Kenshō Private Villa — Mykonos, Greece
It probably helps to state upfront that, despite its moniker, there’s no Japanese influence whatsoever about Kenshō Private Villa, a standalone villa to its more public sister property, Kenshō Boutique Hotel and Suites in southwest Mykonos. In fact, the five-bedroom bolthole – a 357 sq m space that easily holds ten guests, and that’s about 3.5km from Mykonos town – is resolutely Cycladic in its inclinations, especially its colours.
The rectilinear white façade leads into a cool minimal interior lined with raw stone, timber strips, and vast white expanses of wall. The furnishings, themed in hues of beige and grey, are deliberately keyed towards lazy lounging – a hammock here, a low-slung chair-like bean bag there – made all the more sybaritic by the sun terrace and an infinity pool that does its best to match the island’s fabled blue-on-blue sky.
In a central kitchen overlooking the Aegean, chef George Stylianoudakis and pastry chef Dimitris Chronopoulos cook up multiple course dinners, sending out onto the dining terrace dishes like a classic stifado, or stew dimpled with wagyu rib-eye, grilled lobsters and crabs, and kakavia, a homey local fish soup flavoured with garoupa.
Meanwhile, the concierge is on standby to organise everything from massages and personal trainers to helicopter joy rides around the island.