Stop and Stare: 8 Awe-Inspiring New Villas

From a cliffside swimming pool in Phuket to a rooftop terrace in Turks and Caicos, add these vacation homes to your wanderlust list, stat.

Don’t finalize any of your future travel plans without first taking a look at the brand new vacation homes we’ve added to our portfolio this month. These new villas are easy on the eyes—and they’ll take a trip to Mallorca, Oahu, Crete and more to a whole new level of luxury.

Awe-inspiring new villas: Villa Margaux

Villa Margaux in West Hollywood, United States

Villa Margaux, West Hollywood, United States

The main living spaces of Villa Margaux flow directly to the outdoor terrace, so it’s all-too-easy to comfortably take advantage of Los Angeles’s temperate evenings in the home’s private backyard. A saltwater swimming pool, hot tub, and barbecue beg for a day spent entirely outdoors, and don’t forget to include a visit to the small wine room in the evening, too. The contemporary interiors are inviting as well—there’s modern Wolf appliances and parquet floors, decorative light fixtures, and a smart home system. Shaded and guarded by high walls and lush gardens, the home is exquisitely private even while centrally located between Sunset Boulevard and Melrose Avenue in the heart of West Hollywood.

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Awe-inspiring new villas: Layan 3 Bedroom Seaview Residence

Layan 3 Bedroom Seaview Residence in Phuket, Thailand

Layan 3 Bedroom Seaview Residence, Phuket, Thailand

Pool parties, wine tastings, movie nights—all of the above are on the menu at the luxe Layan 3 Bedroom Seaview Residence in Phuket. The livin’ is ultra-easy with restaurants, a tennis court, and a spa on the grounds; add to that a private three-bedroom villa with its own dedicated butler and dramatic cliffside swimming pool and it’s hard to imagine a better vacation. The home makes frequent use of large windows and high ceilings throughout, so you never turn away from the dreamy views overlooking Layan Bay and the hillside. Plus, Layan Beach is only a minute walk away. So what more could you ask for? Maybe a complimentary breakfast and a smartphone to use? Guess what: Those little luxuries are included too.

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Awe-inspiring new villas: Casa Mar Azul

Casa Mar Azul in Mallorca, Spain

Casa Mar Azul, Mallorca, Spain

The approaching drive up to Casa Mar Azul, a vast estate on Mallorca’s northeastern tip, culminates with a long driveway flanked by trees and well-manicured lawns on either side. That leads to a stunning two-floor villa with a white exterior under a classic Spanish-tiled roof, surrounded by tropical greenery and vibrant gardens. Through the front door you can see directly to the backyard where an outdoor lounge area makes it easy for guests to enjoy a large lawn backing on the sparkling ocean. Surrounded by natural beauty, the home’s elegant black and white interiors are a classy touch, and a fully equipped kitchen and al fresco dining space makes it an entertainer’s dream. Nearby, popular day excursions include hiking, rock climbing, sailing, and diving, and head to the Es Fangar district for nightlife.

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Awe-inspiring new villas: Sandy Bottom Villa

Sandy Bottom Villa in Turks and Caicos, Caribbean

Sandy Bottom Villa, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean

There’s something about the water at Turks and Caicos—the vivid color is just different in a way that refreshes and relaxes like no other. To truly appreciate TCI’s intense blues, villas are almost always built with an emphasis on outdoor living and an orientation that favors ocean views. Sandy Bottom Villa is an embodiment of this style; with comfortable rooftop and beachfront terraces, large windows, and al fresco showers, where the warm island breeze is always at your back. Even small, unexpected touches allow guests to enjoy the water: The main floor living space has couches set up facing the water through large, open walls, and the television is retractable so when not being used, it doesn’t obstruct an inch of those sparkling vistas.

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Awe-inspiring new villas: Hale Komodo

Hale Komodo in Oahu, Hawaii

Hale Komodo, Oahu, Hawaii

Away from the busier parts of Oahu’s south shore, like Honolulu and Waikiki, the island’s north shore presents a more laid back vibe. Hale Komodo is a five-bedroom Balinese-inspired home with stunning outdoor surroundings. Lounge areas overlooking the beach with a pool, hot tub, and BBQ are great for relaxing or entertaining, and the panoramic Pacific Ocean views never get old. The home is beachfront to Chun’s Reef, a popular surf spot among locals with soft white sand and even a small freshwater pond for kids. The villa is also steps away from Papailoa Beach, where the hit TV series Lost often filmed while on Oahu. Proximity to Haleiwa town and Ko’olau Golf Club are major bonuses. In addition, the home includes a wine fridge, coffee machine, and an ice maker, and is also equipped with Wifi, cable television, and indoor parking.

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Awe-inspiring new villas: Sir John

Sir John in Sydney, Australia

Sir John, Sydney, Australia

Looking ahead to an Australian adventure? For a business trip or small group trip to Sydney, Sir John is a vacation rental in the heart of the city’s central business district, yet so peaceful it doesn’t feel “business” at all when you’re there. From the roof terrace, you’ll see St Mary’s Cathedral, a Gothic-style church dating back to 1821, and Hyde Park, home of the dramatic Archibald Fountain. Steps further you may want to visit the iconic Sydney Tower Eye or Australia’s oldest museum, housing zoological and anthropological artifacts and aptly named the Australian Museum. Even as all these landmarks surround you, in the comfort of Sir John’s modern living spaces or tucked away outdoor nooks, you feel totally secluded. Its stylish yet practical kitchen is perfect for guests that prefer to cook for themselves. And its rooftop pavilion is the perfect setting for an evening cocktail with a view of the Sydney skyline. Equipped with Wifi, a sound system, and a gas fireplace, this city stay has all the comforts of home.

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Awe-inspiring new villas: Wetherby Place

Wetherby Place in London, England

Wetherby Place, London, England

Exploring London can be overwhelming considering all the excellent shopping, sightseeing, and dining available from hip neighborhood to hip neighborhood. The ideal vacation escape is hidden away among the city’s busy streets, so that even during a day of touring, you can sneak away to a private abode for a break. Wetherby Place is such a place, nestled near Gloucester street in the upscale Kensington area. Once you find it, you realize it’s far from “hidden.” The renovated artist’s studio from the 19th century is now a lavish five-bedroom, multi-floor apartment fit for royalty. Tourists come to Kensington for the Natural History Museum, Kensington Palace, High Street shopping, and more. You can come there—and stay there—too.

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Awe-inspiring new villas: Avi Beach House

Avi Beach House in Crete, Greece

Avi Beach House, Crete, Greece

Take your next family reunion or corporate retreat to Crete, where Avi Beach House provides a mammoth getaway for 30 guests that’s dramatically built right into the cliffs facing the Libyan Sea. The home is made up of three buildings: a five-bedroom main house, a six-bedroom guesthouse, and a single-bedroom guesthouse. Each of the 12 bedrooms has a private or shared bathroom and a television. This seafront home sports a rooftop terrace with a pool, outdoor kitchen, and dining areas. Direct access to Meakis Beach is a delight, and every June sea turtles visit its soft white sands to lay their eggs. A spacious pool terrace provides ample living spaces with stunning views as far as the eye can see, and better yet, there’s often no one in sight. Between October and March especially, the sunsets are nothing short of spectacular, and the region boasts incredible stargazing every night of the year.

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