The 10 most luxurious new beach suites in the world
A luxurious beach house with all the bells and whistles — infinity-edge pools, private spas, even home theatres — is the ultimate holiday fantasy.
A luxurious beach house with all the bells and whistles — infinity-edge pools, private spas, even home theatres — is the ultimate holiday fantasy. And there are more options than ever this year, with a host of new tropical villas, suites, bungalows, and retreats popping up in our favourite luxury resorts around the world.
Whether you're headed to Antigua or Santorini, the Maldives or Bora Bora, these 10 new beach suites are perfect for your next holiday getaway.
La Dolce Vita Villa at Grace Bay
Grace Bay Resorts already offers three knockout villas on prime stretches of beachfront on Turks and Caicos's main island of Providenciales. But when this newly renovated, $US25 million (about $A31.5 million), seven-bedroom property joins the Private Villa Collection in October, it will set a new standard.
With a chic and modern Caribbean design, more than 1860 square metres of indoor and outdoor living space, easy beach access, a massive infinity pool, and sea views at every turn, the villa is primed to be Grace Bay's new crown jewel.
If guests crave even more space, a cottage on the four-acre plot can also be reserved, bringing the room count to nine. As with the other residences, La Dolce Vita will come with personal concierge service and a complete fitness centre.
Villa at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Overwater bungalows are a staple on the _motus_ of Bora Bora, but the Presidential Overwater Villa, which debuted as part of Conrad Bora Bora Nui's major refresh three months ago, ups the ante. And it goes _way up_: Its indoor living space spans two stories, making it the first multi-level overwater bungalow in the region.
The first floor offers two bedrooms, an outdoor living area, bar, and pool — all with glorious sunset views of the lagoon and Mount Otemanu. Upstairs, find a whirlpool on the sundeck and a sauna in the private wellbeing room.
The Retreat at Six Senses Yao Noi
Six Senses has made a name for itself as a standard-bearer in barefoot luxury, and that's most apparent in the brand's top-tier villa — the Retreat — at every resort. The Retreat at the Six Senses Yao Noi has recently completed a renovation that upgraded its stellar interiors to match its views of stunning Phang Nga Bay outside.
The villa's two bedrooms are on separate floors, allowing for maximum privacy, while a spacious living room, sundeck, and infinity pool allow for socialising. If all of that isn't enough, the beach is just a few steps away.
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya
Launched in April, the crown jewel of the new Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya sits right on the beach — a rare luxury in Mayakoba. The two bedrooms are again on different floors, each with its own a private balcony outfitted with a Jacuzzi or terrace with a pool. Flooded with natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows and tricked out with colourful Mayan-inspired elements made by local artisans, the villa packs considerable aesthetic appeal.
Service is equally impressive: the full-size kitchen can be pre-stocked, a private chef is on call 24/7, and the resort will send over yoga teachers, massage therapists, a tequila sommelier, photographer, kite-surfing teacher, and the house "tacologist" (who gives taco-making lessons) for private sessions.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Recently re-emerged from a two-year renovation, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay is again a standard bearer for tropical luxury. This is most clear at the resort's new Imperial Villa, a three-bedroom, two-story sanctuary spread over nearly 1300 square metres. Perched over a 5-kilometre stretch of beach, the villa offers panoramic sea views spanning180 degrees.
Its amenities include a private breakfast chef, yoga master and personal trainer for the in-villa fitness centre, night-time spa rituals, and Balinese royal banquets. The decor, created by the well-regarded Indonesian firm Jaya International, is a contemporary take on Balinese tradition. What hasn't changed is Four Seasons' legendary service, much of it administered by staff that has worked at the resort for decades.
JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay
Designer Bill Bensley, master of Asian fantasia, pulled out all the stops for the quirky yet opulent three-bedroom Villas at the JW Marriot Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, perched just off the coast of Cambodia. Full of eye-popping colours and humorous details, the design tells the story of a former (and fictional) French-colonial university.
To bring the spaces to life, Bensley's team travelled across Europe to source 5000 antiques and artefacts. Some of the best pieces are integrated into the property's top villas, each of which has three bedrooms, separate living and dining rooms, private pools, and the services of a butler.
In October, the resort will add another, even more lavish villa, this one with an outdoor massage pavilion and a 50-metres infinity pool, and is reported to become the largest villa in Asia upon opening.
The Royal Villa at Chablé Resort & Spa
While it's undeniably luxurious, the prime three-bedroom Royal Villa at Chablé Resort & Spa— clocking in at 930 square metres — is meant to be a private space in which to connect with nature.
This is a place for indoor-outdoor living, with sublime views of the Mexican jungle, colonial decor, and organic design elements meant to inspire a sense of wellness. If that doesn't work, there's also a private spa cabin and pool, as well as rooms for media and fitness.
Pure Turquoise at Jumby Bay
The private-island Jumby Bay resort has long been a haven for high rollers, with 56 lavish, privately owned estate homes, with a combined value of more than $US1 billion (about $A1.3 billion), in addition to a traditional hotel.
The newest accommodation in the resort's extensive line-up is the beachfront Pure Turquoise villa, which features seven bedrooms (each with indoor and outdoor showers and an outdoor tub) across nine freestanding contemporary-colonial cottages, all cantered around a fountain courtyard. The compound comes a large infinity pool, as well as a private croquet lawn and tennis court. Topping off the amenities are a private chef and butler, and access to a secluded stretch of private beach.
Water Reserve at Soneva Jani
One of the largest overwater villas in the world — clocking in at more than 1250 square metres — the Water Reserve at Soneva Jani also has what is probably the most thrilling architectural feature in the world: a waterslide that curves off of the top deck of the villa into the ocean below.
Opened earlier this year in its own private lagoon off the shore of the Maldivian island resort, the four-bedroom villa comes with plenty of other show-stopping features, including a steam room and sauna, a fitness room, a private pool with catamaran nets, an overwater basket swing, and a walk-in minibar.
The Villa at Grace Santorini
The most exquisite accommodation at the year-old Grace Santorini resort, this private two-bedroom sanctuary has its own spa with a hammam steam bath, a heated plunge pool, and a private spa room where therapists can treat guests to the full range of treatments offered in the resort's main spa.
The Villa also features a pre-stocked kitchen, a wine cellar, and the services of a private chef, a personal trainer, and a chauffeur (available upon request). Even more impressive are the views of the Caldera and Santorini's fiery sunsets from the villa's double-level pool deck.