An undulating brown and cream-striped canopy overhead might trick you into thinking you’re in the Sahara – but miles of sand are only to be found back on the beach. In any case, these two connected areas adjacent to the pool and sun deck function as an all-day respite from the activity in evidence just outside the hotel walls. In the afternoon when food is on offer, a panini or the steak and pineapple salad with a side of truffle fries works wonders in soaking up the alcohol; in the evening, a drink here is smashing after a scorching day on the beach. The place is seductively lit, the music is kept to a good volume and the breeze is soothing. The bar closes early compared to its counterparts elsewhere, so think of this as your first stop.