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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?

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