Florida Is Not The Only Luxury Beach Front Location But It Is Our Favorite

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The Top 8 Luxury Locations to Find Your Dream Beach House

From the Bahamas to Thailand, we explore eight idyllic second-home beach destinations for those seeking to enjoy an endless summer lifestyle

     

At any given time of year, there’s a beachfront location somewhere in the world that’s enjoying perfect conditions. Every beach has its own special character; the Mediterranean is a food and wine paradise, the West Indies have some of the clearest waters anywhere in the world, and the coasts of California and Queensland, Australia, are international destinations for serious surfers. These eight beach resort destinations represent the best of the best: sun, sand, and vibrant local color awaits along every one of these spectacular shorelines.

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Queensland, Australia

Jewel of the Reef is a tropical eco villa on nearly an acre of white-sand and coral seafront on Bedarra Island, 2.5 miles off the coast of Northern Queensland. The contemporary main residence opens to a covered deck floating above a natural granite tidal pool, offering breathtaking island and ocean views. Other highlights include a natural spring and solar-powered staff residence.
Jewel of the Reef is a tropical eco villa on nearly an acre of white-sand and coral seafront on Bedarra Island, 2.5 miles off the coast of Northern Queensland. The contemporary main residence opens to a covered deck floating above a natural granite tidal pool, offering breathtaking island and ocean views. Other highlights include a natural spring and solar-powered staff residence.
Australia’s world-famous Sunshine Coast in the state of Queensland draws beachgoers from other continents for good reason: the region’s tropical and subtropical climate zones add up to year-round sun and perfect swimming and surfing weather. With nearly 7,500 miles of coastline, Queensland offers ample variety, too. The state capital of Brisbane was built on the banks of Moreton Bay, and in close proximity one will find offshore islands that make ideal retreats with lakes, forests, surf, and calm-water beaches. 

Greece

Secluded behind the cosmopolitan resorts of Elounda on the island of Crete, this Grecian hideaway comprises a main residence and more than 6.5 acres of Mediterranean gardens with a private chapel, pool, tennis court, and boules court. Meandering stone paths lead down to the seashore and a private deck, secluded among the rocks.
Secluded behind the cosmopolitan resorts of Elounda on the island of Crete, this Grecian hideaway comprises a main residence and more than 6.5 acres of Mediterranean gardens with a private chapel, pool, tennis court, and boules court. Meandering stone paths lead down to the seashore and a private deck, secluded among the rocks.
The Greek coastline is famously large and diverse, and when the Greek islands are included, the country has some of the most spectacular and beautiful beaches in the world. The waters of the Mediterranean are known for their brilliant blue color, and much of Greece’s beachfront is dappled with unique features like coastal caves, dark volcanic sand, pebble beaches, and lovely vernacular architecture in the classic white-and-blue Greek color palette. All this and some of the best seafood in the world make Greece a top beach second-home resort destination.
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Thailand

Iniala Beach House is a masterpiece of design, fusing traditional Thai architectural with organic, contemporary forms, featuring the work of several internationally renowned architects and designers. Comprising three villas and a penthouse suite, this enchanting tropical retreat is just steps away from the white sands of Natai Beach and the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.
Iniala Beach House is a masterpiece of design, fusing traditional Thai architectural with organic, contemporary forms, featuring the work of several internationally renowned architects and designers. Comprising three villas and a penthouse suite, this enchanting tropical retreat is just steps away from the white sands of Natai Beach and the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.
Exotic cities, tropical jungles, and paradisiacal islands surrounded by azure seas, Thailand is a draw for those seeking adventure or escape. Thailand’s 2,000-mile-long coastline boasts some of the world’s finest beaches. Among them is Natai Beach, known as the Hamptons of Phuket for its volume of ultra-luxury resorts, where sunseekers can surf, sail, scuba dive, paddleboard, or enjoy spa services or a full moon party on the beach.

Florida

Set on silver sands and turquoise seas like a jewel in a crown, Mandalay lies on an unspoiled barrier island with spectacular sunset vistas of the Gulf of Mexico. The centerpiece of the estate is a 10,960-square-foot Mediterranean-inspired villa surrounded by lush, classically inspired gardens, protected by a seawall, which lead down to a private beach with a boat dock.
Set on silver sands and turquoise seas like a jewel in a crown, Mandalay lies on an unspoiled barrier island with spectacular sunset vistas of the Gulf of Mexico. The centerpiece of the estate is a 10,960-square-foot Mediterranean-inspired villa surrounded by lush, classically inspired gardens, protected by a seawall, which lead down to a private beach with a boat dock.
The state of Florida boasts 825 miles of coastline, and an array of charming towns and cities dot the shoreline from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Florida’s climate makes it a perfect getaway for those who spend most of their time in less sunny regions. Miami offers a global art and culture scene along with its Art Deco architecture, and Sanibel Island on the Gulf Coast is famous for its shimmering pink sand—the result of brightly colored seashells crashing against the shore over many years. For retirees and culture seekers alike, Florida continues to remain an exceptionally desirable location for a warm weather beachfront home.

Italy

This exclusive waterfront villa is exquisitely located in a rare, sought-after location on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda. The property includes a pool, gym, and spa, beautiful gardens, a private dock, and direct beach access.
This exclusive waterfront villa is exquisitely located in a rare, sought-after location on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda. The property includes a pool, gym, and spa, beautiful gardens, a private dock, and direct beach access.
Italy’s coastline is probably the most recognizable in the world: the delicate “boot” that appears to gently tap the island of Sicily with its toe is surrounded on almost all sides by water and boasts a rugged coastline of beautiful beaches from the Italian Riviera to the Amalfi Coast. Italy’s mountainous terrain means there’s great hiking near many of its coastal resorts, and wonderful natural features like swimming coves to explore in the Tyrrhenian, Adriatic, and Ionian Seas.

Hawaii

Renowned as one of Maui’s most exclusive homes, this 13,422-square-foot beachfront property has a prized location on world-famous Keawakapu Beach in South Maui. The nine-bedroom, 10-bathroom home enjoys more than half an acre of private tropical grounds at the preferred southerly end of the beach, with spectacular Pacific Ocean views.
Renowned as one of Maui’s most exclusive homes, this 13,422-square-foot beachfront property has a prized location on world-famous Keawakapu Beach in South Maui. The nine-bedroom, 10-bathroom home enjoys more than half an acre of private tropical grounds at the preferred southerly end of the beach, with spectacular Pacific Ocean views.
The volcanic archipelago that composes the islands of Hawaii are home to an astonishing array of wildlife, plants, flowers, and microclimates, making it a perennial favorite for nature lovers. And of course, its beaches are legendary: like California and Australia, Hawaii is a surfer’s paradise. Waikiki on the island of Oahu is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches on earth, and the black-sand Kahaluu Beach Park on the island of Kona is one of the state’s best snorkelling spots. 
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California

This modern Malibu beach oasis has a rare location on 60 feet of prestigious Carbon Beach frontage. World-renowned interior designer Trip Hanisch transformed the property into an oceanfront paradise with lavish interior spaces and massive beach-side decks, offering sensational sunset vistas throughout.
This modern Malibu beach oasis has a rare location on 60 feet of prestigious Carbon Beach frontage. World-renowned interior designer Trip Hanisch transformed the property into an oceanfront paradise with lavish interior spaces and massive beach-side decks, offering sensational sunset vistas throughout.
California symbolizes beach culture in the popular imagination. The Golden State’s most famous beach town, Malibu began as a colony for Hollywood’s elite in the 1920s and has attracted A-listers ever since. From San Francisco to San Diego, the Pacific Coast Highway is a showcase for the state’s breathtaking coastal landscape and its unique beach communities. But the California coast offers more than just sun and sand, its white-capped sapphire seas have been a surfer’s paradise ever since the Beach Boys’ 1961 hit Surfin’ took California surf culture into the mainstream.

Bahamas

The aptly named Villa Paradiso enjoys a private beachfront location in the exclusive Ocean Club Estates on Paradise Island, Bahamas. Fully renovated and updated, the home’s luxurious indoor-outdoor living spaces feature eight en suite bedrooms, including two master suites, a gourmet kitchen, theater, gym, and open to a courtyard with a 40-foot pool.
The aptly named Villa Paradiso enjoys a private beachfront location in the exclusive Ocean Club Estates on Paradise Island, Bahamas. Fully renovated and updated, the home’s luxurious indoor-outdoor living spaces feature eight en suite bedrooms, including two master suites, a gourmet kitchen, theater, gym, and open to a courtyard with a 40-foot pool.
The Bahamas comprise more than 700 islands, cays, and islets located right between Miami, Florida and Cuba. The former British colony has beautiful 18th-century architecture, a dynamic food scene that draws inspiration from Caribbean, African, and European influences, and some of the most pristine white beaches and clear waters in the world. The Bahamas are idyllic year-round, but high temperatures make it a perfect winter getaway; high season is from December to March.   Find a Beachfront Estate to Call Home  Christie's International Real Estate

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