Katikies Hotel on Agios Ioannis, Mykonos

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 26, 2021

Essentials
• Location: Hilltop property above Agios Ioannis Beach.
• Hotel website: katikies.com
• Hotel phone: +30 22890 27890
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Infinity pools at Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis

One of Katikies Mykonos’ infinity pools overlooking the Aegean Sea toward Delos Island.

Katikies Mykonos – Adults-only, luxury hotel with a wellness center, 2 gourmet restaurants, and 2 sea-view infinity pools overlooking Agios Ioannis Beach toward mythic Delos Island.

Katikies Mykonos is a refined getaway with romantic rooms and suites, all with private terraces and most with outdoor jacuzzis or pools. The culinary program is outstanding with plenty of variety: an Anatolian fine dining restaurant, a Greek-Asian fusion restaurant with a champagne bar, and a casual pool bar serving cold drinks and sushi. The infinity pools offer varied experiences, too, with a quiet, sandy-bottom pool and a second, lively pool with an all-day DJ. Katikies’ lavish spa offers holistic therapies based on Mediterranean traditions. Nestled above tranquil Agios Ioannis Beach, the hotel is just a short walk to the sand and sea as well as a handful of delightful restaurants and beach clubs.

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Katikies Mykonos – Location

Katikies Mykonos sits on a hill above Agios Ioannis, within a 1-minute walk of the beach, where you’ll find a few excellent restaurants and beach clubs. Walking northwest along the coast for 8-minutes leads to a hidden gem, Kapari Beach, a tiny, unspoiled clothing-optional beach with clear water, great for snorkeling, swimming, and watching the sunset. Katikies Mykonos is only a 10-minute walk to the bus stop for Mykonos Town.

How to Get There: The hotel is located on the main road connecting Agios Ioannis to Mykonos Town, easy to find by car, bus, or taxi. It’s about 7.5 km from the Mykonos ferry port in Tourlos and 5 km from the Mykonos Airport to the hotel.

To reach the hotel by bus, take the Fabrika-bound bus from the Airport or the Tourlos Ferry Port (AKA “The New Port”). These airport and ferry port routes run several times a day throughout the summer but infrequently (if at all) in the winter. Get off at Fabrika in Mykonos Town, and catch a second bus to Agios Ioannis. The bus from the Airport or Ferry Port to Fabrika should take around 10 minutes, and the bus from Fabrika to Agios Ioannis should take about 10 minutes. The total trip should cost about €4 and take under an hour, depending on how long you wait at Fabrika for the Agios Ioannis bus. Tickets are purchased (cash only) on the bus or from a manned kiosk at the terminal. Buses typically run about every 30 minutes during summer peak hours and less frequently at night, in the early morning, and in winter. It is about a 10-minute walk from the bus stop.

Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 30 taxis serving the whole island, so there is often a long wait; schedule a ride through a private car service in advance to avoid this (I use and recommend Welcome Pickups). Taxis on Mykonos are not metered, so be sure to agree on a price with the driver before setting out. A taxi from the airport or ferry port to Katikies Mykonos will cost roughly €20 to €25. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more – about $38 (or €31), but is worth it to avoid the wait and for the convenience of paying ahead.

For those who prefer to drive themselves, we recommend renting a car either at the airport on arrival, or in Mykonos Town. We strongly recommend reserving a vehicle in advance, especially if you require automatic transmission. Upon arrival at the hotel, Katikies Mykonos offers free parking.

Handy To: Agios Ioannis Beach (1-minute walk), Kapari Beach (8-minute walk), and the bus to Mykonos Town (10-minute walk).

Katikies Mykonos – The Basics

  • Ages: An adults-only, Katikies Mykonos is open to guests ages 13 and older. There are no amenities for facilities for children. The largest suites sleep a maximum of 3 guests.
  • Beach: The hotel sits above Agios Ioannis Beach, just a short walk from the sand. Agios Ioannis is a narrow strip of soft sand fronting crystal blue water. One of the quieter beaches on Mykonos, there are only a couple of restaurants and hotels here. Agios Ioannis faces west with uninterrupted sunset views toward Delos and Rineia Islands.
  • View: All rooms and suites offer direct, sunset, sea views toward Delos and Rineia Islands.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All but 1 room type include a private, outdoor, heated jacuzzi or unheated pool.
  • Parking: Katikies Mykonos offers free on-site private parking.
  • Extras: 2:1 guest to staff ratio for unparalleled service. 24-hour reception, 24-hour room service, twice-daily maid service, comprehensive concierge service, turndown service, fashion boutique, wedding planning, and butler service on request.
  • When to Book: The hotel is open from May 1 through mid-October. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during the high season from June through September and about 2 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22890 27890
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: katikies.com

Katikies Mykonos – Amenities

  • Pool: The hotel offers two gorgeous, infinity pools with views of the Aegean Sea and Delos Island. Each pool has a different vibe. One has a lively atmosphere with a DJ spinning all day, a poolside bar, and a row of sunbeds and umbrellas, while the other quiet pool is part of the hotel’s faux beach with a sandy bottom and round daybeds cantilevered over the edge.
  • Spa: Katikies Mykonos boasts a holistic spa with treatments based on Mediterranean healing traditions. Each spa suite has its own hammam. Massage is the specialty, though all skin care and body treatments are top-notch.
  • Fitness Center: The hotel offers a well-equipped gym with cardio and strength-training macines.
  • For Disabled Guests: The hotel is built on a hilltop, spreading down the side over several levels. All facilities and rooms are connected by stairs; there is no elevator. Not suitable for guest with limited mobility.
  • For Families: Katikies Mykonos is an adults-only hotel open to guests over 13 years. There are no amenities or facilities for children. The largest suites sleep a maximum of 3 guests.
  • Activities: The hotel keeps a fun vibe by the main pool every day with a live DJ, though there are no organized activities onsite. The concierge team is happy to arrange exclusive activities through the Katikies Club, including yacht cruises, excursions to Delos Island, helicopter tours, and much more.

Katikies Mykonos – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: The hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Mikrasia, serves a modern interpretation of Anatolian and Greek dishes with sunset views. Reservations recommended.
  • Lounges/Bars: Seltz Champagne Bar & Restaurant serves a Greek-Asian fusion menu with a sophisticated selection of sparkling wines in a casual setting for lunch and dinner.
  • Lounges/Bars: The Pool Bar serves one of the hotel’s infinity pools with DJs all day and a menu of refreshing drinks and sushi throughout the day.
  • Breakfast: A combination buffet and a la carte breakfast is on offer daily in Seltz Champagne Bar & Restaurant or can be delivered to the rooms or suites from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.

Katikies Mykonos – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Double Room with Sea View • Superior Double with Open Air Jetted Tub and Sea View • Junior Suite with Open Air Jetted Tub and Sea View • Senior Suite with Open Air Jetted Tub and Sea View • Superior Suite with Private Pool and Sea View • Honeymoon Suite with Private Pool and Sea View • Katikies Suite with Private Pool and Sea View • Master Suite with Private Pool and Sea View
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any room category. Smoking is allowed on the outdoor private terraces and in some outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The best room for most guests is the Master Suite with Private Pool and Sea View. This 1-bedroom suite offers 65 square meters of space with a separate living room and a sea-view plunge pool overlooking Agios Ioannis. Couples traveling during the cooler spring and fall months should consider the Senior Suite with Open Air Jetted Tub and Sea View, offering 40 square meters of space and an outdoor, private, heated jacuzzi with Aegean Sea views.
  • For Families: Katikies Mykonos is open to guests over 13 years. There are no amenities or facilities for families. The largest rooms and suites sleep up to three guests. Larger groups will need to book at least 2 rooms. There are no adjoining/connecting rooms onsite, but the largest suites include the Master Suites and Katikies Suites, both with private, sea view, plunge pools.

Katikies Mykonos – Local Transport

  • Walking: Katikies Mykonos sits on a hilltop about a 1-minute walk from Agios Ioannis Beach and a handful of restaurants and beach clubs. Clothing-optional Kapari Beach is just an 8-minute walk away with unobstructed sunset views toward Delos Island. Ornos Beach, among the best beaches on the island, is also within walking distance, about a 19-minute walk away (no sidewalks). From Ornos Beach, you can catch the water taxi to most of the island’s southern beaches.
  • Bus: The closest bus stop to Katikies Mykonos is just a 10-minute walk away. Buses from here go to Ornos then on to Mykonos Town, where you can get off at Fabrika and walk to Little Venice, the Old Port, and all of the Chora. At Fabrika, you can also catch a second bus to the New Port (Tourlos Ferry Port), Airport, and the beaches at Platis Gialos, Paradise, and Paraga. Or you can get off at Fabrika and walk to the Old Port to catch a bus to the New Port, Ano Mera village, and the beaches at Kalafati, Agios Stefanos, Kalo Livadi, Elia, and Panormos. There is no bus connecting Fabrika and the bus station at the Old Port; it takes about 14 minutes to walk from one to the other. Tickets cost from €1,60 to €2,30 depending on the destination. Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 26 public buses serving the island. Bus schedules change every couple of weeks, so check the KTEL website for the most current timetables.
  • Taxi: There is no official taxi stand in Agios Ioannis. The nearest taxi stands are in Mykonos Town at Fabrika and the Old Port, so they are not very practical to reach, plus there is almost always a wait at either taxi stand as there are only 30 taxis serving the entire island. Instead, book a taxi ahead to avoid the wait, and have the driver meet you directly at the hotel. There will be a surcharge for advanced reservations (about €5) and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of euros. A taxi from the airport or ferry port to Katikies Mykonos should be about €20 to €25.
  • Water Taxi: The New and Old Ports and several beaches are connected via a boat system. The Sea Bus connects the New Port and Old Port with routes running about every 30 minutes, all wheelchair accessible, and all €2 one-way per person, while a Delos round-trip costs €20. Water taxis also connect the southern beaches, with routes connecting the main beaches at Ornos and Platis Gialos with the more remote beaches at Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, and Elia. A one-beach pass is €10, while an all-day, all-beach pass costs €20.
  • Scooters and ATVs: Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, and ATVs are super popular with tourists, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, these can be very dangerous to drive. The roads in Mykonos are zig-zagging, hilly, narrow, littered with potholes, sometimes dirt roads, and without street lights in most areas outside of Mykonos Town. And that’s not to mention the aggressive drivers, some of the world’s worst. A rental car is a much safer bet than a scooter or ATV, and can just as easily reach the more remote beaches on the island.

Katikies Mykonos – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Beefbar: Fine dining steakhouse with a refined menu of top-quality beef and super fresh fish. Elegant in its simplicity. 1-minute walk.
  • Vasilikos Bar Restaurant: Friendly, traditional Greek taverna with an emphasis on local dishes and Greek wines. 1-minute walk.
  • Bellissimo Pizza e Pasta: Delicious, affordable, Italian restaurant for outstanding pizza and pasta with plenty of vegetarian, kid-friendly, and gluten free ooptions. Classic dishes along with a few surprising combinations. 2-minute walk.
  • Pili Restaurant: Casual restaurant and beach club, serving upscale Greek food and wine in the main restaurant and light bites and fruity cocktails on the beach. 7-minute walk.
  • Hippie Fish: Trendy restaurant and beach club with chill-out music and a Greek-Mediterranean menu that spotlights local seafood. 8-minute walk.

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Bowl Restaurant Café: Health-conscious menu of fresh, seasonal, local, organic juices, and superfoods. Mostly vegan, veggie, and gluten-free options with a handful of light fish and meat dishes. 23-minute walk (no sidewalk).
  • Choriatiko: Part of a well-known Greek bakery chain, Choriatiko is open 24-hours a day with a great selection of bread, pastries, sandwiches, coffee, and sweets. 23-minute walk (no sidewalk).

Nearby Attractions

  • Water Taxi: The water taxi is an awesome way to visit several spectacular beaches in one go. The boat leaves from Ornos Beach and stops at Platis Gialos, Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, and Elia Beaches. Boats run hourly from Ornos from 10 am to 4 pm and return hourly beginning at Elia Beach from 11:45 am to 5:45 pm. The rate is €10 for a one-beach pass and €20 for an all-day, all-beach pass. 23-minute walk.
  • Mykonos Farmers: Wonderful dairy offering tours of the facilities and a variety of cheesemaking classes. 9-minute drive.
  • Mykonos Town aka Chora: The capital of the island, the Chora is a charming tangle of pedestrian streets, historic sights, restaurants, bars, and shops. The best-known attractions are the 17th-century Windmills of Kato Mili, part of an old flour mill. The windmills mark the start of the Little Venice neighborhood, a collection of lively bars and restaurants with sunset views all set in converted 19th-century fishing houses. The oldest landmark is Paraportiani Orthodox Church: a complex of 5 churches built over the course of 2 centuries beginning in 1425. Paraportiani separates Little Venice from the Old Port, a beautiful waterfront neighborhood with restaurants, bars, shops, and a beach, plus the ferry to Delos Island. All of the attractions, dining, shops, and nightlife are about 9 to 12-minute drive from the hotel.
  • Delos Island: A holy sanctuary for over 1,000 years before becoming known as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The ruins of Delos are one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. Ferries leave from the Old Port in Mykonos Town. 12-minute drive.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Diakoftis Mini Market: Mini market with a good variety of products, including wine, beer, beverages, sun care, and more. Delivery available. 3-minute walk.
  • AB Food Market: Well-stocked grocery store with a good selection of pantry staples, beer, wine, bread, and more. Convenient parking, too. 23-minute walk (no sidewalk).
  • Great Greek Earth: Wonderful little shop selling fresh fruits and veggies and affordable prices. Stop here for produce before heading to the main market for groceries. 24-minute walk (no sidewalk).

Katikies Mykonos – The Hotel

Exterior of Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis

View from the street outside Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis. The hotel sits on the main road connecting the beach to Mykonos Town. The building was constructed with locally sourced stones in a modern Cycladic style over several floors.

Main entrance of Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis

The main entrance of the hotel. Through the glass doors is the lobby. Heading upstairs, you’ll find Seltz Champagne Bar and one of the pools.

Lobby of Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis

The hotel lobby features a crisp, white interior with soft lighting, a marble reception desk, and contemporary furnishings.

Spa lobby at Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis.

Inside the hotel is A. Spa, part of the hotel’s luxury wellness center, offering a full range of skin, body, and massage treatments.

Seltz Champagne Bar and Restaurant at Katikies Mykonos

Upstairs from the lobby is Seltz Champagne Bar & Restaurant. Open all day, the restaurant serves an Asian fusion menu designed to be paired with a delightful champagne selection.

Lower floor infinity pool at Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis

Next to the restaurant is the first of the hotel’s two infinity pools overlooking the sea. This pool is served by a Pool Bar, offering light fare, sushi, and cocktails with a DJ spinning daily.

Quiet pool at Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis

Upstairs is the quiet, infinity pool on the hotel’s manmade beach. This pool features a sandy bottom, stylish round daybeds, and views to Delos.

Mikrasia Restaurant at Katikies Mykonos

Behind the pool is Mikrasia, the hotel’s signature Anatolian restaurant, inspired by the ancient city of Smyrna (now Izmir) and serving a fine dining, Greek-Turkish menu.

Private jacuzzis of Katikies Mykonos

All suites and most rooms include private jacuzzis or pools. Here are a few of the private jacuzzis, all overlooking Agios Ioannis Beach and the sea toward Delos.

Private pools of Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis

A view of the private pools included in the hotel’s top-tier suites. Jacuzzis are heated; private pools are unheated.

Superior Double Room at Katikies Mykonos.

Superior Doubles are the entry-level room types, though at 25 square meters, they are quite spacious. These rooms can be reserved with or without an outdoor jacuzzi.

Alternate angle on a Superior Double at Katikies Mykonos

All rooms and suites feature fresh, white interiors with Greek blue accents, and alluring decor.

Bathroom of a Superior Double at Katikies Mykonos

Bathrooms feature combo shower-bathtubs.

Superior Double balcony with jacuzzi at Katikies Mykonos

Superior Doubles all have covered balconies with al fresco dining tables and expansive sea view. This version includes an open-air jacuzzi.

Jacuzzi view of a Superior Double at Katikies Mykonos

View from the jacuzzi of a Superior Double room.

A Junior Suite at Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis

The next room category up is the Junior Suite, a little more spacious at 35 square meters. Decor remains the same with white expanses broken up by blue paisley and distressed plaid.

View of the Junior Suite interior at Katikies Mykonos

View of the Junior Suite from the head of the bed toward the smart TV and wardrobe.

Junior Suite bathroom at Katikies Mykonos

The bathroom of a Junior Suite.

Balcony of a Junior Suite at Katikies Mykonos

Stepping out on the balcony, there is an outdoor dining table…

View from balcony of a Junior Suite at Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis

with a view of the sea and Delos Island in the background on the right. The jacuzzi and sun terrace in the middle also belongs to this suite.

Jacuzzi terrace of a Junior Suite at Katikies Mykonos

The jacuzzi and sun terrace of a Junior Suite.

Superior Suite at Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis

Superior Suites are mid-tier room types, offering 40 square meters of space with a sitting area and spacious terrace.

View from the sitting area of a Superior Suite in Katikies Mykonos

View from the sitting area of a Superior Suite. These suites offer an open-plan layout and ample space.

The bathroom of a Superior Suite at Katikies Mykonos

The bathroom of the Superior Suite retains the same design elements as other room and suite types.

Superior Suite terrace and pool at Katikies Mykonos

What sets the Superior Suite apart from lower category rooms is its outdoor garden. These suite types boast larger terraces with private pools.

The pool and terrace of a Superior Suite at Katikies Mykonos

View from the private infinity pool and sun deck of a Superior Suite at Katikies Mykonos.

Master Suite at Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis.

The Master Suite is the top room type at the hotel. At 65 square meters, this is the largest suite on site.

Alternate angle on the Master Suite at Katikies Mykonos

This suite has a small sitting area next to the bed and a dressing room behind it.

Living room of a Master Suite at Katikies Mykonos.

There is also a separate living room with comfortable seating. The suite sleeps up to 3 guests.

Bathroom of the Master Suite at Katikies Mykonos in Agios Ioannis

The bathroom of the Master Suite offers the same amenities as the other suites but with more space.

Master Suite pool and terrace at Katikies Mykonos

The private infinity pool, sun terrace, and garden of the Master Suite at Katikies Mykonos.

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