By Anthea Gerrie, April 8, 2010
A guest room at Kivotos, with views of the harbour from the balcony

A guest room at Kivotos, with views of the harbour from the balcony

Kivotos is that rare creature on the Greek Islands, where dramatic and minimal is usually the order of the day - a ravishingly pretty hotel.

A luxurious and romantic one, too, whose Italianate architecture and rich mosaics are a reminder that the chic island of Mykonos was once occupied by the Venetians. Though individually designed, the sumptuous rooms tucked into a villa-like environment, mostly feature carved headboards, gauzy linens and beautiful bathrooms(though bedrooms and bath-rooms can be quite compact by modern standards). Some have living areas, private Jacuzzis and/or a balcony or terrace with sea view.

Bedroom blocks open on to flower-lined paths that wind through the lush grounds to a freshwater pool with a swim-up bar. The poolside café, overlooking the sea and a small private beach, is a divine place to enjoy a lazy lunch.

A lavish breakfast buffet features fresh Greek pastries, but although Kivotos has its own gourmet restaurant, it would be a shame not to go to lively Mykonos Town at least a few nights for dinner and some night-time jewellery shopping at Voulgaris. Honeymooners and romantics can splash out on a private dinner served on the beach or the Kivotos yacht.

Located in the quiet village of Ornos, Kivotos is just far enough from the bustle of town to be peaceful, yet only 10 minutes away if you want buzz. For those afraid it may be too quiet, it offers motorboat cruises, water sports, squash, yoga and a spa.

ROOMS: from £220.

Last updated: 10:03am, April 8 2010