The Mykonian K Hotels by Galal Mahoud Architects : a new twist on luxury


GM Architects is pleased to announce the stylish and unique re-design of the Myconian K-Hotels after six months of extensive renovations and interior refurbishment. The trio of luxury top-end establishments belongs to the Myconian Collection, a family-owned group of leading resorts that are located on the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos.

koraliThe three K-Hotels consist of the five-star ‘Kyma’, the magnificent ‘Naia’, as well as the Relais & Chateaux, endorsed ‘Korali’. Renowned for their impeccable service and exceptional location these luxurious hotels are all situated on the edge of Mykonos town, overlooking the iconic Alefkandra windmills.

“I am a great believer in the power of architecture to positively impact upon our ability to get the most out of life…” Galal Mahmoud, founder of GM Architects.

In June 2016, the architecture and design firm GM Architects that has offices in Beirut and Abu Dhabi, completed the renovation and refurbishment of the high-end luxury boutique destinations, giving each one its own individual character. Working closely with the Daktilydes family – the owners of the Myconian Collection, the brief consisted of constructing the brand-new Naia establishment as well as dramatically transforming the existing Kyma and Korali hotels.

The project included a major re-design of all the interiors as well as a restructuring of the guest bedrooms extending them by three meters to allow for larger, airier spaces to echo the expansive landscape. Communal areas such as the outdoor pool of the Korali hotel were renovated in order to cater for the construction of the Naia hotel.

Adopting a contemporary and fresh approach to the Greek Mediterranean, Galal Mahmoud drew inspiration from Mycenaean and Cycladic culture to help him come up with a new concept for the location’s overarching architectural vision. Combining old and new to create timeless elegance, escapism and spaces to connect to the beautiful natural surroundings, the K Hotels are highly unique with each destination embodying a different theme.

The Naia seduces with rustic stonewalls, four-poster beds, panoramic verandas and private pools that blend seamlessly with the ocean’s horizon line. Generous proportions and handsome design carefully considered to the finest detail come together to create unparalleled comfort and atmosphere.

Equally stunning, the Kyma is an all white two-story hotel with ample spaces and scenic balconies with spectacular views overlooking the arid landscape. The spirit of Mykonos is present in every shape, every contour and even the very fabric of the hotel. A place of open spaces and clean lines, Galal Mahmoud has remained true to classic ideals of beauty: shades of royal blue that contrast with the purity of white.

Meanwhile, a more contemporary and fresh aesthetic was adopted for the Korali where urban-inspired furniture and colourful fabrics fuse together to create a more vibrant “art de vivre” approach. Some of the items were custom designed and produced by famous local manufacturers such as Artemide who created the “Achineo” (sea urchin in Greek) bedside lamps, specifically designed for the interior setting of the hotels. Others were directly sourced from well-known design brands giving all the three locations a signature and personalized feel.

With a great affection for Greece, and the island of Mykonos in particular, Galal Mahmoud was proud to be a part of this large-scale and extensive project.

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