With your warmth, you have started what deserves to be the most memorable thread on BT. Carpe Diem.
Whilst miles from your original post, if you love the sun and the sea, with lashings of swank, head for Sicily. The Belmond in Toarmina. Sip a Negroni ( that would be my choice, but hey!) on the terrace overlooking the Bay.
All the best!!