The glam/rustic Lobby of the Kenshō
If you’re planning a trip to Mykonos and looking for someplace chic and interesting to stay, be sure to check out the Kensho Boutique Hotel in Ornos Beach. It’s just a short walk to the upscale beach clubs on Ornos Beach, and has a more laid-back vibe than touristy Mykonos Town.
Exterior of the Kenshō Boutique Hotel & Suites
Mykonos Town is only a short cab ride away. After dark, the Kensho is ideally situated halfway between Mykonos town and the after dark hot spot of Psarou Beach. My visit was during shoulder season, and the beach clubs were being boarded up for the season.
Whitewashed exterior of the Kensho
The concierge staff at the Kensho was top notch and made sure we had plenty of things to see and do and gave great restaurant, activity and recommendations.
View of Ornos from the Kensho
The property has 35 rooms, suites and a villa and the top rated spa in the area. There is an award winning on-site restaurant which serves Mediterranean specialties and excellent cocktails which can be enjoyed in the glamorous dining space, by the pool, or on the rooftop deck space.
Live edge table in the restaurant
The modern bohemian vibe of the Kensho makes it a great choice for design lovers. While the decor is mostly warm whites and wood, the layers of texture make the property very special and welcoming. The Kensho opened in 2016 and still feels new yet it has hit a stride with it’s well polished service.
Pool vibes at the Kensho
The Kensho boasts a hot tub on the roof and several rooms with private plunge pools. There are swings in the lounge area and cozy throw blankets for guests to use if the famous Mykonos winds kick up. My room was a VIP Junior Suite with a swing on the deck and a plunge pool, which was not surprisingly brisk during the October weather. The room was cozy despite it’s large size. The setup would be ideal during peak summer heat.
Poolside lounging at the Kensho
With only 35 rooms, the Kensho is intimate. The prime pool side lounge chairs and sundeck can get packed during sundown. The vibe is buzzy but not over the top.
The rooftop lounge is a popular spot for cocktails
Get a spot early!
Roof top hot tub at the Kensho
The hotel car is a gleaming Range Rover that offers complimentary transfers to and from Mykonos Town and other nearby locations.
Sunset in Ornos
Wifi was strong and free throughout the property. The gym was small but had all the essential equipment.
Cool lighting fixtures at the Kensho
While large, my Junior Suite was cool and cave like and had a comfortable work area. The shower was a bit dark, but there was ample closet space and a well stocked mini-bar.
Outdoor yoga space at the Kensho
If you’re a first time visitor to Mykonos and aren’t sure where to stay, consider dividing your time and spending a few days in Ornos. It’s happening but less chaotic than other parts of the the island including Mykonos town.
Basket swings in the lounge area
Cozy lounging area at the Kensho
Wood, stone and warm shades of white
The breakfast spread at the Kensho was impressive with a variety of cold dishes as well as eggs made to order. Don’t miss the strapastranda (Greek style scrambled eggs) and the tasty bougatsa (filled phyllo pastries).
Enjoying the swing at the Kensho
Lobby of the Kensho Spa
Slightly steam punk details in the spa bathroom
Groovy details in the Kensho spa
Thoughtful furnishing choices in the dining area of the Kensho
One of my favorite things about the Kensho is how thoughtful the design of the property is. Not only does the furniture in the Kensho look stylish but it is all comfortable and works well for guests.
Tasty gyro from room service
Aperol Spritz by the Kensho’s fire pit
The hotel is happening but quiet by Mykonos standards. It’s a perfect choice for sophisticated guests who are foodies and appreciate design. The crowd was cool — and like the property itself- good looking.
Mediterranean tapas at the Kensho
Details are everything at the Kensho
The spa has a boutique for products and there is a well curated gift cabinet.
Egg menu at the Kensho breakfast
Salmon, cheese and meats at breakfast
Choice of cheese
My suite had a coffee maker in case I needed a caffeine boost before breakfast service began. The minibar had a nice edit of treats.
Fruit featured on the breakfast spread
Impressive selection of bite-sized desserts on the breakfast buffett
Rainbow at the Kensho reception
I booked my stay at the Kensho through JMAK Hospitality, which has a small but on point edit of properties in Greece.
KENSHŌ Boutique Hotel & Suites
Ornos Beach, 84600
T. +30 22890 29001 / +30 22890 78788
F. +30 22890 27010
Athens offices: +30 210 7209911-4
Rates start at $355 USD