Babis' lively local hive of activity is a well kept secret on the unsung Greek island of Kalymnos. This rocky outcropping is perched between the Turkish coast and the crowded party island of Kos.
Babis and his family field everything a beachcomber could want.
Once you're done with your hearty Greek breakfast, logging on to the free Internet, trying out all the various beers and wines and sleeping it all off by the free swimming pool or sun loungers, you can hop on a boat and take a ride over to its own sub-island of Telendos for one of the most spectacular sunsets in the Med.
Babis Bar, Myrties Square, Myrties, Kalymnos, Greece
4. Ponta dos Ganchos (Brazil)
Brazil's most exclusive resort, Ponta dos Ganchos features a gorgeous beach bar with great views, daybeds and signature cocktails like The Hook -- cachaca blended with physalis fruit and sugar.
Located on a private peninsula on Brazil's Emerald coast, this is where the local elite -- and foreign guests like Beyoncé -- come to get away from it all.
Ponta dos Ganchos, Rua Eupídio Alves do Nascimento, 104, Governador Celso Ramos SC, Brazil
3. Shipwreck Hut (Cook Islands)
Hammocks, sunsets, barbecues, tropical fruit breakfasts, gospel sing-a-longs and a special "magic" cocktail that's served in a recycled jam jar --- Shipwreck Hut is the bar you dream of owning when you retire.
On Arorangi beach on the west coast of Rarotonga, the barbecues are a favorite with travelers, not least because of the corny jokes and barely believable tales spun by and about affable owner Jim.
On Sundays after an omelet breakfast customers can join a trip to the local church to listen to the locals singing gospel in traditional colorful muumuus and woven hats.
Or you can stay at the bar, swing in the hammocks and keep an eye out for whales (depending on the season).
Shipwreck Hut, Aroa Beachside Inn, Arorangi, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
2. Baba Nest (Phuket, Thailand)
This stylish rooftop venue on the highest pinnacle of the southeastern peninsula enjoys 360-degree views across Phuket, the surrounding islands and Andaman Sea.
A deck scattered with beanbags and low tables is surrounded by an infinity pool that gives bathers the illusion of being afloat between sea and sky.
Tranquil tracks and light Japanese bites punctuate the action, and signature cocktails include a lemongrass and vodka sri-jito and a lychee martini, as well as sake-based concoctions.
Below deck, ocean-front restrooms open to the elements are bound to become a talking point.
Baba Nest, 88 Moo 8 Sakdidej Road, Tambon Vichit, Amphur Muang, Phuket, Thailand
1. Dune Preserve Beach Bar (Anguilla, B.W.I.)
Pieced together from driftwood, wrecked racing boats and seashells and owned by a gray-bearded, grizzly reggae singer, the Dune Preserve Beach Bar is the kind of place you dream of discovering on your first trip to the Caribbean.
And once you have, you dream of staying there forever, to revel in your addiction to reggae tracks and dripping ribs, and to argue politics, philosophy and the ingredients for the perfect rum punch with Bankie, the owner, who can often be found at the bar.
It counts ex-presidents, former pirates and Wall Street bigwigs among its fans, but don't let them distract you from the real reason this place is the best beach bar in the world -- the amazingly affable Bankie Banx and his cohort, who seem to talk in musical lyrics and will teach you not just how to build a boat, but how to build a lifestyle few would turn down.
It's a daytime place open 11 a.m. till sunset.