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 Saint-Tropez to Sardinia, Mykonos to Montauk, we journey to famous 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 Provencal-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.
Porto Cervo, Sardinia, ItalyLa Tiara di Cervo is the first development of its kind to come to the Costa Smeralda in over 50 years. Nearly complete, the resort includes a selection of exceptional residences, ranging from one to four bedrooms including large garden villas and four penthouses. Residences offers expansive private terraces and access to beautiful landscaped gardens, spa and gym, parking, a wine cellar, and bespoke concierge. Porto Cervo is situated in the heart of Costa Smeralda and was created by Prince Karim Aga Khan. Today it is a favorite destination of the international jet set, who are drawn to the turquoise seas, flawless beaches, world-class golf and sailing regattas. The resort is only 35km away from Olbia and its international airport.
Mykonos, GreeceThis ultra-private compound is perched on a hill above Agrari beach on the legendary Greek Island of Mykonos, one of the Mediterranean’s most coveted summer hot spots. Completed in 2001 and renovated in 2014, the property is composed of three structures and more than an acre of beautiful gardens. The main villa has three en suite bedrooms, including a master suite, which open to terraces or verandas with uninterrupted views of the island of Naxos and the Aegean Sea. The guest accommodations include a separate two-bedroom stone guest house and a detached studio apartment. The three dwellings are surrounded by lush gardens with a swimming pool and alfresco entertaining areas—all just 300 meters away from the beach.
Ibiza, SpainVilla Amatista is an authentic, beautifully refurbished traditional Ibizan-style house, located roughly 2.5 miles from the popular village of San José. Ideal for guests or extended family, the living spaces boast 9,687 square feet with 11 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms divided into three separate dwellings. The villa combines vernacular Ibizan architecture with contemporary design along with spectacular views of Salinas, the island’s most beautiful beach. The villa's outdoor spaces are a resort-like oasis with a huge infinity pool and 18-seat bar, a second pool and lounge terrace, an alfresco dining area, and lush lawns.
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.
Nantucket, Massachusetts This coastal compound on the island of Nantucket raises the bar in eco-friendly design and green technology. The property offers the complete luxury lifestyle experience. The elegant shingle-style main residence reveals a contemporary interior with seven bedrooms and 21st-century amenities, such as a custom-built wine room, a gym, a heated garage, and a fully automated smart-home system. Guests are accommodated in a separate three-level studio. The landscaped grounds are graced with velvet lawns, an ipe-wood pool deck with a heated pool and spa, and a bluestone terrace with a cabana, seating area, and gas fire pit.
Avalon, the Jersey ShoreThis three-level beach house in Avalon, on the Jersey Shore, features six bedrooms, five full and one half bathrooms, and expansive entertaining spaces for hosting summer gatherings. The home has a unique “upside-down” configuration: The first floor features a family room with wet bar. The second floor serves as the main level, complete with a gourmet kitchen with Dacor range and Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler, as well as a dining and living area that opens to a covered deck with ocean views. The private third floor houses the master suite with an office, workout room, walk-in closet, travertine-marble bathroom, and two decks with sweeping sea views. In addition to the home’s swimming pool, hot tub, and cabana, recreational options include the beach, boardwalk, shops, and restaurants—less than a block away.