2017 has only just begun and it’s already… rocky. But it’s also a great time of year to escape into plotting your travels for the year. And with much of the world still immersed in winter blues, the best daydream fodder is, naturally, a beach retreat. Here are four sexy beach resorts to consider as you start packing your Panama hats and bikinis.


Turks & Caicos makes a convenient getaway for sun-seekers in the Northeast U.S., but is also worth the long-haul flight from the U.K. and other destinations. Situated in one of the best spots on Long Bay Beach is The Shore Club, a sophisticated, modern take on Caribbean cool with 38 suites and 110 rooms. The resort’s sleek pools and high-end spa will entice you to stay on property, but it’s the stunning stretch of jewel-colored ocean that will give you that elusive sense of escape. Guests have complimentary use of snorkel gear and sea kayaks, but we recommend booking a boat trip for deeper-water snorkeling and picnic lunch on an uninhabited cay.

Now this is a pool bar! #shoreclubtc #turksandcaicos #poolbar #longbaybeach #luxurytravel

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This coastal region of Mexico is well-known as a beach escape, but some may find its mega-resorts overwhelming. This new resort, opening in March, promises a more authentic experience of the area, with modern design that incorporates local, handcrafted details. While it has some of the elements of its neighbors—it’s adults-only and all-inclusive, with 448 guest rooms and five restaurants—its wellness offerings (beachfront yoga, rustic-chic spa) and focus on natural materials turns the spotlight on the simple beauty of the destination itself.

A new vision of all-inclusive luxury, UNICO 20°87 is coming to life. #UNICOinthemaking

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Two of the most seductive words in the English language: private island. Here are a few more: rainforest, white sand, untouched coral reef. This new retreat on the edge of the Kadavu Island Group is a 45-minute flight from Nadi and a world away from the daily grind. If you’re an experienced diver, or new to the underwater world, you’ll love Kokomo’s easy access to The Great Astrolabe Reef, which is chock full of marine life, turtles and manta rays. Above the surface, guests get to enjoy the privacy of one of Fiji’s best white-sand beaches.

Your private seaplane awaits. #KokomoIsland #Fiji #smallluxuryhotels #luxurytravel

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As is the case with many properties in Costa Rica, the commitment to the environment is strong at Kura Design Villas. In addition to the sustainability measures that go on behind the scenes, guests are encouraged to tune into nature, with stunning views of the rainforest and Pacific Ocean from every villa. There are no TVs, but there are hammocks built for two and binoculars on hand for bird-watching. If peaceful seclusion is just too much to bear, Kura’s staff can arrange surf and snorkel trips at Caño Island. There’s also a feel-good element to a stay here: Kura partners with non-profit Earth Equilibrium, which contributes to the local Uvita School. Your vacation = building a green classroom for kindergarten kids.

The perfect place for an afternoon drink #costarica #puravida #vacation #design

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Rebecca Wallwork
Rebecca Wallwork is a writer based in Miami Beach, although you’ll also find her checking out the newest hotels in New York City. She is a former contributing editor to HotelChatter, and loves dogs and books as much as she does hotels.