If you’re eager for a change of scenery, these seven homes in sunny destinations are a mere direct flight away. From a contemporary home set on a golf course in the Dominican Republic to a calm oasis in Morocco, these properties are well-positioned for a quick international escape. Go on, you deserve to wake up to views like these.
Hawksbill Estate in Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
If you’re fond of pristine white shores, chances are you’ve heard of Grace Bay. Revered as one of the world’s best beaches, this slice of paradise in Turks and Caicos is a bucket-list-worthy destination. And what better way to appreciate its beauty than at Hawksbill Estate? Taking full advantage of its jaw-dropping location, the entire space is designed for indoor-outdoor living. Shaded outdoor areas promise ample space for relaxing, dining, and enjoying a cocktail with a view of the turquoise horizon. And when you’re ready to work on your tan, the expansive t-shaped infinity pool, just an arm’s reach away from the white sands, beckons you to swim a few laps or relax on the elevated lounge island with your toes in the water.
If you’ve been thinking about a group escape between friends or family, this beachfront beauty is well-designed to please everyone in your party. For those who want to stay active, there’s nothing more appealing than a match on the outdoor tennis court (with ocean views, of course). As your private chef prepares dinner, you and your gang can sip aperitifs around the shuffleboard table and enjoy some friendly competition. And if you’re celebrating a marriage or an anniversary, the separate beach house, complete with its own private pool and kitchen, is the perfect place to carve some quietude for just the two of you.
Casa Fryzer 52 in Los Cabos, Mexico
From its expansive swimming pool complete with a swim-up bar to its many alfresco lounge areas, Casa Fryzer 52 is a fine bet for an escape under the hot Mexican sun. If you wanted to spend your entire time outdoors, you surely could — the outdoor kitchen complete with a pizza oven promises lively cookouts under the sun, while the poolside table with a built-in fire pit might just keep the conversation flowing until dawn. Even as you step inside, the beauty of Los Cabos can’t be missed; walls made of glass ensure that those azure waters stay in constant view.
Traveling with your family? The colonial town of San Jose Del Cabo will treat you to a day of gallery-hopping, restaurants serving up southern-Baja fare, and plenty of shopping. Back at the villa, mom and dad can enjoy some much-needed relaxation from the comfort of their master suite, equipped with a private balcony and ocean-view hot tub. Have a sweet spot for nightlife? Los Cabos is where you’ll want to go — once night falls, the streets fill with live music and life. You could experience the town’s legendary nightlife in the way of beach clubs, but we recommend The Baja Brewing Company, a classy joint serving up wood-burning pizzas, live music, and beautiful local artwork. And of course, there’s all these reasons to love Los Cabos.
Fairmont Royal Palm Prince Villa in Marrakech, Morocco
A quiet oasis close to the bustling heart of the Red City, the Fairmont Royal Palm Prince Villa is surrounded by a private courtyard and offers views of the snow-capped Atlas mountains. If you’re itching to hop on a flight somewhere new and exciting for a family or couples getaways, Marrakech is bound to satisfy your senses. After you land, you’ll be picked up by private transfer and brought to your magical palace in the Fairmont Royal Palm Resort. Once you arrive, your private butler will customize any experience you want, from nights under the stars in the Sahara desert, to private rendez-vous at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
Fairmont Royal Palm Prince Villa’s art-deco-inspired interior adorned with Moroccan accents sets the scene for relaxation and decadence. The two master bedrooms open right onto the grassy backyard and feature their own alfresco showers and luxurious tubs flanked by larger-than-life windows. Mornings can be spent savoring a spiced coffee by the espresso bar in your bathrobe before enjoying a buffet breakfast at the resort’s palm-clad outdoor dining area. After a day spent exploring the riot of colors and sounds that the Marrakech medina has to offer, a détente in your private hammam will re-energize you for a night on the town. Our pick? La Salama, a restaurant in Djemaa el Fna serving up exquisite Moroccan fare in a golden age Hollywood setting.
Mapou in Petite Saline, St. Barts
If you’re in need of some sun and a break from the cold, this cozy abode in St. Barts is ideal for small families or an intimate friends getaway. And because it’s just two miles from the airport, you’ll be soaking up that Caribbean sun in no time at all. Mapou’s elevated sun deck, complete with a green-tiled pool, a gas grill, and ample alfresco lounge areas, boasts stunning views of the coastline while offering supreme privacy. From the plush lounge chairs to the lush vegetation, you’ll be all set up for a refreshing tropical pause. It even features its own private gym, if your idea of a recharge involves a healthy dose of cardio.
Inside Mapou, white-washed walls and brilliant pops of oranges and pinks will put your mind right at ease. But when you’re ready to venture outside and explore your surroundings, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Saline beach, a castaway-style shore with calm waters, is only a five-minute drive away (note: it’s clothing optional). If you’re interested in getting a feel for the local culture, the island’s capital, Gustavia, is less than four miles away and offers even more pristine white sands to stroll along. When you’re ready to explore the European-inspired town, meander through the streets and discover the many art galleries, then savor fresh dishes like Bonito’s truffle ceviche.
Villa Amalfi in Tulum, Mexico
From the cerulean blue accents to the warm whites and pops of rich wood, Villa Amalfi’s natural tones gorgeously mimic the colors of Tulum’s shores. Here, it’s all about alfresco living. In fact, the lush (and private) outdoor space connects the home, so you’ll never be too far from the soothing sounds of the tropical birds. Complete with a pool, shaded hammocks and a palapa rooftop, you’re invited to while away the time in your own jungle oasis and watch afternoons turn into evenings. Grill up a meal of fresh fish and colorful vegetables from the neighboring markets and dine alfresco in the company of romantic string lights.
In Tulum, it’s all about the beaches, the ruins, and the laidback living. And what better way to make the most of your surroundings than to explore by bike? Villa Amalfi includes bicycles for you and your crew, which means that jaunts through town and back are more than feasible (and wonderfully enjoyable). Looking for a little more adventure? You’ll be well-positioned for a day trip to the Chaak Tun cenote, an ancient freshwater pool and cave. And after a day in the sun, treat yourself to a sumptuous agave phytonutrient spa treatment at the Villa Amalfi Spa, which includes body exfoliation, a wrap, a deep tissue massage, and an agave hydration experience.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in France’s French Riviera
Dreaming of a sun-kissed escape on the glamorous French Riviera? This pastel-orange manoir perched atop St. Jean Cap Ferrat’s cliffs is an idyllic spot for small families, honeymooners, and couples. From its elevated vantage point, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferret will spoil you with views over Beaulieu-sur-Mer (which translates to beautiful place by the sea). Chances are, you’ll be tempted to spend the majority of your time outdoors; with its wrap-around balconies and a private terrace overlooking the French Mediterranean coast, there may be no better spot on this charming coastal peninsula to live alfresco. After watching the sun dip into the horizon, feel the warm night’s breeze on your skin and peek through the telescope; a daily ritual the kids will surely love.
So why St. Jean Cap Ferrat? Firstly — and perhaps most importantly — this town is much less touristy and well-known than the ever-so-popular Cannes and Saint-Tropez. Nice, another destination loved by locals and travelers alike, is a mere seven-mile drive away and is the perfect place for an enchanting day trip. But if you prefer to laze on the golden sands, your best bets are Passable and Paloma beach. Both promise an upscale ambiance and plenty of seafood stalls serving up fresh catches of the day.