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Something New Under the Sun: SantAnna Mykonos Opens for the Season

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A perennial summer favorite of jet-setting sun seekers, the Greek Island of Mykonos has come to define the concept of high-end beach going for the modern traveler. With glimpses of white sand and turquoise surf at every hairpin turn, it goes without saying that the island isn’t short on places to procure a sunbed and umbrella for the day. However with the opening of SantAnna, Mykonos’ newest luxury beach club, the bar has been raised considerably on the island that has long set the beach clubbing standard for the rest of the world. 

Aptly described as a “multi-experiential beachfront retreat,” SantAnna distinguishes itself from similar venues by offering all of the amenities and luxuries of a 5-star, full-service beach resort; but just for the day, and for most guests, well into the evening. This is which exactly what the owners of the beach club had in mind when the idea of SantAnna began to take shape. According to Dimitris Christoforidis, the founder and creative force behind SantAnna, “our goal [was] to have days flow easily into nights. On this island, sometimes you’ll leave your hotel in the morning for a day out and not come home until the next day. That’s just Mykonos.” While SantAnna is quintessentially Mykonian, its charms and allure go far beyond the expected beach scene and hedonistic nightlife that the island has become famous for.

Designed by ASPA Design, one of Greece’s most prestigious architecture firms, the property executes a seamless balance of classic Greek luxury and contemporary minimalism; all the while reflecting the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. Artful use of custom-made textiles and locally sourced materials such as Cycladic stone pay homage to both SantAnna’s roots and its environs. Situated on the exquisite southern coast of the island, at the center of the uber-chic and increasingly popular Paraga Beach, SantAnna offers guests the best of both worlds. As if its enviable position on the shimmering waters of the Aegean weren’t enough, guests can opt to spend the day in and around SantAnna’s breathtaking saltwater pool which covers 22,600 square-feet and holds an impressive 222,000 gallons of water. Holding the distinction of being the largest of its kind in Europe, the enormous serpentine-shaped swimming pool serves as the sparkling centerpiece of the multi-million dollar complex. “The biggest issue travelers to Mykonos would tell me about was their need for a beach club where they had privacy but could also be part of the scene," says Christoforidis. With this in mind the fully serviced pool is designed to feature plenty of cabanas and lounge areas for relaxation, and most importantly, privacy. The exclusive VIP pool islands, come complete with their own private subterranean suites. All of which are well-appointed with everything required for a refresh and a recharge before making your way over to the beach where you’ll find plush full-service cabanas and sun beds. This lively stretch of white sand hugs the calm sea and creates the perfect balance for enjoying a post-swim, people watching session with your choice of libation and menu options from SantAnna’s bars and renowned restaurants located just steps away. 

The selection of restaurant options at SantAnna are reason enough to make your way down to Paraga Beach for the day or evening. Christoforidis, a well-known restauranteur whose organic restaurant, Nice-n-Easy, is both an Athens and a Mykonos staple - has brought his years of knowledge and expertise into perfecting the ideal beach day experience for guests of his luxury beach club. “We want to offer an equally lively atmosphere but in a more laid-back, chic environment, not only for revelers but families, groups and single guests alike” says Christoforidis. At SantAnna guests can essentially curate their own experience with a diverse range of options. Guests can choose between several poolside top shelf bars; two organic restaurants - one sushi, and the other farm-to-table Mediterranean. Both offering an array of natural and inventive menu selections that showcase the many fresh ingredients that the pristine waters and temperate climate of the Greek Islands have to offer. 

If a bit of retail therapy is on your to-do list, SantAnna has a bit of everything to suit your needs. The beach club is home to five unique boutiques featuring beach staples and luxury goods from both local and international designers, several of whom have developed collaborative collections available exclusively at SantAnna. Including hand-crafted hats from Greek milliner, Katerina Karoussos and beautiful adornments by jewelry designer Ilias Lalaounis, whose modern gold jewelry takes its inspiration from ancient Grecian motifs. SantAnna’s SunLust boutique carries its eponymous line of contemporary California influenced luxury swimwear and lifestyle accessories, alongside a curated selection of personal care products and one-of-a-kind designer swim and resort wear. After getting your shopping fix out of way, a bit of wellness and pampering is surely in order. SantAnna has you covered with its very own on-site gym, spa and salon where guests can take care of all the essentials such as massage therapy, blow-outs, manicures/pedicures and more.

It wouldn’t be a day in Mykonos without a night in Mykonos, and for that reason SantAnna keeps the beach party going well into the evening. As the Aegean summer sun gives way to Mykonos moonlight the SantAnna poolside transforms into one of the best parties on the island, with international DJs, playing ambient chill-out sounds in the morning and early afternoon and transitioning into a more up-tempo atmosphere as the evening progresses. In addition to DJ sets, live music curated by New York-based DJ, Arthur Chi’en fills the air and keeps the summer sounds flowing underneath the star-studded night sky. 

The only real way to get the SantAnna experience is to create one of your very own. So if your jet happens to set in the Greek Islands this summer, make your way to the shores of Paraga Beach and let Mykonos and the many pleasures of SantAnna work their magic. 

Details: 

Entry to SantAnna is free, with special booking and pricing available during the season’s major entertainment events. Prices for loungers start at 20 euros and go up to around 500 euros for the VIP islands. The beach club’s concierge can also offer a range of bespoke concierge services, including island tours, private transport and helicopter services, private water taxis, golf carts and private security in addition to any other requests guests might require. 

Getting There: 

SantAnna, Mykonos, is accessible with daily flights from Athens and charter flights directly from all major European cities; daily ferries and hydrofoils have regular departures from Piraeus and Rafina ports in Athens. A private helicopter charter is a short 40-minute ride from Athens International Airport. Alternatively, a private boat can be booked as Mykonos port is just 94 nautical miles from Piraeus port in Athens. SantAnna is located at Paraga Beach on the southern coast of Mykonos.

For more information visit www.santannamykonos.com/ or call +30 6956762847 for inquiries and bookings.

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Poolside pleasures and fine dining options abound at SantAnna Mykonos.

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SantAnna's plush full-service cabanas hug the white sands and glimmering waters of the Aegean Sea.

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An aerial view of Mykonos' chic Paraga Beach.

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As the summer sun sets into nightfall, SantAnna stays alive with moonlit pool parties. 

Quentin Caulfield

Quentin Caulfield is an American travel editor. When he's not exploring the globe in search of the best new hotels, restaurants, fashion, lifestyle products, he resides in Southern California where he is most likely planning his next adventure. ...(Read More)

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