RACIL’s Insider Guide to Mykonos

RACIL’s Insider Guide to Mykonos

A born traveller, designer Racil Chalhoub was born in Beirut but raised in Paris. Though she now lives in London, every summer she heads to Mykonos for plenty of pampering and parties. This is her insider guide to the glamorous Greek island.



A
born traveller, designer Racil
Chalhoub
was born in Beirut but
raised in Paris.
Citing her stylish mother as a major influence in her career, she
moved to London
to study design and marketing then headed back to Beirut in 2006 to
open a fashion concept store and organic café. A buyer for eight
years, Racil was inspired by tailoring – in particular, the classic
tuxedo – and launched her eponymous brand RACIL from her Notting
Hill studio in 2015. Though she now lives in London, every summer
she heads to
Mykonos
for plenty of pampering and parties. This is her
insider guide to the glamorous Greek
island
.

An insider guide on where to shop, eat and drink in
Mykonos


Where’s your favourite place to wake up?

Either at my favourite hotel, Belvedere, or in a villa with a view
overlooking Delos.

For breakfast?

By the pool!

To celebrate?

Over a long meal at Spilia, my favourite lunch spot, or dinner at
Sea Satin followed by a late night at Guzel.

To relax?

Spend the day at the beach drinking café frappes, watch the
sunset and then head back to the hotel for a massage.

For drinks with friends?

The espresso martinis by the pool at the Belvedere are the best
ever and it’s a great way to start the evening. Then go bar hopping
in town.


For dinner?

La Maison de Catherine is amazing.

For a date?

Days in Mykonos are often unplanned and unexpected, which is a
perfect date plan in itself.

To let your hair down?

The sunset party at Alemagou.

Where’s best to shop?

There are two main streets in town with plenty of little shops,
perfect for browsing before dinner. My favourites are the The White
Shop which only sells handmade white items, while there’s also fab
boutique on Nammos Beach.

To work out?

Water ski in the bay of Kalafati – but dancing is a way better
work out.

To get inspired?

Just chill on the beach and watch the sunset.

One thing we have to buy from Mykonos?

A shell necklace. There’s a lady who sells them from her little
stand in town – I buy new ones every summer. Evil eye bracelets are
great too and make nice presents.


What’s in your SUITCASE for Mykonos?

Denim shorts, lots of bikinis and kaftans, sarongs and crochet
tops for the beach, some mini dresses and a couple of long flowing
ones too. Plenty of earrings and accessories, my Muzungu Sisters
mochila bag, flat sandals and a pashmina as it can get quite
windy.

How would you describe Mykonos’s style?

Quite casual – you can dress up if you want but you don’t really
have to.

When is the best time to visit?

From mid-June to mid-July and then first week of September. I
would avoid August at all costs!

What is Mykonos’s best-kept secret?

Fokos Taverna, the food is delicious and the beach so remote.
There is also a little bar called Thalami – if you’re still awake
past sunrise, that’s where you want to head.

The best place to snap a sunset?

Caprice Bar in town. Go early enough to grab the seats outside
or, even better, perch on the edge of the blue window.


The best beaches for partying / relaxing / views?

The best beaches for partying are Scorpios and Alemagou – they
don’t have parties every day though so check when you get on the
island. To relax I head to Hippie
Fish
and will often stay until sunset, or Agios Sostis where
I’ll try to get a table at Kiki’s Tavern for a late lunch. For the best
water and swim, head to Kalo Livadi and have lunch at Solymar.

What’s on your Mykonos playlist?

I usually compile my summer playlists in Mykonos, but it is a
mix of chilled eclectic tunes, happy house music and also some
Greek songs.

Why do you like Mykonos?

There is a sense of freedom there that I don’t find anywhere
else. I never look at the time but just take day as it comes. I
love that you can have a super relaxing day but also party until
sunrise if you want to. There is a certain energy on the island
which is thought to emanate from from Delos, the island facing
opposite.

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