Whether it’s your first time or your umpteenth visiting a dreamy destination like Croatia, Turks and Caicos, the French Riviera, Tuscany, Punta Mita or the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, a stay in these newly available villas will take the experience to the next level. While each is its own paradisiacal world, complete with bonuses like infinity pools, saunas, wine cellars, and spa services (just to name a few!), it doesn’t hurt that each of these gems are close to some of the world’s best beaches, ancient cities, beatific bays, and more to explore. Plus, each destination is especially splendid in the summer months. Get ready to make some major additions to your bucket list r-i-i-i-ght now.
Villa Hvar Enigma in Hvar, Split Riviera, Croatia
Close to: Hvar Town and the islands, towns, and cities of Brač, Split, Trogir, Makarska, and Dubrovnik
Hvar is one of Croatia’s most celebrated islands, a summer resort destination for celebrities and well-heeled revelers—and chic, modern Hvar Enigma is the ideal home base for exploring it, and greater Croatia too. Located just above the shore on the peninsula of the Vrboska Settlement, Hvar Enigma is within striking distance of the popular city of Dubrovnik, the ancient towns of Split, Trogir, and Makarska, and the off-the-beaten path island, Brač. As the island itself is just over 42 miles long, happening Hvar town is also close but not too close. It’s a 16-mile drive away, so there’s plenty of opportunity to mingle or the ability to opt for seclusion. Hvar town is well-worth the short trip, though. While taking the historic tour past sights like the Square, Cathedral of St. Stephen, and Episcopal Palace should be on your hit list, don’t miss out on hotspots like the Laganini Lounge Bar & Fish House for dinner or cocktails, or dancing the night away at the Hula-Hula Beach Club. The popular downtown beachfront is also an incredible place to people-watch or or laze in the sun.
All that lies right outside the front door of Hvar Enigma—yet you may find it tough to leave. Each bedroom and nearly every room of the house has access to outdoor space and ocean views, and the white walls, cream flooring, and dark leather furniture creates a relaxing, yet elegant atmosphere. Plus, there’s in-house entertainment galore: This villa has an infinity swimming pool, sauna, formal and alfresco dining, a wine cellar, and even a posh billiards table. Will you even want to day trip outside this magical spot? That’s the “enigma” here that’s best solved by a stay.
Why go in the summertime? High summer is when this Dalmatian isle comes to life, with all-night parties and numerous events. Plus, June is when the lavender fields are at their best, turning the lesser-peopled parts of this this island into an aromatic wonderland.
Villa Pimpinnacolo in the Grosseto Area, Tuscany, Italy
Close to: Spiaggia Lunga and Feniglia beaches, the Argentario Golf Club, the Saturnia Thermal Baths
This is no historic Tuscan holiday villa. Instead, it goes one better. Villa Pimpinnacolo’s stone walls and wood-beamed ceilings nod to classic Italian country charm, but its mix of over-scale windows, trendy furnishings, artful light fixtures, and an open-concept layout elevate it to a thoroughly modern home. Its most stunning feature is the airy great room, which stretches the width of the house and includes multiple sitting areas. Naturally, you can still revel under the famous Tuscan sun in this private retreat, which boasts a plethora of indoor-outdoor spots including a pool, lounging and dining areas, and a barbecue. Pampering is a non-negotiable here, too: a stay includes the services of a housekeeper, gardener and personal chef.
While it would be easy to spend 100 percent of your time unwinding at this well-equipped villa, there’s plenty to explore beyond its gardens. Nearby is pebbly, picturesque Spiaggia Lunga beach; a tad further is Feniglia beach, known for it’s sandy dunes and shallow waters perfect for wading with kids. Love golf? Tee off at the nearby 18-hole Argentario Golf Club, one of Italy’s top 100 best golf courses. And if you’re in the mood for an unforgettable day trip, a visit to the spa town of Saturnia and a dip in its curative thermal pools is a can’t-miss—the town is an easy 40 mile drive away.
Why go in the summertime? There’s a reason that the 2003 film Under the Tuscan Sun still resonates: Summer is when people fall in love with Tuscany. This is the time for festivals, street parties, lazy afternoons at the beach. Plus, the gelato never tastes better than on a hot day.
Villa Loya in the St. Tropez Area, French Riviera, France
Close to: Saint-Tropez, the Plage de Pampelonne beach and bay
One of the most extraordinary modernist gems along the famed Cote d’Azur of Southern France, striking Villa Loya in the village of Ramatuelle is an architecture buff’s fantasy home. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls in nearly every room welcome in unobstructed views of the azure Bay de Pampelonne, letting in a flood of natural light that sets the entire home aglow. And outside, the villa is set up for easy living: Take an alfresco meal on the courtyard patio, plunge into the sparkling pool, or savor an aperitif on the upper terrace. There’s also a chef-quality kitchen, a stylish and spacious home theater (perfect for French-film marathons), plus a private gym and spa.
Not far from this modern masterpiece there’s scads to do, see, taste, and experience as well. For instance, the town of Ramatuelle is particularly well-known for its jazz and music festivals, as well as for excellent theater. Villa Loya also sits just a few minutes on foot from the famed Le Club 55, a beachfront restaurant at the well-known Plage de Pampelonne beach. By car, more superb beaches are within minutes, including Bagatelle and La Toison d’Or. And of course, all the jet-set flair of Saint-Tropez, the heart of the French Riviera, is at your fingertips too.
Why go in the summertime? St. Tropez sizzles in the summer months. And while you won’t be alone (up to 100,000 visitors arrive daily) with those merrymakers comes parties, events, nightlife, and more. From Champagne-infused soirées to luxury shopping, it’s impossible to be bored.
Rouge Elite in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Close to: Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood Bowl, Universal Studios
Few properties Hollywood boast the kind of views that the ultra-luxurious Rouge Elite has in spades. Perched just off famed Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills, this architectural stunner’s balcony looks out over the twinkling valley, the Los Angeles skyline, the Hollywood sign, and—on a clear day—all the way to nearby Catalina Island in the Pacific. The home’s open-concept layout and curved glass wall with vanishing doors allows for seamless flow from inside to out. And here, you’ll want to spend plenty of time outside. There’s an infinity edge swimming pool, a hot tub, a fire pit, a barbecue, and even heat lamps for breezy LA nights. Back inside, there’s stylish European-inspired cabinetry, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, and modern furnishings (that all face out to the incredible views, naturally) as well as a formal dining room and well-equipped exercise room.
Come down from this birds-eye-view perch, and the internationally famous shopping strip of Rodeo Drive is just six miles away, as well as Hollywood’s extensive dining, film, and comedy scene. Check the schedule for shows at the Hollywood Bowl, just two miles away; the popular film studio and rollicking theme park of Universal Studios is just a tad further. And while Rouge Elite isn’t a beachfront property, LA’s beloved beaches and vibrant beachfront cities of Santa Monica, Malibu, and Venice are still easily accessible by heading further west across the city.
Why go in the summertime? Sure, Los Angeles is known for great weather throughout the year, but summer is arguably the best season. Days are long, nights are cool, and there are dozens of festivals, outdoor movies, and incredible alfresco dining and rooftop bars to explore.
Villa Positano in Sapodilla Bay, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean
Close to: Providenciales, Turtle Cove, and the Princess Alexandra National Park
If you’re looking for a modern, luxurious made-for-two beachfront getaway in Turks and Caicos, Villa Positano should be on your short list. This single-bedroom villa overlooking idyllic Sapodilla Bay on the southern shore of Providenciales Island is the perfect setting for a honeymoon or romantic escape. A seaside sanctuary best enjoyed barefoot, the villa’s interiors are made of luminous Carrera marble, which accentuates the bright island light. The property’s real standout is its master suite, occupying the entire second story of the villa, which features arched Balinese ceilings of natural wood, an ample tub, and a glass wall framing vistas of the beach and bay.
Make your way from the indoor lounge to the pool terrace, surrounded by a scattering of elegant sun loungers. Stepping-stones lead from the patio to the white sands beach, where you can swim in the calm, crystalline water or kayak or paddleboard to your heart’s content. There’s even an outdoor shower for a quick rinse after your plunge into the sea.
When (and if) you wander beyond this dazzling refuge, the nightlife of Turtle Cove is an easy drive away. Head toward the marina area for the most concentrated array of restaurants, bars, and shops. Plus, some of the island’s best snorkeling spots, Smith’s Reef beach and Babalua Beach, front the area as well. Go a bit further to take in the natural beauty of Princess Alexandra National Park, a marine preserve that includes the reef and encompasses two small cays—it’s also an excellent spot for snorkeling, and you may even occasionally spot playful bottle nose dolphins.
Why go in the summertime? From June on is the quieter season in Turks and Caicos, due to occasional rain and a heightened risk of hurricanes. But the privacy is second to none—it may feel like you have the run of the archipelago all yourself—and you won’t have to ever jockey for a position on the beach or at a popular restaurant.
Horizonte Sinfin at the Four Seasons, Punta Mita, Mexico
Close to: The Marieta Islands, the surf village of Sayulita, the village of San Pancho
Situated within the exclusive Punta Mita community of the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Horizonte Sinfin has access to all the high-end amenities of the Four Seasons along with all the beauty of Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. The villa’s name means “horizon without end,” which directly references its breathtaking ocean views visible from every terrace, balcony, and the interior living areas. And it’s tempting to spend every second outside, taking in that stunning vista: There’s dozens of options for outdoor relaxing, from the lengthy covered dining table to the loungers positioned everywhere. There’s also an infinity pool and a luxe hot tub, perfect for taking a late night dip under the stars.
Inside, the décor balances modern elements with rustic old-world Mexican accents, and pocket doors and windows allow the ocean air to filter through the home. The spacious master suite is particularly exceptional, with a king bed, a sitting area, and a cavernous ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, dual vanity, and soaking tub; the primary guest suite is also essentially a second master, with a king bed and large ensuite bathroom with a shower and tub as well.
Of course, the real bonus of a stay at Horizonte Sinfin is the additional access to the the Four Season’s world-class amenities, including the five-star Apuane Spa and two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses ranked among the best in the world. Don’t miss checking out the dining options at the Kupuri Beach Club, the Resident Beach Club, and St. Regis Beach Club, and the resort also has a kids’ club as well. Feel like getting away? A boat trip to the nearby uninhabited Marieta Islands is an excellent option (there’s a “hidden beach” there located in a truly surprising place!)
Why go in the summertime? The weather is breezy and balmy year-round in Punta Mita (it’s at the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands). But the summer months coincide with a few incredibly popular festivals like the Punta Mita Beach Festival and the Gourmet and Golf Festival.