Offering a transportive approach to understated luxury, SantAnna reinvents cool in the heart of this Cycladic haven. The multi-experiential beachfront retreat opened on July 5, 2017 and is poised to become one of the most sought-after destinations in the Mediterranean. The SantAnna ethos is based on an unpretentious island attitude organically blending with a chic international sensibility. Despite the convergence of global brands on Mykonos, the island has remained an authentic portal into local lifestyle and culture. Entrepreneur Dimitris Christoforidis, genius visionary behind the acclaimed Nice n Easy Restaurant Group, along with Chef and partner Christos Athanasiadis as well as a group of influential investors infuse their first-class approach to hospitality at this multi-million dollar project.
SantAnna is situated in the enviable location of Paranga Beach on the southern coast of the island, keeping it well protected from Mykonos’s legendary gusty winds. The over 100,000 square-foot complex will house the largest saltwater swimming pool in Europe at 22,600 square-feet with 222,000 gallons of water, two beachfront restaurants, multiple top-shelf bars, 57,000 square feet, full-service poolside area and 28,000 square-feet of beachside lounges and cabanas, bespoke retail boutiques, customized spa services and a salon, a gym, 4,000 square-feet of subterranean guest facilities including exclusive “VIP Islands” that feature connecting underground private lounge areas for guests to change, relax or enjoy a replenishing spa treatment.
“Mykonos is known the world over as a vibrant summer destination among jetsetters and discerning travelers, but we found a need to cater to a more diverse and inclusive clientele,” says Dimitris Christoforidis. ”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. SantAnna aims to redefine Mykonos as a destination beyond its posh party reputation.”
SantAnna was originally designed by ASPA S.A, yet built by Liberty Construction and Development. Visionary and ingenious, Liberty's mastermind and SantAnna Partner Haris Karamesinis pushed boundaries and utilized its inherent creative aesthetic and vast resources to make this project happen. The property’s stylish equilibrium of contemporary luxury balanced by a minimalistic approach reflects the intrinsic grace of the natural surrounds. SantAnna also pays homage to its Greek origins, featuring custom-made textiles and indigenous materials such as stone naturally found in the Cycladic Islands. Surrounded by the Aegean Sea, the layout and accommodations take advantage of expansive cerulean blue views accented by a luxurious oversized swimming pool. Intimate lounge areas and cabanas provide privacy and respite while strategically placed design details, creative landscaping and shaded areas add character and dimension to the property.
The Restaurants: Given the group’s celebrity DNA for creating organic, bespoke culinary experiences, Chef Christos Athanasiadis designs seasonal food and beverage menus that deliver far beyond the expected Mediterranean fare. In keeping with Nice n Easy’s signature establishments, each menu details locally sourced ingredients, nutritional value and vegan, vegetarian or gluten/dairy free options.
The 300 capacity restaurant serving upscale, artisanal a la carte Greek cuisine takes center stage and features a custom tailored selection of international and Greek wines, champagnes and a full range of specialty house-made elixirs. Chef Akis Amiras and Sous Chef Giorgos Nestorides execute flawless contemporary Mediterranean cuisine under the direction of Executive Chef Christos Athanasiadis.
Enjoy regional and international seafood, including grilled lobster and famous grilled whole fish, as well as savory meat offerings and a wide variety of innovative, locally inspired dishes. The restaurant’s invitingly curved design – ‘kiklos’ translates to ‘round’ in Greek – alludes to the shape of the Cycladic islands while the atmosphere is cozy and luxurious with expansive, awe-inspiring views.
A 45-person capacity Sushi and Raw Bar will feature inventive combinations of Asian delicacies highlighting fresh local seafood to be paired with a top-shelf sake list. A specially designed Beach Menu boasts tasty all-day snack plates, made-to-order sandwiches, freshly prepared sushi bento boxes and a juice bar with a wide selection of healthy “super food” options.
Three bars serve an extensive craft cocktail menu designed by modern-day symposiarchs, Leonidas Mailis and Konstantinos Tsouras.
Entertainment: A global exclusive, the summer line-up at SantAnna Mykonos is comprised of the most pioneering, singular talent in the world and curated by New York award-winning broadcast journalist and DJ, Arthur Chi’en. Guest may enjoy low-key ambient selections playing throughout the morning and daytime then easing into a more up-tempo atmosphere as the evening warms up. SantAnna will host an all-star lineup of local and international DJs as well as soon-to-be-announced top-tier international music acts. The space is primed to be Mykonos’s next most coveted go-to music destination.
Retail: The Shop at SantAnna is curated by Greek-American Wanderlista Andria Mitsakos and includes her own line of travel-inspired bags and whimsical jewelry including her Mykonos map bracelet and necklace. Collections by iconic Greek designers such as Orsalia Parthenis, who also lends her minimal aesthetic to the venue’s uniforms, will be available as well as Greece’s original luxury jewelry house, ILIAS LALAoUNIS. Other Greek designers include Valia Gabriel sandals, and hats by genius milliner, Katerina Karoussos. Dimitra Goula, Athens very own luxury artisanal skincare line, is also on offer featuring custom-made creams, serums and lotions created only for The Shop at SantAnna.
Mitsakos has tapped into her little black book of fashion and media contacts to include New York’s international brands such as Fleur du Mal designed by Jennifer Zuccarini, and LA’s Ina Soltani and London’s Del Rio London.
SunLust, founded by American investor and tech start-up guru John Roa, merges contemporary Mediterranean with a California luxury lifestyle. Ergon Mykonos is a handcrafted resort wear line inspired by Greek heritage fused with modern design. Other retailers include a classic Mykonos town boutique, while Optics also takes center stage featuring a wide range of high-end sunglasses, mirroring their beautiful store in Mykonos town.
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 Paranga Beach on the southern coast of Mykonos.