As one of two Leading Hotels—both located on gorgeous Elia Beach—from the venerated Myconian Collection, the Myconian Imperial represents classic Mykonos. In the words of Myconian Collection Commercial Director Anastasios Naoum: “The Myconian Imperial, with its clear lines and airy spaces, is a direct representation of Greece in general and the Cyclades in particular, due to its simple colors, with clean white spaces facing the blue of the horizon and the sea.” Elia Beach is one of the island’s most popular strands, though other than thatched palapa-style umbrellas and lounge chairs, it’s fairly undeveloped. Walk the golden sands from west to east to find the Myconian Imperial lording over the very end of the beach, positioned on a spectacular rise. It is the essence of exclusivity.
The Myconian Imperial represents the height of indulgence with two saltwater, freeform pools side by side.
The resort delivers such a seamless water-based experience that Aquarians and other water lovers will be in heaven. It is de rigueur to book one of the Executive Pool Suites—so that you can swim from the Aegean to your private seawater pool with barely a pause. Whether social on Elia Beach or discreet in your accommodations—you can always be enjoying the water. (Some premium and superior suites feature outdoor Jacuzzis.)
Of course, between the beach and your suite rests a triumph of aqueous design: The twin pools that hover over the Aegean are the hotel’s showstoppers. Of course, many hotels have more than one pool for practical purposes (adults and family, for example), but the Myconian Imperial represents the height of indulgence with two saltwater, freeform pools side by side—just for the design and experiential joy of it. The fact that the pools virtually touch reinforces the lean but sensuous design of the hotel.
The environment is so sublime and serene that guests find it difficult to leave the pool to dine—and they don’t have to. Have your tzatziki at Eros Veranda Bar while you’re drying off. That cool freshness will whet your appetite for a dinner overseen by Executive Chef Tasos Albanis at Celebrities Seafood Restaurant, where the gastronomic experience may begin with grouper ceviche with avocado and mango tiger’s milk, and move onto sea bass with black risotto in lobster sauce, and lamb with Thessaloniki with cous cous, feta and eggplant. The Myconian Imperial exemplifies the Greek experience and aesthetic so well that it would be a shame to forego the characteristic Greek dessert—housemade baklava.
Albanis’ fine dining venue may not be in the water, but the following morning, after a soak in your private Jacuzzi or pool, the swim-up bar beckons, with its incomparable view of the longest beach in Mykonos.