Written by Hannes Ben
In the following short article, I would like to explore an area of Mykonos situated just beyond Kalafatis beach, which for most people is either too remote to travel to or simply to rocky and underdeveloped to do anything exciting.
As you will learn, things have changed immensely up there in the southeast and pretty much all for the better.
We often are worried when we hear about new developments pretty much anywhere on the island: Is it going to fit in with the environment? Are the new buildings going to be sustainable? Will they keep the area clean? Is tourism going to destroy the area?
None of those questions should be of any concern when speaking about the area beyond Kalafatis because what is being built there does not only perfectly blend in with the environment, but in fact uplifts the whole area.
The specific area I am referring to is a rocky area beyond Kalafatis beach that sharply protrudes far out into the sea (see map), which makes the water between this part and the next piece of land reaching out into the sea appear as a clear triangle shape.
Even people who know the area very well will have barely ever have noticed this location. The reason being that there are no roads close by. The roads, as seen on the Google map are distant from the area, and only a walk through the rocky and thorny fields would allow you to get a glimpse of the shoreline there.
What is all the hype about this location? Two things really: One is the fact there is a beautiful, hidden beach within this area that literally nobody knows about. It has crystal clear and calm waters fully protected from the wind left and right with a strip of sand spacious enough to easily allow for bigger groups of people to bathe in the sun and enjoy the mind-blowing scenery and views, yet few people know about this place.
The second reason is that an absolute masterpiece of a hotel is about to be completed right on the headland (highlighted above) next to that beach. A high-end luxury hotel complex with 40 private villas, each with their own pools, secluded from the craziness of any beach clubs, hidden away in total tranquillity with unmatched sunset views of Paros, Naxos, Donousa and other islands on the horizon.
The showstopper of this hotel, however, is the 110 metre long, uninterrupted swimming pool right on the edge, overlooking the beach. If you think Marina Bay Sands in Singapore has an amazing pool, then you will be blown away even more by this excellence of architecture.
Unlike other super long pools, here you can swim along all the length without any separators in between and decent depth throughout. It is literally two Olympic-sized pools plus a little more length of swimming and if bored at any time of swimming along the seemingly endless length, you can rest at the edge of the infinity pool taking in the mesmerizing views.
Once you have had enough of the pool, just walk a few steps down from it and will find a private beach inaccessible and not even discoverable for anyone from the streets far away.
We can only hope that the interior, the service and the restaurants will match the level the architectural brilliance and uniqueness of this hotel complex. If these services are as excellent as the hotel buildings, pool and the private beach, then this complex will be a true game changer for the island, raising the profile of a previously unknown area and causing a literal explosion on social media profiles around the world.
Expect this area to be the new location for anything high end and luxury. Therefore, you need to secure a spot of land or a property nearby if you want to capitalise on this location before prices rise exponentially.
Written by Hannes Ben