The hottest places to be this summer

26 June 2019

April French Furnell

You made it. The summer is finally here. Time to unwind, head off on your travels or plan your staycation. Before you put the all important ‘Out of Office’ on, read our selection of summer must-haves and inspiration for those of you planning a last-minute trip or just wanting to make the most of the longer days in London.

London Activities

If you’re staying in London, then why not visit The Oyster Shack this summer, by Butlers Wharf Chop House and Nyetimber. Open until 31 August, The Oyster Shack will be housed in the foyer of the restaurant. Alongside the all-day pop-up, guests have the opportunity to attend ticketed masterclasses hosted throughout the residency. Interactive events include a Nyetimber and Oyster tasting workshop, while attendees can also try their hand at an oyster shucking masterclass, taught by the godfathers of the sea, Colchester Oyster Fishery.

Or head west to Bluebird Café White City and enjoy its Strawberry Fields Terrace, in partnership with world acclaimed, Martin Miller’s Gin. You can enjoy the Wimbledon Championship on a big screen in the Television Centre’s famous forecourt, allowing guests to indulge in strawberries, cream, cocktails and tennis; the holy trinity of British summertime. Decorated with bright cascading foliage, the terrace will celebrate the arrival of the nation’s hottest and most loved season.

Travelling abroad?

If beach clubs are your thing, you’ll like Maxi’s Beach Club, one of Italy’s most exclusive beach clubs. Situated in one of the most picturesque spots of the North Italian Adriatic coast, where the foothills of the Dolomites meet the sea, is the Bay of Sistiana, considered one of the most beautiful bays of the upper Adriatic and home to Portopiccolo Sistiana.

A haven of sun-kissed teak, widescreen seaviews and comfortable sunbeds and gazebos, the terraces at the Beach Club are the first port of call for sun-lovers in search of a place to while away the day. With delicious food and drink served directly to you throughout the day by the friendly staff at Maxi’s, the beach club’s sea front restaurant, there won’t be a need to leave your seat.

In the evenings the entertainment is kicked up a notch with a rich calendar of events that spans pool parties, formal and informal get-togethers, plus appearances by fantastic local and international DJs and musicians.

If you are looking to head further afield, perhaps you’ll be tempted by COMO Point Yamu, located on a secluded east coast peninsula of Phuket, has 360-degree views across the Andaman Sea and the ancient limestone karsts of the UNESCO protected Phang Nga Bay.

The COMO Beach Club at COMO Point Yamu, located on Naka Yai Island, can be reached by a short complimentary boat ride, taking guests from the steps of Point Yamu to the edge of the island.

Well worth the journey, COMO Beach Club is the perfect place to spend the day. Guests can relax and unwind in one of 13 private cabanas each featuring a sitting area, daybed, private bathroom and shower. Children can be entertained with complimentary Play by COMO activities while parents enjoy COMO Shambhala wellness therapies in traditional treatment salas set back in the jungle. At the edge of the sand, guests can indulge in the beach-style bar and restaurant serving up authentic Thai dishes and refreshing juices.  

Active guests can enjoy kayaking, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing and wakeboarding using the Beach Club's complimentary watersports equipment. COMO Beach Club also offers a safe, roped-off area of beach that is ideal for introducing young children to ocean swimming for the first time. 

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