The world is full of beautiful places, many with enchanting stories to tell. But what can be said about the spots that sparkle with hedonistic promise throughout the day and come charging to life after sundown? You know what I mean: the inventive party cocktails, spectacular scenery and sun-kissed bodies a plenty. Yes, one can visit Paris for fashion, the Mayan ruins for their fascinating historical value or New York City for its pulsating energy. But when it comes to all that sizzles with a capital “S” these sexy locations are hard to beat:
10. Marrakech, Morroco
Marrakech has enjoyed a positive evolution in the last few years; from a historic destination –with a rather seedy nighttime environment — to a classy and upscale community of jetsetters. Only a few hours from the fabled Sahara Desert, visitors can indulge in the curious duality of this landmark Moroccan destination: traditional marketplaces, mosques, and beautiful landscapes on one side and a modern array of dazzling restaurants, bars and clubs on the other. Be prepared to pay for your revelry, as with this rise in popularity comes an exponential increase in the consumption of alcohol and other decadent goodies.
9. Hvar, Croatia
Don’t let the picturesque rolling hills and calm, clear waters fool you: Hvar’s glamorous clientele and vibrant nightlife is said to rival that of the infamous Ibiza. This lovely island gem – arguably the most enchanting on the Adriatic Sea – features breathtaking beaches, charming medieval streets, an immense seafront promenade and a slew of trendy nightspots designed to make you drink and dance until you drop – preferably on that Croatian cutie you were eyeing all night.
8. South Beach, Florida
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With its pastel-colored façades, iconic neon signs, beach-body sun worshippers and a legendary nightlife scene, South Beach reigns supreme as the party capital on western side of the Atlantic. Celebrities, trendsetters, and curious onlookers alike flock to this beachfront community to live the “vida loca” on a grander scale. Spend your days frolicking on the palm tree-lined beaches then shop for colorful suggestive garments only found in Miami. When darkness falls, leave your modesty at home, dress to impress, and prepare for wild nights at any (or all) of the fashionista hangouts around town.
7. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Although not as lively as its famous neighbor Cancún, Playa del Carmen has a sensual appeal all its own. Located at the center of the gorgeous Mayan Riviera, this lovely coastal resort boasts an inviting tropical beach atmosphere complete with fire shows and moonlight serenades. Although the clubs are large and festive like in other parts of Mexico, the local bars are seductive and quiet enough to allow you to engage in friendly conversation while sipping on native tropical cocktails.
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6. Anguilla, Caribbean
Anguilla is made up of 33 magnificent beaches bordering the Caribbean coastline. There is never an overload of tourists or a big “party scene” and casinos are strictly forbidden. So what is the allure you might ask yourself? For starters, you can take a naughty skinny-dip in the pristine but secluded waters or gyrate your hips to the hypnotic steel drum music playing live at the best local bars. And if you happen to find yourself alone in this fantasy-like environment maybe you’ll get lucky and have the opportunity to engage in some heavy-duty stargazing – of the Hollywood variety that is.