Peek inside the rooms of world-class estates and secluded private islands.
After renewing his love of the sea while living on the Greek island of Santorini, a hotelier found an even more secluded spot home on the Therassia islet and created his ultimate water world. Get the house tour here.
This home’s sea-facing infinity-edge lap pool is exquisitely decorated with chaise lounges and antique carved-marble garden stools — an oasis made for R&R. Get the house tour here.
In the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, this sandstone chalet outside Marrakech employs traditional materials from local craftsmen to achieve a thoroughly contemporary vision. Get the house tour here.
The itty-bitty Taprobane Island, located off Sri Lanka’s southern coast, features a sprawling home as its centerpiece: An octagonal house with five bedrooms, all with sea views. For $1,750 per night, guests can swim in the sea or in the infinity pool, and cool off in the two-acre garden surrounded by palms, hibiscus, bougainvillea, orchids, and much more.
For a quiet break, guests can rent one in three apartments in this beautiful setting, located just outside of Akureyri – the capital of North Iceland. If you’re feeling adventurous, go ride horses under the midnight sun during the summer, or go sledding with huskies in the winter.
Just steps away from the beach in Petit Cul de Sac Bay, this luxury villa combines architectural minimalism with effortless luxury.
Travel to the banks of the Douro River to this restored country farmhouse. It features farm animals, a private salt water infinity pool and a kitchen with a wood burning stove. As if that wasn’t enough, the breathtaking views of the river makes this the perfect destination for a tranquil getaway.
Swept away by the Greek island of Patmos, a French fashion executive transformed the ruins of a stable into the ultimate rustic retreat. Get the house tour here.
Casa Casuarina was once owned by fashion designer Gianni Versace and has kept its lavish Italian Villa-style aesthetic in tact: Elaborate murals still grace the walls of the 10 luxury suites, the pool is lined with 24 karat gold, and the rooftop is adorned with an entertaining space.
For $3,000 per night, guests at the Tahitian island of Motu Teta have an endless array of activities, including kayaking, lobstering, wakeboarding, and more. The residences have been constructed in classic Tahitian style, with rich hardwood floors, open beams, and wooden shutter windows that welcome the breeze from the South Pacific.