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).

Beach House
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Beach House


2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 4

Near the mega-mansions and Greek-style architecture of Anguilla's celeb-studded Shoal Bay West, Covecastles is the brain-child of award-winning architect Myron Goldfinger. The stark white, geometric-shaped villas and beach homes have become a symbol of the island. Inside, a curved staircase connects the ground-floor common areas with the upstairs bedrooms. On both floors, oversize windows frame views of ocean, sand, and sky. Oak plantation shutters, terra-cotta interiors, and rattan furniture play off a theme of classic tropical luxury, while surrounding sea grape trees and well-angled architecture maximize privacy.

Rates start at $5,565 per week; 800/223-1108 or covecastles.com.

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