As an admirer of nature, travel and an active lifestyle, it’s no surprise that Alex Chantecaille—of the eponymous, family-run cosmetics company—has a soft spot for Mykonos, Greece. Discover her favourite ways to unwind in this seaside town.
The beach at Agios Sostis is pure paradise. There are no amenities in sight and getting there requires a steep, downhill hike—and that’s only after you’ve found it (the reward at the end of a long, winding path on the far end of the island). The tavern at the top of the cliff is perfect for an idyllic meal, which usually begins around five o’clock in the evening—nicely in sync with the sunset.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the beach club called Jackie O’s has a beautiful restaurant that features a must-see karaoke drag show every afternoon. The whole experience is truly out of this world, and it’s rather spectacular to watch people of all ages, gay and straight, all having fun and celebrating freedom of expression.
A visit to Mykonos wouldn’t be complete without a stroll past the windmills down by the port. The cone-shaped, thatched roofs and whitewashed walls of the windmills look like they’ve been pulled out of a postcard. Recently, these historical structures were renovated into apartments, and I always think that it would be so magical to stay in one.
“A visit to Mykonos wouldn’t be complete without a stroll past the windmills by the port.”
Alemàgou Beach Bar is by far the most relaxed place to spend the entire day. Wonderfully comfortable mattresses sit underneath Alemàgou’s awnings, right by a protected cove that’s ideal for swimming. Since the bar is tricky to get to, it stands apart from some of the more tourist-heavy attractions. The DJ here is amazing—and cute, too. (Music is another thing that I love about Mykonos— there is a soundtrack to every part of your day here.) After a swim amongst the rough waves and a game or two of volleyball, I have a big plate of spaghetti with clams and a glass of rosé.
Back at home, we make Campari and soda, which is the most refreshing post-beach cocktail to sip on when in the Greek islands. Mastika—liquor made with the resin from indigenous mastic trees—on ice also makes a divine post-beach drink or aperitif.
If you prefer to venture back into town, Uno Con Carne serves delicious and inventive latenight cocktails, like rose-infused martinis, that you can sip under the stars.
Santa Marina, a seaside luxury hotel, is my favourite spot to stay. The property is super chic, and the sweeping views of the surrounding azure water are absolutely breathtaking. The pools are like no other and they're surrounded by oversized cushions, so you can lounge outside all day long. The property serves a phenomenal lunch on their outdoor terrace, too.
I was invited by National Geographic to speak at a global conference about Chantecaille’s support for various oceanic causes. It was a true honour, as marine biologist Sylvia Earle and my friend Dr. Enric Sala—both explorers-in-residence for National Geographic— were in the audience. I am constantly inspired by what they have each done to raise awareness for ecological issues like coral loss, the diminishing numbers of certain shark species and the devastating effects of seafloor scraping. What really struck me were the accolades that I received afterwards. The National Geographic team was thrilled with how we use our company as a vehicle for communicating environmental issues.