Pink Sands, Cobblestone Lanes
Southeastern Europe’s new Aman Spa completes the transformation of the fortified village of Sveti Stefan on Montenegro’s coast into the Adriatic Sea’s most atmospheric resort, Aman Sveti Stefan. Connected to the mainland by a narrow neck of land, the 15th-century town now houses 50 rooms, cottages and suites spread among historic lanes, and beckons summer visitors with pink sandy beaches. Facing Queen’s Beach, the four-treatment-room spa offers outdoor relaxation terraces, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and hydrotherapy saunas, steam showers and hot baths and cold plunges. Separate yoga and Pilates studios feature heated floors. Rooms from about $948; www.amanresorts.com.
On a Lark in Nantucket and Newport
The breezy East Coast-based Lark Hotels group celebrates two summer debuts, including the just-opened Urban Beach House, a five-room addition at The Attwater in blue-chip Newport, R.I. Bold colors and patterns meet sanded-driftwood walls in the casual coastal expansion. On Nantucket, the 27-room 21 Broad Hotel opens July 15 in town next door to the Brotherhood of Thieves restaurant. Modern meets island style in designer Rachel Reider’s white-on-white interiors with bursts of color in bold artwork. Amenities, including an outdoor fire pit, a steam room and a turntable in the lounge, encourage lingering. Summer rates at about $249 at the Urban Beach House, and $389 at the Broad Hotel; 401-846-7444, www.theattwater.com; 508-228-4749, www.21broadhotel.com.
South-of-the-border resorts aim to please summer vacationers with a variety of amenities and experiences. In Los Cabos, Esperanza, Auberge Resort has added a running concierge who will train guests on a complementary basis on running routes or in the gym (rooms from $575; http://esperanza.aubergeresorts.com). Four Seasons’ new “Extraordinary Experiences” program gives those who are looking for an amenity-drenched tropical vacation a variety of immersive, insider adventures. Near Puerto Vallarta, the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita offers a helicopter ride to the family-run Jose Cuervo distillery in Tequila. Just add salt (rooms from $620). At Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, treat yourself to a unique outdoor dinner and guided stargazing session (rooms from $525). More possibilities at www.fourseasons.com/extraordinaryexperiences.
Za Za Zoo in Zanzibar
Located on Zanzibar’s east coast, the new Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa plants 11 villas on a blanched Indian Ocean beach. An on-site wind turbine and solar panels power the sustainably-built resort, which offers honeymoon-worthy one-bedroom cottages, family-friendly two-bedrooms, and one grand five-bedroom estate. Connected by a garden with a private pool, each villa has two buildings, one housing bedrooms and bathrooms with outdoor tubs, and the other for lounging and dining. An on-site kiteboarding shop offers lessons as well as rental paddleboards, kayaks and snorkeling gear. Villas from $490; www.whitesandvillas.com.
With the recent opening of the new Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar, the iconic Malibu Pier is back. The 1905 California icon adjacent to Surfrider Beach closed in 1995 because of storm damage. A cafe and retail store marked its partial reopening six years ago, but the new restaurant next to the Pacific Coast Highway finishes the job with its most sophisticated offering. Executive chef Jason Fullilove pays homage to the locale with a seafood-focused menu, including sea bass crudo and spot prawn corn dogs, in a nautically inspired space showcasing beachcomber style with trimmings such as petrified whale bones. 310-456-8820, http://malibupierrestaurant.com.
Greece Is the Word
Carved into the island’s soft rock cliffs, the new 22-room Iconic Santorini, which gives itself the alluring description of a “boutique cave hotel,” overlooks the tranquil Mediterranean from the highest village on the volcanic caldera. Caverns now host rooms with white-washed arches, traditional fabrics and outdoor terraces where breakfast is delivered daily. Public spaces include terraces on several levels, as well as an infinity swimming pool and a Greek taverna. The spa features an indoor grotto pool and fitness center, though the concierge supplies maps to plentiful hiking trails nearby. Rooms from about $649; 30-22860-28950, www.iconicsantorini.com.