With temperatures set to soar to 30c (86f) this weekend, the nation will be taking to the great outdoors in a bid to make the most of the sunshine while it lasts.
But it’s not enough just to grab your ratty old beach towel or fire up the rusty barbecue — this year you might prefer to soak up the heat like the glitterati.
From the most luxurious fashions to the jaw-dropping gadgets that will see you through the summer, BETH HALE and STEPHANIE CONDRON reveal how to soak up the rays — if you can afford the hefty price tags.
£2,900: PEAK TEAK
Sun lounger, Chaplins
This teak and stainless steel sun-lounger is beautiful — but would cost five figures for the whole family.
And you don’t even get to fully lower the back if you want to recline in style.
£2,900: PEAK TEAK: Sun lounger, Chaplins. This teak and stainless steel sun-lounger is beautiful — but would cost five figures for the whole family. And you don’t even get to fully lower the back if you want to recline in style
£195, CREAM OF THE CROP
Bellefontaine Switzerland’s Ultra Suncare cream, Harrods
A single bottle won’t go far — 45ml would be about 18 applications for face and neck. But it does have an SPF 50 and boasts of feeling weightless.
£195, CREAM OF THE CROP: Bellefontaine Switzerland’s Ultra Suncare cream, Harrods
£3,600: MAXIMUM IMPACT
Linen kaftan by Gucci, Net-a-Porter
This chic and cheerful maxi-length kaftan makes a stylish poolside cover-up. But beware getting it too wet … it’s dry-clean only.
£3,600: MAXIMUM IMPACT: Linen kaftan by Gucci, Net-a-Porter
£1,350: MONEY BAGS
Cotton canvas beach tote, Burberry
You probably won’t want to use it to carry your soggy beach towel.
But this understated tote (colour — sand, but only the kind you find in exotic climes), with its leather trim, is all about the barely visible designer label.
£1,350: MONEY BAGS: Cotton canvas beach tote, Burberry
£165 GOOD AS GOLD?
Crete de Fleur inflatable, Versace
The ultimate bling ring adorned with black and gold. But is it much different to the rings from the beach shop?
£165 GOOD AS GOLD? Crete de Fleur inflatable, Versace
£25,000: HAM IT UP
Petiole Hammock, hammacher.com
Sit by the pool and swing up a breeze in this most luxurious of hammocks, which hangs from a single polished steel pole. The design has won an award.
£25,000: HAM IT UP: Petiole Hammock, hammacher.com
£955: ICE FOR A PRICE
Silver-plated insulated bucket, Christofle
Silver-plated and doubly insulated, it is simple in design but you will struggle to fit more than one bottle of bubbly in it.
£955: ICE FOR A PRICE: Silver-plated insulated bucket, Christofle
£18,183: SPLASHING THE CASH
Zodiac Ovline Original Oval Pool, The Fun Company
This inflatable pool makes your average blow-up number look like a puddle, but you’ll need a big garden (as well as deep pockets).
It is 9.2 metres by 6.3 metres (30ft by 21ft), with the ring acting as a heating system. It needs 58,000 litres of water. Hope you’re not on a water meter.
£18,183: SPLASHING THE CASH: Zodiac Ovline Original Oval Pool, The Fun Company
£5,473: OH-SO CHIC SHADES
Dita sunglasses made from wood and titanium, Cettire
Forget wood and titanium, you would think these sunglasses by luxury Japanese eyewear brand Dita were made of gold, given that hefty price tag.
The wood, unspecified, does at least have a gold tone, and you do get a protective case. But, whatever you do, don’t leave them unattended by your sun lounger.
£5,473: OH-SO CHIC SHADES: Dita sunglasses made from wood and titanium, Cettire
£240: CRYSTAL CLEAR
VitaJuwel Via Diamonds water bottle, Selfridges
Stay hydrated with a New Age, plastic-free, gemstone- infused water bottle.
The diamond slivers and quartz are contained in an inner pod and ‘vitalise’ the water. It’s all about the ‘energy’, dah-ling.
£240: CRYSTAL CLEAR: VitaJuwel Via Diamonds water bottle, Selfridges
£4,480: IN THE SWING
Dedon Swingrest Hanging Lounger, einrichten-design.co.uk
Treat the family to this swinging sofa. The table even swivels so you don’t spill your drinks.
£4,480: IN THE SWING: Dedon Swingrest Hanging Lounger, einrichten-design.co.uk
£675: TWINKLY TREAT FOR TOES
Crystal-embellished leather slides by Miu Miu, Net-a-Porter
Slide your tootsies into crystal-embellished leather. The base is still rubber.
Just remember to remove them when you go for a paddle.
£675: TWINKLY TREAT FOR TOES: Crystal-embellished leather slides by Miu Miu, Net-a-Porter
£599: IT’S FAN-TASTIC
Purifier humidifier fan, Dyson
Get a blast of fresh air even when it’s sweltering outside.
It cools, humidifies and purifies, and ‘automatically detects particles and gases’, as well as temperature and humidity levels, then diagnoses and reports them. Sounds whizzy.
£599: IT’S FAN-TASTIC: Purifier humidifier fan, Dyson
£4K: LET US SPRAY
Röshults garden shower, Chaplins
Forget cooling off with a sprinkle of the garden hose, the glam crowd have garden showers. This one has a ‘rain effect’. Remember: you’ll need plumbing!
£4K: LET US SPRAY: Röshults garden shower, Chaplins
£1,850: FORKING OUT
24-piece cutlery set, Christofle
Watch your guests’ surprise when you pull out this golden egg at the barbecue. It’s stainless steel with rose-gold plating.
£1,850: FORKING OUT: 24-piece cutlery set, Christofle
£3,277: TOP TABLE
Table tennis table, Chaplins
This isn’t just for ping pong. The net detaches so you can dine out after a game. Comes with paddles and balls.
£3,277: TOP TABLE: Table tennis table, Chaplins
£405: PERFECT POSING
Beach towel, Louis Vuitton
This monogrammed number measures 150 cm by 90 cm (59 in by 37 in) and is nothing fancier than pure cotton — but it is perfect for showing off.
£405: PERFECT POSING: Beach towel, Louis Vuitton
£465: TWO DEAR
Dolce & Gabbana bikini, Net-a-Porter
The price tag is hardly itsy-bitsy — but that’s no surprise given it is made by the house of bling.
£465: TWO DEAR: Dolce & Gabbana bikini, Net-a-Porter