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Weekend Retreats: 7 Homes Away from Home

Luxury Defined spotlights seven private properties in coveted vacation destinations across the globe

Ah, to summer in the Hamptons and winter in the British Virgin Islands! Yes, the most pleasing aspect of luxury home ownership is to own more than one! There’s nothing quite like having a holiday home close enough for a weekend getaway in an exclusive vacation destination. Spend a weekend at the beach in Martha’s Vineyard, surfing in Hawaii, or skiing the slopes of Aspen. Relax poolside while the sun sets over the sea; enjoy a roaring winter fire under the stars, or wander a forest path and never encounter another soul. In this Luxury Defined collection, we spotlight seven such properties where residents can relax and unwind in the privacy and comfort of home—with all the perks and pleasures of a luxury resort.

Hamptons Retreat in Amagansett, New York

Located in “south of the highway” Amagansett, this contemporary home, available as a summer or year-round rental, is the quintessential Hamptons retreat.

For the well-known and the well-heeled, the Hamptons are the place to see and be seen every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This contemporary home in coveted “south of the highway” Amagansett (i.e., closer to the beaches) is the quintessential Hamptons retreat. The residence sits on an acre of landscaped grounds near Atlantic Ocean beaches and the town center. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home has been beautifully restored and updated. The light-infused living spaces include a sitting room with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace, a dining area, an updated kitchen, and a finished basement. Outside is a heated pool and extensive decking, ideal for alfresco entertaining.

Sea Fans in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

This luxurious four-bedroom villa is a rare opportunity to own beachfront property on Mahoe Bay on Virgin Gorda’s western coastline.

The aptly named Sea Fans is a tropical villa on the North Sound of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. The four-bedroom home offers panoramic views of Savannah Bay, Pond Bay, and the islands of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. The interiors are light and airy. The great room has a cathedral ceiling of pickled white cypress and vast windows overlooking the sea. There’s also a spacious kitchen, dining area, and a large drawing room. Beyond the great room is a wide, covered porch opening to a pool terrace, tropical gardens, and the white sands and turquoise waters of Mahoe Bay. There are four luxuriously appointed en suite bedrooms (two in the main house and two in the guest house); each has a private porch with a sea view. Part of the Mahoe Bay Estate, owners and guests of Sea Fans have access to resort amenities, including tennis courts. Spanish Town and Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour are just 10 minutes away.

Homers Pond Estate in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Vacation homes don’t get much better than this 280-acre estate on the south shore of Martha’s Vineyard. The property comes with a contemporary residence, beach house, tennis court, pool, and a private, half-mile stretch of sandy beach.

This world-class offering in West Tisbury on the south shore of Martha’s Vineyard is one of the finest tracts of oceanfront land still available in New England. The property encompasses 280 acres; 141 acres are conservation restricted. The remaining acreage is subdivided into five lots, ideal for development or as the ultimate oceanfront compound. One of the lots has a contemporary, four-bedroom residence, a pool, and tennis court; another has a beach house. The property includes an extensive road system and utilities, woodlands, cleared meadows and grass plains, water frontage on Homer Pond, and half a mile of private, sandy beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean.

Thai-Style Villa in Phuket, Thailand

This serene estate inspired by the five-star Amanpuri Resort in Phuket, Thailand, is just 25 minutes’ drive from Bangkok.

This Thai-style estate is an oasis of peace, calm, and privacy within 25 minutes’ drive from downtown Bangkok. Inspired by the Amanpuri Resort in Phuket, Thailand, the contemporary tropical hideaway features two large elevated villas, a clubhouse, a traditional sala pavilion, a vast resort-inspired swimming pool, and a rock-granite barbecue terrace. Renowned American architect Bill Bensley designed the magnificent gardens, a lush landscape of mature coconut trees, shallow ponds and gently flowing fountains with statuary and brass sculptures which are illuminated after dark. The property is in an exclusive residential development with shops, restaurants, and private parkland.

Mountain Magic in Aspen, Colorado

Mountain Magic estate, just outside the jet-set winter resort of Aspen, Colorado, is the ultimate Rocky Mountain retreat.

The Rocky Mountain setting for Mountain Magic estate is quintessentially Aspen. The rambling, 12,191-square-foot home features massive wooden beams, stone, and exquisite finishes. Walls of glass embrace the views, which extend from Mount Sopris all the way to Aspen Mountain. The living room offers a fireplace, a bar, and a chef’s kitchen. The family room, with yet another fireplace, opens to a flagstone patio with grill for alfresco dining. Four en suite bedrooms open to balconies or patios with gorgeous views. The master suite occupies a private wing. An elevator ascends from the mud room at the entrance to the master suite to convey the owner’s luggage. Above the three-car garage is an opulent, one-bedroom guest or staff residence complete with a private bedroom, living room, full kitchen, and laundry.

Kalihiwai Bay Escape in Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii

The north shore of Kauai is the setting for this tropical hideaway with its own exotic fruit orchard and views of the Pacific Ocean.

This ultra-private tropical escape sits on a 3.68-acre hillside plot above Kalihiwai Bay on the island of Kauai, offering panoramic views of the Namahana mountain range, Kilauea Point Lighthouse, and the Pacific Ocean beyond. A long driveway ascends to the two-story residence past a delightful exotic fruit orchard. Its dozens of mature trees including mango, orange, grapefruit, lime, pomelo, banana, papaya, starfruit, lychee, longan, rambutan, breadfruit, mountain apple, mangosteen, soursop, mamey, and abiu, the “lemon meringue pie” fruit! The home’s 3,000-square-foot interior is light and airy with a warm palette and wood floors. Every room of the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was designed for the views. The main living area opens to an expansive wooden deck with a showstopping vista of the coast. Beyond are lush landscaped gardens bordered by lava-rock walls.

Classic Sea-View Villa in Saint-Tropez, France

This luxurious French villa is in an exclusive and secure private neighborhood in the glamorous seaside resort of Saint-Tropez.
This luxurious French villa is in an exclusive and secure private neighborhood in the glamorous seaside resort of Saint-Tropez.

This splendid property has an enviable location in the legendary coastal resort of Saint-Tropez. The property has a southwesterly setting offering sweeping vistas of the coastline and the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The main residence extends to 4,144 square feet across two levels, with five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half bathroom. The elegant living spaces flow out to several balconies and a grand terrace. Beyond is a spectacular 82-foot-long lap pool with a wading area. Magnificent views can be enjoyed from the pool terrace and the lovely landscaped gardens—a serene private oasis in which to relax and enjoy the coastal region’s famously mild weather.