The 7 best beach villas in the world

From chilled out retreats to glamourous party pads, we’ve selected the best beach villa properties in the world.

Casa Ikal Beach Villa

Located in the heart of the Sian Ka’an Bisophere Reserve, the Casa Ikal beach villa overlooks a peaceful and pristine stretch of the Riviera Maya in Mexico. The carbon-neutral house is situated on a five acre estate and is geared toward outdoor living, with long, shaded outdoor terraces and an infinity pool with fibre optic lighting that seems to float in the sky as you drift in its waters.

Mexico villaMexico villa

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The beachfront side has a coral reef within swimming distance, a fantastic place for snorkelling and diving. Walk a short distance from the lagoon side of the house and you’ll see an ancient Mayan canal system, a highly complex irrigation system built thousands of years ago and today protected.

Tagomago Island

This villa is located on its own private island off the coast of Ibiza. You can step off the boat and into your own private world of beach and sunshine.
The villa is designed in typical Ibizan style, with an emphasis on outdoor living. Huge glass walls that slide back to admit sea breeze and sunshine, and large terraces around a huge swimming pool.

There are five luxury bedrooms, each with a large window and incredible views of the Mediterranean and Ibiza. Facilities include a sauna and a bar.

Villa in IbizaIbiza villa

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Spend some time exploring the island, which at 1.5km long and 113m wide is easily walkable. Check out the lighthouse in the southeast corner of the island. It was built in 1913 and is still a landmark to passing ships today.

The Estate House

This traditional-style Corfu villa is located on a five-acre private headland, beautifully landscaped and full of enchanting paths that meander through trees and scented plants.

The villa is light and airy with a magical ambience. There are shady courtyards, stone arches, cool drawing rooms and large verandas. There are seven bedrooms on the cool ground floor, each with private terraces. A large central terrace has views to the Albanian mountains, while a large pool is abutted by a relaxation area and a barbecue.

Villa in CorfuCorfu seafront villa

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Wander the grounds, or sail off into the sunset from the villa’s private jetty. Soak up that famous Corfun sun while sitting by the seashore.

Sovalye Island Villa

This gorgeous seafront home is located on Sovalye Island, an oasis of calm just ten minutes from the hustle and bustle of Fethiye, a Mediterranean town on Turkey’s southern coast. The villa is designed to allow its occupants to experience the Mediterranean sun and skies - and of course, sea, as the villa’s slightly elevated position means incredible, uninterrupted sea views.

Outside there is ample decking and terraces and a beautiful infinity pool. Inside, there is plenty of room for guests with four bedrooms including a master with a jacuzzi bathroom, four bathrooms and plenty of balconies.

The villa is a sailor’s paradise, with its own private jetty and its proximity to some of the best sailing in the Mediterranean.

View from the villaBeautiful Sovalye Island villa
Living room view from Sovalye Island villa
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There are no roads on Sovalye Island, so take a walk on on of the peaceful paths that crisscross through the trees. Walking from end to end will take you just 45 minutes. Snorkel around the island and look for the ancient ruins on the seabed, including ancient amphora. Island hop your way around the nearby islands, exploring quiet coves and idyllic beaches.

The Beach House

Seminyak, Bali
This large villa is located on the surf beach of Seminyak, on Bali’s southwest coast. Gaze out onto the Indian ocean through the huge glass doors, or fall asleep to the sound of the surf on a lounger. Mixing post modern architecture with traditional Balinese design incorporating Palimanan stone walls and teak panelling, this villa is large and spacious, perfect for family groups or friends. There are four large bedrooms with kingsize beds, an open living and dining area and plenty of space outside by the pool, or under cover in the gazebo.

Bali beachBali villa

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The villa is a short walk from some excellent restaurants, and there is a Balinese traditional temple just 100 metres from the house. You can hire surfboards locally, and even hire surf instructors.

Villa Athénée

Built around a decked courtyard with a saltwater swimming pool and a dining gazebo, this pretty thatched luxury villa is on the edge of a white sand beach.
Inside, there are three bedrooms on the ground floor and an enormous master bedroom on the upper level. A luxurious lounge and dining room has plenty of space for the whole family to relax. There’s also an interior courtyard garden.

Outside, there is a beautiful saltwater infinity pool with views of the ocean, and a dining area and more sheltered seating.

Mauritius villaMauritius beach

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Kayaking, kitesurfing, diving, snorkelling, sailing - this villa is ideal for those who like active holidays. It’s a ten-minute drive to some good restaurants, and there are always local markets if you ask around.

Sea Horse Cottage

This small but perfectly formed cottage has only room for two - perfect for romantic holidays on the shore. Because you’re not allowed to build within 60 metres of the shoreline in Greece, this pint-sized fisherman’s cottage was once illegal. However, after an amnesty six years ago the cottage was finally permitted to be renovated, and it is now habitable. It’s not the lap of luxury, with white walls and wooden floors, but it’s isolated, pretty and right on a beach backed by a wild hillside covered in olive groves and cypress trees.

Villa in GreeceGreece beach

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Head to nearby Steni Vala to pick up supplies and visit the market. There are a number of fish tavernas nearby and the uninhabited island of Peristeras is just a ten minute boat ride away.


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