With the summer solstice soon approaching in the northern hemisphere, many luxury devotees’ heads are turned toward waterfront refuges with a sunny beach and cool breezes. While nothing evokes summer solitude quite like a coastal resort, true luxury also places a premium on privacy and seclusion. Achieving the quintessential summer getaway ideally requires a destination with not only welcoming indoor spaces but also wonderful outdoor ones—and the more private the better. As the following sextet of residences illustrate, a sheltered stretch of sand—perhaps even with a dock for a boat—is often just the right destination for a summer sojourn.
South of the U.S. border long Mexico’s sunny Costa Grande, summer escapists can put their imagination to the test at an astounding stretch of beach that comprises eight waterfront parcels, each one ripe for its own luxury residence. Here, beautiful palm groves and moorings for yachts are just two incentives to occupy this section of paradise and create a tailor-made refuge, where a mile-long stretch of pristine white sand beach and deep-water coastline hold the promise of endless recreation, from snorkeling, spearfishing, and scuba diving to deep-sea fishing, and surfing.
Montauk Beachfront Paradise
Montauk, New York
At the far reaches of New York’s Long Island, Montauk is not only famous for its signature lighthouse but for its wonderful summertime ambience and beachside environment. Spanning more than 36 acres of private reserve, this oceanfront gem is based on a Chinese tea house with its Asian influenced blue tiled roof. By far the most private site in the Hamptons, this stylish and ultra-modern residence offers wooded hills and nature paths through a private reserve leading to pristine ocean beaches, and is sited high on a bluff to capture commanding views of the Atlantic Ocean. A gated driveway meanders through the private and scenic reserve leading to an incredible three level 7,000-square-foot modernist retreat with every amenity for the most discerning buyer.
A private beach is surely one component of a personal paradise, and this property is literally just that, situated as it is on Paradise Island and aptly named for it. With a luxurious modern living space and breathtaking panoramic ocean views. Villa Paradiso is in the gated enclave of Ocean Club Estates, and because it faces eastward, the home enjoys sunrises all year round and the prevailing refreshing easterly breeze. Fully updated and renovated in 2016 Villa Paradiso is superbly designed to ensure that the pool always has direct sunlight on it keeping it warmer in the winter and creating a very private courtyard for swimmers and sunbathers. But another main attraction are the magnificent turquoise waters of the beach, just a few footsteps away.
Beachfront Luxury in Mykonos
Direct beach access and unsurpassed views of the islands of Delos, Syros, and Synos epitomize this extraordinary villa on Mykonos, which boasts clean architectural lines and spacious rooms. The ground floor consists of the main reception area with a living and dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, two guest bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, an independent maid's studio, a guest bathroom and a laundry/storage room. Large terraces and a patio surrounding the house create an impressive setting for the overflow swimming pool as well as for covered outdoor living and dining areas. Stone steps lead from the garden to a small beach, one of the very few private ones on the island.
Phang Nga, Thailand
Another beachhead on the Andaman Sea is a highlight of the eye-catching Villa Shanti, which features five contemporary Thai-style pavilions that house six elegant en suite bedrooms, a spacious great room for lounging and dining, family room, and an immense modern kitchen. Villa Shanti’s indoor and outdoor living spaces harmoniously balance comfort and simplicity with rich teak wood features, crisp white lines, and lush gardens. Pavilions are connected by a series of corridors and walkways that all lead to an immense garden interspersed with tall coconut palms and sweeping views of the Andaman sea—offering immediate beach access. A stylish 25-meter black-tiled infinity pool rests at the center of the property, with breezy salas on either side.
On Kauai’s exclusive north shore, beach-going is a way of life, and private beaches are indisputably at a premium. This rare offering is notable for its 2,238 linear feet of oceanfront land that borders a secluded, sandy beach. The property comprises more than 21 acres and includes a four-bedroom, four-bath home. The extraordinary residence sits atop a commanding ridge, poised to take full advantage of the property's spectacular ocean views. The beach below can be reached by private vehicular access or by a short walk across the property's own garden of native species flora and multiple waterfalls.