Celebrity photographer Atul Kasbekar recently travelled to Mykonos for the Kingfisher Calendar 2017 shoot and came back with a handful of favourites from the Greek island.
IN THE ARMS OF LUXURY
The Myconian Avaton Resort is scalloped on a hill side and the view from anywhere is simply magnificent. T+L TIP: Check into the Mystique villa that features two bedrooms, a living room, and kitchen, and offers a panoramic view of the city.
Old town Chora is quite incredible with its whitewashed cubic houses and maze-like streets where lots of tiny, luxury fashion boutique stores sell interesting knick-knacks and clothing. T+L TIP: Visit two outstanding stores: Daquared2 (9, Mitropoleos Street; +30-228/907-7314) offers chic Italian tailoring coupled with an edgy Canadian fashion sensibility that’s laidback and extravagant; The Jars of Brands is for those who love to carry back colourful lines by local designers—find MiRo, Despina Vandi, and others here.
INTO THE NIGHT
Some bars locals swear by are Caprice in Old Town that has an incredible view and the best strawberry margarita I’ve had in a while. Spilia is located in a beautiful cave of Agia Anna that hangs over the sea. Must-try here is the seafood, especially if you like octopus. Nammos is a gem in Psarou. It is an elegant and formal beach bar and club where you might spot a famous face. T+L TIP: For some enviable Instagram shots, hang around the neighbourhood of Little Venice at dusk when the crowd is just beginning to gather around the boho-chic bars.
ONLY IN MYKONOS
This happened on one of the recces in Mykonos. We were on Timos Island for lunch at a local restaurant and I had gone to the bar to get the wifi password. The owner sat me down instead and offered me a couple of ouzo shots and copious amounts of fresh seafood and caviar. He and his daughter and their two friends kept me entertained for almost an hour before my production team came to find me reasonably wasted with a bunch of new friends.
Travel Uniform: I still use a custom-made leather jacket that Manish Malhotra made for me two decades ago. During my travels, you’ll find me with my Tod’s strolley, Sennheiser headphones, iPad, and Puma footwear.