Madelin Tomelty

Who would have thought there would still be room – figurative and literal – for another Mykonos hotel? And yet one glance at the soon-to-open Myconian Avaton, and you realise, sometimes you don’t know what you need until it appears right in front of you – concrete, stone, and all.

The Myconian Avaton will open on the famous Greek island of Mykonos on May 11, and with it, open up yet another layer of luxury for this isle that has long been the go-to destination for fun-seeking, sun-chasing, and cocktail-craving Europeans and worldwide wanderers alike.

Myconion Avaton ticks all the boxes of what one expects when staying at an island hotel in Greece – laid-back elegance, a touch of rustic, lots of white concrete, and that much-coveted blue water – in both pool and ocean form – in close proximity to your sun lounger. And yet this new hotel will also surprise, much like the Design Hotels group of which it is a part, with its unique personality that exudes some serious design whimsy and creativity.

For a start, there’s the scarlet red sun loungers and umbrellas that punctuate the pool deck. It’s a colour statement we haven’t seen since we first laid our eyes on the iconic red pool at Koh Samui’s The Library,  and it has a visual impact that sets the tone for what lies in waiting inside.

While the outside communal areas are much more Greek-inspired in design, akin to the rustic luxury on show at Casa Cook Kos or Scorpios Mykonos, the interior is fun and playful, a marvellous mish-mash of ultra-modern, eclectic and traditional styles. Somehow, it works, and creates an ambience that is at once calming and energising – much like the island of Mykonos itself.

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