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10 Estates with a Private Beach

Luxury Defined tours 10 dazzling luxury homes, each with its own private beach—and much more

With the summer solstice soon approaching in the northern hemisphere, many luxury devotees’ heads are turned toward waterfront refuges with a sunny beach and cool breezes. While nothing evokes summer solitude quite like a coastal resort, true luxury also places a premium on privacy and seclusion. Achieving the quintessential summer getaway ideally requires a destination with not only welcoming indoor spaces but also wonderful outdoor ones—and the more private the better. As the following residences illustrate, a sheltered stretch of sand—perhaps even with a dock for a boat—is often just the right destination for a summer sojourn.

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.

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Shangri-La on Narragansett Bay in Bristol Highlands, Rhode Island

Shangri-La is an extraordinary estate on 1.8 acres of private shoreline in Bristol Highlands, Rhode Island.

Shangri-La on Narragansett Bay is a stylish and carefully curated collection of four waterfront residences on 1.8 acres of private shoreline in the historic seaside community of Bristol Highlands. The result of talent, time, and love of place, this extraordinary bayfront estate comprises a main house, two guest houses, staff quarters, two greenhouses, a teahouse, and garages. A private sandy beach, heated infinity pool with two cabanas, koi pond, and abundant outdoor living space expertly placed among the residences are designed to capture the dramatic sunset views of Narragansett Bay. This seven-bedroom utopia is a result of more than 30 years of carefully chosen landscape and architectural design to lend an experience for the most discerning.

World-class South Coast Hideaway in New South Wales, Australia

The Camp is a contemporary hideaway comprising coastal bushland and a secluded beach on the South Coast of New South Wales.

The Camp is a world-class South Coast hideaway on nearly 50 acres of gum tree forest cascading down to, and surrounding, a virtually private beach on the south coast of New South Wales. The luxurious accommodations are composed of six contemporary pavilions and three bathroom pavilions, all arranged around open courtyards, which form a relaxed alfresco living environment beneath a canopy of trees. Built to enhance the connection with nature, the pavilions are constructed from rammed earth walls, zinc roofs, terrazzo floors, and floor-to-ceiling glass. The secluded sandy beach is just three minutes’ walk. Nature trails lead through the forest to deserted bays and rocky coves along the headlands. The area’s pristine rivers, lakes, and waterways are renowned for fishing, diving, and water sports. The property is located 20 minutes to Batemans Bay and Moruya (which has an airport), two hours to Canberra, and four-and-a-half hours to Sydney.

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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.

Lake Michigan Getaway on Beaver Island, Michigan

Private beaches aren’t just limited to seaside estates. This unique property has a pristine sandy beach on the shores of Lake Michigan, often referred to as America’s "Third Coast.”

Eagle Bay, Beaver Island, is the picture-postcard setting for this unique property with 200 feet of pristine beachfront on Lake Michigan, one of America’s Great Lakes. Facing west to take in the beautiful sunsets over the lake, the 7,800-square-foot main residence was crafted with Lake Michigan stonework designed to last for half a century. The elegant two-story home is surrounded by 1,500 square feet of decks facing the water. Two massive stone fireplaces and a ceramic wood stove add warmth to the home. The main floor features a living room, kitchen and, dining area with sweeping lake views, a gym, two bedrooms, and a separate guest wing. The second floor houses the master suite, great room, and two bedrooms. Beaver Island, the largest island in Lake Michigan, is easily accessible by ferry or 15 minutes by plane to the mainland, 32 miles away.

Coastal Haven on Paradise Cove, Vanuatu

This property has a private beach on Paradise Cove in Vanuatu, an archipelago of approximately 80 islands a world away in the South Seas.

A private beach is surely one component of a personal paradise, and this waterfront estate is literally just that; situated on the aptly named Paradise Cove in Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Seas. The five-acre compound is set amid walled tropical grounds fringed by a private, white sand beach and coral reef, yet it is located just 15 minutes’ drive from the capital, Port Vila, and 25 minutes from Bauerfield International Airport. The estate’s three oceanfront residences were transformed by architect Iain Halliday of BKH. The lush, tropical grounds, an oasis of palms, bougainvillea, fruit trees, a thatched gazebo, firepit, and private helipad, were designed by landscape architect Annie Wilkes. Paradise Cove is an underwater wonderland for snorkeling and scuba diving; the fringing reef and its diverse marine life starts just three meters from the white sand beach.

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.

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Kilauea Compound in Kauai, Hawaii

This lush estate enjoys a rare stretch of secluded beach on Kauai’s cherished north shore.

On Kauai’s exclusive north shore, beach-going is a way of life, and private beaches are indisputably at a premium. This rare offering is notable for its 2,238 linear feet of oceanfront land that borders a secluded, sandy beach. The property comprises more than 21 acres and includes a four-bedroom, four-bathroom home. The extraordinary residence sits atop a commanding ridge, poised to take full advantage of the property’s spectacular ocean views. The beach below can be reached by private vehicular access or by a short walk across the property’s own garden, enhanced with native species of flora and multiple waterfalls.

Villa Shanti in Phang Nga, Thailand

This parklike setting is one of the distinguishing features of Villa Shanti.

Another beachhead on the Andaman Sea is a highlight of the eye-catching Villa Shanti, which features five contemporary Thai-style pavilions that house 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.

Beachfront Luxury in Mykonos, Greece

The sheltered cove at left is home to a precious, small private beach.

Direct beach access and unsurpassed views of the islands of Delos, Syros, and Tinos epitomize this luxury villa on Mykonos, which boasts clean architectural lines and spacious rooms. The ground floor consists of the main reception area with a living and dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, two guest bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a separate staff studio, a guest bathroom, and a laundry/storage room. Large terraces and a patio surrounding the house create an impressive setting for the overflow swimming pool as well as for covered outdoor living and dining areas. Stone steps lead from the garden to a small beach, one of the very few private ones on the island.