Rocabella a Serene Retreat Amid the Mykonos Glamour

Mykonos may be known for its party atmosphere and go-all-night bar scene, but amid the glitz and glamour there’s a luxurious and serene hotel where beauty and relaxation reign. Rocabella Mykonos is situated on a beach just a few minutes drive from the pulsing rhythm of Chora — a setting that is private and laid-back but within easy reach of the humming town.

The feel of the property is relaxed and a bit bohemian, mixing natural stone with the iconic white Cycladic architecture style. The pool area of the hotel has plenty of room for swimming, relaxing and dining in the great Greek outdoors.

The hotel offers everything you need to relax.
The hotel offers everything you need to relax.
Views from all parts of the hotel are stunning.View in gallery
Views from all parts of the hotel are stunning.

The public areas of the hotel set the tone for the rest of the property, which is relaxed and natural. The glamour in this hotel is its lack of glitz and the focus on earthy luxury. Natural wood furnishings and comfortable seating dominate the hip and stylish lobby and shop area, punctuated by vibrant greenery in clay pots.

The ease of this space encourages lingering.
The ease of this space encourages lingering.
The lobby has a small bar indoor bar area that keeps with the natural aesthetic.
The lobby has a small bar indoor bar area that keeps with the natural aesthetic.
The lobby is a nice place to have a coffee or a conversation.
The lobby is a nice place to have a coffee or a conversation.
The hotel also has books that you can borrow if you need something to read.
The hotel also has books that you can borrow if you need something to read.
Rustic furniture emphasizes the bohemian vibe.
Rustic furniture emphasizes the bohemian vibe.
Living plants always contribute to relaxation.
Living plants always contribute to relaxation.

Rocabella also has plenty of outdoor space, such as the shaded restaurant called Reeza. The name, which means “root” in Greek, is a nod to the restaurant’s philosophy of cooking with heart and soul, enlivening taste and honoring tradition. The kitchen’s contemporary take on Greek flavors are served in this amazing space, that offers fabulous views of the neighboring islands as well as Chora. This is also where guests can have the signature Greek breakfast to start them off on a day of island adventures — or seaside lounging.

There's no need for fancy table settings when the view is the main attraction.
There’s no need for fancy table settings when the view is the main attraction.
The same mix of natural and wood and iconic white carry through the furnishings.
The same mix of natural and wood and iconic white carry through the furnishings.
Rustic clay pots of lavender accent the outdoors and highlight the Mediterranean atmosphere.
Rustic clay pots of lavender accent the outdoors and highlight the Mediterranean atmosphere.
Guests can watch the ships cruise by.
Guests can watch the ships cruise by.

While the common areas in the hotel are beautiful, the private balconies and terraces of the guest rooms are the stars of the show. Just a few hundred meters from the Agio Stefanos beach, all of the hotel’s 21 rooms and suites offer views of the sea and surroundings. Characterized by simple styles, bright whites and earth tones, as well as and natural materials, the guest accommodations all have outdoor areas for enjoying the outdoors. Balconies and terraces of different sizes and styles offer space to relax alone or sip a glass of wine with your traveling companion. The chic furnishings are Arc en Ciel from Emu, and include the folding steel chair and round table, which work well with the minimalist lines of the guest accommodations.

Sunset is a prime time to enjoy the balcony.
Sunset is a prime time to enjoy the balcony.
A snack on the terrace after a late day nap is also ideal.View in gallery
A snack on the terrace after a late day nap is also ideal.

For some visitors, the beach is it, and Agios Stefanos offers a sandy seaside perch for swimming and sunning. Rocabella has the towels all packed and ready for a beach outing for those who want to go. The hotel has a platform near the beach that is equipped with comfortable and stylish lounges.

Small amenities and conveniences make a big difference.
Small amenities and conveniences make a big difference.
Sunbathe in style on these sunbeds.
Sunbathe in style on these sunbeds.

When it comes to the guest rooms and suites, Rocabella provides spaces that are chic and minimalist, letting the spectacular surroundings speak for themselves. Guest can luxuriate in simplicity and serenity in the all-white spaces that are adorned with a minimum of accessories and just a hint of color that is appropriate for the location. Bright white bedding nearly disappears against dazzling white walls that make the bed feel like a floating cloud.  Natural rattan shades are on the hanging pendant lights on each side of the bed.

The room is predominantly white, projecting a fresh and clean feeling.
The room is predominantly white, projecting a fresh and clean feeling.
Accessories are minimal and appropriate to the natural color scheme.
Accessories are minimal and appropriate to the natural color scheme.
Accents in the room are Mediterranean in style.
Accents in the room are Mediterranean in style.
Accents in the room are Mediterranean in style.
Rustic light fixtures warm the space.
Trendy LED filament bulbs illuminate the island-style fixtures.
Trendy LED filament bulbs illuminate the island-style fixtures.

To maintain an open and airy feel, the room has a minimum of walls, relying on an innovative rail in the corner of the room for hanging clothing, along with a built-in bench and full-length mirror that is an artful accessory. All the pieces feel natural and casual.

Just one gentle accent color is used in the entire space.
Just one gentle accent color is used in the entire space.
Instead of rigid chairs, extra seating is soft poufs and cushions on the bench.
Instead of rigid chairs, extra seating is soft poufs and cushions on the bench.

Even though the space is very relaxed and natural, it includes all of the creature comforts that a guest might want, from Wi-fi and satellite television to air conditioning and organic toiletries. Electronics and equipment are unobtrusive and do not detract for the clean decor.

Natural fabrics cover all the beds.View in gallery
Natural fabrics cover all the beds.

Some of the larger sea view rooms, as well as the junior and full suite, have more outdoor space on the terrace as well. This gives you more room to spread out and relax, especially if you have friends or family up to your room. This also gives you more space for lounging and soaking up the sun. These are also the rooms that offers more living space inside the guest room thanks to the separate bedroom.

Chic cafe tables from Arc en Ciel are on the terraces.View in gallery
Chic cafe tables from Arc en Ciel are on the terraces.
Suites also have additional living space.View in gallery
Suites also have additional living space.
Suites also have additional living space.
Having two rooms offers more privacy.
The separate bedroom offers the same amenities and natural decor.
The separate bedroom offers the same amenities and natural decor.
Sheer drapes offer privacy without cutting out too much natural light.
Sheer drapes offer privacy without cutting out too much natural light.
Accessories in this room are white to keep the decor calming.
Accessories in this room are white to keep the decor calming.
Traditional Flower Vases
Traditional Flower Vases
The use of natural materials is evident, especially in the accessories chosen.View in gallery
The use of natural materials is evident, especially in the accessories chosen.
Each room follows the same decor philosophy, even though the specifics are different.
Each room follows the same decor philosophy, even though the specifics are different.
Clean white bedroom with pendant hanging lamps over the night stands
Clean white bedroom with pendant hanging lamps over the night stands
The mix of natural materials and views are spectacular.View in gallery
The mix of natural materials and views are spectacular.
The natural wood frame on the ceiling suggests a canopy without actually closing off the space.
The natural wood frame on the ceiling suggests a canopy without actually closing off the space.
Generously sized light fixtures and small bottles work together well.View in gallery
Generously sized light fixtures and small bottles work together well.
White washed door design
White washed door design
The bedrooms have a rolling barn door to keep the space uncluttered.
The bedrooms have a rolling barn door to keep the space uncluttered.
Window seating with amazing Aegean views
Window seating with amazing Aegean views
The largest suites have bigger balconies and different layouts.View in gallery
The largest suites have bigger balconies and different layouts.
Abstract pink shades wall art
Abstract pink shades wall art

One of the best areas of the hotel is the pool, because spending time outdoors is a prime goal for most visitors.  It’s large and stylish with chic Sand lounges from Ethimo. The teak and Textplast sunbeds have plush, upholstered cushions. there is plenty of room around the pool and the restaurant on the pool deck allows you to dine outside as well. At night, the pool takes on an even more romantic feel as the sun drops below the horizon and the candles around the pool are lit.

Umbrellas offer shade on a hot day.
Umbrellas offer shade on a hot day.
Seating with tables is nice for relaxing with a coffee or a cocktail.
Seating with tables is nice for relaxing with a coffee or a cocktail.
Furnishings around the pool have the same natural characteristics as throughout the rest of the property,
Furnishings around the pool have the same natural characteristics as throughout the rest of the property,
The white stone border is a natural poolside accent.
The white stone border is a natural poolside accent.
At night the pool area becomes very romantic.
At night the pool area becomes very romantic.
Hurricane lanterns add to the drama and glamour.
Hurricane lanterns add to the drama and glamour.
It's a perfect place for watching the sun set.
It’s a perfect place for watching the sun set.

Amid all the white Cycladic architecture is a feature that is immensely popular: Private jacuzzis and hot tubs. The hotel’s suites have either a plunge pool, jacuzzi or hot tub for guests’ private enjoyment.  Imagine sipping an evening beverage, watching the sun sink from your own outdoor tub or pool. This is the ultimate in luxurious relaxation!

The white architecture conveys serenity.
The white architecture conveys serenity.
This is romance at its finest.
This is romance at its finest.
The larger tub has steps and a slatted arbor to shield users from too much sun.
The larger tub has steps and a slatted arbor to shield users from too much sun.
Plants and stone walls help ensure privacy.
Plants and stone walls help ensure privacy.
Another suite has a jacuzzi nestled in a private corner.
Another suite has a jacuzzi nestled in a private corner.
One lucky suite has a full jacuzzi with a view of the ocean and lands beyond.View in gallery
One lucky suite has a full jacuzzi with a view of the ocean and lands beyond.
One lucky suite has a full jacuzzi with a view of the ocean and lands beyond.View in gallery
A corner plunge pool is perfect for a dip while sunbathing.
Whether from the pool or the terrace, the views cannot be beat.View in gallery
Whether from the pool or the terrace, the views cannot be beat.
This private tub has a rustic, thatched cover to shade the area.View in gallery
This private tub has a rustic, thatched cover to shade the area.
The tub areas includes lounges.
The tub areas includes lounges.
The materials and angles against the sky are pretty.
Blue and white, just like the buildings and the sea.
Blue and white, just like the buildings and the sea.
Mediterranean plants in natural pots enhance the setting.
Mediterranean plants in natural pots enhance the setting.

Another essential for the hotel is the bathrooms in the guest suites, which are spacious and functional. Just as in the rest of the space, the walls are white and the wood rustic, to help maintain the relaxed feeling. Set off the bedroom, they feature all the usual amenities and stylish touches, such as the ladder towel hanger.

The same style of wooden light fixture is repeated in the bathroom.
The same style of wooden light fixture is repeated in the bathroom.

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The bathroom is protected from the open shower by a partial glass wall. It includes a wonderful rain shower head. The farmhouse style sink in the vanity is paired with a wall-mounted faucet underneath the large mirror. The white palette overall is clean and crisp.  It also includes organic amenities for guests.

Clean white bathroom design
Clean white bathroom design
The mirror has a useful backlight.View in gallery
The mirror has a useful backlight.
Another bathroom has all the same features on a smaller scale.
Fluffy bathrobes are always a welcome perk.
Fluffy bathrobes are always a welcome perk.
Another suite features a double vanity.
Another suite features a double vanity.
Walk in shower with a large glass divider
Walk in shower with a large glass divider

Of all the guest rooms, the Rocabella’s Front Sea View Suite with outdoor spa bath really outs the Aegean view front and center. The bed is the focal point of the room, situated in the center on a raised platform with the rest of the features surrounding it. Guests can awaken with the sea and the distant shoreline spread out in front of them, without even getting out of bed.

The bed is almost like a throne in the suite.
The bed is almost like a throne in the suite.
The view from the bed.View in gallery
The view from the bed.
Oversized hanging pendant lamps
Oversized hanging pendant lamps

The back windows look over the scene in the other direction.View in gallery
The back windows look over the scene in the other direction.
Wooden clothing rackView in gallery
Wooden clothing rack
Snacks on the terrace are lovely.
The hotel amenities are plentiful.
The small touches are what can make a hotel great.

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