Phuket! You work hard for the money. Time to drop everything and head somewhere truly tropical, super luxurious, and far, far away. (At least mentally anyway.) From Thailand to Hawaii’s Big Island, these eight extraordinary beaches are totally within your reaches.
1. A slice of nirvana in Phuket
Phuket may be known for its popular beaches and bustling nightlife, but this spectacular villa promises tranquility just minutes from all the excitement. Tucked away in a lush tropical garden, the three-bedroom retreat features a private pool with surrounding gardens, patios, and Thai sala. The open kitchen and floor plan invite you to entertain, and charming decorative touches illustrate the property’s attention to every detail. A short walk from Surin and Bang Tao beaches, where you’ll find restaurants, shopping, and water sports aplenty, the villa is also five minutes from the Laguna Golf Club.
2. The best in Key West
Going all the way to Key West? Why not go all the way with your rental too. This glorious mansion is beautifully decorated and offers six bedrooms and an expansive living room that opens to a lagoon-style pool with two waterfalls. The home also boasts a guesthouse and a state-of-the-art kitchen with an island banquette that seats eight. You’ll feel like Ernest Hemingway himself as you lounge in a rocking chair on the sweeping second-floor porch (whiskey or mojito optional), and once you leave the compound, you can snorkel and scuba dive in coral reefs, visit a butterfly reserve, or charter a boat for deep-sea fishing and other maritime adventures.
3. Rio at your doorstep
You’re in the heart of Rio in this luxury apartment, just minutes from the famous beaches and sizzling nightlife of Ipanema and Copacabana. Though you’ll want to dive in and experience the flavors and sights of South America’s top tourist destination, you may also want to relax at home some nights in this sleek rental that sleeps six. Enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable living room, and tastefully modern dining room. Venture to the roof and you’ll find a pool with a panoramic view of the city. And feel free to use the concierge service to connect you with restaurants and activities in the city.
4. Breathtaking views on the Big Island
Here’s where you check those items off the bucket list: Swim with dolphins—check. Snorkel with sea turtles—check. Savor sunsets from any number of prime viewing spots—hammock, hot tub, or cushy lounge chair on the lanai—check. This stunning oceanfront home on the Kona Coast in Hawaii comes with three master bedroom suites with private entrances and a glass-tile pool with a beautiful design. Once you breathe in the ocean breezes and feel the stress of everyday life melt away, you may never want to leave the relaxing confines of this home. But if you do, rest assured you’re near restaurants, shopping, and beaches.
5. Getting to the top in Corfu
Privacy. Luxury. Priceless views. This stunning villa has them all. A vision in white, this four-bedroom rental will sweep you away with its open, airy rooms and décor. From your hilltop perch, you can lounge in a stone loggia by the pool and take in views of the Greek coastline and neighboring Albania. Enjoy the Jacuzzi hot tub and outdoor shower on another private spot. Dine on the terrace or on a covered patio near the pool—there’s even an outdoor kitchen for your convenience. Not sold yet? If you decide to leave the property, you can stroll through the surrounding hillside to quaint villages with cozy tavernas.
6. Adventure and luxury await in Belize
Explore ancient Mayan ruins. Zipline through a rain-forest jungle. Get up close and personal with iguanas and sharks. You’re in Belize, an eco-playground and adventure-seeker’s paradise. But before you jump off on those excursions, make this beautiful townhouse your home base. Accessible only by boat, with sparkling blue waters surrounding it on all sides, the three-story home features an open kitchen, verandas off the living room and master bedroom, and a rooftop palapa perfect for casual dinners. The property also offers a swimming pool and access to a relaxing beach just minutes away.
7. The ultimate casa in Puerto Vallarta
Are you ready for 20,000 square feet of paradise? This magnificent villa is a resort in and of itself, with a gorgeous infinity pool and a full staff to cater to your every need. You can rent from six to twelve bedrooms and sleep up to 26 of your friends here, and they won’t be disappointed. Each bedroom comes with a theme, from the La Jungla and the La Frieda to the Tiffany penthouse suite. And breathtaking, panoramic views of Puerto Vallarta greet you at every corner, from the dining room to the outdoor cocktail lounge. As an added plus, the home is a ten-minute walk from the beaches and restaurants of the Zona Romantica.
8. Most memorable in Montego Bay
Sometimes you can’t help saying “wow!” This is one of those times. From the moment you step into this luxurious Montego Bay villa, you’ll be charmed by the elegant décor. Offering four large bedrooms with ocean views, the rental features an infinity pool, a private white-sand beach, and a dock with lounge chairs, perfect for sunning. There’s also a friendly staff who’ll grill your favorite meal so you can dine by candlelight and tiki torches on the beach. Part of an exclusive gated community, the home has access to a larger pool, tennis courts, and a gym. But you may be content to stay within your own slice of heaven.