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The Santa Marina History

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Santa Marina was born thanks to the genuine love of Elias Papageorgiou for the island of Mykonos. The sun-kissed Aegean beauty, the refreshingly simple lifestyle, and the enchanting allure of the neighbouring Delos Island compelled Elias Papageorgiou to build his summer house here, on the quaint bay of Ornos, at the end of the ‘70s.

The legacy of genuineness!

The story of Santa Marina begins by the mid- 80’s, when the first luxurious apartments were scattered on the magical cliff of Ornos in Mykonos. Their first guests enjoyed the tranquillity of the landscape, the sea views and the blooming élan of Mykonos at the most exclusive accommodation spot for a VIP clientele. In 1994 Santa Marina became a fully organized hotel with facilities that surpassed the accommodation standards of Mykonos. New accommodation types and high-end services make Santa Marina a highly acclaimed destination in Mykonos. It came as no surprise when in 1999 Santa Marina became part of the Luxury Collection Resorts of Starwood Hotels. The internationally acclaimed hotel and resorts chain welcomes Santa Marina in its refined selection of luxurious establishments all over the world. The first decade of the 21st century brought with it an air of development and constant improvement. 2014 was the year when a grounds-up renovation took place, entirely transforming Santa Marina. Rooms, suites and villas got a touch of modern elegance and fine amenities always bearing the essence of Mykonian living were incorporated to the Santa Marina signature summer holiday experience. In 2015 the first ever Buddha Bar Beach opened by the private beach of Santa Marina Resort & Spa adding an irresistible destination on the island that became an indispensable part of Mykonos gastronomic scene. In 2017 new facilities, such as the über-relaxing Ginkgo Spa, the stunning Oasis Lounge & Pool with heavenly Aegean views, and brand new suites and villas make the Santa Marina a complete and oh-so-pleasurable experience!  With such an accommodation legend of Mykonos in our hands, only one thing is for sure, that we will strive to offer you the most exquisite services, adding more to the gastronomic and lifestyle scene of Mykonos and making you part of this magical summer experience, the legendary Santa Marina experience!