Summer is here and its new beginnings are heralded by traditions both ancient and modern: Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, the Glastonbury Festival, and sporting events such as Royal Ascot and Wimbledon. Closer to home, we can look forward to summer’s simple pleasures: endless days under cloudless blue skies and balmy evenings under the stars. But for many, the season truly begins with the annual pilgrimage to that dreamy seaside escape: the summer resort town. From Nantucket to Maui to the Costa Blanca of Spain, we journey to fabulous summer playgrounds in search of the perfect summer home away from home. Bon voyage!
Montauk, the Hamptons, New YorkThis 36-acre waterfront sanctuary overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and its own private nature reserve from a secluded hilltop location a few minutes from Montauk, the jewel of the Hamptons. The 7,000-square-foot contemporary residence, designed by architect Frank Hollenbeck, takes its inspiration from a Chinese tea house right down to its beautiful blue-tile roof. The three-level home offers five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and state-of-the-art features including multi-zoned cooling and heating systems, an automatic generator, and hurricane-proof steel reinforcements. The grounds are at one with nature and feature lush gardens, scenic pastures, a two-acre pond, and two 100-foot jetties.
Saint-Tropez, Côte d’Azur, FranceVilla Salmanazar is a magnificent Provençal-style villa overlooking Europe’s most famous summer resort town: Saint-Tropez. The estate is approached either by helicopter (roughly 20 minutes from Nice airport), landing directly on its own private helipad, or by car, along a quiet lane through picturesque vineyards. The villa boasts eight en suite bedrooms, including a full-floor master suite, and luxurious amenities including a gym, massage room, wine room, staff/guest apartment. Surrounding the estate are resplendent gardens with an oversized swimming pool and a fabulous deck with a seating area, fire pit, and raised stone bar. The villa is just five minutes’ drive from the world-famous Club 55 restaurant on Pampelonne beach and 12 minutes from Saint-Tropez town.
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MassachusettsThis harbor-front compound has one of the few deepwater docks and a rare 325 feet of sea frontage in the rustic coastal community of Manchester-by-the-Sea. The two-acre estate comprises a newly built English Arts and Crafts–inspired residence and a two-bedroom guest house on one of the original Smith’s Point’s estate parcels. Sited perfectly to take in the expansive open harbor views, the five-bedroom home, including its beautiful handcrafted stone and pebble dashed stucco facade, harks back to its turn-of-the-century predecessor. The grounds have been professionally landscaped and include mature specimen trees, flowering shrubs, perennial gardens, manicured lawns, and a pool and spa overlooking one of the most picturesque harbors in the region.
Villa Canario lies as close to the beach as one can get in Cabo del Sol, a prestigious beach resort on the Sea of Cortéz. This elegant coastal retreat offers just under 4,900 square feet of opulent living spaces, fully furnished with the finest décor, materials, and artisanal touches. Among the appointments are four bedrooms, four full and one half bathrooms, a fabulous kitchen, and two distinctive interior dining spaces. The lavish outdoor areas include portico terraces, a private pool and spa offering breathtaking sunrise to sunset views. Residents enjoy access to the world-class facilities of the Cabo del Sol Golf Resort, home to two exceptional courses—the Ocean Course and the Desert Course.
Enjoy the Nantucket Harbor views from this meticulously maintained, six-bedroom Brant Point cottage, where the sandy beach and bulkhead-level terrace provide a front-row seat for the daily maritime parade—and fireworks on July 4th. Just past the wide, welcoming foyer, the family room, with fireplace and built-in bench, has picture windows that frame the water view, with a door to the seaside patio. The adjacent dining room has six-over-six windows on three sides and a patio door. Toward the rear of the home is the butler's galley and the kitchen, which ascends to a bathroom with a tub/shower, a bedroom with harbor views, and a laundry room. Upstairs are four light-filled bedrooms, each with sea vistas. The ground level offers a two-bay garage leading to a cellar.
This beautiful villa is situated in a lush hilltop setting, high above Porto de Jávea on Spain’s Costa Blanca. The residence offers more than 3,000 square feet across two levels with six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The luxurious appointments include an entrance hall, kitchen, study, and master suite. The living-dining room features a fireplace, large windows, and doors leading to a terracotta-tiled terrace facing the Bay of Jávea. Furthering the exquisite outdoor spaces is a summer kitchen area/barbecue, swimming pool, and an enchanting garden replete with bougainvillea, palms, and a century-old old olive tree.
Lahaina, HawaiiJust steps from Lahaina’s Baby Beach in West Maui, this turnkey three-bedroom home at Puunoa Beach Estates condominium complex offers a secluded setting and lush tropical grounds just a short distance from downtown shops, restaurants, and entertainment. The 2,103-square-foot, second-floor corner unit features an oceanfront master suite, ocean-view loft bedroom, an open floor plan with high vaulted ceilings, interior perimeter lighting, wet bar, stainless steel appliances, and a multitude of accents and cabinetry in koa, Hawaii’s iconic hardwood. The property also includes a large oceanfront lanai and a garage. Nearby are the resort amenities of Puunoa Beach Estates, which include a pool, spa, and fitness center.