Sunny, stylish destinations call for a scorching-hot holiday wardrobe. Heidi Klein co-founder Penny Klein sorts out your winter-sun style dilemmas with her guide to looking good around the world – and exclusive shopping discounts to help you get your new-season capsule wardrobe…
Where to go Make like Bond and his girl at the filmic Goldeneye resort in Jamaica: there’s a spa you can swim or kayak to; villa-style accommodation on a soft sandy beach; torch-lit dining under a full moon, and an alluring literary pedigree – all giving this Caribbean idyll the edge over its hammock-toting neighbours.
What to pack Above, from left: Havaianas, £25; Santa Fe bikini, £180; Corelli jersey slub top, £130; Cassis crochet bikini, £190; raffia fedora, £95, all Heidi Klein.
Penny’s style tips ‘Jamaica’s tropical climate and stunning landscapes call for bright bikinis and lightweight cover-ups. Channel laid-back luxe with this beautiful powder-blue number from the Santa Fe collection; or opt for vibrant yellow crochet– the wooden beading is a nice detail. My favourite cover-up is a lightweight white cotton shirt – you can style it with a variety of swimwear and it will always keep you cool and looking effortlessly chic. Accessorise with a natural raffia hat (for sun protection) and minimal Havaianas (for comfort).’
Where to go At One&Only The Palm Dubai, you’ll get a double-hit of indulgence thanks to the amazing shopping on your doorstep and the ultimate in poolside pampering: a ‘sunglasses concierge’ is on hand to wipe those pesky smears of sun lotion from your shades… Hit the beach by day, one of Yannick Alléno’s restaurants for dinner, and the city’s cosmopolitan bar scene by night.
What to pack Above, from left: Bimini silk mini-dress, £180; Ashiana bracelet, £39; halterneck swimsuit, £190; raffia shoulder bag, £220; St Raphael strapless dress, £260, all Heidi Klein.
Penny’s style tips ‘In Dubai, sleek evening dresses are a must-have; pack at least one or two glamorous flowing maxi dresses for after-sunset chic. The St Raphael red maxi dress with gold embellishment is a must-pack graceful style for cool evening cocktails – just add a little bling, like this gold Ashiana bracelet, and pair of raffia wedges. The lightweight silk mini-dress in mink is my favourite of the season; it exudes effortless elegance and can be worn from day to evening. You’ll also need a sleek black one-piece for glamorous pool-side drinks, and an oversized bag for all the shopping!’
Where to go Famously palatial, La Mamounia has long attracted those seeking a bohemian take on luxury: it can’t be beaten for poolside glamour, it has one of Marrakech’s best restaurants, and the spa is to die for. Step outside and into the excitement of the souk for a taste of travel exotica.
What to pack Clockwise from above: Bimini jumpsuit, £240; St Raphael bikini, £180; ikat-print kaftan, £260; halterneck swimsuit, £195; Ligne St Barth Roucou Tanning Oil, £34, all Heidi Klein.
Penny’s style tips ‘Marrakech is a vibrant, visually arresting holiday spot – so pack a wardrobe that matches. The rich red St Raphael bikini comes in a luxurious textured fabric, has removable straps, and is perfect for poolside lounging with a pair of oversized Tod’s sunglasses. Add some elegant ikat prints to your wardrobe with the Little Dix Bay collection: here, I’ve chosen the plunging trendy one-piece matched with the floaty kaftan. Get a golden glow with high-gloss Ligne St Barth Roucou Tanning Oil. And later, for sundowners and dinner dates, all you need is this sophisticated off-the-shoulder jumpsuit. Add a wrap or simple jacket when the temperature dips.’
Where to go Make a beeline for Smith Hotel Award-winner Fusion Maia Resort in Hoi An – a honeymoon haven with a superlative-garnering pampering programmes. The day spa is the largest in Central Vietnam, with steam rooms, saunas and 16 treatment rooms. Better yet, all spa services are included in the room rate.
What to pack Above, from left:Havaianas, £25; Porto Vecchio bandeau bikini, £170; Porto Vecchio shirt dress, £140; canvas beach bag, £250; Cassis batwing dress, £130, all Heidi Klein.
Penny’s style tips ‘A selection of bright bikinis is a must for winter-sun getaways. The Porto Vecchio bandeau bikini is great for working on an all-over gorgeous tan; I love the statement geometric print for chic ocean-side style. Cover up with the relaxed matching button down. An oversize bag will take you to the beach and beyond, with plenty of room for all the necessities. Choose day dresses that are lightweight and breathable for humid climates. Finish with a pair of classic Havaianas: indispensable for any beach retreat.’
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