GILI LANKANFUSHI, THE MALDIVES: Suspended over crystal clear waters, each of Gili Lankanfushi’s luxurious lagoon villa suites enjoys its own private hammock from where you can take in the A to Z of marine life for which the Maldives is so renowned.
Eagle rays, reef sharks, and shoals of snapper pass you by, as you snooze away the afternoon, dangling over lapping waves. Located in the North Male Atoll, the leading luxury eco-resort also features an overwater hammock in its central living area and high rollers can splurge on the private reserve, which is the largest overwater villa in the world. gili-lankanfushi.com
PUMPKIN ISLAND, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA: Swinging daybeds are the definition of summer laziness and there’s no better place to slumber in one than on your very own private island. Positioned in the Southern Great Barrier Reef’s group of Keppel Islands, Pumpkin Island’s seven eco cabins and bungalows can be rented out exclusively.
Each accommodation comes with its own hammock or swing chair in which would-be castaways can relax in between snorkelling the reef, fishing, or taking in the rich ocean life via glass bottomed kayaks and stand up paddle boards. You can even turn your hammock into an overnight swag, so you can rock-a-bye-baby under a star-speckled sky. pumpkinisland.com.au
S T REGIS LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA: Sitting in an idyllic cove on the southern tip of Puala Langkawi, the in-house Kayu Puti restaurant at the St. Regis Langkawi offers diners dinner and drinks from an overwater hammock. Accessed by a wooden walkway from the hotel entrance, the restaurant stands in the sea on stilts and off its terrace are spacious suspended hammocks over the Andaman Sea where guests can sip cocktails and eat pan-Asian fare while watching the sun dip below the horizon. stregislangkawi.com
RITZ CARLTON AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA, USA: In what may be a world first, Florida’s Ritz Carlton Amelia Island resort have fused the humble hammock with a high end spa treatment. Combining energy work, reflexology, and gentle rocking, the “heaven in hammock” massage is carried out in a specially designed private treatment room by a specially trained therapist, who uses both their hands and feet. Designed to loosen muscles, the hammock elongates the spine giving the spa goer a sense of weightlessness. ritzcarlton.com
SAL SALIS, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA: A luxury eco-glamping experience in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park, each of the 16 tents that comprise Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef offer killer views of the surrounding bush and beach, but also a postcard-perfect front deck complete with hammock.
During the day visitors can explore the 500-plus species of colourful fish and 250 coral species that Ningaloo Reef plays home to, and beyond the reef, the heavy hitters of the ocean, including whale sharks, dolphins, humpback whales, and manta rays, before enjoying an afternoon siesta back on dry land as they rock in the Indian Ocean breeze to a soundtrack of bird song, kangaroo rustles and the sound of the surf. Get snap-happy as these beachside hammocks are social media gold mines too. salsalis.com.au