Andrew McCabe says Trump believed Russia over U.S. intelligence: “I believe Putin.”
The GOP’s Five Cynical Excuses for Trump’s Power Grab Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said that President Donald Trump believed the Kremlin over his own intelligence agencies. McCabe, who took over the FBI after Trump fired James Comey in 2017, made the stunning revelation in an interview with 60 Minutes . The former acting FBI chief said the president chose to believe Moscow during a meeting about North Korea’s weapons capability. Trump told officials that he didn’t believe that North Korea had missiles that could strike the U.S. mainland despite what his own intelligence agencies said. The reason for his skepticism? Russian President Vladimir Putin had told him it wasn’t the case. “The president launched into several unrelated diatribes. One of those was commenting on the recent missile launches by the government of North Korea. And, essentially, the president said he did not believe that the North Koreans had the capability to hit us here with ballistic missiles in the United States. And he did not believe that because President Putin had told him they did not. President Putin had told him that the North Koreans don’t actually have those missiles,” McCabe said. Intelligence officials who were at the briefing said that they believed otherwise. “To which the president replied, ‘I don’t care. I believe Putin’,” McCabe said. “I don’t care. I believe Putin,” Pres Trump allegedly said, rejecting U.S. intelligence regarding North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile capability. McCabe says he heard this from an FBI official who was at the meeting with POTUS. https://t.co/9zmoxrYNjm pic.twitter.com/lo0g9VOMAG — 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) February 18, 2019 McCabe wasn’t at the meeting but he says he was shocked when he heard about the comments from a colleague. “It’s just an astounding thing to say,” McCabe said, noting that it reflected a complete lack of confidence on the intelligence professionals who were part of his administration. “To be confronted with an absolute disbelief in those efforts and an unwillingness to learn the true state of affairs that he has to deal with every day was just shocking,” McCabe said. Trump, who had already angrily responded to excerpts of the interview that were released late last week, once again went on the offensive Monday morning. “Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged,” Trump tweeted . The president went on to accuse McCabe and Rod Rosenstein of “ planning a very illegal act .” Trump was likely referring to another point of McCabe’s interview in which he claimed Department of Justice officials discussed the possibility of removing the president from office using the 25th Amendment . Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2019 ….There is a lot of explaining to do to the millions of people who had just elected a president who they really like and who has done a great job for them with the Military, Vets, Economy and so much more. This was the illegal and treasonous “insurance policy” in full action! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2019 Sen. Lindsey Graham reacted with shock at McCabe’s claim, saying it could amount to an “attempted bureaucratic coup” against the president. “It’s stunning to me that one of the chief law enforcement officers of the land, the acting head of the FBI, would go on national television and say ‘Oh by the way, I remember a conversation with the deputy attorney general about trying to find if we could replace the president under the 25th amendment,’” Graham said in an interview Sunday . Sen. Lindsey Graham on alleged discussion of using 25th Amendment to remove President Trump: “We’re a democracy. People enforce the law. They can’t take it into their own hands. And was this an attempted bureaucratic coup? I don’t know. I don’t know who is telling the truth” pic.twitter.com/RNt9prdOOZ — CBS News (@CBSNews) February 17, 2019 Support our journalism
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12 of Elizabeth Taylor’s Red Carpet Beauty Secrets
12 of Elizabeth Taylor’s Red Carpet Beauty Secrets 1:58 PM 2/18/2019 by Lindsay Weinberg She took a bath to set her makeup and used drugstore skincare brands most of her life, according to her personal assistant and makeup artist. Elizabeth Taylor in 1971; Taylor presenting at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970 Tom Wargacki/WireImage; PictureLux/The Hollywood Archive/Alamy Stock Photo
Best known for her extravagant jewelry collection and violet eyes, Elizabeth Taylor helped set the standard for today’s glitzy glamour on the red carpet. The Butterfield 8 best actress winner had several beauty tricks up her Valentino sleeves, from taking baths to set her makeup to using drugstore brands for her skincare.
Here, Tim Mendelson, Taylor’s personal assistant and current trustee of her estate, and her former makeup artist Francesca Tolot dish on the icon’s red carpet beauty routine ahead of the 91st annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24.
Mendelson got his start in the business by working as a shopper for costume designer Nolan Miller on Dynasty in 1984. After college, in 1990, he started hanging pictures and folding sweaters for Taylor, and she soon offered him a permanent position as her right-hand personal assistant. “From that point on, I was with her every day,” Mendelson says of developing a “very close relationship” with the actress, who died in 2011.
“It was disarming to run upstairs with a pile of papers and then walk into her bedroom and just see her like that because I’d forget. She was just so beautiful and she’d be like ‘What’s wrong with you?’ and I’m like ‘You just look so gorgeous.’ And that’s with no makeup on at all,” Mendelson says. “She would say ‘Oh get over yourself.'” Though he describes lots of behind-the-scenes drama, he attests “She was not bitter at all, she was not jaded at all, and she was not snobby at all. She swore, she was very funny. She had a huge laugh and she really was always looking for ways to enjoy life.”
Mendelson and Tolot share 12 of Taylor’s top cosmetics secrets that made her one of the original red carpet queens of Hollywood. 1 12 Taylor Based Her Entire Look Around the Jewelry
Taylor started with choosing the jewelry she wanted to wear and then reached out to “whichever designer she was in the mood for,” Mendelson says, which usually meant Dior or Valentino. “She knew that that’s what people wanted to see: her jewelry.”
Once she chose the gems, she would let the designer know what color she wanted and had pieces designed to go with the jewelry. The designer would send four to six sketches based on what she asked for. Mendelson adds that Taylor loved the design process and was vocal about what she wanted in a dress, like design and color.
When Taylor won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 1993 Oscars, she donned a yellow Valentino gown to go with yellow diamonds in a Van Cleef & Arpels suite of daisy jewelry — earrings, a necklace and a brooch.
Mendelson was tasked with cleaning the infamous 33.19-carat Krupp diamond daily or multiple times per day. “She really only trusted me to do it and I was very fastidious about it,” he says. “It needed to be really buffed and polished and scrubbed often because lotion and things would get on it.”
When it was time to head to the awards show, the jewelry was the last thing to go on (Mendelson had access to her safe and would collect it for her ahead of time). 2 12 She Didn’t Always Want Custom Designer Gowns
Taylor sometimes had costume designers create her Oscars gowns or chose them herself off the rack because “she was really unconcerned with what the fashion world thought of her,” Mendelson says.
When Taylor was nominated for Butterfield 8 , she went to a store near her house in Gstaad, Switzerland and picked out a Dior gown — it wasn’t made for her.
In 1970, she and Richard Burton went to the Academy Awards and she chose to wear a periwinkle blue gown by costumer Edith Head. “They were very close,” Mendelson says. “The significant moment was that Richard had bought her this 69-carat Cartier diamond and that was a big deal, because that was massive headline news around the world. So she planned on wearing that … So that gown is cut so that the Taylor Burton Diamond would fit really well with the cut of the dress.” (Periwinkle fabric was chosen to go with her violet eyes). 3 12 She Enjoyed Doing Her Own Makeup
Mendelson says Taylor loved doing her own makeup and skincare and primarily did it herself, with the exception of Tolot, an Italian makeup artist she met on a Vanity Fair shoot.
“A makeup artist wants to do the makeup, but Elizabeth loved to do the makeup so much herself. She really looked at her face as a blank canvas,” Mendelson says.
Technique and application were most important to the star — taking time to smooth in her moisturizer. “Not just using extensive products and slapping it on; I think it was about the time and care she took to massage it into her skin,” he adds. “Elizabeth was very tactile and sensual, like a cat in some ways. She just enjoyed the feeling.”
Taylor especially loved filling in her own eyebrows: “She’s been doing that since she was a little girl,” Tolot adds. 4 12 It Took Her Two Hours to Do Her Makeup
Taylor spent up to a half hour doing her lips and 1.5 hours on her eyes “just because she enjoyed it,” Mendelson says.
Since she was nervous about the upcoming event, getting ready was a special ritual time where she could “go into herself and concentrate and we created an atmosphere,” he adds. Her team put music on. Sometimes it was soft music — she loved Enya or Andrea Bocelli — but if she was looking for something more upbeat, it would be Elton John or Michael Jackson. “Sometimes she needed the energy from the music and sometimes she needed the calm from the music,” he says. Taylor’s Maltese Sugar would also be playing in the background.
Why did it take her two hours? For the Oscars, she knew the stakes her higher, and “there were a lot of distractions always. So for an award show, she needed to be protected a little bit more in terms of what was coming into the dressing room,” Mendelson says. “When I got into Elizabeth’s world, it was like being in the center of a film every day — with Elizabeth Taylor no less. You couldn’t look away.” 5 12 Taylor Used Drugstore Skincare Brands
Taylor used drugstore brands like Jergens lotion for most of her life. “She put cream on but she didn’t use fancy brands,” Mendelson says. Other times she would use ice water or put tea bags under her eyes. Toward the end of her life, Taylor used La Prairie as a go-to skincare brand, along with the eight hour skin cream by Elizabeth Arden.
The actress also used a lesser-known setting powder from Japan, called Maquifard. Taylor introduced the powder to Tolot, who loved it so much that she stocked up before it was discontinued (“because it doesn’t cake and build up”). Tolot still rations the setting powder with her clients, who include Catherine Zeta-Jones and Beyonce, while she tests out new ones. 6 12 She Didn’t Like Conditioner
Hairstylist José Eber had “open access” and when he arrived, somebody would buzz from downstairs and he would come right up. First, Eber washed Taylor’s hair, but she didn’t like conditioner because she wanted her hair to have as much body as possible, so it wasn’t too soft.
“Because obviously she liked big hair,” Mendelson says. Eber put in a roller and dried it with a dryer, one at a time, which would get her hair out of her face so she could do her makeup. 7 She Never Wore False Eyelashes
Her team is very adamant that Taylor never wore false eyelashes — or had lip injections.
“She had beautiful lashes. We never used false lashes, always her own. They were very full and long,” Tolot says. Though false lashes were unnecessary, Tolot did apply mascara.
“She had a double row of lashes, she was born with it. When she first started making movies, the director would say, ‘Wash the mascara off that little girl.’ She said, ‘I’m not wearing mascara’ and she’d prove it,” Mendelson adds. 8 She Took a Bath to Set Her Makeup Norman Parkinson Archive/Iconic Images/Getty Images
Once she was all ready, Taylor would take a short bath in order to set her makeup. The steam from the bath was the final step, before they quickly took the rollers out and teased her hair.
The effect? Tolot noticed Taylor’s skin stayed “dewy” opposed to matte, one way Taylor was ahead of her time, as the style matches beauty trends today. She also used more of a sheer foundation to let her freckles show through, again aligning with modern naturale looks. 9 12 Her Favorite Eyeliner Was Matte Grey
“There was one eyeliner that she always used and it was a Clinique eyeliner,” Tolot says. “It was a cake and you had to wet the brush with water and soften the cake and apply it, like the old fashioned type of eyeliner. I think she was just used to using it. Why change?”
Interesting, it wasn’t a strong black, but a matte, grey color —”I think that’s why she liked it … The application of that was soft, so you never would have the impression of a graphic liner.” 10 12 She Didn’t Contour
“She liked a soft pretty look. A lot of people today are into contouring, but she never did any kind of contouring,” Mendelson says. 11 Taylor Collected Elizabeth Arden Lipstick
Taylor favored a fellow Elizabeth, Elizabeth Arden, for lips.
“She had a lot of makeup. Her assistant would be buying new makeup all the time. I would bring her new stuff. I remember she was using a lot of Elizabeth Arden lipsticks. She had a huge collection of lipsticks,” Tolot reveals. 12 12 And She Loved a Shiny Lip
Though the actress spent a lot of time on her eyes, blending different colors, moist lips were important to her, Mendelson says.
“She loved a shined lip,” he says. She used a matching lipgloss with a sponge applicator, so she could control it easily along with a lip pencil — but never a different color than the lipstick or lipgloss (other fave brands included Dior, YSL and Chanel). What’s Hot on The Hollywood Reporter
Michael Gove Warns There Is ‘No Guarantee’ UK Could Export Food To EU After No-Deal Brexit
Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (en français) South Africa United Kingdom United States POLITICS 19/02/2019 13:10 GMT Michael Gove Warns There Is ‘No Guarantee’ UK Could Export Food To EU After No-Deal Brexit Environment secretary confirms UK will impose tariffs on EU imports in bid to protect farmers. 1k By Arj Singh Michael Gove has shattered Brexiteer hopes of unilateral free trade by announcing Britain will impose tariffs on EU imports to protect farmers in a “difficult and damaging no-deal Brexit”.
In a speech to farmers, the environment secretary also warned there was “no absolute guarantee” the UK would be able to export food to the EU if a deal was not reached.
He said it was “critically important” that MPs are not “blithe or blasé” about the risks a no-deal Brexit would pose to certain industries.
Gove, one of the leaders of the Leave campaign in 2016, said the EU has been “clear” that it will impose duties on British food exports, including at least 40% tariffs on sheep meat and beef, causing a “significant and damaging effect” for farmers.
He said the government would therefore set out “specific and robust” tariff protections for farmers in a no-deal scenario.
PA Wire/PA Images Michael Gove
It comes after HuffPost UK revealed ministers were considering cutting tariffs on all imports to zero, in a move that industry warned would flood the market with cheap goods and ruin certain sectors.
Gove made the announcement in a speech to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), which warned that a no-deal Brexit would be “the stuff of nightmares” for British farmers.
The environment secretary said: “The government is, of course, doing everything it can not just to secure a deal but also to mitigate the impact of leaving without a deal. The NFU and others have made strong arguments about the need to ensure stronger tariff protection for British farming than any other sector of the economy.
“In particular, you have argued that we need tariffs on sheep meat, beef, poultry, dairy, both milk and cheese; and pig meat in order to safeguard domestic production. Your concerns have been heard and announcement on new UK tariffs in a no-deal scenario – with specific and robust protections for farming – will be made shortly.”
PA Archive/PA Images The NFU warned that a no-deal Brexit would be ‘the stuff of nightmares’ for UK farmers He went on: “I emphatically do not want to run the risks leaving without a deal would involve.
“It is critically important that every decision-maker in London, every parliamentarian who will vote in coming weeks, understands what no-deal would involve for British farmers and food producers. No one can be blithe or blasé about the consequences.”
Gove also warned that other EU countries are “hungry” to replace Britain as a major exporter of meat to Europe.
He said the likes of Spain and Romania would seek to supply France, one of the UK’s best customers for sheep meat, while New Zealand and Australia would enjoy tariff-free trade for a quota of the produce.
Even if tariffs were only introduced for a short period under no-deal, the UK would find it difficult to regain its foothold in the market, he said.
“If European buyers do switch contracts because tariffs make our exports significantly more expensive, it will be difficult to re-establish our market access even if those tariffs come down in the future.”
NFU president Minette Batters said it was “absolutely shocking” that with five weeks to go until Brexit, it was not clear to farmers what trade conditions they would be operating in or what the country’s future agricultural policy would look like.
It was also not clear whether fruit, flowers and vegetable growers would have access to a sizeable global seasonal workers scheme.
“I make no apology for saying that leaving the EU without a deal would be a catastrophe for British farming,” she told the annual conference in Birmingham.
Related… Exclusive: Secret Plan Could See Import Tariffs Slashed To Zero After No-Deal Brexit Trade Secretary Liam Fox Refuses To Rule Out Zero Tariffs After No-Deal Brexit Exclusive: UK Could Hold Back Military Help For EU Under No-Deal Brexit Suggest a correction Arj Singh Deputy Political Editor, HuffPost UK
Best Skin Care Product For Brighter Skin Beauty
How to Transform Your Skin to Be Its Best and Brightest February 20, 2019 by Carrie Carrollo paid for by SK-II Get your glow on! We’ve partnered with SK-II to reveal why an essence, the star of Asian beauty, is the best skin care product to single-handedly transform your skin — for the brighter and better. Everything we know about skin care is rooted in the same problem-vs.-solution approach. Experiencing a breakout? Use this spot treatment. Struggling with dryness? Invest in that moisturizer. Trying to correct morning dullness? Consider an overnight serum your secret weapon. Although this method can sometimes yield direct results, it can also leave you with an overcluttered beauty cabinet and deflated bank account. But here’s an idea: What if we told you that you were approaching skin care all wrong? It’s not about creating a cocktail of products to tackle individual skin concerns. It’s about discovering a category of products that holistically transforms skin and enhances your natural look. Here in the beauty industry, that’s called an essence. Equivalent to the skin care world’s very own unicorn, an essence is the one product (not three or five or seven!) that can turn your skin into the absolute best version of itself. One of the biggest ways it does that? By amplifying brightness and overall radiance — an especially notable benefit given our growing obsession with glowy skin. With a better, brighter complexion, you’ll forget you even had a laundry list of skin concerns in the first place. If you need help discovering the MVP of the essence category, just look to your local glow goddesses — starting with your favorite influencers, celebrity makeup artists, or even POPSUGAR’s very own beauty editors . They all consider the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence a “holy grail” skincare staple and the best brightening product in the game. Read on to see why. Why Brightness Is a Big Deal – Get your glow on! We’ve partnered with SK-II to reveal why an essence, the star of Asian beauty, is the best skin care product to single-handedly transform your skin — for the brighter and better.
Everything we know about skin care is rooted in the same problem-vs.-solution approach. Experiencing a breakout? Use this spot treatment. Struggling with dryness? Invest in that moisturizer. Trying to correct morning dullness? Consider an overnight serum your secret weapon. Although this method can sometimes yield direct results, it can also leave you with an overcluttered beauty cabinet and deflated bank account.
But here’s an idea: What if we told you that you were approaching skin care all wrong? It’s not about creating a cocktail of products to tackle individual skin concerns. It’s about discovering a category of products that holistically transforms skin and enhances your natural look. Here in the beauty industry, that’s called an essence.
Equivalent to the skin care world’s very own unicorn, an essence is the one product (not three or five or seven!) that can turn your skin into the absolute best version of itself. One of the biggest ways it does that? By amplifying brightness and overall radiance — an especially notable benefit given our growing obsession with glowy skin. With a better, brighter complexion, you’ll forget you even had a laundry list of skin concerns in the first place.
If you need help discovering the MVP of the essence category, just look to your local glow goddesses — starting with your favorite influencers, celebrity makeup artists, or even POPSUGAR’s very own beauty editors . They all consider the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence a “holy grail” skincare staple and the best brightening product in the game. Read on to see why.
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If you’re up to date on all that’s new and now in makeup, you may have noticed an influx in the number of radiant highlighters, luminescent foundations, and shimmer-infused face and body liquids on the market. That’s no coincidence; bright and glowy is the “it look” — and we can assure you it’s here to stay. The only problem with achieving that look via makeup products, however, is that they get wiped off our cheekbones, Cupid’s bows, and eyelids at the end of the day. It’s up to us to help our skin glow on its own, so that’s where the almighty essence comes in.
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If an essence isn’t already part of your skin care routine, that’s probably because you don’t know what it is — or that it can seriously transform your skin. Not to be confused with toner, an essence has a lightweight, watery consistency that contains concentrated active ingredients. (This means that it typically has a higher percentage of active ingredients than many thicker creams and serums, which are often made of mostly water and oil.) By patting or tapping it into the skin post-cleansing, those ingredients can be directly, quickly, and easily absorbed for fast and powerful results. Besides the transformational work an essence does on its own, it also prepares skin for the rest of your regimen. It’s the perfect — and most important — step to see game-changing results.
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The 24 Best Island Beaches in the World – Condé Nast Traveler
The 24 Best Island Beaches in the World 24 Photos Share via Twitter Whether you’re looking for an isolated stretch of sand in the Caribbean or a family-friendly resort in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there are enough options out there to suit every type of traveler. Scroll down for the 24 best island beachs in the world, according to Condé Nast Traveler readers in our latest Readers’ Choice Awards . Alamy 24. Blue Beach (La Chiva), Vieques, Puerto Rico A long, thin stretch of white sand and clear water makes this one of the Caribbean’s top beaches. Getting there is part of the adventure: It can only be accessed by parking in one of 21 tiny turn-offs along a bumpy, unpaved road in the middle of the island’s western National Wildlife Refuge (formerly off-limits as a U.S. Navy training base). Snorkel on your own around a small cay, or book a trip with one of the island’s operators to check out its secret underwater spots. Where to stay: The W on Vieques was nearly completely destroyed by Hurricane Maria in 2017. However, other properties on the island survived, and one of our all-time favorites—and Hot List 2014 winner—is El Blok . In a nod to 1950’s tropical modernism, the 22-room inn has a curvaceous exterior with intricately carved louvers that prompt the bright Caribbean sun to cast dramatic shadows. Interiors have a restful vibe, thanks to clean-lined wooden furnishings and strategically placed sculptures. Courtesy Laucala Island 23. Seagrass Bay, Laucala Island, Fiji This 7.5-square-mile private island paradise is a 50-minute charter flight from Nadi and worlds away from everyday life. Covered in tropical jungle (reached via guided walking tours or horseback rides), Laucala is home to some of the archipelago’s rarest birds and animals, pristine beaches, and spellbinding marine life. Seagrass Bay is the quietest of the resort beaches, and a perfect spot to play at being Crusoe—albeit with a fabulous, open-air dining room nearby. Where to Stay: Your only option— Laucala Island Resort —is far from shabby. In 1972, Malcolm Forbes bought this luscious green morsel as his private refuge; its current owner, Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz, has spared no expense to create a spectacular hideaway. The high price tag gets you over-the-top luxury and total privacy in one of the 25 villas—all glamorous versions of traditional Fijian dwellings. Each opens onto its own private pool, and a handful of villas are set directly above Seagrass Bay. Getty 22. Bathsheba Beach, Barbados Rugged, wild, and untouched are just some of the words used to describe this shoreline, where photographers and surfers flock to catch the best waves and watch the “Soup Bowl,” a name for when the waves crash into the white sand and huge boulders to create a mesmerizing natural phenomenon. It’s less of a swimming locale, but you’ll have plenty of shots to post on Instagram . Where to stay: Your top pick for Barbados in our annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey is Sandy Lane . This landmark resort is something of a Bajan institution, with elegant interiors and an impressively beautiful setting. This splendor runs through everything, including the hotel’s Treehouse Club for little ones: They’ll be kept busy from morning until sunset with sailing, outdoor movie nights and even themed dinner parties on the itinerary. Teenagers are catered for with a special Den fitted out with pool tables, table football and a jukebox, plus a mocktail bar. Getty 21. Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii One of the world’s best places to watch big wave surfing in winter (the beach is home to the Vans Triple Crown), the water here becomes as calm as a lake in summer, making it an excellent spot for snorkeling. After a day spent in the sand and surf, don’t towel off and head home just yet: As its name suggests, it’s the sunsets that really seal the deal for visitors. Where to stay: Turtle Bay Resort —closest to the beach, one of few along the north shore, and ranked third best in Hawaii in our annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. (It has also served as a filming location for Lost and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. ) Turtle Bay is fresh off a $45 million renovation, refurbishing 410 of its rooms and opening a new 11,000-square-foot spa, two restaurants and a bar. The five-mile beach is ideal for snorkeling. Getty 20. Banana Beach, Koh Hey (Coral) Island, Phuket, Thailand Banana Beach has a backdrop of impossibly-green jungle and looks out on crystal-clear water—all part of a national park and marine preservation area (30 minutes by boat from Chalong Pier on Phuket). Banana Boat rides are popular, hence the name, as is snorkeling, sea kayaking, and parasailing. With minimal infrastructure, and one restaurant built out of bamboo, this is a great, less-than-crowded spot to park yourself for the day in the sun. Where to Stay: You picked the Iniala Beach House as your favorite place to stay on Phuket in our latest Readers’ Choice Awards survey. The design credentials are incredible at this collection of three villas and a penthouse, back on Phuket at Natai Beach. No matter where you stay, you’ll have a butler, driver, chef, spa therapist, and housekeeper to attend to your every need. American chef Tim Butler heads up two restaurants: Iniala Dining, which dishes up Mediterranean-inflected meals and whose menu rotates daily, and Esenzi, which focuses on sustainably sourced seafood. Getty 19. Siasconset Beach, Nantucket, MA At the eastern most flank of the island, Siasconset can be reached from town via a six-mile bike ride on the Milestone Road path (or, in the summer, on a NRTA shuttle bus). Food and restrooms can be found nearby in the adjacent historic village of ‘Sconset. Built in 1850, the Sankaty Head Light is well worth a wander to the northern tip of the beach (it’s rarely open to climb, except on specific days—the next one being Sunday, June 16, 201`9). Best of all, though, is the ‘Sconset Bluff Walk—with the strong Atlantic on one side and a row of multi-million-dollar homes on the other. Waves here are rough, even in summer, so bundle up for a long winter walk if you’re on the island during the off season. Where to Stay: Your number one pick on the island in our Readers’ Choice Awards survey was venerable Wauwinet . Just nine miles from downtown ACK, the three-story gray-shingled cottage not only has unbeatable views of the Bay and the Atlantic, but a boat—the Wauwinet Lady—where you can sip a glass of Chardonnay as you crest the waves. For an extraordinary dining experience, try Topper’s, where the modern American menu includes Hudson Valley foie gras and locally harvested Retsyo oysters on the half shell, cultivated 300 yards away, and paired with one of the restaurant’s more than 1,450 wines. Getty 18. Honopu Beach, Kauai, HI Also known as Cathedral Beach, Honopu—like Waipio Valley—is quite difficult to reach. For starters, it’s only accessible by water; to get there, you must swim from an offshore boat, or from neighboring Kalalau Beach (a quarter-mile swim). But the trouble is worth it: Think cumin-colored sand bordered by soaring, vegetation-cloaked cliffs—and, usually, not a soul in sight. Fun fact: It’s served as a location on such films as Six Days, Seven Nights, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and King Kong. Where to stay: Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach —rated the number 10 resort in all of Hawaii in our latest Readers’ Choice Awards survey. With just 121 rooms—all with balconies or lanais and within earshot of the waves—the resort is considerably smaller than its brand-name neighbors on the sunny south coast. Eschewing waterslides and swim-up bars, Ko‘a Kea has more sedate pleasures: an unadorned swimming pool tiled in deep blue, a sophisticated restaurant/lounge with a sashimi tasting menu, and an expansive lawn overlooking a cove where guests (mostly honeymooners) can take in the sunset. Getty 17. Temae Plage Publique, Moorea, French Polynesia The ocean is clear enough here to see straight to the bottom and Temae’s coral reef is home to thousands of sea creatures. This is a public beach, on the northeastern shores of lush Moorea, but it rarely gets crowded (except occasionally for a fever of sting rays—harmless and mesmerizing). Views across the Sea of the Moon to the island of Tahiti are splendid, and those with surfboards flock to a challenging surf break. Easiest access is via the Sofitel (see below) for snorkeling and sun bathing—but watch out for wild roosters! Where to Stay: The Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort was your favorite on the island in our latest Readers’ Choice Awards survey and it sits at the very southern edge of Temae Plage Publique with 60 roof overwater bungalows (35 are beachside or have garden views). This is an excellent choice for exploring Moorea’s lagoons and mountainous interior. Getty 16. Psarou Beach, Mykonos, Greece Mykonos isn’t lacking in beaches—especially those that appeal to just about any taste. Psarou might not be one of the largest, but its bling factor is undeniable and its position at the head of a perfect, horseshoe bay, is unbeatable. Scores of restaurants (reservations are recommended in high season, especially somewhere like Nammos , which reopens April 25) and bars back the sandy beach. There are plenty of water sports to take advantage of, too. Seating is tight—and chic—on the beach, but there are nice walks to be had to nearby Platis Gialos for the more active beachgoers. Where to Stay: The Santa Marina, A Luxury Collection Resort is one of our favorites—and yours too according to our latest Readers’ Choice Awards survey. If you’re looking for a respite from Mykonos’s party-till-dawn ethos, bed down at Santa Marina, which is set on Ornos Bay and offers everything from partial-sea-view suites to 7,578-square-foot villas. Sporting the island’s only private sandy beach, Santa Marina also has an infinity pool with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, which means no one will fault you for sticking close to home base. Getty 15. English Harbour Beach, Antigua Overlooking Captain Horatio Nelson’s vast Georgian-era warehouse complex in English Harbour—named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016—this beach, also known as Galleon Beach—backed by verdant hills—is historically and aesthetically pleasing. The waters are calm and perfect for sunfish sailing between anchored boats and out to Fort Berkeley, constructed in 1704 by the English Royal Navy. Where to Stay: Hermitage Bay was your top pick on Antigua in our Readers’ Choice Awards survey. Down a long dirt road, this secluded resort stands between a steep slope and a small bay. Its 30 individual suites—each a spacious contemporary cottage of dark wood and white linens—stand in lush foliage rich with birdlife and come with an outdoor shower and day bed; ceiling fans twirl above mosquito-netted beds. All this is the ideal setting in which to decompress fully while lounging by your plunge pool with a glass of wine from the restaurant’s well-chosen cellar. Getty 14. Elafonísi, Crete, Greece, A gorgeous spit of sand connected to an island nature reserve on the southwestern coast of Greece’s largest island, this beach was one of the last best-kept secrets in the Mediterranean. Now, in high season it can be mobbed—but pitch up in shoulder season (spring and fall) and you might find yourself alone on the pink sand, surrounded by wildflowers (there are over one hundred rare plants, some that bloom only in winter) and strange rock formations. Being rather remote, consider an overnight or two at the Elafonísi Resort by the Kalomirakis Family . Where to Stay: You voted Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa as your favorite resort on Crete in our latest Readers’ Choice Awards survey. Many of the rooms have private, heated plunge pools (especially nice in off-season) and there are lovely biking and hiking trails through a private nature reserve. Note that it’s a good four-hour drive to Elafonísi from here. Getty 13. Gouverneur, St. Barts Sitting at the bottom of a steep, sparsely populated road—Gouverneur is remote and pristine. A small, well-maintained parking lot comes courtesy of the privately owned land (none other than Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich). Access to the sand is through a small, shady grove of trees—a popular spot for picnics at the eastern end of the beach. The farther west you walk, the fewer people you’ll find. Expect to encounter wild goats on occasion and keep a lookout for traces of buried treasure belonging to the notorious French pirate, Montbars ‘The Exterminator.’ Where to Stay: Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa ranked the best in all of the Caribbean in our Readers’ Choice Awards survey. The latest addition to St. Barts’ luxury hotel scene, and in keeping with the island’s low-rise sensibility, this is a sophisticated winner. Set between a lagoon and Grand Cul-de-Sac beach along the island’s northeastern shore (with jaw-dropping views of offshore islets and distant St. Maarten/St. Martin), the hotel is an education in understated elegance. Rooms are spare, and enormous, with lots of wood and one or two pops of bright color—some even have small, rectangular plunge pools for mini-laps. Getty 12. Palm Beach, Aruba The two-mile-long strip on the northwest side of the island is filled with activities to keep you busy all day and night. Try your hand at parasailing or snorkeling before sitting down to enjoy a barefoot lunch at Pelican Pier Bar during the day. Then, head to the nearby casinos, restaurants, and nightclubs at night to make your lazy day a bit more lively. Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba is a perennial favorite on our annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. Much of that has to do with the location—on a pristine stretch of white sand called Palm Beach, where you’ll find the Caribbean’s most exceptional windsurfing. It’s also a perfect place to bring the kids: The sea remains calm and shallow for about a half mile out, so conditions are always right for kayaking and paddle boarding. There’s a huge children’s pool (couples and singles can head to the adults-only one) and a slew of activities at the kids’ club, from arts and crafts to movie nights. Courtesy Cayman Islands 11. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Located on the western shore of the 75-square-mile island, the whole stretch of this 5.5 mile-long beach is public property, making it easy to stroll from hotel to hotel regardless of where you book an overnight. All in one afternoon, you can grab lunch at an ocean-side restaurant, stumble into a volleyball game with locals, take Jet Skis out further down the beach, and top it off with some snorkeling in Cemetery Reef, known for its rocky formations prime for sea life habitat. Where to stay: The Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa claimed the top spot for resorts in the Cayman Islands in our latest Readers’ Choice Awards survey. The newest opening on the island’s Seven Mile Beach—one of the loveliest stretches of sand in the world—is the 266-room Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa, whose colorful, boutique atmosphere manages to be both child-friendly (two pools, a kids’ club) and hip (colorful, contemporary design and a lobby scene replete with pool table, library, and daily happy hour). You can always snorkel and parasail right off the hotel’s beach, but you’re also a short ride from Stingray City where you can stand on a sandbar and touch giant rays as they swim by. Getty 10. Honokalani Beach, Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii With its jet-black shore, electric-blue waters, and thick, jungle-like foliage, Honokalani Beach is a photographer’s dream. Besides lying lazily on the “sand”—actually made up of of tiny lava pebbles—there’s plenty to do: you’ll find seaside lava tubes and sea caves carved into the lava cliffs along the shore. It’s wild, unspoiled Hawaii at its best, and a necessary stop en route to Hana. Where to stay: The Hotel Wailea ranked the number one resort in Hawaii in our latest Readers’ Choice Awards survey. It isn’t beachfront, but that’s actually a positive at Hawaii’s only luxury adults-only resort, which is spread over 15 acres with 180-degree views of neighboring Lanai and Kaho‘olawe. Though there’s a shuttle to the beach (and attendants to help you with umbrellas, towels, and the like once you hit the sand), be sure to put your vacation in the hands of the incredible staff. They’ll organize a beach picnic—a gourmet spread to be enjoyed at sunset. You can also arrange kiteboarding lessons, sunset sailing, and aerial yoga. Getty 9. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia Matira is perhaps the most famous of Tahiti’s beaches, and for good reason: The mile-long stretch of silky, powder-white sand slopes gently into a shallow emerald lagoon, and is backed by a thick curtain of palms and tropical foliage. An added bonus? It’s one of the only public-access beaches in Bora Bora, so you won’t need to pay five-star resort prices to enjoy its beauty. Come early to stake out a spot. Where to stay: The Conrad Bora Bora Nui ranked the highest of all the resorts on Bora Bora in our Readers’ Choice Awards survey. What you’ll love about the resort is the way Polynesian culture is all around—in the greetings and traditional tattoos of the local staff, the food, even the names of hotel landmarks: Hina spa is named for the moon goddess, the Tamure grill pays homage to the hip-shaking local dance moves, the Upa Upa means “music” (and is the name of the sunset bar and lounge) and the Iriatai restaurant comes from the word for “horizon.” Getty 8. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda While it may be one of the most popular beaches on the island, Horseshoe Bay has a hidden secret: Port Royal Cove (pictured), which has shallow water perfect for young kids, and dramatic rock formations that complement wonderfully soft, pink sand. Nearby Spicelands Equestrian Centre even offers trail rides down to the private cove, which is located in part of South Shore Park in Southampton Parish. Where to stay: The Reefs Resort & Club , ranked the tenth best Atlantic islands resort in our latest Readers’ Choice Awards survey. There’s a smattering of cottages, rooms, and suites to choose from, but we personally love the Point suites: Decked out with warm tropical wood, cream-colored linens, and coral accents, they also feature their own private balcony—with a hot tub—overlooking the beach. Getty 7. Hilton Head Island, SC Rated the best island in the United States in our most recent Readers’ Choice Awards survey, Hilton Head Island —40 miles from Savannah/Hilton Head Airport—is a firm family favorite, with a full 12 miles of wide, empty beach (perfect for long bike rides). Coligny Beach is a full-service place, with food and activities for both adults and kids; mid-island Driessen Beach—also known as Bradley Beach—is quieter, but still has a boardwalk, playground, and grills for al fresco picnics. Where to Stay: The Inn & Club at Harbour Town ranked the highest of the island’s many properties in our Readers’ Choice Awards survey. Palm tree-lined gardens give way to this modern-looking country club-hotel hybrid, where marina-chic guests kitted out in their best golf attire hit each of the three on-site courses. Take advantage of the complimentary bubbly at check-in, along with the shoe-shining and pant-pressing services. Courtesy One&Only Resorts 6. Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll, Maldives It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite beach in the Maldives—what with over 1,200 to choose from—but we’re drawn to the North Malé Atoll, and Reethi Rah in particular. Eight perfect strands of sand circle this larger-than-average island, each seemingly better than the next—and with only one resort here, it never feels crowded. Where to stay: The One&Only Reethi Rah , obviously. Aforementioned beaches aside, it’s beach club scene is hopping, and all accommodations are in villas. This year, the resort welcomes internationally renowned figurative painter, Henri Lamy, and portrait painter, DJ and photographer, Ruddy Candillon, as part of a new Artist in Residence program. Family-friendly, yet great for honeymoons, this spot has it all. Getty 5. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines Shockingly, Palawan remains steadily under the radar, even though it continues to rank highly in our Readers’ Choice Awards. El Nido alone is home to around 50 white sand beaches—it’s impossible to choose just one—all of which are set around dramatic limestone formations and have the finest and whitest sand you’ll ever see. The water is so blindingly blue it makes the Caribbean Sea look murky in comparison. And the sunsets? Well, they’ll ruin you for life. Consider yourself warned. Where to stay: El Nido Resorts – Pangulasian Island , which was ranked nine out of Top 45 Resorts in Asia in our latest Readers’ Choice Awards survey. With scuba courses and access to plentiful dive sites, as well as boat tours of mangroves and secret lagoons, you could spend all your time exploring, but the resort makes it equally tempting to stay put. Alamy 4. Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos There’s a reason stars like Bruce Willis and Donna Karan built their vacation homes here: This 1,000-acre private island is only accessible by a 35-minute boat ride from Providenciales, and is home to one luxury resort and a few private villas. Yes, your entire vacation could really be spent without seeing another soul. Where to stay: COMO Parrot Cay is consistently rated highly on our annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. There are plenty of wellness-focused hotels out there nowadays, but this private island hotel has been around longer and does it better than most. Just ask its fan club, who travel from far and wide for the daily yoga sessions, early morning meditations on the pristine beach, healing massages, and Ayurvedic consultations with Dr. Parth, who hails from Goa. Alamy 3. Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI Undeniably one of the most photographed beaches in the Caribbean, if not the world, Trunk Bay sits in the northwestern corner of the Virgin Islands National Park (it was donated to the park service by Laurence S. Rockefeller more than 50 years ago). Calm, clear water, and a 225-yard-long underwater trail for snorkeling are big draws, as are hiking trails up and into the surrounding greenery, filled with the ruins of historic sugar cane plantations. Where to stay: St. John has had a long road to recovery from the hurricanes of 2017, but the good news is that the National Park is back in full bloom, its beaches are in perfect shape, Cruz Bay is bustling with shops and restaurants, and The Westin St. John Resort Villas is finally back in operation, offering accommodations from studios to three-bedroom villas. Alamy 2. Kiawah Island, SC Kiawah Island, a mostly private, gated community, less than a hours drive from Charleston International Airport (which is about to receive nonstop flights to London this year), is a low-country winner. East and West Beach, combined, stretch for 10 miles along the Atlantic. Public beach access is at Beachwalker County Park at the island’s far southern end. The sand is flat, the water is shallow, there are lifeguards on duty, and you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas rentals. Where to Stay: One of the best places for an active vacation is The Sanctuary Hotel , ranked number 18 of Top 30 Resorts in the American South in our latest Readers’ Choice Awards survey. With 24 tennis courts, five golf courses, and six pools, this four-story oceanfront resort is 30 minutes from Charleston and has a great combination of accommodations, service, food, and golf. Rooms come with custom-made furniture, and have shuttered bathroom windows and ocean view balconies. Getty 1. Maundays Bay, Anguilla It’s hard to debate this one. Anguilla is blessed with many a stunning beach, but Maundays Bay—on this skinny island’s southwesterly tip—wins for crystal-clear water, a gradual slope, pristine sand, and a perfect half moon arc. Technically a public beach, it is rarely crowded and populated predominantly by guests at the Belmond Cap Juluca—recently reborn after a glorious heyday in the ’90s. Of note, Maundays is ideal for families with kids, as sight lines are uninterrupted, there are rarely any waves, and the beach is neatly bookended by two small breakwaters. Where to Stay: Without a doubt, the highly-rated Belmond Cap Juluca . The Morocco-meets-Mykonos property sits on a white-sand beach on a Caribbean island known as much for its welcoming people as its haute resorts. Large enough to keep a couple or a family busy for days, but small enough to feel like home, the whitewashed island enclave has just reopened after a $121 million renovation by new owner Belmond, emphasizing chic, natural materials and local Anguillan heritage. Related Stories, hidden