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infinity pool at Marquis Resort & Spa. A guest room at The Cape. One&Only Palmilla spa entrance.
Travel (Bits) THE C LIST Endless Summer For her new limited-edition beachwear collection for the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai, Los Angeles design darling Heidi Merrick created women and children’s rash guards taking loose inspiration from Hawaiian locales Hanalei Bay and Bali Hai with impressionistic stripes and soft blue and seafoamgreen hues. The long-sleeved shirts are also armed with SPF/UV 50-plus protection. From $160; Halele’a Spa at The St. Regis Princeville, 808-8269644; stregisprinceville.com; heidimerrick.com. St. Regis Princeville. Women’s rash guard, $230.
JENNY MURRAY Ed i to r CROATIA This season, my sailing lessons are going to be put to the test as I cruise the islands in the Adriatic Sea. SANTA BARBARA Summer in my hometown is the best in the world. THE FOUR SEASONS THE BILTMORE (1260 Channel Dr., S.B., 805-969-2261; fourseasons.com), BELMOND EL ENCANTO (800 Alvarado Pl., S.B., 805-845-5800; belmond. com) and SAN YSIDRO RANCH (900 San Ysidro Ln., S.B., 805-565-1700; sanysidroranch.com) are personal favorites. CUYANA This S.F. brand makes the perfect travel essentials, from classic leather totes to cashmere scarves. cuyana.com. GOOGLE FLIGHTS So comprehensive, so genius. google. com/flights. SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH Drinks on the terrace in Santa Monica always feels like a holiday in and of itself. 1 Pico Blvd., S.M., 310-458-0030; shuttersonthebeach.com.
WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN AND JENNY MURRAY. THE CAPE: COURTESY OF THE CAPE, A THOMPSON HOTEL. MARQUIS: COURTESY OF MARQUIS LOS CABOS. ONE&ONLY: COURTESY OF ONE&ONLY PALMILLA. ST. REGIS AND HEIDI MERRICK: COURTESY OF THE ST. REGIS PRINCEVILLE RESORT
ollowing last year’s Hurricane Odile, the Baja California region is quickly springing back to life with a crop of sparkling debuts and revamped beachfront properties, and they’re better than ever—with extra perks from reconceived guest rooms and casitas to movies under the stars and tequila tastings. Ready for check-in: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel (from $389; thompsonhotels.com) Located along prime surf spot Monuments Beach, the new 161-room hotel has a 1960s flavor, with custom, handmade furniture such as midcentury desk chairs, and locally sourced artwork including ceramics by José Noé Suro. Esperanza, an Auberge Resort (from $550; esperanza.aubergeresorts.com) The 57-room property, designed by Mary Alice Palmer of HKS Architects (also behind The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch), features rooms and casitas with antique mirrors, handblown glass light fixtures and embroidered pillows made by local artisans. One&Only Palmilla (from $455; oneandonlyresorts.com) In addition to a new 22,000-square-foot spa and freshly decorated guest rooms, the resort’s revamped activities schedule ranges from farm tours and cooking classes at the on-site herb garden, to painting and sculpture lessons with a local, in-house artist, to golf at the 18-hole Quivira Los Cabos course, masterminded by Jack Nicklaus. Marquis Resort & Spa (from $650; marquisloscabos.com) At this 235-room oasis, guests can choose to lounge at one of three swimming pools replete with decadent snack service (think churros, fresh pastries or corn on the cob), relive old drive-in theater days with an outdoor movie screening or relax in the brand-new 13,000-square-foot spa with a Marquis Los Cabos rose body treatment by Natura Bissé.