Aloha! The holiday season has begun and everyone is looking for the best spot close to the ocean. The sun twinkles on a turquoise sea off a palm-fringed beach; your brand new silky kaftan is rather flattering as it flutters in the breeze; and with a good read on your Kindle and the right playlist in your ear, summer has most definitely arrived. So get prepared with hot books and music, some on-point swimwear, protective beauty essentials, and later, lunch or a sundowner at one of the best beach bars.
THE COOLEST BEACH WARDROBE
When it comes to must-haves for the beach, the most important are those that protect you from UVA and UVB rays—we’re talking sunscreen and straw hat here. On the other hand, outfits should convey effortless style, but be showstoppers at the beach bar. For the summer of 2017, we have seen metallic espadrilles and silky kaftans on the runways, as well as Japanese kimonos and linen trousers. Oversized beach bags and fancy sunnies are inspired by the French Riviera chic of the 1960s, and every shade of red is the color of the season. Embrace the trend and go for a monochrome lace-up swimsuit that works as a top when combined with your beloved denims. Here come our suggestions for stylish outfits to cover any beach-based occasion.
Lace-up Maillot by Mara Hoffmann; crêpe bikini Marie-Louise by Lisa Marie Fernandez; swimsuit in coral by Melissa Odabash; bikini with blue marble print by Stella McCartney; one-piece Mott Maillot by Marysia; kimono by Etro; silk kaftan dress by Dolce & Gabbana at MyTheresa; Edna Fly Away Pant by LemLem.
Baseball cap by Nike via Voo Store Berlin; sunnies by Gucci at Net-a-Porter, shopper by Balenciaga at MyTheresa, metallic plateau sandals by Miu Miu; Ailin hat by Eugenia Kim at Net-a-Porter; hairband by Missoni; Brigittesun hat by Eugenia Kim; FlamingoiPhone case by Uunique London; Sorbetsunglasses by Miu Miu; Laurenespadrilles by Chloé at MyTheresa; Flight Gold shades by Oliver Weber; La Plage tote by Kayu; Mexican blanket to wear or sit on by Hayley Menzies.
Sea Whip nail polish by Chanel le Vernis; Beach Wave Mousse by Moroccanoil; Rosas Frescas bath oil by Coqui Coqui; Laguna body tint SPF 30 by Nars; Le Brumisateur by Evian; Dr. Skin‘s Sun Care Lipstick; Hair After The Sun by Sachajuan; Hardwear Shine UV Topcoat by butter London; Mattifying Sun Fluid SPF 30 by Eucerin; Protect & Refresh by Nivea; organic Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist by Coola Suncare: All About That Base nail basecoat by Deborah Lippmann; UV Plus Anti-Pollution Multi-Protection by Clarins; Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque by Aveda.
GOOD HOLIDAY READS AND MUSIC
For many people vacation means: “Finally, time to read.” No one wants to sit in front of the TV while the sun is shining outside, but equally, staring at the sea can eventually become dull. So take a few of the best albums and reads for summer: from the top classics to the latest releases, we’ve got the books that will provide a breezy beach read or keep you in suspense, as well as the soundtracks to suit the mood.
Books: From Rockaway by Jill Eisenstadt: Fans of St. Elmo’s Fire will recognize the youthful despair of a tight-knit group of working-class, going-nowhere teenagers who spend their days working and their nights drinking in their first years following high-school graduation. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy: This sensual story about young Sofia, who travels to a Spanish village in search of a cure for a mysterious illness, which suddenly becomes a journey about truth and identity. Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan: A permissive summer story about a charming widower and his daughter Cécile, who vacation in a lush mansion at the Côte d’Azur. The Girls by Emma Cline: An intense evocation of adolescence set in California in the hippie 60s about a girl sucked into a Manson-esque cult. Barbarian Days by William Finnegan: Generous yet unsparing portraits of competitive surfing friendships, with observations about surfing that have never before been captured so well. Summer Crossing by Truman Capote: Capote‘s first novel, written in the 1940s was lost for over fifty years and eventually published in 2005. Set in New York during the summer of 1945, the young, carefree socialite Grady must make serious decisions about the romance she is dangerously pursuing and the effect it will have on everyone involved.
Music: Damn by Kendrick Lamar: a masterpiece of rap; Drunk by Thundercat: Californian fusion-funk; Divide by Ed Sheeran: best pop singer-songwriter. Tanto Tempo by Bebel Gilberto: classic Brazilian Bossa Nova; The Virgin Suicides by Air: finest French electro-pop; Calico Review by Allah-Las: psychedelic summer rock. Declaration of Dependence by Kings of Convenience: best indie folk-pop. Island Life by Grace Jones: iconic new-wave reggae. Pleasure by Feist: minimalist art pop.
BEACH BARS WITH JUST THE RIGHT VIBE
Many vacationers choose their summer destinations based on their proximity to water. From the sand or poolside, it’s never far to a bar—surely the perfect, most relaxed summer respite. You don’t have to carry food or a cooler to the beach, and you don‘t need to change your clothes to get a drink—no shirt, no shoes, no problem. Beach bars are family-friendly places that pack in surfers and people just having a good time; after sunset they morph into casual clubs.
Fontelina, Capri: Since it opened in 1949, stars from Sophia Loren to Leonardo DiCaprio have lounged beneath the famous blue-and-white striped umbrellas. The Fontelina Beach Club is located on Capri’s most secluded but famous limestone formations in the southeast of the island, which you can reach only by boat or by following a steep path down the cliff. The family-owned restaurant awaits you with white-wine sangria and lobster linguine.
Paloma Beach, French Riviera: Hidden away on the French Riviera, Paloma Beach is situated on the exclusive peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferratvand enjoys magical Mediterranean vistas. Named after Paloma Picasso, daughter of the famous painter who used to spend time with his family and friends in this little paradise, it has been about beauty, kindness, and farniente (doing nothing) since 1948.
Lala Land, Tel Aviv: Known as Manhattan-by-the-Med, Tel Aviv‘s skyline is lined with miles of white sandy beaches where locals and visitors lounge and party from April till October. Cocktails, cool sounds, and low-slung sofas on the sands have made Lala Land at Gordon Beach the summer hotspot of choice for Israel’s beautiful people.
The Nammos, Mykonos: Dubbed “luxury in flip-flops,” from the atmosphere to the champagne, everything is chilled at the Nammos on the Greek island of Mykonos. Fresh seafood is sourced straight from a boat, and a beef bar serves the best cuts of Wagyu and kobe. Long lunches routinely segue into bacchanalian parties.
Nikki Beach, Saint Tropez: Nikki isn’t just a myth, it’s become a legend at beaches across the world since 1998, when entrepreneur Jack Penrod first started the concept. Renowned for hosting up to 30,000 people on high-season days, it is definitely the hip and trendy place to party on Pampelonne, the longest and most famous of all St Tropez’ beaches. Expect to find world-class DJs, entertainment, and a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine.
El Chiringuito, Ibiza: Renowned as much for its beach clubs as its nightclubs, the Balearic island of Ibiza is a clubbing destination. The El Chiringuito on Es Cavallet Beach has provided an unpretentious venue where people can enjoy a warm and welcoming environment, as well as good sounds and simple but delicious food made from all-natural ingredients.
Juan y Andrea, Formentera: Famous for its Caribbean-like beaches and color palette, Formentera exudes a wonderfully laid-back spirit. Located on the most famous Playa Illetas, the family-owned Juan y Andrea has been serving excellent seafood dishes for over 25 years.