This 5-star boutique hotel on Mykonos, Greece’s most popular island, is about 3km south of Mykonos Town, far away from its nightlife to create a quieter environment, but close enough to zip on into town for a night out. That being said, the area around Mykonos Ammos is fairly lively, as well.
Mykonos Ammos is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which is a community of independently owned and run hotels around the globe. Specializing in identifying luxury boutique venues, their goal is to seek distinctive hotels with unique individual character, charm, and class for membership.
Mykonos Ammos is right on Ornos Beach (“Ammos” means “sand”), a wide, strand in a sheltered cove. The sand is abundant, like light brown sugar, and the beach is well sheltered from the sometimes incessant meltemi winds which come out of the north during the summer months. They blow so consistently on Mykonos that the island’s nickname is “the island of the winds.” But the fact that Ornos beach is south-facing almost entirely eliminates the sometimes negative effects of the winds.
The architecture mimics classic Mykonian building elements: wide, low arches, curved door openings, whitewashed exterior walls with small circular insets, native textured limestone walls painted white, exposed beam awnings with bamboo covers, curved parapet and building corners. There are no sharp edges in the buildings’ walls: everything is rounded off, producing that soft look that is more in conformity with nature. Although the hotel is fairly new, it looks old, because it resembles traditional island architecture.
This boutique hotel has 41 rooms and 9 suites. It offers guests a spa, a free-form pool lit with fibre optics at night to resemble the stars in heaven, and a world class dining experience. Its compact size makes it easy and comfortable to navigate, its helpful staff gives you that perfect home away from home feeling, and its proximity to the excellent Ornos Beach and its facilities remind you why you chose a Greek island to spend your holiday.
Mykonos Ammos is highly rated for its location, its value for money, its staff, its cleanliness, and its facilities.
Room decor for the most part is a study in white, which is consistent with Cycladic architecture; white walls and ceilings, and a lot of white furnishings. The effect is one of cleanliness and purity. And you know these rooms are clean, because dirt shows up on white as easily as a fly in a bowl of soup. Other decorative elements incorporate black here and there in furniture and covers, making for a pleasant contrast.
Room amenities include, amongst other things, 55” smart TV with satellite and cable, WiFi, king size bed, iron and board on request, Nespresso machine, mini bar, in room safety box, bathrobes, slippers and luxury bath amenities, hair dryer, and kids’ amenities on request.
Standard Double Room Poolfront or Garden view
These ground floor rooms offer quick and easy beach and pool access. Shaded, furnished terrace leads directly to a paved courtyard, or to the pool. Terrace has draperies for the terrace area for greater privacy and sun protection. Extra kids bed available on request.
Deluxe Room with Private Patio Hot Tub
This popular ground floor room is spacious, close to the beach, and secluded. Private furnished patio is unroofed, partially shaded, and comfortably furnished. Terrace has a nice, large hot tub for drinks and relaxation in the evening as you enjoy the night sky.
Superior Room Seaview
These rooms are on the upper floor, giving you a splendid view of the beach and the open sea. Open your balcony door and let the pleasant, fresh sea breeze in. Massive full length mirror is so wide that it adds, optically to the space in the rom. Shaded, furnished balcony.
Deluxe Beachfront Room
Deluxe Beachfront room’s furnished, shaded veranda leads directly onto the sands of the beach. Privacy draperies can be used to make the terrace invisible to beachgoers.
Standard Ground Suite Garden view
This roomy suite allows you to spread out comfortably and entertain on the shaded veranda. You’re just a few steps away from the beach, although the orientation is facing the garden/patio area.
Superior Suite Seaview
The view from this upper storey suite is of the low rooftops of the neighbouring units, on towards the cove with its boats and yachts, with the open Aegean beyond. Suite is open and roomy, with a shaded furnished balcony.
The Honeymoon Suite (with sea view and hot tub)
This is the place to start your lives off together. A romantic private veranda with a hot tub built for two. A wonderful panoramic view of the sea is a treat for the eyes as you relax in the tub with your significant other and a couple glasses of wine as the sun slowly sets over the Aegean.
The Ammos Suite Outdoor living with hot tub
This roomy suite gives you an exterior hot tub shaded from the sun where you can relax and enjoy the views of the beach and the sea. Spacious veranda leads directly to the beach, where you can stretch out on a sunbed and catch up on your tan.
Food and Drink
Kuzina Restaurant is the beachfront dining venue at Mykonos Ammos. Names after Greek word for “kitchen,” Kuzina Restaurant specializes in al fresco Mediterranean fare with fish and sea food specialties from Chefs John Vidalis and Stratos Chronakis.
A touch of Asia is on the menu as well, with sushi and other Oriental fare available.
Farina Restaurant on the seaside specializes in Italian fare. It has informal seating on rattan furniture or upholstered couches, with strings of garlic and dried herbs suspended from the ceiling like an old-fashioned Italian eatery.
The Pasaji Restaurant Mykonos is an all-day fusion restaurant incorporating elements for Greek, Italian, and Asian cuisines. Enjoy a signature cocktail in this restaurant by the sea, and savour the aroma of fresh-cooked, locally-sourced menu items. The open kitchen allows you to see meals come together in real time, sharpening your appetite as you anticipate a one of a kind meal.
My Ammos Lounge Bar is a place for both drink and light meals. You can have drinks by candlelight on the beach, and it doesn’t get much more romantic than that.
Spa and Wellness
Mykonos Ammos Spa run by Karam Spa Management Services,offers a unique therapeutic experience with its menu of treatments tailored to your specific needs by professional therapists. Karam Spas’ approach focuses on the benefits of the Dead Sea in health and beauty, incorporating elements that have stood the test of time for centuries. Face treatments include After Sun Care, to soothe that burning skin after too much sun, Rejuvenating and Anti-Ageing cure, and Facial Detox Therapy. Some examples of body treatments are hydration and exfoliation and Mud Mask from the Dead Sea.
A whole range of massage therapies are available, such as Spartan Massage or muscle toning, hot stones massage, and foot, head, back and neck and face massages.
There is a fully equipped gym at Mykonos Ammos, so you can keep that tones look even as you relax on holiday and indulge in food and drink.
In the Area
Mykonos is by any measure the most stimulating of the islands of the Aegean, what with world figures in the entertainment industries who buzz on in, party hearty for a few days, and then fly off to their next destinations. The island has a reputation for openness and tolerance because of its ancient cosmopolitan past as a critical link on Aegean trade routes which bought people from all over the world to her doorstep. In the modern area Mykonos became a base for archeologists who had uncovered ruins on Delos, the sacred island. Delos was uninhabited, so the closest place to stay was Mykonos. Tourism picked up in the 50’s-60’s when celebrities such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis started to visit. Today the island is packed during the high season, receiving half a million visitors compared to its year-round population of 11,000.
Delos is the closest and by far the most interesting off-island site. Historically, mythologically, and archaeologically, Delos is one of Greece’s most important sites. Birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, Delos was a major cult center, and the goal of pilgrimages for Greeks as far back as 900 BC. Sites on the island include the Terrace of the Lions, the Sacred Lake, the Temple of the Delians, and the house of Dionysos. Only 3km from Mykonos, you could almost swim to Delos.
Mykonos, of course, is famous for its wide-open, somewhat expensive night life. It’s a great place to people watch, and celebrity watch as well, seeing as famous people from all over the globe vacation there every summer. The town itself, however, is well worth exploring for its narrow, twisty streets and classic Cycladic, cube-like, whitewashed architecture with its brightly painted doors. Tradition holds that the narrow network of streets were designed that way to confuse pirates. Walking tours are available.
Little Venice, a district famous for its bars and restaurants, and the much photographed row of colorful buildings set right at the water’s edge, is a great place to watch the sunset.
The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos has artifacts dating as far back to prehistory. Founded in 1905, it’s one of the oldest archaeological museums in Greece.
The windmills of Mykonos are one of the island’s most prominent landmarks, and worth a visit. Dating to the 1500’s, the mills were built to grind grain, but have now become the island’s trademark.
There’s lots of other stuff you can do on Mykonos, from walking the island’s hiking trails, to visiting the colorful Ano Mera village for a calm respite from the noise of the town, to the peace and quiet of the monastery of Paleokastro, to a visit to the unique Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, an agricultural oasis of calm in the center of the island.
Ornos Beach, Mykonos 846 00
+30 22890 226-00
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