Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review.
Last month, I enjoyed a terrific holiday on the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos, and Ios (Cyclades). You can read my trip reports here:
- Review: Lufthansa A320neo Business Class from Frankfurt to Mykonos
- Review: Aeonic Suites & Spa, Mykonos (today)
- Review: Myconian Imperial, Mykonos
- Review: Cavo Tagoo Santorini
- Review: Andronis Arcadia, Santorini
- Review: Calilo, Ios (PHENOMENAL hotel)
Today: Review of Aeonic Suites & Spa Mykonos (Greece)
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- Hotel website: Aeonic Suites & Spa Mykonos
Nestled in the western part of the island of Mykonos, in the cove of Korfos, Aeonic Suites & Spa is Mykonos’ newest 5-star boutique hotel. With its finely crafted architecture, alluring interior design, and minimalist elegance, it’s also one of the island’s most stylish and timeless retreats. Each one of the 34 rooms enjoys its own outdoor space either with either a private pool or a Jacuzzi depending on the room category. Facilities include a large infinity pool overlooking Ornos Bay, an elegant rooftop spa, and one of Mykonos’ best fine dining venues. Aeonic means lasting for an eon or for a lifetime, but what it means to the hotel is “that you can look forward to bliss without any hassle or fuss within the premises of a luxury boutique hotel.”
Aeonic Suites & Spa features in my top 10 list of the best hotels in Mykonos.
Have you ever stayed at Aeonic Suites & Spa? If so, what was your experience? Leave a comment.
In this review (more info and photos below my YouTube video):
- Pros & things I like
- Cons & things to know
- My verdict
- Tips for future guests & save money
- Best time to visit
- How to get there
PROS & THINGS I LIKE
- Aeonic Suites & Spa is one of the best hotels in Mykonos, Greece’s most famous holiday destination. Offering dream beaches, azure seawaters, spectacular landscapes, and picturesque whitewashed villages, Mykonos is known as an island that never sleeps, an endless adult playground, and one of the world’s most sought after gay tourist destinations. The island has righteously gained a place among the best party destinations of Europe, attracting renowned DJs and fashionistas. Since Brigitte Bardot, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Grace Kelly visited in the 1960s, Mykonos also became a favored holiday spot for the rich and famous.
- Overlooking the crystalline blue waters of the Aegean Sea, Aeonic Suites & Spa enjoys a tranquil waterfront location on the western end of Korfos Beach. Here, away from the bustling beach clubs and raunchy party scenes of Mykonos, you’ll discover a quieter and more authentic side of the famous Greek island. The location of the property is very convenient as it is within walking distance of the beautiful beach and lively tavernas of Ornos, and it’s only a 10 min drive to Mykonos town (15 euros by taxi). The airport and port are both a 15 min drive away and the hotel provides complimentary transfer upon arrival and departure.
- Aeonic Suites & Spa is a creation of the Greek interior design studio Stones and Walls whose founding philosophy is that “design influences people’s cultures and has a positive impact on their lives” (which is exactly what the hotel aims to do). The studio describes the theme of the hotel as clean, modern spaces with softer wabi-sabi moments. Capturing the essence of Mykonos, the hotel’s timeless and neutral interior features a sober and understated color palette with some dark wooden accents. The hotel’s light-flooded and organic-shaped spaces are filled with a sense of calmness and expanse, guaranteeing a relaxing yet interesting and exciting stay.
- Aeonic Suites & Spa’s main building consists of delightful common spaces, including a welcome area, reception, lounge, boutique and bar as well as the majority of the rooms. The core element of the hotel’s architecture is the dramatic atrium at the center of the building, which creates an atmospheric game of light and shadow. Skylight beaming through pebble holes in the atrium’s ceiling ends up reflecting on a water surface on the ground floor and leaves its imprint on the lobby walls. The atrium also houses the wellness center on its top floor and is connected to the main restaurant & pool area by a small bridge (more on that below).
- Aeonic Suites & Spa features 34 spacious rooms, which come in 10 categories. Each room enjoys its own outdoor space either with either a private pool or a Jacuzzi depending on the floor level. During my stay, I was upgraded to an Eternal Suite with Supreme Pool which was located in the main building. The suite featured an open-plan bedroom with king size bed, sitting area, gorgeous bathtub, luxurious bathroom with walk-in shower, and a private terrace with pool and lovely sea views. Natural materials like marble & wood, eclectic pieces of dark wood furniture & art, and a palette of muted greys and beiges created a luxurious feel throughout.
- Next to the main building and reached via a picturesque bridge is another pavilion which houses the hotel’s dining area, called Cove Restaurant & Bar. With a spacious veranda and large sliding windows overlooking the Aegean Sea, Cove Restaurant sets the scene for guests to embark on a journey of taste. Each morning, a beautifully presented breakfast spread (7:30 am to 11 am) offers fresh fruits, pastries, cereals, Greek delicacies and more, while guests can also choose eggs, pancakes and waffles from a menu. At night, Cove Restaurant transforms into a sophisticated fine dining venue, offering one of Mykonos’ best culinary experiences.
- In front of Cove Restaurant is the hotel’s beautiful infinity pool which is never busy since most guests prefer to lounge by their own pool or to spend the day at one of Mykonos’ famous beach clubs. Filled with salt water, the large pool is surrounded by dozens of comfortable sun beds and umbrellas. Pool service is available, with snacks, refreshing cocktails and light bites served throughout the day. The pool decks offers great views of the bay and beach of Korfos, as well as spectacle of kite surfers having fun in the waters of the cove. The pool area is somewhat sheltered from the strong winds that often bather this part of the island (more on that below).
- The hotel’s top floor houses an intimate wellness center, offering a variety of treatments including full body massages, manicure, pedicure and hair services. The spa’s decor moves away from the communal areas’ understated elegance through a different palette of wood-like views, blending in with the natural scenery. There are 3 treatment rooms (2 couples suites & 1 single room), with one room featuring its own private wet area with Jacuzzi and sauna. The spa is also home to a small but well equipped gym.
- Aeonic Suites & Spa is located next to Mykonos’ Korfos Beach, which is a pole of attraction for wind- and kite surfers due to the strong winds that blow over the bay. When the sea is calm, the crystalline green waters and beautiful views towards Mykonons Town create an idyllic setting. Korfos is not the best beach though for swimming and relaxing (there are no loungers on the beach), but that shouldn’t be a problem as there is a gorgeous beach just a 10 min walk from the hotel: Ornos. Known as a family-friendly beach and offering calm waters, Ornos is also one of Mykonos’ trendiest, most popular and crowded beaches.
CONS & THINGS TO KNOW
- What you should be aware of and prepare for as you design your dream Mykonos vacation are the seasonal Meltemi winds. These northern summer winds are very strong and dry, giving low humidity and tempering the hot summer temperatures. These winds generally occur in July and August, though they can have an early onset in mid-June and may last to mid-September. The entire island of Mykonos will experience strong winds (except for some sheltered bays) when the Meltemi is blowing. The windy conditions are often at their strongest in Korfos Bay where the hotel is located, also explaining the cove’s reputation as a kite surfers paradise. To deal with its location, the hotel has placed some wind screens on the pool deck, which tends to be less windy compared to the private pools of the hotel suites.
- Although an excellent boutique resort, Aeonic Suites & Spa is not a beach resort (nor does it pretend to be one). The property is located next to Korfos Beach (with great views), but the beach itself will not be appealing to most guests because it’s pretty dirty (a lot of waste from the sea washes ashore) and very windy (there are no sunbeds on the beach). However, that shouldn’t put you off as there are only very few hotels in Mykonos that offer direct beach access and most travelers on the island prefer to visit Mykonos’ famous beach clubs during the day (which can be easily reached by taxi). Also, right around the corner from the hotel (a 10 min stroll) is Ornos Beach, a gorgeous and wind-protected stretch of sand with azure blue waters, several beach clubs, plenty of restaurants, and a great vibe.
- Right in front of the hotel, along the sea, is a small road (with low traffic) which is lined by some power lines and rusty pylons. The road itself is not visible from the rooms and the pool deck (as the hotel is built on a higher level) but the power lines and pylons are clearly visible. It’s nothing too bad though (the cables don’t block the view) but it might be an eyesore to some guests nonetheless. I hope that in the near future the resort might negotiate a deal with Greek authorities to reroute the power lines around the property (or hide them under the ground), similar to what other hotels in the Cyclades have done in the past (e.g. Canaves Epitome on the Greek island of Santorini).
- Located on a hill in Mykonos’ western part, Aeonic Suites & Spa faces east. This means that early risers will be able to able to watch the sunrise, but the sunset is not visible from the property. The hotel is also in the shade around 90 minutes prior to the sunset, but that should motivate you to leave the lovely resort grounds and take a taxi (or walk) to Mykonos Town, which offers a superb view of the island’s famous sunset.
- Although the young staff at Aeonic Suites & Spa are super-friendly, enthusiast, and eager to please, service is not flawless (yet). Some minor service hiccups happened during my stay, which is probably due to the fact that the hotel has only been open since June 2021. For example, in the restaurant, I was only served my drinks & bread halfway my (exceptionally good) multi-course dinner; and when I ordered room service one night, the dirty plates were not removed during room cleaning the next day. Also, I was offered a different quote for a taxi to Mykonos Town on several occasions, which I found rather odd (and the staff seem puzzled as well). I expect that service will only get better over time as the place seems to be run and managed very well.
- Some of the pool suites don’t come with sea views but overlook a lovely courtyard garden surrounded by a rustic wall. If you want an open view, make sure to book the right room (the website of Aeonic Suites & Spa clearly states which rooms offer a sea views and which don’t).
- Location: 8/10
- Design: 9/10
- Pool: 9/10
- Rooms: 9/10
- Food: 9/10
- Breakfast: 9/10
- Spa: 8/10
- Service: 8/10
- Value for money: 9/10
- Overall experience: very good 8,6/10
TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
- Save money: read here my tips for getting the best deal at a luxury hotel like Aeonic Suites & Spa Mykonos (and/or receive complimentary perks).
- Read my tips for preparing your trip in time.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit Mykonos are the autumn months of September and October: the weather is still great, the tourist crowds have left, the sea temperature is at its warmest, and the hotel rates are within reasonable range. The spring months of April and May, before the summer rush comes, are also a great time to visit, although the sea is cold and you may encounter some cloudy days. Mykonos is a very popular holiday destination for Europeans in June, July and August: expect hordes of tourists, nonstop parties and soaring hotel rates at this time of year. Summers also see a lot of windy days, with the Meltemi blowing for long periods, especially in the afternoons (sometimes gale force like winds).
HOW TO GET THERE
Aeonic Suites & Spa is a 15 min car ride from the ferry harbour and a 10 min ride from the aiport. Click here for a constantly updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Mykonos.
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I watched your video on this property which was well done. But I can honestly say having seen it I have no desire to go to Mykonos. Your videos do help one make these decisions. Thanks.