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The best place to hang around in a hotel is a hammock

Fun in the sun in St. John at the Caneel Bay resort.
Fun in the sun in St. John at the Caneel Bay resort.
Caneel Bay

Tuesday was National Hammock Day (yes, there is such a thing), and it got me thinking about how there are few finer things in life than relaxing in a hammock on a sandy beach somewhere with a tropical cocktail in hand as a cool ocean breeze wafts across your face and the sound of the waves lapping up on shore lulls you to sleep. Here are eight hotels across the globe where you can make this dream a reality.

AMANPULO, Pulo, Philippines

Twenty-nine of the 40 casitas at this upscale property—so removed it’s serviced by its own private airstrip—come with their own hammock. Better yet, as you're lounging, the staff will deliver you a drink, a meal, a good book—whatever your heart desires. www.amanpulo.com

SELVA VERDE ECO-LODGE, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

The hammocks dotting this cozy property two hours north of San Jose are a great place to nap after a day spent exploring the surrounding Sarapiquí rainforest. www.selvaverde.com

MARCO ISLAND MARRIOTT BEACH RESORT, GOLF CLUB & SPA, Marco Island, Florida

This southwest Florida resort’s beachfront hammocks are a perfect spot to unwind and watch the dolphins frolicking in the surf. www.marcoislandmarriott.com

TAMARIND, Barbados

Soak up the sun in one of the hammocks at this Mediterranean-style hideaway on the island’s idyllic West Coast. www.tamarindbarbados.com

INTERCONTINENTAL PRESIDENTE RESORT & SPA, Cozumel, Mexico

About half of the rooms here have hammocks either on the balcony or patio, offering panoramic views of the Caribbean. www.intercontinentalcozumel.com

JUPITER BEACH RESORT & SPA, Jupiter, Florida

The hammocks fronting this resort’s secluded stretch of Atlantic shoreline offer guests a glimpse of why Jupiter was voted one of America’s “Happiest Seaside Towns.” www.jupiterbeachresort.com

CANEEL BAY, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Guests have been drawn to this romantic resort’s Honeymoon Beach hammock for 50-plus years. www.caneelbay.com

TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL AND SPA, Cape Town, South Africa

Of course, not all hammocks are on the beach. The 10 hammocks at this five-star resort sit amid the Fynbos gardens and look out onto the surrounding Table Mountain National Park mountains cape. www.12apostleshotel.com