What makes the perfect sea front property? Direct access to a beautiful beach must surely be at the top of the list. With these nine ultra-luxe villas enjoying such a feature, there are the added benefits of a globally renowned setting, a balmy climate, and a stunning range of attractions, land and sea, right outside the door.
Thailand makes the most of its gorgeous coastal scenery. Seven bedroom Villa Riva in the classic resort of Koh Samui is a palatial residence with its own Clubhouse, 12 seater cinema and infinity pool with Jacuzzi. The semi-private beach has its own charming little rock pool, and offers peerless views to Koh Phangan, particularly beguiling at sunset.
Villa Riva Samui
Villa Kalyana, also situated on Koh Samui on South Beach offers a different but equally lovely set of amenities. Basking in total serenity, it is set within the sweeping and quintessentially Thai vista of a palm plantation. With 14 bedrooms across four different tastefully fitted beach bungalows, master suite and main residence, it offers the perfect corporate retreat or celebration venue. The pristine sand of the Gulf of Siam awaits on the private beach, with a vast pool and rain shower to enjoy before or afterwards.
The islands of the Indian Ocean have perfected the craft of high end beach villas over many years. L’ile Paradis in Roches Noires, Mauritius goes one step further by offering an entire private island, accessed via an evocative rock and wood bridge. Boasting the dramatic setting of a natural volcanic rock platform, it makes the most of its stunning oceanic setting with features including a freshwater fountain, outdoor shower and Weber grill.
A similar degree of glamourous private luxury is afforded by the Amilla property in the aspirational holiday paradise of the Maldives. Housing up to 11 privileged guests, Amilla’s gleaming white sand beach is set in the turquoise waters of Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Biosphere Reserve. Enjoyment of the tranquil natural riches of the Maldives is heightened by a personalised beach buggy, sunset cocktail lounge and discreet yet attentive staff.
Brazil’s beaches attract luxury adventurers from all over the world, and Vila Flor Da Vida offers direct access to one of the nation’s most legendary stretches of coastline. The villa is only moments away from Prea, the world’s best kitesurfing spot. The villa makes the most of South America’s wonders with a stargazing terrace, lounging hammocks and eight pretty bedrooms enjoying views of the sea, sand and sky.
Flor da Vida
Peacock Island in the Bahamas is a magnificent private island residence with a fascinating history. Developed by Wallace Groves in the 1930s as the ultimate opulent retreat, today it enjoys an incredible array of ways to enjoy the beach and the Caribbean seas, including a private airstrip, harbour and flotilla of boats. The romance of the Bahamian setting is the perfect backdrop for both relaxing and exhilarating experiences.The Turks and Caicos Islands have their own take on beachfront high life too, in the form of the grand Sand Dollar villa. Sand Dollar is situated on the almost impossibly ivory-hued beach of Grace Bay. Up to 12 guest can savour the traditional Caribbean interiors, verdant greenery and the astonishing wonders of the local coral reefs.
Europe is not to be outshone in beachfront villas, as one of Croatia’s loveliest properties can testify. Villa Magdalena is on the ancient and magical island of Korcula, rich in vineyards and wild rosemary and lavender. Offering direct beach access to the azure waters of the Adriatic, the four bedroom Mediterranean villa is set within a natural park. With enough space to moor a 37 metre boat, Villa Magdalena is the perfect springboard for island hopping.
The captivating Italian island of Sardinia is home to La Baia, set within the Marine Protected Area of Tavolara. La Baia is just ten metres away from the open sea with private beach access. The bayside views it offers, showcasing the yachts of the glittering crowd who frequent Northeastern Sardinia, are widely regarded as some of the island’s best. Though these nine properties are very different, they are united in providing a spectrum of seaside sensory delights.
By Phileas French, Travel Writer