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    Endless Summer: Keep The Vibe

    Going at These 6 Spots

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Endless Summer: Keep The Vibe Going at These 6 Spots

    There’s just something about summer, right? Whether it’s hanging by the pool with a drink in hand or dancing the night (or day!) away to great music, there’s a special feeling that comes with the season—one that we’re not ready to give up just because the weather is starting to cool.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    So, how do you create an endless summer? Visit places that channel that very same vibe of fun and freedom through innovative offerings, culinary experiences, and live entertainment. That’s why we’ve rounded up a few effortlessly cool hotels—from Miami to Greece to Mexico—that offer just that. Read on—and then reach out, so we can help get you there before the snow starts to fall.   

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In the U.S.

    The Pool at Strawberry Moon, The Good Time Hotel

     

     

     

     

     

    The Goodtime Hotel, Miami, FL

    Daytime pool party more your style? Then head to The Pool at Strawberry Moon, the retro-cool, coral-hued pool at David Grutman of Groot Hospitality and Pharrell Williams’s newly opened hotel on South Beach. On the weekends, you’ll find a rotating roster of celeb DJs in the 30,000-square-foot pool space, along with an outdoor bar,  Strawberry Moon restaurant, and to top it off, VIP cabanas. Once you’re partied out, head back to one of the hotel’s 266 rooms, which have fun nostalgic details like pink rotary phones, printed robes, and leopard-print benches—not to mention some with water views of either the Atlantic or Biscayne Bay.

     

    PUBLIC, New York, NY

    Soak up all of NYC’s summer energy—and it’s been a good one—at PUBLIC on the Lower East Side, which reopened this past June and offers up a cutting-edge culinary team in Peru’s Chef Diego Muñoz and NYC’s Chef John Fraser. There are numerous dining and drinking spots to try, including Popular and Cantina & Pisco Bar. “Our pisco sours and chilcanos are great to start with outdoors at Bowery Garden or before a meal at Cantina and Popular, which is a very cozy, lushly green environment that attracts all the energy that summer brings us,” says Muñoz. “The Latin flavors, catchy salsa tunes, and our live band on weekend nights lifts guests from their chairs to show off their best moves.” Two can’t miss options: “Our Ceviche Bar, which exemplifies freshness and produces at its peak, enables us to ‘cevichify’ anything that comes to our minds,” says Muñoz. “A bit of citrus, a bit of chili, and a little salt create the perfect balance.” And, of course, dessert: “For dessert, our guests are transported culinarily to the Peruvian desert and the low hills of the Cordillera with our indigenous produce—lucuma, chirimoya, and maracuya. Our journey continues all the way to the Amazon, with the very best Peruvian chocolates that come together in an exuberant dish,” he says.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Popular at the PUBLIC, New York

     

     

     

     

    Popular at the PUBLIC, New York

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In Mexico and the Caribbean

    Eden Rock – St Barths, St Barthélemy

    You can head to the recently renovated Rémy Bar at Eden Rock on the gorgeous island of St Barths any night of the week at 6 pm: That’s when their Rock Hour kicks off, featuring music by the hotel’s resident DJ Tito, along with cocktails and food. But you should definitely make it a point to get there on Sundays for their signature Fire Show: “Here in St Barths, every day is a celebration,” says Fabrice Moizan, General Manager of Eden Rock – St Barths. “Following the success of our daily ‘RockHour’ at Rémy Bar, we were inspired by our guests’ desire to extend the festivities and delight them with an unexpected surprise. Each Sunday, our talented mixologists offer a front-row viewing of their evening ‘Fire Show’ performance, setting a row of our signature Banana Bomb shots ablaze throughout the entire length of the bar. The visual is sensational and we’ve seen both current and new guests alike return each week to experience it.”

     

     

     

     

     

    Rémy Bar at Eden Rock.

     

     

     

     

    Las Ventanas Al Paraíso, Los Cabos, Mexico  

    This ultra-lux Rosewood resort in Mexico has all the makings of a never-ending summer: infinity pools, lazy river, beach cabanas with private plunge pools, a Director of Romance (Seriously, that last one!) And that includes its newest venue: La Botica, a 1920s inspired speakeasy piano bar with apothecary vibes that opened last year. Enter through a secret door near the spa, sip one of their creative cocktails— a Bee’s Wax Old Fashioned, maybe?—and don’t miss music by the hotel’s first-ever artist in residence, Rosalía de Cuba. The talented singer, whose music mixes Cuban, Caribbean, Latin, and international, performs songs in five (!) different languages. Then, when the last call comes at 1 am, head back to your room through the exit—a door that fronts as a vintage Coke fridge.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In Europe

    Andronis Luxury Suites, Santorini, Greece

    A table for two cliffsides, overlooking the Aegean Sea? Yes, please. Greece, and specifically Santorini, has been a popular escape this summer—and with its stunning sunsets, island vibes, and deep historical roots, it’s for good reason. At Lycabettus restaurant at Andronis Luxury Suites in Oia on Santorini, the view from the clifftop terrace is spectacular, with the restaurant featuring the island’s signature blue and white color palette. Headed by chef Nikos Livadias, the seafood-heavy menu features a modern take on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, with sommelier Sotiris Kandilis offering distinct wine pairings. “The ambiance of Lycabettus Restaurant is unique, and so is every guest that decides to join us on a gastronomic adventure,” says the restaurant’s manager, Tasos. “Our enthusiastic team will make sure to create the right environment for you to unwind and enjoy every single taste. Be prepared for an unforgettable dining experience you will forever recall.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The view from the clifftop terrace

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Six Senses Ibiza, Ibiza, Spain

    If you’re past the foam parties of your youth but are still looking for a great time, then Six Senses Ibiza, which just opened in July on Xarraca Bay on the northern coast of the island, should be on your list. With its secret recording studio and live entertainment, music really takes center stage here, with offerings put together by music industry exec and Columbia Records alum, Shivas Howard-Brown. At sunset—particularly on Wednesdays and Saturdays this season—you’ll find pop-up performances, local bands, and DJs (like Jaime Fiorito, Rakim Under, and Sadeedo, to name a few), plus more in the works for 2022. And with the resort’s cliffside beach caves, outdoor boxing ring and yoga studio, and fun experiences (we’ve got all the insider tips), there’s plenty to keep you busy beyond that, too.

     

     

     

     

    Wellness and sun chairs at the Xarraca Bay

     

     

     

     

    Wellness and sun chairs at the Xarraca Bay

     

     

     

     

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