July 22nd is National Hammock Day; celebrate by enjoying these stunning hammock set-ups that focus on the most important detail: the view.
By Lauren Phillips
1 of 9Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Little Palm Island, Florida
To celebrate National Hammock Day, we’ve found the best combinations of hammock and sea view. Picking a hammock is only part of the challenge; equally important is finding the perfect locale. And is there anywhere better to enjoy a breeze than in a hammock by the water?
Little Palm Island is the home of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, a luxe escape that is only reachable by seaplane or boat. This hammock epitomizes the 5-acre resort’s aura of seclusion and serenity. With water like this—and the knowledge that no one will bother you unless it’s to refill your drink—we can’t think of a better place to sling a hammock.
2 of 9Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Anyone lucky enough to kick back in this hammock is blessed with a double view: the 50-meter saltwater pool directly in front of them, and then the stunning Pacific Ocean just a few meters beyond. This vista, as seen from one of Hotel Escondido’s boho-meets-luxury bungalows, is just south of Acapulco on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
3 of 9Photo: Mark Williams; Styling: Nathalie Williams
Churchhaven, South Africa
This canvas hammock hangs outside a beachside cottage in Churchhaven, South Africa. Its simplicity makes it environmentally low-impact, and it proves that a perfect hammock set-up doesn’t need to be complicated: all you need is an idyllic location and a sturdy hammock to lie in. And maybe a cold drink.
4 of 9Photo: David Hillegas
Gros Islet, St. Lucia
The woven hammocks at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa hang from personal cottages and offer complete privacy, allowing you to focus on the crystal blue water. If that doesn’t sound dreamy enough, Calabash Cove is all about posh amenities that accentuate the beauty of the surroundings, including swim-up suites, waterside cottages, and private plunge pools.
5 of 9Photo: Michael Turek
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
At Bitter End Yacht Club, no cottage is complete without a personal hammock on the deck. The rope hammocks here hang over the sparkling Caribbean water, surrounding guests with the sights, smells, and sounds of the sea. Staring out over the open water, one can almost imagine there’s nothing out there but blue.
6 of 9Photo: Courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Spa
Miami Beach, Florida
It shouldn’t be too hard to find the perfect hammock set-up on Acqualina Resort & Spa’s four and a half acres of beachfront. Set between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Beach, this luxe Florida retreat offers secluded hammocks that are perfect for napping, reading, and watching the waters of the Atlantic while an ocean breeze wafts over you.
7 of 9Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: Elizabeth Beeler
Frigate Bay, St. Kitts
When setting up your hammock, be sure to think about its purpose: relaxation. This sunny quilted hammock in St. Kitts was chosen for its soft padding, and it serves as a prime napping spot. Its perch overlooks Frigate Bay, on a southeast corner of the island, offering dozers an unparalleled water view.
8 of 9Photo: Jean Allsopp
St. Simon’s Island, Georgia
This rope hammock is positioned on the edge of a deck, but the covered patio maintains privacy while guaranteeing that line-of-sight to the Atlantic Ocean remains clear. This St. Simon’s Island home is designed to meld with the surrounding dunes, and in this hammock, it’s almost as though you could step straight down onto the beach.
9 of 9Photo: Jean Allsopp
Apollo Beach, Florida
This hammock’s location has everything: the louvered railings preserve privacy, but the hammock is hung at the perfect height so that anyone in it can still enjoy watching the boats that pass by. Hung in Apollo Beach, this hammock enjoys birds-eye views of a lagoon, and it’s made of a cotton-like fiber that promises comfort and durability.