10 Breezy Beach Escapes Where the Swoon-Worthy Hammocks Steal the Show
Because you deserve a vacation!
It may be the season of sunshine, ice cream, and sandy feet, but for most of us, there are still those times when the stresses of everyday life seem to take over. And then National Hammock Day arrives, reminding us all that for every unpaid bill, unmade phone call, and neglected to-do list item, there’s a hammock gently swaying somewhere in the ocean breeze. In honor of the holiday (July 22), we rounded up 10 perfect ones with your name on them, each at resorts and rentals from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean.
Mahekal Beach Resort, Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Rates from $195)
Unlike many resorts where the oceanview hammocks are shared among all guests (read: get there early), this one boasts a private pair on the open-air terraces of its palapa-style bungalows. And as an added bonus, the resort is offering “Swing in the Sun” specials for National Hammock Day, featuring 50 percent discounts on the bungalow stays, plus breakfast and a choice of lunch or dinner. (Book between July 16 and 28 to get the deal!)
Brother Island, El Nido, Philippines (Rates from $392)
It doesn’t get more relaxing than having a private island all to yourself. This idyllic one in the Sulu Sea comes with a rustic, seven-bedroom house, three meals a day featuring local cuisine, snorkeling gear and kayak rentals, and (of course) a dreamy hammock.
Charming Island-Style Studio, Xilokeratidi, Greece (Rates from $82)
While we love a good tropical hammock, we’ll gladly post up in one just about anywhere with an ocean view—including on a Greek island. (Twist our arm!) This one is located in a quiet port town on Amorgos Island with dream-worthy views of the cobalt blue Aegean Sea.
The Moorings Village, Islamorada, Florida
Whoever invented the hammock may very well have done so with the Florida Keys in mind. The soft sandy beaches, towering palms, and views for miles at the Moorings Village resort set the perfect stage for several perfect afternoon snooze spots along the property.
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Oceanfront Villa, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica (Rates from $175 per night)
Connect with nature at “one of the last wild places in the world,” the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. At this secluded and quiet open-air villa, you can swing along to the sounds of wild monkeys and parrots before suiting up for a dip on your own private beach. Sounds like a dream vacation to us.
One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
Forget beach chairs, loungers, towels, etc. We’d park ourselves right here in this hammock all afternoon with a great book and a never-ending supply of fresh Palomas (delivered via cute cabana boy, of course).
Island Eco-Lodge, Popa Island, Panama
We get that it’s National Hammock Day, but perhaps the closest cousin to the beach hammock is the beach swing, especially one that allows your feet to take a dip while you enjoy the breeze at your mangrove island paradise.
Four Seasons Koh Samui, Koh Samui, Thailand
If you want to take your hammock game up a notch, find one that’s not just by the water, but on it. To hop on this idyllic one and nap to the sound of the gentle movement of the shallow water, you’ll have catch a plane to Thailand. Totally worth it, in our opinion.
Oceanfront Duplex, Monroe County, Florida
The adorably coastal design of this secluded Florida Keys hideaway (located between Marathon and Islamorada), private beach and dock may give the thatched roof-topped hammock a run for its money. We recommend booking a long enough stay to take it all in.
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida
What’s better than simply lounging in a gently rocking beachfront hammock? Getting a massage while lounging in a gently rocking beachfront hammock. The Ritz Carlton can make it happen with their “Heaven in a Hammock” spa service, which uses “a combination of touch therapy that helps to balance the body, calm the mind, and instill deep relaxation.”