Four Great Island Bars
Catalina Island, California
At the new, laid-back Avalon Grille, accordion windows frame a panoramic view of the water and, in the distance, the California coast. Slide into a rattan seat and watch the ferries glide by.
The Drink: Avalon’s Grog, with two kinds of rum and fresh juices, guava nectar, and Falernum, a sweet syrup. 310/510-7494.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Join a spirited crowd beneath the live oaks for imaginative cocktails at Buoy Bar, an extension of the Skull Creek Boathouse restaurant.
The Drink: The frozen Java Colada, starring rum from nearby Pawley’s Island, blended with fresh pineapple and coconut cream.
Big Island, Hawaii
There are no walls at Beach Tree Bar, an intimate beachfront spot at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, in Kailua-Kona—just a thatched-roof space and wooden lounge chairs at the water’s edge.
The Drink: Tom’s Pink Shirt (named for a veteran bartender’s wardrobe of choice), a mix of Tanqueray Rangpur gin, Orchid guava liqueur, strawberries, and lime juice.
Koh Samui, Thailand
From its own private bluff on the island’s northeastern coast, the terraced Drinks on the Rocks (pictured) at the Six Senses Samui resort offers stirring views across the Gulf of Thailand to the sparkling lights of Koh Pha Ngan.
The Drink: The Six for Six Senses, made from Sang Som whiskey, lychee, lime, and butterfly pea, a local flower.