Arriving on Mykonos for the first time can feel a bit like arriving on Mars. This tiny, wind-whipped Greek island is craggy and arid, full of tumbling hills and dramatic coastlines. But in a particularly secluded spot, you’ll find the newly opened Cali Mykonos, a discreet collection of 40 villas cleverly built between two mountains overlooking the twinkling blue of the Aegean—and the hotel’s own silky sweep of private sand. At the center of it all is a hypnotic salt water infinity pool, which wraps around the cliff like the purest blue river stretching as far as the eye can see, encapsulating everything there is to love about this boutique resort: beauty, serenity, and luxury delivered with the lightest touch.
Actually, “Rooms” doesn’t do Cali’s 40 villa-like suites justice. Resembling Cycladic houses, these have been built using stone from the initial excavation, combining traditional architecture with the rugged beauty of the landscape through sleek lines and flat roofs, many of which are planted with local flowers and herbs. Simplicity reigns, and the interior design is a masterclass in understated Mediterranean elegance, with handcrafted furnishings, heaps of marble and native wood creating chic temples of peace. Crucially, every villa comes with its own private pool and ocean views—there really are no duds here.
The Food & Drinks
One of the most exciting things about this place is the cocktail list, dreamed up by the most infectiously enthusiastic mixologists VF have you ever encountered Alongside the classics, there’s a list inspired by the Nine Muses from Greek mythology, including an intriguingly truffled take on a margarita called a “Polyhymnia”. But the ebullient chief bartender also responds to the world around him; one night during our visit there is a blood-red full moon, so I created a Full Moon Sour, a heady blend of gin infused with beurre noisette and streaks of cherry liqueur. The food is excellent too, and while the more complex locally sourced seafood and meat dishes are great in the evening, it’s pretty hard to beat the hotel’s perfect Greek Salad and the freshest Tzatziki, served with pillowy pita breads and perfect by that show stopping pool . Everything is overseen by chef Lefteris Lazarou, who’s cooked for everyone from political leaders to royalty, and shares Cali’s passion for local, sustainable ingredients.
What To Do
Whatever you do, don’t leave this idyll. You could easily spend an entire trip here lazing by the pool or pootling down to the private beach at the bottom of the cliff. That said, there are two immaculate speed boats that can be taken to Delos Island or down the South Coast, while a partnership with Athens-based fitness studio Athlesis caters to any fitness needs (VF took a particularly stirring sunrise yoga session and hasn’t looked back since).