Take a one-minute vacation, even if you’re hibernating on a February winter weekend.
At these great beach bars around the world, cocktails come with a side of sand and sun.
Legend has it that Saint Lucia’s Smugglers Cove used to be a popular spot for fishermen who liked to ply their trade in the buff. The site now houses the aptly named Naked Fisherman, a thatched-roof bar set below the 49-room Cap Maison Resort & Spa. Rum cocktails such as the Proseccojito (a prosecco-infused mojito) complement the bar’s popular Creole seafood boil.
Advisor Tip: “The Naked Fisherman is my favorite beach bar on Saint Lucia. I’m partial to the local Piton beer, but if you want something stronger, have the bartender concoct a potent TNF rum punch.” – Michelle Harvell, Virtuoso travel advisor, Fort Worth, Texas
An abandoned fishing boat found washed up on the shore of Bahia, Brazil’s Barra do Rio Trancoso is the centerpiece of the Uxua Praia bar at the 11-room Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa. Grab a caipirinha, claim a daybed, and watch locals practice capoeira by the shore – if you want to join in, the hotel can sign you up for a lesson.
There’s plenty of room to settle in at The Long Bar at Vietnam’s 200-room InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. Locally sourced decor elements in the elegant, open-air space include dark wood floors, trays made by Southeast Asian hill tribes, and cozy nesting chairs that resemble Vietnamese fishing baskets.
DJs spin chilled-out playlists at Buddha-Bar Beach Mykonos, the first waterfront outpost from the Parisian-based restaurant group. Set on the private beach of the 114-room Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, the trendy bar is beloved by travelers looking to soak up the Aegean sun and sip cocktails from the world’s best mixologists, who are flown in for guest appearances.
You’ll find private cabanas, giant cushions, and crystal chandeliers dangling from palm trees at Fanditha, the oceanfront restaurant and lounge at the 122-room One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. Hookah pipes and mezze plates complete the Middle Eastern mood.