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9 Homes with Private Beaches

Luxury Defined tours nine beachfront estates, each with its own secluded stretch of sand

It’s August—summer’s last hurrah—just one month left to soak up the rays and savor the balmy nights before the Sun heads southward. While nothing evokes summer quite like a coastal resort, true luxury places a premium on privacy and seclusion. The quintessential summer getaway has it all: welcoming indoor spaces, wonderful outdoor spaces, sea breezes, sunset views, a mooring for the superyacht, and a sandy beach for sun worshippers, swimmers, snorkelers—and the occasional nesting sea turtle. From the coastal jungle hideaway on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, to a dramatic beach house in the Turks and Caicos Islands, these nine homes gloriously provide that all-important sheltered strand of beach for an unforgettable and ultimately private summer sojourn.

Aquamare on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Aquamare offers the rare opportunity to own a private boutique beach resort in the British Virgin Islands. Situated on the white sands of Virgin Gorda’s Mahoe Bay, the freehold comprises three luxurious five-bedroom villas; a two-bedroom concierge house; spacious terraces, and lush, beachfront gardens with three infinity pools. All three villas offer unobstructed views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel and, on the horizon, the main island of Tortola. The villas are identical in design: Each has a great room with double layered cathedral ceiling, an open-plan living room that flows out to the pool terrace, and five oversized bedrooms and bathrooms, all with ocean-facing spa tubs and outdoor showers. The grounds are landscaped to provide privacy between each villa. Virgin Gorda, the third-largest island in the BVI archipelago, is Internationally renowned for its magnificent beaches, hidden coves, and the world-famous Baths, a boulder-strewn beach on the southern end of the island.

Point House on Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands

Dramatic Point House has an idyllic beachfront on a secluded cove on the southwest side of the private island of Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos archipelago. Floor-to-ceiling windows and doors open up the double-height, 7,000-square-foot interior, framing unobstructed views of white sand beaches and turquoise seas, and a pool decked with volcanic stone from Bali. Just beyond the pool is a sequestered beach with powdered sugar sand and turquoise seas. The living spaces include 30-foot-high ceilings, white limestone floors, natural ebony and oak finishes, and handcrafted furnishings from Bali. The main floor is anchored by the great room with its multiple seating areas, a dining room large enough for a 12-foot-long table, and a fully equipped chef’s kitchen. Also on the floor are two bedrooms, each with a private bathroom with limestone shower, sunken tub, and a landscaped outdoor shower. A third en suite bedroom is on the first floor. A fourth en suite bedroom, in a loft overlooking the main living areas below, has a sea-view rooftop terrace. A shuttered indoor balcony provides privacy while inviting the flow of cooling ocean breezes. The fifth bedroom, in the property’s botanical gardens, could be reimagined as a guest or staff residence, or converted into an art studio or a gym. Point House’s serene location, next to a nature reserve, adds another layer of privacy.

Bahamas Beach Estate on Old Fort Bay, New Providence

This stunning waterfront home in the Bahamas has a private sandy beach on Old Fort Bay in addition to 150 feet of canal frontage.

Aspara is a stunning beachfront estate on the northern shore of Old Fort Bay, New Providence. The one-acre, “sea-to-sea” parcel boasts 150 feet of prime bayfront (including a private sandy beach) as well as 150 feet of canal frontage. The lavish eight-bedroom, 10-bathroom home offers 18,500 square feet of living space under roof and 12,600 square feet of outdoor space. Oversized sliding doors with treated impact resistant glass allow a seamless transition between the interior and exterior areas. A koi pond, outdoor steam room, infinity pool, and a protected dock with boat lift and boathouse are among the home’s resort-style amenities. The property also includes a two-bedroom guest/staff suite, two-car garage, elevator, and generator.

Grand Waterfront Manor in Terravecchia, Sardinia, Italy

This grand manor house on the northern coast of Sardinia has access to a secluded beach and a harbor on the Tyrrhenian Sea. More than six acres of grounds are graced with Mediterranean maquis, an orchard, a vegetable garden, and the medieval ruins of the Castle of Eleonora d’Arborea. The magnificent hilltop setting provides panoramic views of the archipelago of La Maddalena and the historic town of Bonifacio on the neighboring island of Corsica. The manor house offers 23,680 square feet of living space across three levels. A stately entrance hall opens to the ground-floor reception areas, which include an elegant lounge, living and dining rooms, and a covered loggia. Farther along is the main kitchen, utility rooms, and three en suite bedrooms. A majestic staircase rises to four more en suite bedrooms. The second floor also offers two living rooms, a large party room, a conference room with a vast sea-view terrace, and a dining room served by a kitchen with a terrace. The second floor offers two living rooms, a large party room, a conference room with a vast sea-view terrace, and a dining room served by a kitchen with a terrace. The third level has ample room to house a gym, sauna, and home theater. There is also planning permission for a swimming pool. A guest house, offices, and a porch with alfresco dining and barbecue space complete the amenities.

Stunning Beachfront Estate in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Situated amid 400 acres of privately owned jungle in a remote area of Costa Rica’s lush Nicoya Peninsula, the villas of Playa Barrigona are tropical retreats unlike any others. The private estate includes three homes, each nestled on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A secluded white-sand beach at the property’s southern boundary is just a short walk away, and the sounds of the jungle envelop the grounds. The largest of the three villas is Casa Guanacaste, with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Casa Barrigona offers two bedrooms and a cottage by the swimming pool, while Casa Dorada has two bedrooms and a loft. Each residence is air-conditioned throughout, custom-finished with native Costa Rican woods, Spanish and Italian tiles, and features a living room with vaulted ceilings, full kitchen, multiple verandahs looking out over stunning jungle and ocean vistas, a private swimming pool, and barbecue areas. Playa Barrigona’s solitude and serenity attract hundreds of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles, which traverse the Pacific each year to nest there. The estate is easily reached by plane or car. International visitors can fly into either San José or Liberia airports, and the nearby villages of Carrillo and Nosara offer quaint restaurants and shops.

Rainforest Beach Retreat in Paraty, Brazil

This idyllic 420-acre estate, located in one of the most exclusive gated communities on the Brazilian coast, has two private beaches.

Just in case one beach isn’t enough, this 420-acre tropical retreat on Brazil’s Costa Verde has two, in addition to a pool, nature trails, and tropical grounds planted with 10,000 peach palm trees. Nestled between the Atlantic Forest and the Atlantic Ocean, the property was created for ultimate privacy and comfort by renowned Brazilian architect Jorge Elias. The main residence offers more than 29,000 square feet of living space with 11 bedrooms, all with breathtaking sea views. There’s also a 1,937-square-foot, four-bedroom guest house, two springs (which provide the fresh water supply), and a generator. The property is located in a private, gated community close to the charming coastal resort city of Paraty. The outstanding amenities include full-time security, a marina, restaurant, bar, supermarket, medical center, gym, pool, golf course, tennis courts, heliport, and three additional beaches.

FairWinds in Upper Matecumbe Key, Florida

This gated, two-acre oceanfront compound in the Florida Keys offers barefoot luxury, privacy, and abundant recreation. The highlight is a private sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean, a nesting site for sea turtles.

FairWinds is tucked away on a secluded beachfront on Upper Matecumbe Key in the Florida Keys. Inside its gates, a bricked drive enters two acres of tropical gardens with specimen plantings and palm trees, and arrives at a circular court and the twin stairways of the welcoming, three-story main residence. This home evokes the classic Keys “conch house,” with a wraparound porch; wide, shaded verandas; and ceiling-high doors and windows that bring in the views of white sands and turquoise seas. The views extend to the historic Alligator Reef Lighthouse and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. A guest house and a three-bay carriage house with an upstairs captain’s quarters accommodate family and friends in style. A tree-lined path leads to a private beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Its powder sands are a nesting site for sea turtles, and its calm waters are a habitat for bonefish and tarpon.  All this is steps from Islamorada Village’s shops and boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants offering some of the finest dining in the Keys.

Montauk Beachfront Paradise in the Hamptons, New York

Subtle Asian influences are evident in this view from the deck, designed to capture commanding views of the lush landscape and the Atlantic Ocean.

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 estate is by far the most private site in the Hamptons. The stylish and ultra-modern 7,000-square-foot residence is based on a Chinese teahouse with its Asian influenced blue tiled roof. The home is surrounded by spacious decks, lush lawns, beautiful gardens, and scenic pastures with a two-acre pond. Walking trails lead down to a wide sandy beach with no public access for miles adding an additional layer of privacy and protection, thanks to two naturally formed 100-foot jetties which serve as natural barriers to passing storms.

Villa Shanti in Phang Nga, Thailand

At this eye-catching villa in Thailand’s Phang Nga region, coconut palm-lined lawns lead to a pristine beach on the Andaman Sea.

A beachhead on the Andaman Sea is just one of the highlights of Villa Shanti. This eye-catching coastal estate in Thailand’s Phang Nga region features five contemporary Thai-style pavilions housing 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 teakwood 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.