rom barefoot, back-to-nature experiences to family bucket-and-spade weekends, there are endless ways to get your beach hit. But there’s something to be said for the old-school charm of a luxurious Riviera stay.
Made fashionable by the likes of Coco Chanel during the Twenties, holidaying on the coast has long been associated with glamour – think St Tropez, Biarritz and San Remo. After an afternoon lounging on the sand in beach attire, retreating to the cool lobby of a chic hotel for cocktail hour nicely rounds off the day in our opinion.
Now the grand coastal hotel is having a revival, with a number of new luxe hot spots opening on stretches of stunning coastline across the globe. After putting Miami on the map with his Delano hotel 20 years ago, Ian Schrager’s latest offering on South Beach, The Edition, oozes the designer’s signature opulence. For über-chic, understated luxury, the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum is helping to turn the picturesque Turkish peninsular into a modern-day French
Riviera. Finally, The Marly at Cape Town’s Camps Bay has a quirky yet elegant take on glam, where you can survey all the action from its eateries on the fabulous beach promenade.
Sun, sea, sand serious style – wish you were here?