Paraga, the southernmost beach of Mykonos, is home to San Giorgio, a hotel that dates its humble beginnings back to the ‘90s when an insightful local fisherman cleverly laid claim to a piece of the Paradise Beach. In 2012, the 34-room property came to the hands of Thomas Heyne and Mario Hertel, owners of the renowned Scorpios Beach Club. The duo had envisioned a hotel with a contemporary homey feel where international artists visiting the island, as well as like-minded guests, would fit right into a simple, sophisticated condition of casual comfort.
Working with interior stylist Annabell Kutucu, Michael Schickinger took their cues from Mykonos’s sun-kissed setting to conceive a carefree 1960s-style Bohemian bolthole where casual comfort and easy luxury are encoded in the hotel’s design DNA.
Avoiding Greek postcard clichés, the 34-room property carefully spotlights local craftsmanship and a colour palette drawn from the natural summery hues of the Cycladic islands. Cool sea-washed air and light flow through the white-washed cubical buildings, a modern take on traditional Mykonos architecture – whilst the open-planned minimalist interiors are warmed by a thoughtful curation of crafted fabrics, locally sourced and handmade accessories, and natural materials like wicker and raw cement.
The 6-month turnkey project included designing the staff uniform, signage, and the entire catalogue of hotel collateral.