Whether the destination is a super-trendy pool — like the Peninsula’s in Beverly Hills — or a beautiful, secluded stretch of beach, a stylish swimsuit isn’t the only must. Here, WWD spotlights a few of the season’s essential items…

Reading Frenzy

Three page-turners they’ll be talking about at cocktails:
“Remember Me” by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster, $23.50)
“The Alienist” by Caleb Carr (Random House, $22)
“The Agenda: Inside The Clinton White House” by Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster, $24)

Sun Smart

There’s nothing chic about a sunburn. Estée Lauder’s SunBlock Lotion Spray SPF 15 ($18.50) has a non-chemical, non-oily sunscreen that packs plenty of protection in a spritz-on formula.

The Totable Towel

Pier I Imports puts a premium on practicality. The store’s brightly striped beach towel comes with a navy blue carrying strap — just another plus, considering that it’s already big (36 inches x 72 inches), 100 percent thirsty cotton and costs $30.

A Pool With A View

It’s the hottest splash in Los Angeles. In about two seconds flat, the 60-foot black pool atop the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills has become the watering hole of choice for former denizens of the power pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is closed for a two-year renovation. With panoramic views of the city, the new facility has all the amenities high-powered agents and their Hollywood clients can’t be without: private cabanas, telephones and fax machines.

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