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Dining Alfresco: 8 Homes for Entertaining Outdoors

Luxury Defined explores eight magnificent homes with outdoor dining areas

From French cafés to American barbecues to Argentinian grills, outdoor cooking and dining is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures. In the countryside, outdoor activity whets the appetite; in cities, sidewalk dining combines the fun of restaurant-going and people watching. Around the world, mild weather invites outdoor dining at any time of year, especially in a beautiful or scenic location. And there are few better ways to enjoy time spent at home, alone or in company, than in a dedicated space for outdoor refreshment. From enclosed garden courtyards to grand terraces, the homes in this Luxury Defined collection showcase a wide variety of open-air options for alfresco dining in style.

Balinese-inspired Villa in Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Graced with lush grounds and alfresco entertaining spaces, year-round sunshine, and Zen tranquility, this exquisite property will appeal to individuals who relish privacy and relaxed island living.
Graced with lush grounds and alfresco entertaining spaces, year-round sunshine, and Zen tranquility, this exquisite property will appeal to individuals who relish privacy and relaxed island living.

Golden Pavilion is a serene 4.5-acre estate in an enchanting waterfront location on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The 6,000-square-foot residence fuses British Colonial architecture with Balinese design elements and offers spectacular views of Guana Island and the North Eastern coastline. The great room, library, media/family room, contemporary kitchen, master suite, and three guest suites open to delightful covered porches and a dramatic pool terrace with an infinity pool, hot tub, and a wood-fired grill, perfect for cooking and dining alfresco. Paths lead through the lush gardens to sunken sitting areas with direct water access. Furthering the splendor is an entrance courtyard with lily pond, and a separate guest cottage. The property is a short walk to secluded Little Bay Beach and 15 minutes’ drive to Road Town and the international airport.

Waterfront Villa in Porto Rotondo, Sardinia, Italy

This waterfront villa on the Costa Smeralda captures the spirit of alfresco entertaining, enhanced with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.
This waterfront villa on the Costa Smeralda captures the spirit of alfresco entertaining, enhanced with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Villa Guttuso is one of the finest pieds dans l’eau (“feet in the water”) properties in Porto Rotondo. This exclusive waterfront villa has a dream location on the Punta Volpe peninsula, framed by the breathtaking backdrop of turquoise seas, rocky inlets, and hillsides of macchia mediterranea shrubland. The villa was designed for the privacy, comfort, serenity, and well-being of its residents and guests. The four-bedroom home is set within lush parkland with flowering gardens, a private dock, and a pristine white sand beach. There are numerous gathering spaces for alfresco dinners and events: a professional outdoor kitchen with large dining area, quiet sitting areas, and a roof deck facing the sea. The health and fitness facilities include an outdoor gym and swimming pool.

Sporting Estate in Saddle River, New Jersey

This stately mansion provides numerous options for formal or casual outdoor dining, with a cabana, kitchen, and bar, as well as world-class sporting amenities.
This stately mansion provides numerous options for formal or casual outdoor dining, with a cabana, kitchen, and bar, as well as world-class sporting amenities.

This magnificent mansion in Saddle River, New Jersey, offers an unparalleled resort lifestyle just 17 miles from Manhattan. The gated estate is surrounded by three acres of grounds designed for outdoor entertaining and world-class recreation. The entertaining terrace has a beautiful saltwater swimming pool and provides numerous options for formal or casual outdoor dining, with a cabana, kitchen, and bar. Another unique feature is a hibachi table for Japanese-style dining under the stars. Sports fans will enjoy the regulation soccer field. The indoors spaces reveal a host of sporting amenities: an indoor basketball court, golf simulator, a gym and spa. Further highlights include a movie theater, recording studio, elevator to all four levels, and smart home technology, surround-sound, and security surveillance systems.

Lake Norman Waterfront in Denver, North Carolina

This sumptuous estate is defined by luxurious and warm living areas and beautiful alfresco spaces with sweeping lake views and an unmatched sense of serene privacy.
This sumptuous estate is defined by luxurious and warm living areas and beautiful alfresco spaces with sweeping lake views and an unmatched sense of serene privacy.

This private gated estate in Denver, North Carolina, has a spectacular setting on the shores of Lake Norman, offering 180-degree water views that stretch for miles. The 2.5-acre landscaped grounds include a helipad, four-car garage, and a pier with a rooftop deck. The manor house is adorned with handcrafted details include five custom fireplaces, reclaimed wood beams and floors. Other Interior highlights include an elegant foyer, lakeside great room and dining room, two-story brick wine cellar, and lounge with antique bar, billiard table, and humidor in a library setting. The master suite has a private staircase leading up to a fitness center with steam room. The outdoor spaces are an oasis of privacy with a pool and slate spa deck, gas fire pots, and a loggia with a full kitchen, seating area with screening area, retractable blinds, built-in heaters, and a fireplace.

This private estate on Hawaii’s Kona Coast has an alfresco dining terrace surrounded by Japanese-inspired botanical gardens with a koi pond, waterfalls, and exotic fruit and nut trees.
This private estate on Hawaii’s Kona Coast has an alfresco dining terrace surrounded by Japanese-inspired botanical gardens with a koi pond, waterfalls, and exotic fruit and nut trees.

Poised on the western slopes of Hualalai Mountain, with expansive views of the Kona coastline, this sumptuous estate was designed by Hawaii architect Lucky Bennett to be at one with nature. Enter the property through an orchard of citrus and macadamia trees, cross a picturesque bridge to the canopy of a mature monkey pod tree to reach the spectacular grand entrance. The heart of the 5,391-square-foot main house is a living area with retractable windows that let the outdoors in. Expansive lanais invite outdoor dining and entertaining. They surround a mosaic-tiled pool and an adjacent infinity pool, and look out over a koi pond. Adding to the resort ambience is a yoga room, driving range, tennis court, and bocce court.

Airy Elegance in Gelderland, Netherlands

This chic contemporary home in the Netherlands features a covered terrace with comfortable seating, ideal for those long summer evenings enjoying good food and good company.
This chic contemporary home in the Netherlands features a covered terrace with comfortable seating, ideal for those long summer evenings enjoying good food and good company.

This minimalist villa fully integrates interior and exterior. The entrance leads through a modern Japanese courtyard and across a flat bridge to an interior mezzanine. Covered terraces adjoin the other three sides of the property and span multiple levels, on one of which is a large and sunken tiered garden accessible to the basement lap pool and sauna by a sliding glass door. On the upper floors, bedrooms open onto balconies and a top-floor office onto a large roof terrace. The main floor opens at the back of the house onto covered dining and seating areas, between which a modern walkway leads across an expanse of lawn to a natural pond at the perimeter of the grounds.

Oceanfront Modern Marvel in Vero Beach, Florida

This spectacular contemporary retreat on Vero Beach has lavish alfresco dining areas, including an oceanfront lanai equipped with a full summer kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven.
This spectacular contemporary retreat on Vero Beach has lavish alfresco dining areas, including an oceanfront lanai equipped with a full summer kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven.

With 200 feet of prime frontage on Vero Beach, this contemporary compound is one of the most extraordinary estates on Florida’s Treasure Coast and the ultimate retreat for oceanfront dining and entertaining. A spectacular beachfront lanai features a fireplace and full summer kitchen with wood-fired pizza oven. It opens to a wraparound lounge terrace by an 80-foot-long infinity pool with in-water seating. Other alfresco spaces include a tiki hut with a dune walkway leading down to the beach. Inside, a formal dining area is served by a gourmet kitchen equipped with Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Bosch appliances and a catering kitchen. The formal dining room is illuminated by a 60-light Swarovski Flying Candles installation, which opens to a lush palm courtyard adjacent to the home’s second swimming pool and a guest house.

Open-Air Apartment in Oeiras, Portugal

This luxurious duplex apartment in Alto de Algés offers a serene dining experience from a canopied terrace with 180-degree views of the River Tagus.

The formal dining room, living room, and master suite in this nearly 5,000-square-foot duplex apartment in Alto de Algés, Portugal, all open onto an outdoor terrace that spans the length of the airy, light-filled residence. The terrace features multiple planted beds, a canopy-covered dining room, a sitting room, and a shaded breakfast area with a panoramic view of the River Tagus. On the upper floor, the office and bedroom suite likewise open onto a verandah, which overlooks the lower terrace and takes in the same expansive views.