President’s weekend is here and it’s a great time to get away from the daily grind and explore some new and interesting places. Part of the fun is staying at one of the new crop of fashionable hotels that can be found on both coasts (and sometimes in between). Check out these properties for some great modern beach design ideas to incorporate into your own oasis at home.
From the Hamptons to South Beach in Miami, the east coast is never short on fresh ways to unwind and get your groove back .
The aloha-style deck with its cheery red and blue cabana-striped chairs is a great place to hang out after the beach and have a drink.
A driftwood centerpiece, turquoise-lacquered floors and colorful flippers masquerading as an art piece make good use of the Lodge’s lounge area.
The Bungalow Hotel in Long Branch, New Jersey was designed by Cortney and Robert Novogratz who mix vintage finds with crisp, clean white linens, floors and accessories. They’re also known for incorporating one-of-a-kind art into their projects like London-based Ann Carrington’s whimsical flag series developed specially for the hotel.
The chalk board and graphic pillow are just a few of the fun elements that add to the playful aesthetic of the hotel.
Check out more of their eclectic style in the Novogratz’s design book, Downtown Chic.
Miami’s South Beach is always on the cutting edge when it comes resort living.
Who needs a room at Circa 39 when the poolside cabanas look good enough for an afternoon nap. Or cocktail.
Don’t go to Miami and miss seeing the avant-garde Lords South Beach Hotel. It’s been called a “chic St. Tropez fantasy” which is spot-on. The penthouse is loaded with furnishings in bright lemon yellow and turquoise. Hello color.
The west coast can certainly hold its own when it comes to haute hotel design.
Ok, it’s not on the beach, but the Jonathan Adler-designed Parker Palm Springs is one of the jewels of Southern California’s desert area. Norma’s restaurant is the perfect spot to chill outside with its juicy citrus-colored banquette and fabric-draped ceiling. Photo courtesy of Sunset Magazine.
Hotel Lautner was originally built by famed architect John Lautner and has been extensively renovated by Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge. Located in the up-and-coming community of Desert Hot Springs on the east side of the Coachella Valley, it fits right into the retro vibe and has amazing views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Photo courtesy of the Examiner.
On the outskirts of LA, the Hotel Maya in Long Beach is a modern beach oasis with a latin flair (and don’t tell anyone but the rates are great).
The pool area sports billowy drapes.
Make sure to check out the amazing views of the channel when you dine al fresco at the hotel’s vibrant restaurant, Fuego.
Or relax in the Morroccon-inspired hooka lounge area for some late night drinks.
Shade Hotel in downtown Manhattan Beach, CA is the epitome of clean, modern, California design.
And if you never thought of adding pink to your home, the Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach will undoubtedly inspire you.
Known as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific, it is classic Hawaii. Designed by the award-winning interior design firm Philpotts and Associates, Inc., the 2009 renovation reinstated the Royal Hawaiian as “tropical splendor with an air of modern exclusivity.”
Order another mai tai because you won’t want to leave anytime soon.
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This big wave poster from Ikea is similar to the art found in the Surf Lodge.
Calypso St. Barth makes this pom pom blanket in emerald.
Chasing Fireflies driftwood candelabra works indoors or out.
Jonathan Adler’s cross pillow in navy and orange would be a stand out on a white slipcovered couch or chair.
West Elm’s double lounge chair is built for two.
“Fisherman” by John Kelly is vintage Hawaii art and serves as the Royal Hawaiian’s restaurant menu cover. It can be purchased from art.com.
Now get outta here and have some fun!