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The 2022 Swim Guide—
and 7 Dreamy Spots to Suit Up For
Minimalist maillots. Pattern-happy two-pieces. Slinky, string-tied bikinis. This season’s swimwear has something for every style and setting—plus an array of easy cover-ups, slides, and accessories to round out each look. And because, after two summers of staying put, we’re itching to break out our passports, pack a suitcase, and fly…anywhere, we’ve organized this year’s swimsuit guide by location. Below, seven bucket-list-topping bodies of water that live up to the hype—and what to wear (and bring) to each one.
Wade into the crystal-clear waters of Mirabello Bay. Sail around the ancient fortifications of the nearby isle of Spinalonga. Soak up every bit of the sunset over white-peach Bellinis at the poolside bar. Whatever your chosen aquatic adventure, you can’t go wrong with a strapless suit inspired by the beauty around you—plus slides, sea salt spray, and a feminine puff-sleeve cover-up.
The pool at this secluded desert oasis was built around a 165-million-year-old rock—a stunning example of environmentally respectful design. We suggest rising with the sun for an outdoor yoga flow with panoramic views of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, then sprawling out on one of the king-size daybeds at the water’s edge.
The glassy infinity pool offers mesmerizing views of the Talamanca Mountains. But the real draw of this Auberge retreat is the extensive wellness programming. The highlight: an hour-long river bath that starts with an aura-cleansing plunge and a guided meditation, followed by a full-body coffee scrub and an herbal soak under the shady canopy.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo is every bit as decadently luxurious as you’d expect a Lake Como grande dame to be—marble tubs, verdant private gardens, fabulous gilt-accented Belle Epoque décor. And the pièce de résistance: a swimming pool that floats on the surface of the lake itself. Suit up in high-waisted bottoms and an underwire top—this look has big Sophia Loren energy—and a red-hot sundress you can wear straight to lunch.
Come for the silica mud mask, stay for the Retreat Spa package. Between float therapy (the azure water is rich in sulfur and silica), massages, and personalized beauty treatments, you can expect to spend about five hours at this vast geothermal spa. Be sure to bring a clean conditioner to protect your hair and shearling Birkenstocks to shuffle around in afterward.
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Set on lush, landscaped grounds planted with native species and dotted with sculptures by artist-in-residence Fitzhugh Karol, this Finger Lakes retreat embodies lake life at its best. When schvitzing in a cedar-walled sauna barrel or flexing the sailing skills you learned at camp, a simple string bikini and cotton separates you can peel off as you please are key. Other nonnegotiables: a chunky knit for when the sun dips below the horizon and DEET-free bug spray that smells like citrus and vanilla.
Across the world from its canyon-bound location, Aman Resorts built a world-class spa in the sky, complete with a 30-meter black basalt pool, sweeping city views, onsen-style hot baths, and steam rooms. Ask for the Signature Journey—a grounding full-body scrub of fine camphor, kuromoji powder, and Japanese clay. We love the ease of a frond-print wrap dress and flatform sandals, which transition effortlessly from sauna to sidewalk should you need to step out.
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