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Annie Fitzsimmons writes for Virtuoso Luxury Traveller, the blog of a global luxury travel network, and she enjoys nothing more than taking a holiday.

Take a one-minute vacation, even if you’re hibernating at home.

At these great beach bars around the world, cocktails come with a side of sand and sun.

1. Saint Lucia

Legend has it that Saint Lucia’s Smugglers Cove used to be a popular spot for fishermen who liked to ply their trade in the buff. The site now houses the aptly named Naked Fisherman, a thatched-roof bar set below the 49-room Cap Maison Resort & Spa. Rum cocktails such as the Proseccojito (a prosecco-infused mojito) complement the bar’s popular Creole seafood boil.

2. Brazil

An abandoned fishing boat found washed up on the shore of Bahia, Brazil’s Barra do Rio Trancoso is the centrepiece of the Uxua Praia bar at the 11-room Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa. Grab a caipirinha, claim a daybed, and watch locals practice capoeira by the shore – if you want to join in, the hotel can sign you up for a lesson.

3. Vietnam

There’s plenty of room to settle in at The Long Bar at Vietnam’s 200-room InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. Locally sourced decor elements in the elegant, open-air space include dark wood floors, trays made by Southeast Asian hill tribes, and cosy nesting chairs that resemble Vietnamese fishing baskets.

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4. Greece

DJs spin chilled-out playlists at Buddha-Bar Beach Mykonos, the first waterfront outpost from the Parisian-based restaurant group. Set on the private beach of the 114-room Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, the trendy bar is beloved by travellers looking to soak up the Aegean sun and sip cocktails from the world’s best mixologists, who are flown in for guest appearances.

5. The Maldives

You’ll find private cabanas, giant cushions, and crystal chandeliers dangling from palm trees at Fanditha, the oceanfront restaurant and lounge at the 122-room One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. Hookah pipes and mezze plates complete the Middle Eastern mood.

What’s your favourite watering hole overseas? Let us know in the comments below.

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