See the Greek island hotspot the bohemian elite are flocking to
Imagine a picturesque beach club that effortlessly combines the characters of Burning Man and Byron Bay. Sand under bare feet. Luxurious yet rustic interior design. Organic food by day and wild parties by night.
Well, fetch your nose ring and artful leather accessories, because it’s a real place – welcome to the San Giorgio hotel in Mykonos and its adjoining restaurant and event space, Scorpios.
The hotel is intended to bring like-minded, creative individuals together to “explore mind-body wisdom, creative expression and positive transformation through a program of workshops, talks and meditation classes.” Essentially, combine all the buzzwords of the wellness industry with a splash of ’60s bohemia and voilà.
San Giorgio is the creation of Thomas Heyne and Mario Hertel, two Germans who met in Ibiza in the ’90s and went on to found the Paradise Club – one of the biggest and wildest tickets on the Greek party island of Mykonos.
While the Paradise Club has an unashamed Eurotrash vibe, San Giorgio is at the opposite end of the style spectrum. The hotel’s high-end bohemian interiors are by Annabell Kutucu (known for this stunning retreat in Tulum) and the architects were Athen’s elite K-studio (with additional good taste from design firm Lambs & Lions).
The aesthetic is breezy and spacious, paying homage to the classic crisp-white architecture of the area. Traditional Greek craftsmanship is everywhere, from the woven chairs to the cotton matelassé quilts.
The pool bar is the main gathering space with sun beds, oversized cushions and soft lantern lighting when the sun goes down. Guests can sip an organic cocktail or vitamin-enriched smoothie from one of the many vantage spots by the water.
Food is organic, locally sourced and mainly vegetarian. Chefs are proud to produce home-style Mediterranean feasts to nourish body and soul.
The hotel’s designers have used the less-is-more principle to great effect. Luxurious minimalism abounds, with a calming palette of natural colours against a background of signature Cycladic white.
Part of the Design Hotels group, San Giorgio is described by its parent company as a place for “those who seek simple pleasures like waking up to views of the sea, sharing good food prepared with love and care, and feeling the euphoric energy of a crowd dancing under a starry sky.” It offers a balance of healthy days, wild nights, and enviable Instagram shots. Everything in moderation (including moderation).