This iconic jet-set hotel is still living up to its reputation as the ‘place to be’ over 20 years after opening its doors to the discerning traveller.
For more than 50 years, the island of Mykonos has been one of the most popular destinations for celebs and the top world’s elite and many claims the Belvedere Hotel has an important role to play in the making of the Mykonos we know today. The first gay bar in Mykonos, Pierro’s opened in 1973 by the Italian photographer and painter Pierro Aversa which took off and became a legend that to this day has left its imprint on the island. Pierro himself used to live in the Belvedere Mansion which still has a mystic atmosphere from the glamourous era which shaped the island of Mykonos as we know today.
Nestled on a hill overlooking Mykonos town, Belvedere Main Hotel is located just off the main road connecting Mykonos Town to the airport and southern beaches making it very easy to reach by bus, taxi, or driving yourself. The nearest beach to Belvedere is the small beach near the Old Port, just a short 6-minute walk away. Set partly in one of the island’s oldest mansion dating back to 1850s, the refined and iconic five-star luxury hotel is today a green oasis. The stylish rooms and suites, the centrepiece pool area, Six Senses Spa, sensational restaurants and bars are all spread out among lush greenery and pink bougainvillaeas, attracting discerning travellers every year between May to October. Its premium location only a 5-in walk from Mykonos Town, guests have the island’s best shopping and nightlife right on their doorstep making Belvedere Main Hotel a popular choice for the crowd who enjoys socialising by the pool over cocktails with the option to retreat to a private terrace with a sunlounger to top up the tan lines.
Rooms and Suites at Belvedere Main Hotel
What makes the Belvedere Main Hotel so unique is mainly the perfect assortment of varying sized villas, rooms and suites (most of them have a spectacular view, especially the sunset views over the village and sea) spread over seven pristine white buildings. Some have beautiful private terraces with sun loungers whilst others benefit from eggshaped bathtubs or built-in rain showers in the ceiling. Referred to as ‘Cycladic elegance’ the interior decor is timeless with all rooms being individually designed using the hotel’s signature materials including wood and marble with white crisp walls as a canvas.
The main hotel features a large infinity pool as the centerpiece and with three unique pool bars, exclusive sun loungers, and poolside food guests can relax, top-up on their tans and make new friends. During the high season, the pool area turns into funky DJ nights and sometimes there’s also live entertainment on the menu. The poolside restaurant serves Greek fine dining including excellent Sea Bass, salads and a modern take on the traditional moussaka. The daily complimentary breakfast is served from 8 am to 11 am at the Belvedere Bar including local specialities such as homemade cakes and bread and Greek yoghurt. For guests wanting to make the most of the view, the popular restaurant Thea Estiatorio is set above the pool area and offers local Myconian dishes with a twist. Decorated with cushions in the traditional colours of blue and white and with candles on the table, the restaurant is especially inviting during evenings. For those wishing to mix up the Greek food with Asian cuisine are at the right place. The hotel’s star restaurant is, in fact, Matsuhisa Mykonos…
…Nobu Matsuhisa doesn’t need any introductions, as the world-renowned Chef who is the owner of the very successful celebrity-packed restaurants around the world. Here at the Belvedere Hotel, you can enjoy some of his signature dishes such as tiradito, new style sashimi and black cod with miso at the first open air sushi bar in the world! Needless to say, Matsuhisa Mykonos is equally as popular among walk-in guests like hotel guests who want to enjoy the fresh delicious fish and seafood sourced from the Aegean sea, so ensure to book in advance.
The hotel has a strong wellness focus including the famous Six Senses Spa offering guests a wide selection of treatments including signature massages, body treatments, rituals as well as beauty services. The spa’s visiting practitioners specialise in yoga (there are private yoga lessons available), Chinese medicine and psychic healing. The hotel also offers an incredibly spacious 24-hour fitness centre with high-quality equipment and great music to boot.
As an exclusive all-inclusive experience, guests can flex their credit cards for fine jewellery at the Venyx Boutique by Eugenie Niarchos. Guests wishing to up their poolside outfits can continue their luxury shopping spree at the Belvedere Shop which stocks high-end fashion labels such as Diane Kordas, Zeus + Dione, Ancient Kallos, Themis Z, and Kois Optics.
Who is this hotel for?
The Belvedere Main Hotel’s cosmopolitan vibe and understated luxury attracts a glamorous international crowd and is especially popular among Brits, Americans, Brazilians, and Australians. The hotel is both family-friendly and pet-friendly however the rooms are designed for 2 or 3 guests only which makes the main hotel more popular among couples (the best option for families is to choose from the Next Door residences). The social butterflies will feel right at home at the pool area where perfectly tanned guests (many returning year after year) relax behind oversized sunglasses to the beat of funky tunes from the bar. After all, the Belvedere Main Hotel is the perfect place to see and be seen!
More than the Belvedere Main Hotel…
Apart from the Belvedere Main Hotel, the hotel group offers various additional accommodation options to suit everyone’s tastes and needs. Hilltop Rooms & Suites is the brand new edition located 250 meters up the hill from the main hotel. The rooms and suites are larger compared to the main hotel and many come with a private garden, pool or jacuzzi. Given its location on a hill, the view is spectacular and suites couples and families looking for more privacy. Breakfast is served in the room or terrace however guests still have the option to walk down to the main hotel for breakfast, pool hang, lunch, spa treatments, and dinner. The Hilltop Rooms & Suites simple offers the both of best worlds.
The Waterfront Villa & Suites are located 350 meters from the main hotel and offer breathtaking views, private swimming pools, and total privacy and are unique given its central town location. Some of the villas can house larger groups and also come with round-the-clock service and swimming pools. There’s also the Villa Next Door which, as the name suggests, are next door residences for those who seek privacy yet want to enjoy 5-star services and facilities. Guests can choose from villas with plunge pools and private pools and jacuzzis all with gorgeous outdoor spaces for lounging, sophisticated design and breathtaking sea views.
For those preferring to be right in the middle of the action, there are the Little Venice Pied A Terre apartments situated 650 meters or a ten-minute walk from the main hotel. The two hip and luxury apartments are set on one of the world’s most photographed Mykonos location and are ideal for independent travellers still wanting to enjoy 5-star hotel service.
School of Fine Arts District, 84600, Mykonos, Greece