[highlight1] San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos [/highlight1]
The San Giorgio Mykonos is designed for those who seek simple pleasures like waking up to views of the sea, sharing good food prepared with love and care, and feeling the euphoric energy of a crowd dancing under a starry sky. This project is not established by a classical interior design company but find his spirit in the collaboration of Annabell Kutucu, Interior Stylist and Michael Schickinger, Creative Director Lambs & Lions (former Creative Director, Design Hotels AG).
A retreat from the mundane, Holmes Place Retreat at the San Giorgio Beach Hotel Mykonos is all about moving well, eating well and feeling well, a mere ten minutes’ drive from Mykonos International Airport and the cosmopolitan island’s centre. An island to join the jet-setters and live the high life or withdraw and immerse in its natural beauty, Mykonos is one of the top tourist destinations worldwide. San Giorgio offers an oasis of bohemian luxury, ideal for winding down and restoring your equilibrium.
Sit by the pool or on the scenic rocks, emblematic of the Mykonian landscape, and gaze at the blue June sea. Clear your mind for the three days that lie ahead, as you relax in your double bedroom, its organic forms and simple design exuding a sense of tranquility and simplicity.
The interiors, by Design Hotels’ former creative director Michael Schickinger and Berlin-based stylist Annabell Kutucu, recall ’60s bohemian chic, with abundant natural materials, handmade fabrics, and vintage pieces sourced from Athens flea markets. “Our goal was to create a place that has a laid-back atmosphere,” Schickinger says. “We wanted to bring a warmth and radiance to the spaces, yet keep an overall feeling of ease and lightness.”
- “For the revamp of the Hotel San Giorgio, Mykonos, we have combined our knowledge and passion to create a place that has the laid-back atmosphere of a friends house. Our aim was to bring warmth and radiance to spaces, yet keep an overall feeling of ease and lightness. The Interiors recall a retro mediterranean chic, with abundant natural materials, handmade fabrics and vintage pieces sources from Athens flea markets. Each of the rooms is uniquely decorated, with an eclectic mix of items like canopied beds, cotton matelassé, and traditional Greek woven-rush stools.” – Lambs & Lions
The room types:
All 33 rooms, including 2 generous suites are located within the open space property, featuring the characteristic Mykonos Architecture of picturesque white-washed buildings. The organic forms and simple design reflect a sense of history, heritage, style and simplicity. All rooms are equally equipped with a shower and modern bathroom, phone, air-conditioning as well as complimentary wireless internet.
- The affordable luxury features a similar design aesthetic and the same high quality standard of materials across different categories, with the usual amenities of private bathroom, air conditioning, mini bar and satellite TV.
- The starting category, Basico, is located at the garden or souterrain level. The next step up is the Mare double rooms with verandas or balconies facing the shimmering sea. Spacious, modern bathrooms boast a range of organic bath products that seduce after a long day of sun and sea.
- The Veranda and Grande suites offer some of the most stunning views of the bay from their luxurious 10 to 25 square metre verandas, with the large lounge spaces in the rooms acting as welcome refuge when required.
- The largest suite is the Famosa – a nod to the famous visiting DJs San Giorgio will host. It boasts 65 square metres of indoor space and a terrace that’s nearly as large.
Each of the rooms is uniquely decorated, with an eclectic mix of items like canopied beds, cotton-matelassé quilts, and traditional Greek woven-rush stools. Schickinger’s personal favorite is room No. 72, with sand-color walls and a generous terrace overlooking the azure Aegean Sea. The largest suite is the 700-square-foot Famosa, named for the celebrated DJs who will be invited to stay there during their stints at Paradise Club.
The hotel started its humble beginnings in the ’90s thanks to a successful local fisherman who laid claim to a piece of Paradise Beach. Step into 2012 and the 34-room property has changed hands to new owner, who have assigned Annabell Kutucu and Michael Schickinger to re-position the property and experience.
Melding the carefree finesse of the ’60s bohemian life with a down-to-earth “gypset” approach, everything is about ease and enjoyment. Leisure is writ large, it’s like visiting the summer home of your coolest friend, who whips together a feast for the eyes and palate with as much ease and grace as he throws the island’s most talked-about fête.
A SENSE OF PLACE:
What you see and feel at San Giorgio are equal measures of history, heritage, style and simplicity. The crisp splendor of the whitewashed building is just as one would expect and hope to find on this Cycladic isle. Air and light are brought inside, tempered only by fabrics, colors and furnishings which tell of an exotic place or a local story and the work of fine skilled hands. Throughout, there’s a deliberate spotlight on origin and craftsmanship where a few carefully chosen accessories give the right warmth to an otherwise open space. From the charming off-kilter design chair that shows off its raw wood parts, to the traditional Greek woventop stools, weighty cotton matelassé quilts, and even the sinuous curves of the polished cement counters, each piece is organic in form or source and together they create a harmonious whole.
Our goal was to create a place that has a laid-back atmosphere, even exuding ease and lightness. Nothing should be obtrusive so that the materials and furniture can tell their own stories. We combined weathered surfaces, furniture and fabrics that were handmade and produced by traditional methods, vintage pieces from Athen’s flea markets and dealers of antique building materials. For example, the wall behind the reception is composed of old shutters – an homage to Greece.
Harmony was a major theme. We wanted to bring warmth and radiance into the spaces, yet keeping the overall lightness and airyness. My favorite space is the Secret Garden, a palm garden that lies just below the pool – the nature is a bit untamed but that’s what gives it charm and creates a fabulous place to chill out in a hamm.
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San Giorgio Mykonos started its humble beginnings in the ’90s thanks to a successful local fisherman who laid claim to a piece of Paradise Beach. Step into 2012 and the 33-room property has changed hands to the neighboring Paradise Club. Long-time friends of Design Hotels™, proprietors Thomas Heyne and Mario Hertel together with the owner Markos Daktilidis approached the brand to design a new hospitality experience. After its first project on a pristine beach in Tulum, Mexico, Design Hotels™ now brings another dimension of temporary hospitality experience to Europe.
In December 2011, Design Hotels™ launched its first project: Papaya Playa popped up on a pristine beach in Tulum, Mexico as a temporary retreat for like-minded, creative individuals to unwind and connect with self and nature. A response to turbulent economic times and the need to create authentic experiences within a destination, the inspiring feedback received to the project has encouraged further creative and off-radar luxury forms. As individuals across the world step up their quest for personal enrichment through travel, art and culture, Design Hotels™ takes the next step from pop-up to temporal hospitality experiences.
Design Hotels™ Founder and CEO Claus Sendlinger explains: “At the heart of Design Hotels™’ Projects are the compelling destinations and rich array of experiences that resonate with a diverse crowd of cultural travelers. Designed to be shifting hubs, they provide an open platform for the creative collective to gather, celebrate and shape meaningful moments.” Steering the adventure to the Mediterranean this time for the summer season, San Giorgio Mykonos, A Design Hotels™ Project in association with Paradise Club will do just that, uplift and inspire.
THE TALE OF SAN GIORGIO:
The hotel started its humble beginnings in the ’90s thanks to a successful local fisherman who laid claim to a piece of Paradise Beach. Step into 2012 and the 33-room property has changed hands to the neighboring Paradise Club. Long-time friends of Design Hotels™, proprietors Thomas Heyne and Mario Hertel together with Markos Daktilidis, owner of Paradise Beach, approached the brand to design a new hospitality experience. Located just 300 meters from the club, San Giorgio is situated on one of the most scenic areas of the island between Paradise and Paranga beaches.
Not only is Mykonos famed for its nightlife, of which Paradise Club is ranked amongst the top five in Europe, the picturesque white houses, dazzling blue waters and quaint alleys are the picture of a Grecian paradise.
THE KINGS OF MYKONOS:
A mix of Happy House music, relaxed openair lounge setting and deck looking out to the Aegean Sea. Paradise Club attracts a crowd of 25 to 45 year olds. During peak season, summer-loving, free-spirited people dance the night away creating a hypnotic vibe that has to be experienced to be believed. With a huge following in Australia, the owners have frequently toured the metro cities to great reception. In fact so beloved are they, they ended up starring in the hit GreekAustralian movie, the Kings of Mykonos – as the two funny Germans on the island of course!
Their vision for San Giorgio is much like the club – to be a space where like-minded individuals from all over the world can come together and feed off the exhilarating energy. But to also be a haven of peace, of friendship, of community and memorable new experiences.
The San Giorgio Project is designed for those who seek simple pleasures like waking up to views of the sea, sharing good food prepared with love and care, and feeling the euphoric energy of a crowd dancing under a starry sky. Mario and Thomas bring special treats to residents of San Giorgio. Not least of which is complimentary access to the VIP area of Paradise Club. As personal friends and part of the San Giorgo family, world-renowned DJs like Armin Van Buuren, Moby and David Guetta will not only have an island home, but also become integral contributors to the Project. Impromptu chilled-house sets and spectacular White Parties will be an exclusive highlight for the temporary community. These monthly events take place in the hotel’s open-air lounge, perfectly placed to soak up the last rays of sun settling into the Aegean Sea.
The affordable luxury features a similar design aesthetic and the same high quality standard of materials across different categories and the usual amenities of private bathroom, air conditioning, mini bar, satellite TV, etc. The starting category, Basico is located at the garden or souterrain level. The next step up is the Mare double rooms with verandas or balconies facing the azure waters and shimmering beach. Spacious modern bathrooms boast a range of organic bath products that seduce after a long day of sun and sea.
The Veranda and Grande suites offer some of the most stunning views of the bay from their luxurious verandas, ranging from 10 to 25 square meters. The large lounge spaces in the rooms act as refuge when required. The largest suite is named Famosa as a nod to the famous visiting DJs San Giorgio will host. It boasts 65 square meters of indoor space and a terrace that’s nearly equally large.
A medley of accessories and seating such as wooden benches, chairs and stools make up the eclectic setting. The food and open kitchen is also a testament to the atmosphere. Honest, fresh from the market ingredients are used to create favorite Mediterranean dishes with a twist, and served to both locals and guests. Depending on that day’s fare, the regularly changing menu will include dishes like Mussels with Smoky Bacon & Cider, Aegean Kakavia (a local fish stew) or Roast Carrot and Avocado Salad with Orange and Lemon Dressing. The prices here like the rooms themselves have been kept in check to afford a true, organic spread for all.
The bar area being the epicenter of social interaction, translates the idea here with big, colorful, sink-in cushions and exotic lanterns while retaining the white-washed walls and furniture that are intrinsic to the local flavor. Languid sunbeds spaced out over the generous deck create plenty of private sanctuaries as well. For the right kickstart in the mornings, breakfast foods like Greek yogurt with fruit, freshly baked breads, Mykonos sausages, cheese from the islands and homemade marmalade are served.
THE OLYMPIANS ARE BACK:
For a simple, splash and snorkel, just steps down from the hotel is a private floating platform to spring into the Aegean waters and enjoy its abundant flora and fauna. At San Giorgio, indulgence goes hand in hand with top physical fitness. The adjacent Paradise Beach offers all kinds of activities – water skiing, scuba diving to windsurfing and even horse riding. Ten minutes by car from the hotel, Mykonos Town provides the perfect little cosmopolitan vibe. Wander through Little Venice, the most picturesque part of town and go shopping for curios in narrow, pebble-stoned shopping streets. Use the essential Design Hotels™ neighborhood guide to plug into the local scene.
MY PHAT GREEK WEDDING:
With its traditional rough-stone walls topped with a white bell-tower, the chapel is perfect for an intimate ceremony with the closest of friends and family. What’s more, San Giorgio can be booked in its entirety for a wedding or other special celebration. The staff will work closely with each group to create the perfect experience.
[highlight1] Project Data [/highlight1]
Project name: San Giorgio Hotel
Location: Paradise Beach, Paraga, Mykonos 846 00, Greece
Type: Hotel, Hotel Interior
Interior Materials: abundant natural materials, handmade fabrics, and vintage pieces
Room Size: 33 rooms
- Basico room – 25sqm (269sqft)
- Mare room – 25sqm (269sqft)
- Veranda room – 25sqm (269sqft)
- Grande Suite – 55sqm (592sqft)
- Famosa Suite – 55sqm (592sqft)
Completion Year: December 2011
- 2013 – Tripadvisor Awards – Ranked No.69 of 178 hotels in Mykonos
Visit San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos’s website: here
[highlight1] The people [/highlight1]
Client / Owner / Developer: Design Hotels™
Re-Design / Styling & Experience Concept:
- Annabell Kutucu – Berlin, Germany
- Michael Schickinger – Raabestr. 2, 10405 Berlin, Germany
- Creative Director: Lambs & Lions – Raabestr. 2, 10405 Berlin, Germany
Text Description: © Courtesy of San Giorgio Hotel, Annabell Kutucu, Michael Schickinger, Design Hotels™
Images: © San Giorgio Hotel