The Handbook
The Handbook

The summer is best enjoyed from a day bed, time spent lazing around interspersed with dips in the pool and plenty of hydration courtesy of the nearest cocktail shaker. La dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing, is the only way to live. And if you’re used to spending the summer cooped in an air conditioned office, gazing through the glazing at the weather from behind your desk then here’s some of the places you should be booking right now.

Ocean Club, Marbella

The Only Way Is Marbs...

Think that Marbella is all about Essex boys and fake tan? Think again. Okay, so there’s a fair number of Southend’s smartest, but the place to go if you’re anyone in Marbs is the Ocean Club. Not only are the day beds the most comfy, the swim up bars the most swinging and the entertainment the most dazzling, but anyone who’s anyone in Marbella can be found at the Puerto Banús club, located right on the famous marina. So jump off your 90 foot yacht and straight into the pool at Marbella’s best.

Where: Avda. Lola Flores, s/n 29660 Nueva Andalucia, Marbella, Spain

Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, USA

Don't Be A Nobu And Miss This

Nobu has pretty much become a byword for quality, with great food and drink being their forte. All of which is best enjoyed from a sun lounger beside the pool. Handily Nobu have just opened their latest hotel, Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, so grab a pina colada, pull up a day bed and snuggle down. Serving Mexican cantina-style bites and Mezcal-focussed cocktails out their retro Airstream trailer by the beach, the style is Japanese Beach House meets Miami chic, spiced up (literally) with a new Californian restaurant Malibu Farm.

Where: 4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33140, United States

Club Marvy, Turkey

Just Marvy-lous

Ignore the fact that it’s seemingly named after one of the baddies in Home Alone and instead take in the Aegean gently lapping against the pristine shore. The luxury hotel in Kesre Bay, Izmir, in Turkey is upmarket not just by Turkish standards but universally lauded as beautifully well equipped and perfectly appointed. And step into their adults only Boho beach club, sip on a cocktail and make the most of the plunging Turkish Lira – as the only currency diving faster than Sterling, now is the moment to book Club Marvy.

Where: Cumhuriyet Mah. 3008 Sok. No:1, TR 35495 Kesre Koyu, Izmir, Turkey

Akyra Beach Club Phuket

Phuket, Let's Go To Thailand

Balance your shakras at the Akyra. This Phuket hotel is perfect for yoga retreats (they run classes on the water) or for something a little less zen. Accommodated in luxurious villas guests at this Thai luxury resort can expect serenity by day, while at night the beach club fires up some classic après-beach fun, quite literally at weekends with their barbecues on the beach but throughout the week with live DJs bringing the club alive.

Where: 32/7 Moo 5, Pilai Beach, Khok Kloi, Takua Thung District, Phang-nga 82140, Thailand

Regent Porto, Montenegro

For The Have Yachts, Not The Have Nots

If you’ve ever wondered where the smart set moor their super yachts when they’re passing through The Adriatic then look no further. Montenegro’s Regent Porto Montenegro is the epitome of upmarket cool, dripping in wealthy Russians and the smart Euro set. The new extension of the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club, The Beach, is a private beach club with fabulous views and an undeniable elegance. A place to be seen and to see (or should that be ‘sea’?).

Where: Obala bb, 85320, Montenegro

Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

It's All Right At The White Bar

Check your Hublot, it’s time to pack a bottle of Moët & Chandon into your Louis Vuitton suitcase and head to Cheval Blanc Randheli. Owned by LVMH Hotel Management, the same group that owns Moët, Krug and Veuve Cliquot as well as fashion brands including watchmakers Hublot and Bvlgari is also in the hotel industry. So expect it to be pretty upmarket. And given we’re off to The Maldives you can be sure that it is. The hotel is as luxurious as you’d expect while the beach club at The White Bar comes with its own infinity pool, oversized hammocks and, of course, their legendary White Parties.

Where: Noonu Atoll, Republic of Maldives, Maldives

Gecko Hotel & Beach Club, Spain

Be A Lounge Lizard At The Gecko

If the main Gecko on your radar is Gordon, then you might well expect to find him here. The hotel is laid back and elegant, chic and stylish and fancies itself as ‘Formentera’s most compelling hotel’. The addition of the Gecko Beach Club certainly makes us think it must be true. Laze in your hammock as DJs take to the decks and cocktails glide toward you in a world where you need work no harder than sauntering over to the beachside restaurant or checking in for a facials and reflexology session.

Where: Ca Mari, Playa Migjorn, 07860 Formentera, Spain