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LITTLE BLACK BOOK MARYSIA SWIM

The founder of Marysia Swim, Maria Dobrzanska Reeves on the places that inspired her exclusive capsule collection for MATCHESFASHION.COM.

Interview by Jane McFarland.

COSTA RICA

SANTA TERESA

‘It was the surf that first led me to Costa Rica – it’s always the surf with me. Days spent catching wave after wave and maybe stealing a moment’s reprieve for a drink of fresh coconut water on the shore. My husband and I swapped surf hostel stays for The Sanctuary at Two Rivers (thesanctuarycostarica.com). The Nicoya peninsula-situated yoga retreat was founded by his sister – it’s a nice change of pace hitting dry land, exploring the Amazonian topography and meditating with the family. Our more recent trips, however, have all been to the Santa Teresa bohemian hideaway, Hotel Florblanca (florblanca.com). I love watching my daughters build sandcastles beside the tide pools that line the ocean’s edge, and I love looking a little further towards the horizon and catching a glimpse of my husband in the surf. What more could one want?’

Hotel Florblanca, Costa Rica
Hotel Florblanca, Costa Rica
The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, Costa Rica

BAHAMAS

HARBOUR ISLAND

‘Thanks to my husband’s childhood stories of summers spent spearfishing for grouper and lobster and diving for conch in the shallow coastal waters, I felt right at home way before my first visit to Harbour Island. Never had I experienced a colour palette that was just as effervescent underneath the water as above, or the pink-sanded beaches and colonial-inspired bungalows painted in tropical hues of turquoise and yellow. I recommend staying at the Dunmore Beach Hotel (dunmorebeach.com). Its little cottages are the perfect bohemian enclaves, and no detail goes unnoticed. Across the board, the local Bahamian fare is what you would expect – fresh lobster and conch. If you’re travelling with children, it’s worth mentioning that this Caribbean island is revered for safe swimming thanks to its coral reefs – be it deep-water diving, snorkelling or sunbathing accompanied by quick dips in the crystal clear waters. You may even spot a shark. For an island that’s only three-and-a-half miles long, it’s a magical must-visit that you can only experience in person.’

Dunmore Beach Hotel, Bahamas
Dunmore Beach Hotel, Bahamas

AUSTRALIA

BONDI BEACH

‘There is a nirvana atmosphere to Bondi Beach, like no other. A sports-and-leisure township in Sydney, California-style cliffs meet a metropolis of unlikely architectural influences from the Art Deco-inspired Bondi surf pavilion to sweet candy-coloured Spaniard Mission-style condos. It’s also home to the 1991-built oceanfront Bondi Skate Park. The lagoon and pools of the Bondi-to-Bronte Coastal Walk is a favourite excursion. You can’t help but imagine yourself captured in a Slim Aarons photograph. Days start at 6am with an early morning swim in the crisp ocean waters. It’s a sight to see the beaches bustling at that hour. The town’s health and wellness-minded attitude makes me feel right at home. After a day of surfing and swimming in the Australian sun, a great night’s rest is needed. The QT Bondi Hotel (qthotelsandresorts.com) is the perfect respite and recharge.’

QT Bondi Hotel, Australia
QT Bondi Hotel, Australia
Bondi Beach, Australia

mEXICO

TULUM

‘From the moment you land in the Yucatán Peninsula, you immediately understand why everyone falls utterly and completely in love. Tulum may no longer be a whispered-about destination, exclusively sought after by yogis and beachy bohemian types, but its vast stretches of beaches and dense jungle backdrop still feel completely off the grid when you’re there. My hotel, the Rosa del Viento (rosadelviento.com) felt literally carved out of the jungle. Authentically low key, yet luxurious, it’s the perfect combination. The food is beyond fresh and smartly curated. Don’t leave before having a meal at Hartwood (hartwoodtulum.com) and Casa Banana (casabananatulum.com).

Maria Dobrzanska and family, Tulum, Mexico
Hartwood restaurant, Tulum, Mexico

uNITED STATES

MIAMI

‘Once a year, every year, I make my way from Venice Beach to South Beach for Miami Swim Week. Any Miamian or Miami-goer can attest that the Miami Beach strip can get overwhelming from time to time. But there’s more to than meets the eye. With each new swimwear season and consecutive visit, I’ve come to discover a quieter, calmer and more serene side of the south-eastern Florida city. Stay at The Standard (standardhotels.com) – the Belle Isle property feels worlds away from Ocean Drive and more like a spa retreat than a traditional hotel. The pedicures are to die for. But don’t worry, the hotel’s remote refuge is actually only a stone’s throw away from all the action. I always love to sneak away to the Design District for an afternoon of vintage furniture, and the shops at Bal Harbour – both are therapeutically reparative rituals in their own right.’

The Standard, Miami
The Standard, Miami
The Standard, Miami

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