There’s something to be said about a vacation home that’s equally as stunning as its surroundings. When you can wake up to awe-inspiring views, every day is bound to be a good one. From an architectural beauty nestled between the mountains in New Zealand to an oceanfront haven off the coast of Bali, these new vacation properties are true attention grabbers.
Red Mountain Estate in Aspen, Colorado
Set in a winter wonderland, Red Mountain Estate’s A-frame design showcases views of the San Juan Peaks’ snowy beauty. And while it may be tempting to never leave this luxury-meets-cozy chalet equipped with an outdoor fire pit and a hot tub, Colorado’s famed Aspen Mountain is less than a 10-minute drive away and promises powdery peaks and steep slopes for the skiers or boarders in your group.
Every chalet escape requires its fair share of après-ski fun. With its first-class roundup of on-mountain bars and restaurants, Aspen meets even the highest of expectations. Our pick? Gwyn’s High Alpine in Snowmass, a ski-in/ski-out fine dining restaurant. Their mid-mountain location means you can enjoy panoramic views of the hills while savoring specialty dishes, like their rack of elk or seared duck. But if you’d rather stay in (who could blame you?) you can enjoy dinner in the heated lounge area, then get the group together for a movie in the home theater or for a game of pool. As far as nightcaps go, lounging in the contemporary living room in the company of the crackling fire while gazing at the lit-up trails is a must.
Obsidian in Cape Town, South Africa
A five-story contemporary masterpiece perched along the cliffs of Cape Town, Obsidian is furnished with rich textures, modern art, and walls made entirely of glass. A beautiful combination of nature and architecture, this space is peppered with touches of copper, marble, wood, and lush greenery. If you’re in the market for a large group getaway, this vacation home can comfortably accommodate everyone. It boasts multiple common rooms with ocean views from every floor, three fully-equipped kitchens, and a shaded BBQ dining area for 12. Family reunion, anyone?
Step outside, and you’ll be greeted with Cape Town’s quintessential vistas — mountains, crashing waves, and the glitzy city. Or you can appreciate the views from the private balconies, found in three of the five bedrooms. Located in the affluent suburb of Clifton, you’ll be close to sandy shores and gourmet restaurants. The area has four beaches (First, Second, Third, and Fourth), which sit adjacent to one another. Not sure where to lay out your beach towel? All within close reach by car or walking, you can easily stroll from First (a quiet local’s beach) all the way to Fourth (the beach with the softest sand!) in about 20 minutes to enjoy your favorite for the day.
Oceanfront Reef Villa in South Caicos, Turks and Caicos
Just steps from Turks and Caicos’ famed white sands and turquoise waters, Oceanfront Reef Villa is a beach lover’s dream. Wake up to the sight, sound, and smell of the ocean from the indoor-outdoor master bedrooms with sliding glass doors being the only thing separating you from the beach. Meanwhile, the alfresco area (with a private beach path, of course) features a hot tub big enough for your entire group, a shaded dining area, and a shower.
Top-notch location aside, another perk of this vacation home is its proximity and access to Sailrock Resort, a beachfront haven with a spa, a fitness center, and watersport activities. Ask your concierge to book you a Balinese hot stone massage or a salt scrub (their signature treatments) at the resort’s newly opened Na Spa. From there, grab some snorkeling gear to see South Caicos’ rich coral reef — the third largest reef system in the world — with your own eyes.
Villa Seascape in Bali, Indonesia
A fully-staffed oceanfront home with a separate bamboo-clad master bedroom pavilion, Villa Seascape’s open-concept design is well-suited for wedding celebrations, family reunions, or a sunshine-filled escape with friends. From its location in Lembongan, a tiny island floating off the coast of Bali, you’ll be spoiled with views of Devil’s Tear — a rock cove above the ocean where massive waves crash during high tide. If that isn’t enough of a reason to spend your time outdoors, just take a look at the pool. Fashioned with stone elements and clean lines, its tranquil pastel green hue makes it tempting to never step out. But should you decide to, you won’t have to go far for the next noteworthy feature: the private lounge area, featuring a fire pit.
Complete with chef services, your only task while staying at Villa Seascape will be to relax and soak up the serenity of your surroundings. That, along with kicking back on the top floor’s floating net lounge area, of course.
Te Kahu in South Island, New Zealand
Ever fantasized about staying in a vacation home where the mountains are your only neighbors? Your time has come. An architectural marvel in Wanaka — New Zealand’s gateway to adventure — Te Kahu sits on 50 acres of private land. Cozy warm tones throughout the home make for an alluring contrast against the cool blues of the lake. And because Te Kahu’s walls are made of glass, you’ll never miss a second of it.
Wanaka is a year-round crowd-pleaser, which means it’s always a good time visit. In the winter, it transforms into an alpine town and a mecca for skiers eager to explore the Southern Alps. And Cardrona is a great way to do so; this ski resort is a 45-minute drive from Te Kahu and features one of New Zealand’s largest terrain parks. In the summer months, conquer the region’s most remote areas with a canyoning adventure, where you’ll rappel down impressive cliffs and into refreshing spring waters.
Villa Calafia Del Mar in San Jose, Los Cabos
Tucked away in the residential community of El Encanto de la Laguna, Villa Calafia Del Mar is quiet refuge near all the draws of Los Cabos. The best part? It’s within walking distance to East Cape Beach, a blissful shore reminiscent of old Baja California before the influx of tourists.
Proving that a vacation with the kids can also offer a hefty dose of relaxation, this vacation home was designed to please everyone. The three master bedrooms offer stunning views of the Cortez Sea, while the bedroom for the little ones comes equipped with bunk beds and a private ensuite. Planning to stay by the pool? Nothing screams “vacation” more than sipping on a cold one at the swim up bar as the kids splash around. And to start your mornings off on the right foot, the outdoor meditation garden promises to help you channel your inner zen.
Casa Breeze in Costa Rica, Central America
Living up to its name, Casa Breeze in Costa Rica flawlessly blends indoor and outdoor living. From its location on the Reserva Conchal Golf Course, you’ll be greeted with manicured greens as far as the eye can see. Inside, its contemporary design with eclectic touches offers wide open spaces perfect for large groups.
Traveling with kids? You’ve found yourself a winner. Let the little ones play in the game room as the adults shake up some drinks from the wet bar. And for soaking up that vitamin D, the waterfall pool complete with a mini slide could not be more enticing. Because this vacation home comes with exclusive access to the Reserva Conchal Resort, you’ll be able to use the spa, fitness center, the beach club, and the golf course as often as you’d like.
The Palm Beachfront Estate on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah
One of the most private properties on Dubai’s palm-tree-shaped island, The Palm Beachfront Estate is the place for a glam vacation with friends or family. Decorated with mid-century modern flair, this spacious mansion boasts six bedrooms — most with views of Dubai’s impressive skyline. Not a bad way to start the day, if you ask us.
Between hopping from one record-breaking sight to another, like the Burj Khalifa or the indoor ski-slope, you’ll surely enjoy this vacation home’s quiet outdoor area. Curl up with a book on the shaded daybed as the kids play, or enjoy a cocktail from the porch and soak up the splendor of your surroundings. For the full experience, ask your concierge to arrange a private dinner cruise. As the sun begins to fall, you’ll and glide down the Dubai creek as you enjoy a freshly-prepared three-course meal in the company of the glittering cityscape and those you love most.
Il Fienile Di Montesoli in Siena, Tuscany
Offering traditional Tuscan design with modern comforts, Il Fienile Di Montesoli translates to “the barn at Montesoli,” and what a farmhouse it is. On the exterior, a stone facade adorned with twisting vines conjures a romantic idea of what lies behind its historic walls. Inside, spacious rooms furnished with plush sofas and pops of crimson invite you to enjoy an espresso with a view of the lush surroundings.
Located on an estate made up of three properties and 600 acres of organic farmland, this Italian abode brings the best of Tuscany right to your doorstep. Spend the morning strolling through the vineyard — you might even spot some deer and hares roaming freely in the distance. Hazy afternoons here are best enjoyed poolside, sipping a glass of local Sangiovese under the shaded terrace or playing a friendly match of bocce. For a day trip, the medieval hilltop towns of Siena or Montepulciano — both just under an hour from the property — promise authentic menus, refreshing gelato bars, and old-world charm.