DESIGN + TRAVEL: KENSHO, Mykonos
I got a nice tip this morning about a brand new hotel in Mykonos, the KENSHO. Mykonos already has its fair share of exquisite boutique hotels and trying to deliver something ground breaking is not easy to achieve. I was told that it had the boutique hotel look and feel with something extra on the design side. Immediately I was curious.
The hotel is perched over the bay of Ornos in the south side of the island, a short drive from the airport (there are direct flights to Mykonos from London) and also close to the capital as well as other popular beaches (Psarou and Super Paradise). The bay of Ornos is well protected from the Aegean winds so expect to see a great deal of yachts anchored around it.
AESTHETICS TO DELIGHT
First thing you notice when you look at the rooms, is how well put together they are, with just the right amount of designer products. Texture and light play a unique role in elevating each room to a different level. The design is by Greek architect Alexandros Kolovos.
The palette is neutral with white, grey and earthy tones making the interior feel light and spacious. Lighting is used to create a beautiful atmosphere and is not just functional.
Solid wood from reforestation has been used throughout the individually decorated rooms and includes maple, cherry, oak, walnut, scented cedar from Lebanon and thousand-year old Kauri from New Zealand.
Clever use of pipes as water taps and deep porcelain or stainless steel sinks (that look like pots no less) add drama to each room. Not that any more drama is needed, Mykonos already has enough to provide in the cobble streets of Chora (the capital). There is simple and functional furniture inside and outside the rooms, including chairs and tables by Spanish Patricia Urquiola and Filipino Kenneth Obonpue.
Mykonos remains hot property when it comes to design hotels and Kensho is going to be leading the way together with San Giorgio (which is a much smaller and much simpler boho chic hotel) and Mykonos Blu (part of the Grecotel chain, which is well positioned on top of Psarou, one of the best known beaches on the island).
Mykonos is the second most expensive island in the Aegean, after Santorini, but easily the most popular. It's kept its traditional look, much to the delight of the thousands that visit the island every year.
A party island, Mykonos features in magazines and newspapers daily during the summer months, with a number of celebrities and famous Hollywood actors visiting the place, some of them returning year after year.