Perfect for the holidays (or any day), these luxurious seaside destinations allow you to spread out in style.
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Hillside Villa Montego Bay, Jamaica
Surrounded by the tropical foliage of Round Hill Resort, this hillside home away from home overlooks the gorgeous Caribbean Sea, with the beach accessible via a short walk on resort pathways. The private pool and lounge area with bright blue recliners and umbrellas is the best spot for taking in 10 miles of turquoise sea and watching the sky turn intense shades of gold, pink, and tangerine at sunset. The services of a cook, butler, housekeeper, and even someone to do your laundry are included in the rental.
Located just south of the historic resort town of Syracuse, this villa with panoramic views make the Mediterranean the star. The sea is in sight nearly everywhere, from the kitchen’s banquette to the 23-foot pool. The villa is surrounded by native yucca and palm trees, and the scent of jasmine infuses your walk down a short sandstone path to the water. The plum location puts you within walking distance of Syracuse’s beaches, as well as the ancient city itself.
At this sprawling villa, your only concern is choosing which soul-gratifying spot to sink into. It could be the hammock hanging in the open-air living room with cathedral whitewashed timbers above, or the chaises set on the palm- and fern-fringed green lawn, the sound of easy Caribbean waves meeting the shore. It’s so easy to be joyful here, where the staff of seven, including a laundress and 24-hour security, take such good care of you. There is no pool, but you don’t need one: The turquoise sea at Sandy Lane Beach has the smoothest waters for swimming in all of Barbados.
If untethered escape is what you’re after, the villas at Antigua’s Jumby Bay will set you blissfully free. A seven-minute ferry ride from the island proper, the all-inclusive Caribbean resort tucks guests away on a 300-acre former sugar plantation. Today, 16 villas overlook white-sand beaches and jewel-tone waters, and vary delightfully in architectural style. Each villa comes with a pair of golf carts and bicycles for zipping around the island, and the ultra-service-oriented staff is at the ready to ship in favorite wines, cheese, and other beach pad essentials.
Beachfront digs in this beautiful San Diego enclave are a rare and coveted luxury, and now you have the keys to your own private villa, a portal to the good life in La Jolla Shores. It’s a few steps out the front door to a slender grassy park and onto the golden sands of an expansive crescent beach that calls for tide pool exploration and sunrise walks in search of sand dollars. Back at the villa, the brick patio and fire pit beckon at sunset, and you’re a phone call away from a private chef or a five-block walk to the bustling village for craft cocktails and mussels by the sea.