Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Beaches 2009

by Colleen Clark

Santa Catarina, Brazil

The turn-on: Sexy, willing bodies are a dime a dozen on the leave-nothing-to-the-imagination beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Florianópolis. But Brazil also holds plenty of distraction-free zones for those times when you want to rub sunscreen on each other in privacy. One of the most exclusive, ironically, doesn't face the ocean at all, but sits on a placid bay in southern Brazil's Santa Catarina state, about an hour's drive north of Florianópolis. The 25 cliff-side bungalows at Ponta dos Ganchos resort overlook the bay and a tiny outcropping, reached only by a small footbridge, that's perfect for acting out your desert isle fantasies. Except for a handful of picturesque boats belonging to local fishermen, there's no sign of humanity as far as the eye can see.

Hot bodies: Strictly couples: Honeymooners from Buenos Aires staring into each other's eyes; exquisitely dressed Paulistas down for a weekend of tanning and relaxing at the Christian Dior spa; and the occasional American duo catching their breath from the debauchery of Ipanema.

Bed down: Ponta dos Ganchos's 2,500-square-foot Emerald Villa bungalows present plenty of opportunities for entanglement: the wide, well-shielded deck with its private plunge pool; the hot tub and dry sauna, both with heart-pounding views of the water; the bed with its 600-thread-count sheets; the dual-head shower that opens onto a private tropical garden.

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