A Room With a View: 5 Stellar Villa Vistas

There's no better way to wake up in the morning

When you’re lucky enough to have a home right on the ocean, it’s almost sacrilege to have anything obstructing your view of the sparkling, clear blue sea. Of course, practicality gets in the way of beauty, and walls must go up. However, some oceanfront villas have found the perfect recipe — where thoughtful design meets dreamy vistas — right from the comfort of your king size bed. Imagine that: a day by the sea, no sunscreen required.

oceanfront-villasCasa Aramara, Punta Mita

When the prettiest stretch of sand on the Pacific side of Mexico is in your backyard, it’s a daily luxury to step right out onto the beach from your living room, bedroom and dining room. At Casa Aramara, you can hear the roaring sound of the ocean while you sip your coffee in the breezy open sided living room, and the home’s magazine-worthy interiors ensure you look stylish doing it too. Royal blue, white stone and cool upholstery mix with classic Mexican artwork for an upscale yet inviting space.
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oceanfront-villasGreensleeves, Barbados 

Whether you’re stretching out on the soft sands of Gibbs Beach or accessing your inner child in the Japanese water garden, Greensleeves is a lush tropical paradise bound to bring out the nature-lover in all of us. You’ll feel worlds away from reality when you’re swimming in the sprawling pool, complete with a storybook bridge. Open concept rooms throughout the house ensure the tropical vibes stay with you wherever you are.
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oceanfront-villasCoral House, Turks and Caicos 

Situated on Grace Bay, consistently rated the best beach in the world, it’s no wonder that the breezy, beautiful double doors are always flung open at Coral House. Classic two-storey colonial architecture blends with a neutral color palette and playful Caribbean accents here for the dreamiest house on the beach. When you’re finished your swim in the ocean (or the pool, of course) retreat back to this lovely space, take a novel off the shelf, and let relaxation take over.
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Gardenia, Barbados

If you’ve visited Barbados before, you know the abundance of things to see and do around the island makes it hard to rationalize a day “staying in.” But the relaxed elegance at Gardenia has a special way of casting you under its spell, where even the most adventurous travelers become homebodies. Stylish loungers surround the pool and are perfect for sipping your morning coffee, while the beach beckons you for an afternoon swim. Come evening, tuck into a chef-prepared appetizers in the oceanfront gazebo before a memorable dinner.
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Necker Island, Virgin Gorda

Occupying a little slice of land in the BVI’s, Necker Island is paradise on earth. The private island owned by Richard Branson comes complete with everything from watersports toys and spa services to five-star meals and your own private beach. You can spend your days learning to sail, perfecting your serve on the tennis court or just relaxing at one of the several pools dotted across the island. In every one of the individual guesthouses  Balinese style architecture blends with simple, elegant decor for a match made in heaven.
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Colleen McNamara