Almost no shade around the pool (ineffective canopies rather than umbrellas)
Free bottled water in room only for first day
The best beaches are on the other side of the island
Hugging a cliff high above the Aegean, the five-pearl Cavo Tagoo offers one spectacular view after another from its multi-level terraces and windows. This 80-room boutique hotel whispers "barefoot luxury," the result of a 2007 renovation that combines whitewashed simplicity with sophisticated art and ultra-modern furnishings. The party scene in town is five minutes away via the hotel's free shuttle, but there's also plenty of action (some complain too much) at the pool bar for guests who want to mingle. Rooms -- with stone walls, wood floors, and beamed ceilings -- are gorgeous and sleek, and some have private pools that create a nice romantic ambience for a honeymoon or a couples retreat. This is one of the top luxury hotels on Mykonos; travelers seeking a slightly more affordable (but still upscale) option near Mykonos Town should consider Boheme or the Kouros Hotel & Suites.
Rustic stone and whitewashed surfaces mixed with sleek minimalist furniture
Renovated in 2007 to reflect the minimalist aesthetic of owner-architect Paris Liakos, the hotel pairs Greek Island whitewashed surfaces, exposed stone walls, and thatched ceilings with modern white slipcovered furniture and gleaming gold mosaic accent walls. This palette of gray, white, and gold contrasts with the startling blue of the sea and sky glimpsed from every door and window. Sneakered staff members dressed in head-to-toe white greet guests at the reception desk and carry trays of drinks to the open-air dining terrace overlooking the infinity pool. Typography creates a cheeky design element: Public restroom doors feature dictionary entries for Greek-to-English words like "metamorphosis" and "apocalypse," while metal sculptures spelling out "kiss" and "love" bookend a white stone fireplace.
Right outside Mykonos Town and a 10-minute drive to the airport
Cavo Tagoo is perched on a rocky hill on the outskirts of lively Mykonos Town, about a 20-minute walk to the town center, or a five-minute trip by free hotel shuttle. Guests can dive into the town's nonstop party scene or go for a more tranquil experience at the hotel. Mykonos' best beaches are located on the other side of the island, but are within a 15-minute drive. Mykonos Airport is about a 10-minute drive from the hotel, and the Mykonos Ferry Terminal is about a 25-minute drive away.
Pristine all-white rooms with large balconies and sea views
Rooms with pristine white bedding and whitewashed wood floors are modern and spacious. Most offer partial or full-on sea views from balconies that may include a hot tub or private plunge pool. Room styles include Classic Rooms, higher-level Deluxe Rooms, and Premium Rooms with king-size beds and large baths in an open-plan setting. The hotel also has a variety of one- and two-bedroom suites and luxurious villas with kitchens and private pools. Standard amenities include spacious balconies, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs with English-language stations. Large white marble bathrooms have double sinks with whirlpool tubs and separate showers.
Restaurant, breakfast buffet, spa, and fitness center
The hotel’s a la carte restaurant, perched above the pool and sea, offers an Asian menu and spectacular sunset views. A lavish breakfast buffet with yogurt, fresh baked goods, and cooked local specialties is served daily in the open-air main restaurant. There's a spacious fitness center with modern cardio equipment, and a sophisticated spa that features treatments using Aegean minerals and local extra-virgin olive oil. A 24-hour front desk staff and a concierge team are available to arrange everything from private dining to wedding proposals to off-site yacht excursions. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.