Scorpios, Mykonos, Greece
It’s not easy to stand out amidst the Greek island’s cosmopolitan and, admittedly, crowded collection of beach scenes (to which visitors go to be seen). Designed as “a gathering place meant to galvanize the artistic, spiritual and political life of the community”, Scorpios utilizes the natural wonders of the Aegean Sea and Cycladic sun to its great advantage. The aesthetic boasts charming simplicity, centered by the beach and whitewashed stone house. Its offerings to the community of guests include a program of events and daily rituals, and a menu celebrating the very best Mediterranean diet.
Nobu Hotel, Marbella and Ibiza, Spain
Part of Nobu Hotel Marbella, Andalusia’s most exciting five-star opening of late, the blissful premise of Nobu By The Beach epitomizes the hotel’s barefoot-luxury vibe. Just steps from the Mediterranean shoreline, it offers world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Japanese-fusion dining with a menu of sushi dishes and bento boxes to enjoy from your sun lounger, either on the seafront or by the pool. Join the hotel’s clientele at the new alfresco Supper Club (open Thursdays-Saturdays) for a more sophisticated sundowner in the evening to a soundtrack of live music and in-house DJs. Alternatively, you’ll find Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay on the White Isle, where guests can order laid-back Spanish beach-bar dishes of just-caught seafood and Balearic specialities on the Cala Talamanca sands.
Blue Apple Beach House, Cartagena, Colombia
Inspired by the old-world pizzazz of the Balearic beach-club scene, Blue Apple Beach House is a seductive retreat on Tierra Bomba island’s southern shore. Thirty minutes from Cartagena, it draws a stylish crowd to its driftwood tables. Dine on classic dishes with a twist – think seabass and coconut rice or blue-cheese mussels – to a soundtrack of tropical soul. With a vista of the white sands of Playa Mamon, it’s a place for languid evenings under the stars, best followed by a stay in one of its five bespoke cabañas.
Nikki Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
The world-famous Nikki Beach boasts buzzy and elegant outposts all around the globe, from Dubai to Montenegro. At Thailand’s Koh Samui Nikki Beach, the brand’s international allure meets a palm-fringed paradise, situated on the island’s sunset-facing beach of Lipa Noi. Serving an extensive fresh menu and shaking up an innovative array of cocktails, day-to-night dining doesn’t get dreamier than here.
Uxua Casa, Trancoso, Brazil
Uxua Casa’s laid-back beach hangout is the ultimate place to chill. Head to the thatch-roofed bar, housed within an old fishing boat on Coconut Tree Beach, where the owner has restored more abandoned fishing crafts, transforming them into plush day beds on which to savor the freshest ceviche. The most charming of its private villas is Casa Anderson, which is filled with local crafts and antiques. A stay here comes with daily yoga and capoeira lessons on the sumptuous stretch of silky white sand.
Purobeach, Illetas and Palma, Mallorca, Spain
Ibiza may be the livelier party island, but for chic bars on beautiful beaches, Mallorca is the other Balearic hotspot that should be on your radar. And there’s no better way to unwind than at one of Purobeach’s two exclusive locations. Purobeach Illetas is perched on a cliff edge on the island’s southwest side, with a private beach and views of the glistening waters of Palma. Take a yoga class overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, followed by a detox massage at the spa. Its sister club, Purobeach Palma, boasts a dramatic lava-stone pool, rooftop terrace, and Balinese beds on which to while away the sun-soaked hours.
Palazzo Avino, Ravello, Italy
Romantic hideaway Palazzo Avino is the only hotel in the cliff-top town of Ravello that can lay claim to its very own beach club, Clubhouse By The Sea. The Clubhouse itself – a walled private villa – has various cantilevered platforms studded with white umbrellas alongside a flower-edged plunge pool. On another terrace, there’s the restaurant with spectacular views over the Amalfi coastline to the towns of Maiori and Vietri. There’s a wood-burning oven for pizzas and fish dishes of the day, but otherwise, it’s as minimalist a beachside haven as you could wish for: no DJs, no special effects, no motorized beach toys – just two ladders to send you plunging into the deep-blue Tyrrhenian Sea.