In December 2011 Design Hotels launched its first pop-up project, Papaya Playa, on a pristine beach in Tulum, Mexico as a temporary retreat for like-minded, creative individuals to unwind and connect with self and nature.
Design Hotels founder Claus Sendlinger said: “At the heart of Design Hotels Projects are the compelling destinations and rich array of experiences that resonate with a diverse crowd of cultural travelers. Designed to be shifting hubs, they provide an open platform for the creative collective to gather, celebrate and shape meaningful moments.”
“At the end of 2011, Design Hotels first pop-up project Papaya Playa was born in Tulum, Mexico. We’ve loved the journey these past months and along the way, have come to realize the importance of such voyages.”
“The community’s spirit [at San Giorgio Mykonos] is reflected in the bohemian décor, which is as eclectic as the guests that visit it. The emphasis on interaction here is high – whether at the hotel’s restaurant and bar or at the club where guests have exclusive access to the VIP lounge and the best DJs in the world.”
“With our Projects we want to create temporal hospitality experiences, or touchdown spots for like-minded people to come together, celebrate, create. As shifting hubs, they will change in flavor and form, but always satisfy the various cravings of travel – from the collage of different sceneries, cultures and traditions, to the pleasure of finding connection in a foreign place.”
San Giorgio Mykonos
Blending the carefree vibe of the 60s bohemian scene with a down-to-earth ‘gypset’ approach, everything at San Giorgio is built around ease and enjoyment.
The San Giorgio Project is designed for those who seek simple pleasures like waking up to views of the sea, sharing good food prepared with love and care, and feeling the euphoric energy of a crowd dancing under a starry sky.
Guests will enjoy complimentary access to the VIP area of the Paradise Club, as well as impromptu chilled-house sets and impressive monthly ‘White Parties’ in the hotel’s open-air lounge, which perfectly placed to soak up the last rays of sun setting over the Aegean Sea.
A sense of place
The flavour at San Giorgio is equal measures of history, heritage, style and simplicity, envisioned by former Creative Director of Design Hotels and now design entrepreneur Michael Schickinger, together with interior designer and stylist Annabell Kutucu. The crisp whitewashed building is exactly what one would hope to find on this Cycladic island. Air and light are brought inside, tempered only by fabrics, colors and furnishings, which tell of an exotic place or a local story and the work of fine skilled hands.
Throughout there’s a deliberate spotlight on origin and craftsmanship, with a few carefully chosen accessories giving the right amount of warmth to an otherwise open space.
From the charming off-kilter design chair that shows off its raw wood parts, to the traditional Greek woven-top stools, weighty cotton matelassé quilts, and even the sinuous curves of the polished cement counters, each piece is organic in form or source and together they create a harmonious whole.
The room types
The affordable luxury features a similar design aesthetic and the same high quality standard of materials across different categories, with the usual amenities of private bathroom, air conditioning, mini bar and satellite TV.
The starting category, Basico, is located at the garden or souterrain level. The next step up is the Mare double rooms with verandas or balconies facing the shimmering sea. Spacious, modern bathrooms boast a range of organic bath products that seduce after a long day of sun and sea.
The Veranda and Grande suites offer some of the most stunning views of the bay from their luxurious 10 to 25 square metre verandas, with the large lounge spaces in the rooms acting as welcome refuge when required.
The largest suite is the Famosa – a nod to the famous visiting DJs San Giorgio will host. It boasts 65 square metres of indoor space and a terrace that’s nearly as large.
The Paradise Club
The hotel started its humble beginnings in the nineties thanks to a successful local fisherman who laid claim to a piece of Paradise Beach.
In 2012 the 34-room property changed hands to the neighboring Paradise Club, at which point proprietors Thomas Heyne and Mario Hertel, together with the owner of Paradise Beach, Markos Daktilidis, approached Design hotels to create a new hospitality experience.
Located just 300 metres from the club, San Giorgio is situated on one of the most scenic areas of the island between Paradise and Paranga beaches.
Not only is Mykonos famed for its nightlife, of which Paradise Club is ranked among the top clubs in Europe, the picturesque white houses, dazzling blue waters and quaint alleys are a picture of Grecian paradise.
With a mix of ‘Happy House’ music, relaxed open-air lounge setting and deck looking out to the Aegean Sea, Paradise Club attracts a young and lively crowd. During peak season people dance the night away to a vibe that has to be experienced to be believed.
With a huge following in Australia, the owners have frequently toured the metro cities to great reception and even ended up starring in the hit Greek-Australian movie, the Kings of Mykonos.