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9 Seaside Hotel Rooms for a Summer Escape
  • The Plettenberg

    The Plettenberg

  • Imanta Resort Punta de Mita

    Imanta Resort Punta de Mita

  • Qualia

    Qualia

  • Mukul Resort & Spa

    Mukul Resort & Spa

  • Shore Club

    Shore Club

  • Aleenta Resort & Spa, Hua-Hin

    Aleenta Resort & Spa, Hua-Hin

  • Playa Vik Jose Ignacio

    Playa Vik José Ignacio

  • Pousada Rancho do Peixe

    Pousada Rancho do Peixe

  • Ventana Inn and Spa

    Ventana Inn and Spa

May, 2013

Summer is the time for simple pleasures, and they don’t come much simpler than this: “beach house” is a phrase that requires very little elaboration.

1.

The Plettenberg
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa — The two-bedroom Beach House at The Plettenberg takes on a more modern look than its main-house counterparts, though the views are timeless South African coast. From the private plunge pool, look out toward the hotel’s namesake bay and you may spot dolphins and whales doing some splashing of their own.
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Imanta Resort Punta de Mita
Punta de Mita, Mexico — Each one of the seven stone-walled villas at Imanta, set on a hillside above the sea, surrounded by a rainforest nature reserve and flanked by a pair of long sandy beaches, is like an enormous private beach house. But if you like to do your beach-housing with a full entourage, go for one of the Casonas — they come with any number of vantage points for surveying the seaside surroundings, plus their own massive pools and jacuzzis.
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3.

Qualia
Queensland, Australia — The Beach House at Qualia has everything you need for a proper group getaway: a big private pool and sun deck, dining space for ten, a prime location at the tip of Hamilton Island and panoramic views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. Plus, the Great Barrier Reef is practically just outside your door, for when you’d prefer the company of the fishes to that of your traveling companions.
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Mukul Resort & Spa
Rivas, Nicaragua — Mukul’s Casona Don Carlos just might be the beach house to end all beach houses. The 20,000-square-foot oceanfront compound of the resort’s founding family is bookable in their absence, and it comes with eighty-foot-high palapa ceilings, six bedroom suites, a wrap-around stone terrace and its own enormous pool. And if that’s not enough, you can always cruise out to their low-key private lake house, or take a helicopter to the family’s plantation and rum distillery for a tour and a meal made by their private chef.
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Shore Club
Miami, Florida — The Beach House at Miami’s Shore Club comes with a private gated pool and private beach access of its own, though if you deign to do a little mixing with the folks at the hotel’s main pool, you’ll hardly be in less exclusive company. The hotel’s poolside club is one of hottest scenes in a rather scene-y town, regularly drawing an A-list crowd.
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6.

Aleenta Resort & Spa
Hua-Hin, Thailand — Set on a secluded beach south of Hua-Hin, Thailand, Aleenta started out as a family vacation villa, and the private Beach House still has the air of a private retreat. With well-heeled Thai travelers making up a substantial part of the clientele, Aleenta feels far indeed from some of the larger resorts up the coast.
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Playa Vik
José Ignacio, Uruguay — This is what happens when an architectural patron and art collector of phenomenal means gets hold of a stunning stretch of coastline in José Ignacio and decides to build his version of a low-key beach-house getaway. Of the ten impeccable suites and residences, the beachiest is Casa Mar, its retractable windows disappearing into the walls to let in the breeze off the Atlantic.
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Pousada Rancho do Peixe
Jericoacoara, Brazil — Pousada Rancho do Peixe began as the rustic beachfront getaway of a group of windsurfing enthusiasts, and it’s still got the same rugged look and convivial spirit as in those earlier days. Set at the edge of Brazil’s far northern Jericoacoara National Park, the wooden bungalows, with thatched roofs and furnishings made of rough-hewn wood, are pretty much the ideal back-to-basics beach houses.
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9.

Ventana Inn and Spa
Big Sur, California — Of all the crags and crannies along California’s 840-mile coastline, there may be none more stunning than the mountains that rise from the Pacific at Big Sur, where Ventana Inn spans some 243 jaw-dropping acres. And the truly prime real estate here is the standalone Sur House. The ocean views from the hot tub on the deck are the stuff of pure beach-house fantasy.
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