Ha, what a title. That’ll get some attention. No I’m not talking about nude beaches. Although who knows, there may some of that in these places. I’ll try to stay away from nude beaches and keep this a family friendly site.
Concierge has released their 2007 list of the world’s sexiest beaches. These are the most beautiful and picturesque beaches in the world. Sadly, Jamaica doesn’t seem to have a place on this list.
Caprera Island, Sardinia, Italy
The vibe: La dolce vita meets Euro bling.
Picture this: A subdued day haunt just off Sardinia’s ultrachic Costa Smeralda, Caprera Island’s secluded bays and secret coves call out for skinny-dipping or a beach picnic for two. One of seven islands in the Maddalena archipelago, and now a national park, the beaches are gently bathed by the cobalt Tyrrhenian Sea.
The crowd: The Costa Smeralda is all about supertoned divas in teeny-weeny Missoni bikinis and Italian industrialists in oversized Prada sunglasses”but out here you’ll be sharing nature with the abundant seabirds.
The sundowner: Cocktails on the speedboat. Try an Earl of Sardinia: creme de cassis, Campari, grapefruit juice, pineapple, and grenadine.
Come to bed: There are no hotels on Caprera, but it’s just a 15-minute boat ride to the Costa Smeralda, where the Hotel Cala di Volpe exudes extravagant Italian glamour. The hotel’s 125 rooms have private balconies, and activities include a water-ski school, tennis courts, the nearby Pevero Golf Club, and a lot of posing and flirting.
Hotel Cala di Volpe
Tel: 39 0789 976111
Doubles from $2,750
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
The vibe: Slow, happy, and inexpensive
Picture this: Located in the northeast of Brazil, Salvador lies between green tropical hills and broad beaches along the bay of Todos os Santos. Originally a slave port city, the delicious melting pot of African and Brazilian cultures and foods draws a particular brand of sensual-minded traveler. Expect pounding drums as background music and the heady smell of palm cooking oil in the air.
The crowd: Shirtless athletic men practicing the martial arts cum-dance of capoeira on the beach; slinky Bahian women with dark skin and green eyes drinking cold bottled beer in the umbrella-covered beach bars.
The sundowner: Classic caipirinhas are so last year. The hippest joints serve caipirinhas mixed with sake for a more delicate (and disguised) kick.
Come to bed: The hotel scene hasn’t quite caught up to the ever-more-cosmo feel of the city, but the Bahia Othon Palace turns its ’70s-era tower into a kitschy plus. Sitting between the main drag of Avenida Oceanica and the ocean in the upscale neighborhood of Ondina, all guest rooms have a view of the water, and the alfresco deck bar is a lively evening scene. This is also the place to stay for Carnaval the scene is much bigger (and wilder) than Rio’s.
Bahia Othon Palace
Tel: 55 71 2103 7100
Doubles from $115
Cousine Island, Seychelles
The vibe: “Me Tarzan, you Jane!”
Picture this: Looking to get off the grid? Take your lovely to the privately owned Cousine Island, home to alabaster beaches and an exclusive little lodge retreat. A nature reserve dedicated to conservation, the island also integrates four villas aimed at putting you out of civilization’s reach and back to a more skinny-dipping state of mind.
The crowd: Precious few. The couple two villas away is likely an international gallery owner and his Gucci-loving girl. There are the dewy-eyed honeymooners making out in a hammock made for two. Sir Paul McCartney is one starry convert.
The sundowner: Chilled Champagne (after all, you won’t actually be giving up any creature comforts): You’ll be dining alfresco on Asian-Creole delights in the island’s guest-only (and, well, only) restaurant.
Come to bed: The villas are French Colonial and just off the beach. Take a dip in the freshwater swimming pool. You can also enjoy guided hikes and fishing and diving trips with the on-island ecologists if you desire. Or just get back to the elements while relaxing in the spa.
Tel: 248 321107
Villas from $1,927, including all meals and drinks
Playa de los Lances, Tarifa, Spain
The vibe: Surf hard, play hard. Flirt even harder.
Picture this: Hard bodies clutching wind- and kite-boards rub elbows along Tarifa’s famous five-mile stretch of sandy paradise. Situated at the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, where the Med meets the Atlantic, the conditions bring out the athletic A-crowd from around the continent. After dark, everybody moves off the water and into Tarifa’s lively bars and tapas joints.
The crowd: Pretty girls and ab-alicious boys who relish showing off their surfer souls and sport-crafted bodies.
The sundowner: Sangria by the jug in Old Town
Come to bed: Shack up at shabby-chic, Moorish-style Posada La SacristÃa, a 17th-century inn transformed into one of the city’s best boutique hotels. The ten rooms are stuffed with tasteful antiques and swathed in sumptuous ethnic fabrics. Soothing massages, live music, and cool art exhibitions are also on tap.
Posada La SacristÃa
Tel: 34 956 681 759
Doubles from $185
Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas
The vibe: Colonial swagger with high-society tennis games at dusk
Picture this: Could a beach be any prettier? Pink Sands is a three-mile stretch of sheer sand-and-surf perfection. And it really is coral pink. Just off North Eleuthera, and also home to one of the world’s top dive sites, it’s the place to recharge your batteries among New York’s fashion flock.
The crowd: Entrepreneurs in linen suits and ladies awash in diamonds. Barefoot elegance is the sartorial style du jour.
The sundowner: Cool off with a local Kalik beer, or go for a Bahama Mama rum cocktail sparingly
Come to bed: If you’re staying on Harbour Island and are looking for the high life, you’re already booked into the Pink Sands Resort. The one- and two-bedroom luxury cottages are set upon tropical gardens overlooking the beach. Italian marble floors, private patios, walk-in closets, and bathrooms stuffed with Aveda products it’s a rough life.
Pink Sands Resort
Tel: 242 333 2030
Doubles from $600
Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia
The vibe: Beachcombing boho chic
Picture this: Bali is a fine place to drop onto a chaise lounge, pull up a parasol, and sleep in the sun. That’s the best way to detox from the all-night singing, dancing, and hooking-up action of Kuta Beach, in southern Bali. The cafes, bars, and nightclubs lining the streets of Kuta and Legian are the hub of hedonism for the young and the restless.
The crowd: Wall-to-wall buff bodies many of them honed on the beaches of Australia in this season’s hot metallics, beads, and bangles.
The sundowner: Take your drink of choice and enjoy the term literally: Bali is famous for its sunsets. Watch the sun turn from bright orange to blood red before slipping into the horizon across the bay.
Come to bed: Take a break from the party and snuggle up at Kuta Paradiso Hotel Bali, with 243 deluxe rooms and suites overlooking the ocean. Sip cocktails by the pool and hang out in the piano lounge for upmarket evening entertainment.
Kuta Paradiso Hotel Bali
Tel: 62 361 761 414
Doubles from $140
South Beach, Miami, Florida
The vibe: Nightlife hub, arts mecca, de facto capital of Latin America, Miami is all sexy, all the time.
Picture this: You already know about the zillion new hotels, condos, and glittering clubs that are transforming South Beach. But notice all those hard-bodies occupying them? They didn’t get that way by accident. In a sense this is the healthiest city in America there’s no season when you can easily hide flab. Check out the endless cavalcade of runners, bladers, and skateboarders on the boardwalk along Miami Beach. Now that’s a runway.
The crowd: Multilingual millionaires and the ladies that love them all in various states of (fashionable) undress with an occasional unsightly side of misbehaving minors and pasty tourists
The sundowner: Muchos Mojitos, what else? Take one in from the ultrahip rooftop Spire Bar & Lounge.
Come to bed: Miami is thick with five-star abodes, but the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is home to the world’s only Tanning Butler. He’s fit, he’s bare-chested, he’s called Malcolm (cute, but shouldn’t he be named Brad or Hunk?). This resident superhero of the suntan is armed with a holster of SPF, soothing balms, and bandages, ready to swoop down on your poolside sun bed as soon as you turn pink, sweetie. How did we cope before?
Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Tel: 786 276 4000
Doubles from $499
Spire Bar & Lounge
Tel: 305 531 2222
Pigeon Point Beach, Antigua
The vibe: British aristos meet Hollywood movers and shakers for a love-in, colonial style.
Picture this: Antigua famously boasts 365 glorious beaches one for every day of the year but if you have to pick just one, make it Pigeon Point, where lily-white sands slope gently out into blue-blood waters and hammocks hang between swaying palms. Close to the historic English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, it’s home base for the jet set.
The crowd: This crew are often defined by what they own (look-at-me yachts) and what they’re wearing (Herms, Rolex, Dior, Armani). In fact, Giorgio himself is one of the celebs who owns a home here, along with Eric Clapton and Oprah.
The sundowner: Rum on the sand, but when you’re at the Antigua Yacht Club, best stick to champers or G&Ts.
Come to bed: Cosy up in colonial grandeur beneath the vaulted ceilings of the Inn at English Harbour. Enjoy French breakfasts and English afternoon tea from the comfort of your mahogany four-poster bed. Egyptian linen sheets come standard, of course.
The Inn at English Harbour
Tel: 800 970 2123
Doubles from $233
Antiqua Yacht Club
Tel: 268 460 1799
The vibe: European? Asian? Yes.
Picture this: Languorous days and steamy post-twilight action are guaranteed in this little Turkish town by the Aegean. The Turks themselves come here to let loose, and the beaches are full of hot-looking people of all persuasions and ethnicities. At night, moonlit clubs thump with a mix of Turkish hits and European dance music. When you’ve had your fill, take a romantic stroll around the pretty traditional villages and lemon groves in the surrounding hills.
The crowd: This really is a melting pot of continents and cultures. That beautiful woman in a barely-there bikini? Could be an Istanbul attorney, could be an Italian countess. You should walk over and find out for yourself.
The sundowner: When the lights come on at Bodrum Castle (you can’t miss it, it’s the structure that dominates the bay), it’s time to order a Raki. An anise-flavored liqueur, similar to ouzo or Sambuca, it’s nicknamed “lion’s milk” due to its milky color when mixed with water or ice and it’s also rumored to have a lionlike affect on the libido.
Come to bed: Hole up at the swish Kempinski Hotel in Barbaros Bay. With balconies overlooking the Gulf of Gokova and LCD satellite TVs, it’ll take something special to get you out of your room. Something like couples’ massages at the property’s Six Senses spa, perhaps.
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
Tel: 90 252 311 0303
Doubles from $412
Nest post I’ll finish the list.