Do-noth­ing SANDY GET­AWAYS not your thing? There’s still time this SUM­MER to learn how to love to lounge at th­ese new re­sorts.

Esquire (Philippines) - - MAN AT HIS BEST -

The beach is not my nat­u­ral el­e­ment. Tell me I’m go­ing to Lon­don and I dream of mar­ti­nis. The Ba­hamas? I think of how un­com­fort­able sand is. But I’ve lived through enough beach­less sea­sons to know that avoid­ing them is no way to sum­mer. If you get through Septem­ber with­out breath­ing in some salt air, life just feels kind of flat. There’s a rich­ness in the con­trast of lazy and busy days—it’s apt that the glare of the ocean sun makes vir­tu­ally all phones an­noy­ing to use. Mother Na­ture is telling you to be alone with your thoughts. Would it hurt to pon­der the cur­va­ture of the earth where the sky touches the sea for a while? Email and Face­book will still be there in the fall. Pro-level beach fans have al­ways in­stinc­tively known how rein­vig­o­rat­ing the coast can be. For the rest of us, here are some new places to test the wa­ters. Sand washes away pretty eas­ily, af­ter all.

1. Idyl­lic Suite

An­daz Mayakoba Re­sort, near Playa del Car­men, Mex­ico

The new­est prop­erty of the luxe Mayakoba ecore­sort de­vel­op­ment has min­i­mal­ist rooms with plunge pools and pa­tios that open up di­rectly onto the shore. Just step out and choose where to dip—they’re fan­tasy beach hang­outs come true.

2. Baller Es­cape

Faena Ho­tel, Mi­ami Beach

Can over-the-top be a com­pli­ment? It can be when you’re talk­ing about this ho­tel, a max­i­mal­ist’s fever dream of a prop­erty in the Faena dis­trict of Mi­ami Beach. Damien Hirst’s gold-plated mam­moth skele­ton will stir up as many ex­is­ten­tial thoughts as the ocean.

3. Baja Hide­away

Ho­tel San Cristóbal, To­dos San­tos, Mex­ico

Liz Lam­bert’s Bunkhouse group, the com­pany be­hind Austin’s Ho­tel San José and Marfa’s El Cos­mico, brings its own brand of Texas cool to the boho fish­er­man/surfer town of To­dos San­tos. De­tails like ki­mono robes and a gong that’s hit when the sun sets are im­pec­ca­ble. But it all takes a back­seat to ridicu­lous views of the Pa­cific.

4. Un­sung Beach

The Shore Club, Prov­i­den­ciales, Turks and Caicos

Long Bay Beach, de­spite hav­ing three miles of soft white sand and warm shal­low wa­ter, was rel­a­tively un­der the radar un­til the Shore Club opened last De­cem­ber. Key ameni­ties: a pri­vate yacht you can char­ter and a com­pli­men­tary kids’ club (so par­ents can have a bit of a real va­ca­tion). —Kevin Sin­tu­muang

TRUE BLUE You’ll feel like you have the beach to your­self at the Shore Club in Turks and Caicos.

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