Perched on a ridge between Kavos and Paraga Beach, Scorpios Mykonos blends into the landscape perfectly – almost as if it were carved straight from the earth, a little honey-coloured village made entirely of rock and clay. From deck chair to exterior wall, the retreat successfully reflects its immediate landscape: warm tones, dusty textures and organic forms.
Eager to provide a full experience of Mykonos, Mario Hertel and Thomas Heyne, turned to the history of Ancient Greece, in particular, the agora. Literally meaning ‘a gathering space’, an agora was traditionally used as the meeting point for ‘the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political – the Community’. Here, they’ve translated this concept into a day retreat, beach club, bar and restaurant that is both social and relaxing, where time slows right down – almost to a stop – and lets you escape the world. The sense of full immersion into relaxation is extremely alluring.
Building on nearby hotel San Giorgio Mykonos, architects Dimitiris and Konstantinos Karampatakis of K-studio, Athens, Scorpios is conceived as meandering collection of indoor and outdoor spaces from beach front, to beach terrace, to restaurant and finally, inside ‘the house’. Divided as such, the retreat is generously proportioned, offering numerous spots to escape to. Read a book in the under the shade of the thatched cabanas, enjoy (multiple) morning coffees with friends in the eastern terraces, or have cocktails in the evening at the club-house with your love – there is somewhere for everyone, and every mood, to enjoy together or alone.
Scorpios Mykonos is wildly beautiful. Dappled sunlight and billowing fabrics, the contrast between textured stone walls and accents of white washed ones, heavy timber against delicate weaving, the calm that pours from natural tones throughout – it’s the kind of beauty that feels effortless, one the Greeks really do master. Between a pared back colour palette, natural, weather-worn materials of stone and warm timber, and the fine, elegant furnishings that fill the space, Scorpios Mykonos is part-1960s Greek glamour and part-contemporary modernism, oozing with richness in the most subtle way. Ultimately, it’s a space of ease, delightfully celebrating the local culture in the process.
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