The Kalesma in Mykonos, Greece, is set to open this June. The project will include 25 suites and two villas. Set on a hilltop above Ornos Bay, Kalesma’s accommodations will be spread across five acres and set against a hillside blanketed with 20,000 plants.
The property is designed by Athens-based K-Studio, the architect behind the new Mykonos Airport (set to open 2021), with interiors by Greek designer Vangelis Bonios of Studio Bonarchi. Rooms will feature original artwork by Serbian artist Aleksandar Vac, whose ceramics evoke traditional Cycladic minimalistic forms. The lobby will feature furniture by Rick Owens, making Kalesma the only hotel in the world to have pieces by the designer.
Kalesma’s design is inspired by Mykonian tradition, local history and the “aloni”—an existing threshing floor on the property that became the source of inspiration for the style and character of the project. Local materials and artisans have played an essential role in the identity of the resort, with wood, marble, stone, and osier giving a contemporary look to traditional Cycladic style. Cool earth tones like taupe, gray, dark brown, and charcoal will blend together with white-washed surfaces and bougainvillea-filled archways to give a strong sense of place and to allow the blue of the Aegean Sea to stand out.
Photo: Courtesy of Kalesma