20 Fabulous Villa Vacations

We searched the planet to find 20 of the best by-the-sea retreats you can rent for less than $7,000 a week (eight days, seven nights).

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3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 6

This coral- and sunrise-tinted villa sits on a swath of beach on Barbados's west coast. Though new construction, the style of the duplex pays homage to the colonial roots of "Little England," namely in the dining room, where modern re-creations of 19th-century chandeliers and a custom mahogany table steal the show. Bedrooms feature hardwood flooring and white louvered doors that open to views of the sea. The backyard leads to the villa's terraced patio and an idyllic, palm-fringed beach. A housekeeper and cook keep things running smoothly.

Rates start at $3,850 per week; 800/289-0900 or villasofdistinction.com.

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