With summer right around the corner, the ultimate in seasonal luxury is a seaside refuge with a sandy beach and cool breezes. While nothing epitomizes relaxation quite like a coastal resort, true luxury means having privacy and seclusion when you want it. A total disconnect from workaday cares and everyday responsibilities requires the peace and solitude that only a home with private outdoor spaces can provide. As these glorious residences prove, a secluded stretch of sand—perhaps even with a dock for a boat—truly fits the bill when a lengthy respite is needed.
Punta Minitas Prize
Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
Blue water and tropical scenery surround this expansive luxurious retreat on the Dominican Republic’s southeast coast, just over two hours from Miami. With 35,000 square feet of space, the residence includes six en suite bedrooms and an elevator as well as a chef’s kitchen, home office, and temperature-controlled gallery space. The oversized parcel of land features not only a private beach but a private dock, gazebo, and large lap pool as well as fountains and several smaller decorative pools. A salon with a 20-foot-high ceiling opens directly onto the beach
Angra Dos Reis, Brazil
Scenic and serene, this 9,000-square-foot beach house offers a peaceful escape on the southern coast of Rio de Janeiro. The home—which took seven years to build—features a private beach with its own dock as well as a hot tub and gym. The living room has a unique bamboo ceiling and opens onto one of many outdoor terraces, where residents and their guests can relax by the water and enjoy views of Serra da Bocaina National Park in the distance.
This magnificent Chesapeake Bay abode is set on 2.75 acres that include a lush green lawn, pool, and 180 feet of water frontage. The private beach has a deep-water dock with a boat lift. The stately brick home—located approximately one hour from Washington, DC—has five bedrooms, a gourmet chef’s kitchen, and grand living and entertaining spaces. Located right on the Chesapeake Bay, it presents breathtaking views of the bay and the Bay Bridge from multiple vantage points.
Leaded glass double doors stand at the entrance ofthis 5,640-square-foot gated estate with grand views of New Pass Inlet and the Gulf of Mexico. The master suite opens onto a waterfront terrace that provides stunning views, and unique wood flooring is found throughout this four-bedroom family residence with custom cabinetry and multiple fireplaces. The open layout includes an office, exercise room, and wine storage, and the garage is large enough to hold up to nine vehicles. Residents and their guests can enjoy the elevated heated pool or the private beach with dock.
Twin Coves Calm
North Side, Grand Cayman
The north side of the Grand Cayman island is known for its stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, a beloved body of water that lies in the backyard of this stately, 1.7-acre residence. Poised 30 feet above sea level and surrounded by coral seawalls, the property features twin stone staircases that were carved out of the coral shoreline and lead to two private white sand beaches in a secluded cove. Thanks to the tropical climate, the estate also has plentiful vegetation that thrives year-round.
Sun-soaked Villa Solenzana
A vision of paradise, this exclusive Sardinian escape is set in a private peninsula facing the Gulf of Asinara and the port of Stintino. The renovated 1960 villa retains much of its original charm and details. Enormous windows open to fresh sea air laced with fragrances from the surrounding gardens. In addition to the several points of entry it provides to a private beach and dock, the property has a bay-facing, pebble-floor sun deck complete with sun beds and curtains. A saltwater pool, wellness area, and Finnish sauna—all with relaxing views—complete this escape from reality.
The Wave House
Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
This six-bedroom modern masterpiece hugs the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Its futuristic design by Spanish architecture firm A-cero includes separate living and sleeping structures connected by a covered veranda. Walls of glass, large windows, and the terrace that makes up the entire back of the house contribute to the feel that the indoors and the outdoors flow seamlessly throughout this home.
Belle Époque on the Beach
Provence, Côte d’Azur
This historic, 20,000-square-foot mansion on the French Riviera is surrounded by over seven acres of landscaped park grounds. Constructed in the 19th century, it boasts ten bedrooms, a dramatic central staircase, and a sunroom set off by pillars and accented by decorative window panes. Numerous rooms open up onto terraces. The property’s close proximity to the glamorous Mediterranean coastline is enhanced by its own pool and water access.