Beach homes conjure visions of serenity and relaxation: the lull of the waves, the exhaustion of a day spent in the sun, the promise of a lazy evening on the deck with an ocean view.
In the interest of pure escapism, we’ve assembled a collection of some of the most beautiful beach homes on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, from the Caribbean to the Iberian peninsula to Southeast Asia. And while it’s not exactly tropical in the U.K., the British did set an historic beach resort precedent, so we’ve got one century-old home in a British seaside community.
Most of these serene homes were provided by KnightFrank Commercial and Residential estate agents, along with one dazzling beach mansion in Thailand from Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty.
By Colleen KanePosted 30 May 2012
Price: $85 million
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This island property consists of five dwellings on nearly 38 acres. Those structures can accommodate 22 guests in the manor house, beach cottage, harbormaster house and the guest cottages called Buttonwood and Seagrape. There is room for an additional 29 staff members in the staff village: chef and butler’s house, engineer’s cottage, pilot’s lounge, domestic staff quarters and bunkhouse.
Other features to help island life run smoothly include a workshop, water treatment plant, a warehouse, a power system, phone and data systems, and service vehicles. There’s a lighthouse, a heliport and docks. If the aquamarine waters are not enough on their own, there’s also a swimming pool and a waterslide.
Square Footage: approx. 13,762
Steele Point Villa is positioned on a 90-foot rock headland with 360-degree views, on an 8-acre lot. The main villa is about 3,100 square feet with five suites, decks, and a deck with swimming pool. There are also three other residences on the estate, one of which is Gestalt, a 2,636-square-foot Mediterranean-style villa that also has a swimming pool. Blackbeard is a two-bedroom villa with an infinity edge pool. The Managers residence has a one-bedroom apartment and laundry and maintenance area.
Square Footage: approx. 484
This escape cottage is tiny but still demurs about a price, stating “price on application” on the listing. It is on protected park land, meaning no other buildings can crop up to block the views of the sea or to ruin the terraced grounds going down to the water’s edge. The gated house has a summer kitchen and dining terrace.
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This contemporary beachfront home is set on half an acre in the Caribbean. A large sun deck around infinity pools leads out to the blue ocean. Four of the bedrooms with private baths are situated around the decks, and the master with a kitchen and terrace is set back in the rear garden.
Square Footage: approx. 4,348
This house was built in 1937 for the governor of Mallorca. It has turrets overlooking the bay of Cala d’Or and is only the second property to be built on the bay. The house has main and guest quarters, covered and uncovered terraces, a pool, and double frontage on the water.
Square Footage: 21,581
This stunning contemporary villa is located on Phuket’s private Cape Yamu estate. Figuring in the outdoor terraces with views of Phang Nga Bay, it is nearly 50,000 square feet. The picture window is more than 26-feet tall, and the features include a spa, gym and steam room; infinity pool; as well as a “his and hers thought space” on an outdoor pavilion. The landscaped gardens incorporate indigenous trees, imported cacti and sculptures.
Price: $3.5 million
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Bland, it’s not. Resplendent in yellow, green, pink, blue and red, and surrounded by the green foliage and aquamarine Caribbean waters, Azzurra Castle embodies the rainbow. In addition to the five bedroom suites, there is an apartment with roof terrace in the turret. There’s also a separate turreted folly guest house. For enjoying the tradewinds and soaking up sun there are two beaches on a bay, a beachside Jacuzzi and terraced decks.
Price: approx. $2.3 million to $6 million
Bedrooms: 3 to 4
Square Footage: approx. 2,800 to 5,000
These modern waterfront homes of Akamas Bay Villas offer access to a beach, a fishing harbor within walking distance, as well as the Akamas Peninsula national park. Most of the 39 villas in the development are sold. The villas have many ways to enjoy the natural landscape of Cyprus, with views to the Mediterranean Sea, a pool, terraces and a partially shaded roof deck.