and face inward towards the resort’s pathways and other units. The drawing card for this room is the sizeable splash pool that you can have all to yourselves.
Bungalow Garden View opens out into a pleasant little shaded patio and the well-tended grounds of the resort.
Bungalow Sea View has a barrel-vault, blue dome ceiling in the bedroom and a great view of the grounds, and the rooftops and domes of the resort from the wooden-railing shaded balcony. The balcony gives you a nice panorama of the sea.
Bungalow Sharing Pool has sun beds and an umbrella on the spacious patio, which fronts the large pool which is shared by a few other guests, which makes it semi-private.
Bungalow Family Garden View has two sleeping areas divided by wooden folding doors. One is furnished with twin beds for the parents, whilst the other has sofa bed for the kids. Bungalow opens to a spacious, furnished patio with a nice view of the grounds.
Bungalow Family Garden view with Outdoor JAZZI Whirlpool Spa. This two-bedroom bungalow offers the unique JAZZI whirlpool on its balcony. The JAZZI system provides a complete all body therapeutic water massage. It’s something beyond a regular Jacuzzi, with a one touch control system, premium spa soft pillow, aqua flow thoughtful jet, and a number of other jets and intakes to provide a foaming, full body experience. This room also has a beautiful blue circular dome right over the bed in the main sleeping area, which will be the first thing you see when you wake up. It’s a little like sleeping under a blue sky. Sleeps 4 adults and 1 child.
Bungalow Side Sea View is great for families with two kids. The two sleeping areas are side by side and separated by a panel wall with openings above waist level that can be covered for privacy with rolldown curtains. You get some nice sea view angles, as well as a view of the resort grounds.
Maisonette Garden View
Maisonette Garden View is spacious with plenty of room to roam for up to 5 guests. There is an upper and lower level connected by a sturdy interior wooden staircase. The upper level is a large loft-like bedroom, with a balcony overlook into the lower living space and a view out the balcony doors to the patio and gardens.
Suite Sea View
Suite Sea View is a large corner suite allowing for the opening of windows and/or doors for cross-ventilation. The beds are king-size, along with a couple sofa beds. Since this suite is on the front line of the resort, you’re only steps from the beach and get a great view of the manicured lawn as it slopes down to beach level. Two separate bedroom and a separate living area, and a private balcony complete the picture.
Villa Sea View Private Pool
This largest accommodation at Mitsis Blue Domes is, like the Suite Sea View, very close to the beach. It has a low privacy wall enclosing the patio and umbrella-shaded sun beds, and an 80m2 (860 sq. ft.) private pool. This roomy suite feels like a standalone home because of its size. It has two double bedrooms, and a large bathroom with a magnificent picture window above the tub that can be closed with interior shutters for privacy. You can live your best life at this largest facility at the resort.
Food and Drink
Mitsis Blue Domes offers 12 food venues and 6 bars for your eating and drinking pleasure.
The Main Restaurant offers a wide variety of buffet-style local and international cuisine. You can check the progress of your meal with the restaurant’s show cooking. All three meals of the day are available, as well as a more limited menu into the early hours of the morning for guests arriving on late flights. Their early breakfast is continental, with an American-style buffet starting a bit later. Basically, the restaurant is open 24 hours a day. You can enjoy various dishes including grilled meat and fish, pizza, salads, desserts, and beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic as you admire the view out the windows or from the terrace of the beautiful Mediterranean. Room service meals are prepared at the Main Restaurant.
Ellinadiko à la carte is the perfect introduction to the gastronomic joys of Greek cooking. Salads and appetizers include chickpeas with grilled goat cheese, fava puree with sun-dried tomatoes, and the classic Greek salad. Amongst the main dishes are fish fillet of the day, pork cutlets with graviera cheese crust, and kleftiko lamb that falls off the bone. Kids’ meals are also available.
Italian à la carte has all the standard fare from Italy and then some. Pizza, risotto, ravioli, rib eye tagliata, and pollo marinato are some offerings, with tiramisu, fruit platter and various sorbets for dessert. Vegetarian items are also available.
Brunch at the Destination Greek à la carte is the place to go if you’re feeling a bit peckish in the late morning. There you can indulge in eggs Benedict, pancakes smothered in syrup, and fresh omelettes amongst other brunch menu items.
Tex-Mex à la carte gives you a taste of old Texas, a former holding of Mexico, where the two cultures have blended into a unique American subculture complete with its own cuisine. Menu items range from chicken fajitas, beef fillet medallions, nachos, burritos, chimichanga beef, quesadillas and Tex-Mex soup.
Pan Asian à la carte and Sushi Restaurant offers an Asian fusion menu with choice dishes from all over Asia served in the fresh air on the pool terrace. Soups and salads include miso soup, spring rolls, and Thai green salad. Main dishes run the gamut from gua bao bun to Peking duck to Asian glazed salmon, with all kinds of sushi options thrown into the mix. A kids menu is also available.
Destination South America à la carte restaurant brings a twist on South American dishes you may not be familiar with. This newest restaurant at Mitsis Blue Domes presents Peruvian, Brazilian, and Argentinean cuisine to your table with such dishes as shrimp with quinoa, salad greens with papaya, Peruvian roast chicken, sautéed salmon, and pork chicharron.
Destination Greek à la carte Restaurant offers both Greek and Mediterranean food, with appetizers such as beet salad with octopus and sautéed scallops. Main menu offerings include sautéed sea bass and chicken medallions.
American Street Food (Grab & Go) is just as its title implies: food that is quickly and easily prepared, that you can eat with little or no utensils. We’re talking about hamburgers, hotdogs with all the trimmings, tacos, tortillas and salads.
Sweet Corner (Grab & Go) is where you go when it’s dessert time. You’ll have your choice of ice cream, sorbet, pastries, cakes and crepes to fill out those empty corners from your recent meal.
Vegan & Vitamin Bar (Grab & Go) is for those of you who take care of yourselves with healthy food and drink choices. This bar specializes in smoothies, juices, and healthful snacks.
Greek Street Food Kiosk (Grab & Go) provides you with a quick food fix, Greek style. Souvlakia, Gyros, and different light snacks are on offer to all comers.
Mitsis Blue Domes Resort has a total of 6 bar choices for its guests. The Lobby Bar, serves a wide variety of drinks in the resort’s lobby are. The decor lends itself to relaxation, with a touch of the natural in the bar’s center in the form of a healthy growing tree.
The Island Pool Bar is, as its name suggests, on an island in the resort’s meandering lagoon pool which comprise most of the resort’s 10 outdoor pools. It’s a pleasant experience to sip your favorite beverage surrounded by the lovely blue waters of the pool and the beauty of the resort’s grounds.
The Garden Pool Bar is another poolside venue set amongst the gardens near the pool where you can take a break from your swim to enjoy snacks, soft drinks and beers, juices, cocktails, mocktails, and a host of other concoctions.
The resort’s third waterside bar is the Beach Bar, where you can relax on the veranda and unwind with a refreshment as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the beach, or kick back in your umbrella-shaded sun bed and mellow out with any of dozens of drink variations from the bar.
The Theatre Bar can be found near the Amphitheatre, where you can watch the Recreation Team’s entertainment stylings as you imbibe in any of many alcoholic and non-alcoholic liquid refreshment. The Night Bar With Live Music is another entertainment-based venue where you can enjoy the live sounds of the house band as you mellow out with your favorite beverage.
Spa and Wellness
Mitsis Blue Domes’ Sapphire Spa offers a comprehensive menu of wellness treatments and therapies, hairdressing and manicure services, exercise options, and indoor swimming, all of which are designed to enable you to feel physically on top of your game and give you that healthy glow that proclaims to the world that you take care of yourself. The pastel-dominated decor is designed for ultimate relaxation, with lots of soft, indirect lighting, low volume, relaxing music, and private treatment rooms, as well as a fully equipped gym so you don’t abandon your daily workout regime during the holidays. The Sapphire Spa’s experienced, trained staff are always ready to consult and guide you through a treatment regime specifically tailored to your needs and desires.
Services include sport massage, aromatherapy, body treatments, couples’ spa treatments, face treatments, free use of gym facilities, a Turkish bath, phytomer therapies (plant-based facial treatments), exercise and diet consultations, hairdressing, manicures and pedicures, and freshwater indoor swimming pool.
There are a whole range of on-site and off-site available to you as guests at Mitsis Blue Domes. The list is quite long: in addition to the 9 outdoor pools and 57 private pools, there are exercise and gymnastic classes on a covered deck on the beach, a games room, gymnastics and aerobics, off-site horseback and pony riding, yacht rental for private cruises, a bridge room and darts room, billiards, beach volley, jet ski, paragliding, windsurfing, water skiing, banana boat, table tennis, a tennis court, and table tennis.
Entertainment options include live music at the Live Music Bar, dancing shows, karaoke, professional DJs, educational events, and a multi-lingual recreation team. The 300-seat open-air theatre is home to daily professional-level evening entertainment, and organised special events.
An ongoing Kos island summer event is the Hippocratia, a festival in honour of Hippocrates, the father of medicine who was born on Kos. The festival usually starts in June and runs through the end of October, and offers several events for cultural and art lovers.
Fun for Kids
Mitsis Wonderland provides a whole host of kids-oriented programmes and activities at Mitsis Blue Domes. There are tons of activities and facilities to keep the little ones busy and happy throughout your holiday. There’s a wading pool for toddlers, and indoor cinema, an outdoor playground, and a number of dedicated playrooms including a room for painting, one for music, one for rest, and a library.
During the months of July and August a Junior Club is in daily operation for teens, as well as an internet corner and a games room. There’s a mini-club with indoor theatre for 4-ll year-olds, a maxi club for 8-11 year-olds in July-August, Mitsis Wonderland. There is a recreation programme, and a Tennie Club during July and August for 12-16 year-olds.
In the Area
At a distance of only 5 km from the mainland, Kos is one of the closest large Greek island to Turkey. With its archeological ruins, medieval castle, and pristine beaches, Kos has something for everyone. Kos City, on circular, narrow-mouthed Mandraki Harbor on the island's northeast coast, is a picturesque little place of minarets and churches, bars and bazaars, nightclubs and tavernas. The most impressive structure, however, is Kos Castle, a fortress erected in 1315 on the east side of the harbor's mouth by the Hospitaller Knights of St. John, who dominated the island just as their fort still dominates Mandraki.
Kos was among the first Aegean islands to attract tourists, way back during the 1930's when the Italians governed it and the rest of the Dodecanese. Ancient Halicarnassus, now the Turkish city of Bodrum, home to one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the Tomb of Masusolus, is a short boat trip away. (The term "mausoleum" is derived from this tomb, which was 45 meters high and adorned with sculpted reliefs.) Kos has fertile, productive soil from eons of volcanic activity, and is famous for its melons. Kos supports as many cows, they say, as permanent residents, which number about 35,000. The interior of the island is quiet, undeveloped, and largely flat, which makes travel by bicycle feasible.
Hippocrates, "The Father of Western Medicine," was born on Kos in 460 BC. His Hippocratic School of Medicine revolutionized medical science, establishing it as a separate discipline, when it had previously been considered a branch of philosophy and theurgy (literally, "divine-working," a sort of ritual magic). He was the first to propose that illnesses were natural in their causes, and not necessarily spiritual. He trained at the Asklepion (healing temple) of Kos, ruins of which still survive. He moved to Athens, met Plato, who wrote about Hippocrates, and died in Larissa, central Greece, some say at the age of 100.
The Hippocratia is Kos’s most important ongoing cultural festival. Named after Hippoctrates, its goal is to preserve the island’s customs and traditions. The festival sponsors dozens of events taking place from June till October. During this festival you can attend and participate in such activities as concerts, theatrical works, art exhibitions, traditional dance, religious celebrations, and related festivals such as the honey festival at Antimachia and the classical music festival. A high point of the festival is the re-enactment of the Hippocratic oath in the ancient Asklepielon of Kos. In this ceremony graduating medical school students take the time-honoured oath whose chief precept is to “abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm.”
Elsewhere on Kos, Kardemena, about 5km down the coast from Mitsis Blue Domes,offers long, sandy beaches, and nightlife frequented by tourists from the UK. The town also has a combination Folk Art/Maritime Museum. From Kardemena, boats leave daily for the smaller island of Nissyros, 17 km south, which has some very nice, quiet beaches, and quiet villages unspoiled by tourists.
Local Beaches: Two kilometers north of Kos Town is Lambi Beach, which also is a center of night life on the island. East of Kos Town, then south, as one rounds the eastern end of the island, there are several decent beaches in an area generally called Psalidi. Rounding the end of the island, and then bending back west on its south shore, maybe 12 km from Kos Town, there is the resort area of Agios Fokas, featuring the Bros Therma springs, hot water which flows from the base of the area cliffs and mingles with the seawater in a man-made pool circumscribed by rocks in which bathers can loll around in meter-deep, warm water even in the dead of winter. It's one of the most popular spots on Kos.
Kos is a wonderful, fascinating place to spend your summer holiday, and Mitsis Blue Domes Resort is one of the finest resorts you can find there.
Kardamena 85302, Kos
(+30) 22420 925-00
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