For many of us, summer is the time to hit the beach. The question, though, is where? Read on to find out where we think the hottest beach destinations are this summer.
For a stylish yet spiritual escape, Bali is one of the hottest beach destinations this summer, in part thanks to the opening of Bulgari Resort Bali this year. The latest in the Italian luxury brand’s exclusive line of hotels, this masterfully designed hotel is located within a secluded plateau of the Jimbaran peninsula, offering its guests an extraordinary place to savour the sophistication.
The Indian Ocean is the place to be for nature enthusiasts, divers and those who crave the peace and quiet of island life. With horizon for miles, the sunsets are spectacular and the sands are probably some of the finest in the world, thanks to the sheer vastness of the ocean surrounding these secluded islands.
The Maldives is one of the main beacons of the Indian Ocean, and is always topping lists of the hottest places to spend summer, offering ultra-luxurious resorts that embrace the surrounding natural beauty. If you are really looking to impress, Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah can boast the title of being the world’s first exclusive-use UNESCO private island – with seven bedrooms, a luxury yacht at your disposal and five acres to enjoy to yourself, it really is one of the hottest summer spots this year.
Alternatively, head to the Seychelles’ recently opened Six Senses Zil Pasyon. The sole resort on Félicité private island, the beaches are trimmed by lush rainforest, and evenings can be spent relaxing on a sun lounger under the stars at the outdoor cinema.
Spanish and Greek Islands
A classic summer holiday spot, the Greek and Spanish Islands never go out of style, with Mediterranean bliss yours for the taking throughout the sunny months, whether you want to potter around sleepy villages or feel the buzz of swanky marinas.
Ibiza is always a hot spot for summer, even more so with the opening of Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay at the end of June 2017, bringing the renowned Japanese restaurant to the ‘White Isle’s’ trendy shores. With 152 guestrooms and a fashionable pool bar and beach club, there is no doubt that this is on the summer wishlist of those who are addicted to the intoxicating mix of laid-back and energetic glamour Ibiza holds.
The island of Mykonos has a reputation for being the liveliest of Greece’s islands, with a party atmosphere down by its plentiful beaches. A regular yacht-stop for those sailing European waters, there are plenty of cool bars, waterfront restaurants and lively night spots to relax at, along with a perfect offering of luxurious resorts – stay at Grace Mykonos for stunning sea views.
Florida and California
If you really want a beach holiday with a backbone, Miami is the place for you. Boasting a double-whammy of one of the United States' most vibrant cities, alongside the renowned sands of South Beach, there is so much going on to fill your time between kicking back on the sand, including food, music and art festivals, though you might want to stop by the up-and-coming Wynwood district to see authentic street art and the city’s first craft brewery. Faena Hotel Miami Beach is the hottest place to stay while here, set in the arty Faena district. The hotel boasts a stunning work by Damien Hirst to admire, plus its own theatre with regular evening shows and music.
On the west coast, Laguna Beach is a surfer’s paradise, and a hot beach destination in the famed Orange County, renowned for being the summer retreat of choice for California. Not only are the sands soft and golden, but this small coastal city always has its finger on the pulse when it comes to holding arty events throughout the summer, with daily art fairs and craft festivals. It’s also a fantastic place to watch the Independence Day fireworks on 4th July.
If it’s tropical charm and laid-back beach vibes you are seeking, the Caribbean offers plenty of hot beach destinations for the summer. Turks and Caicos is perfect for an island getaway, and is where you will find the award-winning COMO Parrot Cay luxury resort. A sumptuous retreat, this private island hideaway is the perfect place to indulge in a wellness-inspired escape, with Ayurvedic treatments, aromatherapy, yoga and Pilates along with a fantastic spa.
To be in the most prestigious spot in the Caribbean, St Barths is the hottest place to be. Private and discreet, here you can find some seriously stylish villas, where you can relax in peace with your own spectacular sea views.
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