Best beach residences

Owning your own private beach residence comes with luxurious extras like massage and catering services | Source: Sotheby's Realty

Mansions by the Sea: The Best Tropical Luxe Listings on the Market in 2022

Sun kissed sand, crystal clear water, private grottos, beachside pools and extravagant gardens – the world’s most luxurious mansions by the sea in 2022 are what dreams are made of.

But it’s not just about the features and amenities in a marvel beachside estate that makes them so special; they are often in exclusive areas, only accessed by the uber-wealthy elite. Property in these locations is rarely for sale and can often fetch an eye-watering price.

Whether you like to feel the fresh ocean breeze in your hair as you explore tropical islets on a jet ski or the warm sun on your skin as you bathe in crystal turquoise waters, these are some of the most jaw-dropping luxury properties with private beaches on the market at the moment.

‘Elisium’ Paradise Island

Location: Bahamas

Price: A$40.6m

The Bahamas is known for its spectacular beachfront mansions and this sophisticated grand estate is an interpretation of the classic beach house located a short 25 minutes from the International Airport on the exclusive Paradise Island.

Elisium Paradise Island property
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A magnificent colonial style mansion, the property enjoys access to a private beach and private marina, featuring nine ensuite-equipped bedrooms, 11 full-sized bathrooms and three partial bathrooms as well as two symmetrically curved 11-foot high built-in fish tanks on either side of the central hallway.

Elisium Paradise Island property
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Metres from the sheltered beach you will discover a 60-foot infinity pool with heated outdoor showers, a grandstanding alfresco area and a zero-entry pool grotto with caves, waterfalls, a spa, and sunken floor jets.

Elisium Paradise Island property
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A Range Rover Vogue, Porsche Panamera, Commander 1000 ATV, a Golf Cart, and two brand-new 350 jet skis are some of the luxury inclusions that come with the purchase of the estate. Security is taken care of by 24hr patrols and the house is located at the end of a quiet cul de sac, meaning more privacy.

Elisium Paradise Island property
Source: Sotheby’s Realty

308 Vista De La Playa

Location: La Jolla, California

Price: A$39.3m

This immaculate property is located in the exclusive La Jolla near San Diego, home to two world-renowned golf courses at nearby Torrey Pines sitting atop sea cliffs on some of the most beautiful coastlines in the US.

La Jolla property
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On a generous oceanfront double block, totalling just under 3000 square metres, a beachside tiled pool and spa sit behind a west facing seawall meaning residents can enjoy the sunset over the Pacific Ocean from one of the oversized decks.

La Jolla property
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The interiors of this bespoke mansion are just as indulgent. Designed with luxury and practicality in mind, the home features seven bedrooms and bathrooms of palatial proportions spread over three levels with floor to ceiling panoramic windows meaning you are close to the sound of the waves crashing.

La Jolla property
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Trips to the Napa Valley will be on the calendar as a massive cellar means you will be able to age some local Californian Zinfandel or Syrah to perfection. A magnificent executive office ensures this property meets the requirements of being a permanent residence as opposed to just a holiday home or occasional getaway.

La Jolla property
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‘Castillo Caribe’ Grand Cayman

Location: Cayman Islands

Price: A$70.3m

The Cayman Islands are not only a wonderfully picturesque collection of white, sandy beaches and postcard perfect palm trees but also an excellent place to reside if you prefer a more liberal economic ideology. There is no property tax, no income tax, no capital gains tax and no inheritance tax.

'Castillo Caribe' Grand Cayman property
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This makes the Cayman Islands the perfect place to own a private beach as these types of properties usually attract higher fees and taxes to purchase and own. This impeccable listing features a disguised sea wall, a patch of white sand and a tennis court, all surrounded by well-maintained lawns and palm trees.

'Castillo Caribe' Grand Cayman property
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The cavernous main room is sided by an enormous glass wall so that you will always be able to gaze out onto the beautiful waters of the Western Caribbean while expert craftsmanship and quality materials make the house truly special.

'Castillo Caribe' Grand Cayman property
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A state-of-the-art Crestron home automation system controls lighting, AC, the pool & spa, security, drapery and the gates, there is a private, custom-lit grotto and disguised swimming pool under the ocean-facing outdoor area.

'Castillo Caribe' Grand Cayman property
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‘Aquamare’ Mahoe Bay

Location: Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Price: A$27.8m

This property consists of a collection of three villas positioned behind a pristine white, sandy beach on the island of Virgin Gorda, famous for the Baths, a rocky labyrinth of enormous boulders forming crystal clear pools and seawater-flooded grottoes.

'Aquamare' Mahoe Bay property
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Local stonework was used in the construction of the house, while rich hardwoods, travertine marble and 30-foot vaulted ceilings define beachside opulence. Each villa features a beachfront infinity pool and unobstructed views of Drake’s Channel.

'Aquamare' Mahoe Bay property
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The gourmet kitchen and multiple covered outdoor areas mean entertaining friends and family while on holiday will be a pleasure. The villas have been operated as a rental over the last few years but can now be bought all together, or separately.

'Aquamare' Mahoe Bay property
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One of the villas can be bought for approximately A$9.85 million, while the other two, smaller ones are priced at around A$7.74 million and the manager’s residence is also on the market for around A$703,000.

'Aquamare' Mahoe Bay property
Source: Sotheby’s Realty

‘Apsara’ Old Fort Bay

Location: Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas

Price Upon Request

This property is situated between a private beach protected by rocky outcroppings and a deep mooring canal, meaning it would be perfect for the avid boat enthusiast or keen fisherman looking for some decent catch. The Bahamas are one of the Caribbean’s most desirable locations where you can spot celebrities sunbathing on superyachts in its crystal blue waters.

'Apsara' Old Fort Bay property
Source: Sotheby’s International Realty Lyford Cay

A total of 4,046 square metres of undeniable luxury contains eight bedrooms, all with sumptuous ensuites, as well as a koi pond, an outdoor steam room, an elevator, a two bedroom nanny suite and a covered two car garage. The property’s deepwater mooring and boat elevator make launching easy.

'Apsara' Old Fort Bay property
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The opulent interiors have polished white glass floors throughout, while outside, hammered white quartz flooring leads out to a shimmering infinity swimming pool over the beach where you can let your problems melt away.

'Apsara' Old Fort Bay property
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An outdoor shower and sunken outdoor seating area make this house the ultimate sun seekers’ destination, tile bathrooms and a gym stocked with the latest fitness equipment mean you will be looking fab when you decide to head down to the local beach bars for a Piña Colada.

'Apsara' Old Fort Bay property
Source: Sotheby’s International Realty Lyford Cay

‘Villa Aquazure’ Leeward

Location: Turks and Caicos Islands

Price: A$9.8m

The Turks and Caicos islands are dotted with spectacularly beautiful serene beaches and this residence is located in one of the islands’ most exclusive communities. The area enjoys year round sunshine, neighbouring houses are similarly handsome and this property has a beach frontage of 20 metres.

'Villa Aquazure' Leeward
Source: Christie’s International Real Estate

There are four bedrooms in the main house with a private and separate one-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse, each with its own private pool, parking, and entrance. Protected mangroves and islets lie less than 100 metres away, easily explored by sea kayak or canoe in the crystal clear waters.

'Villa Aquazure' Leeward
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The shopping and resort area of Grace Bay is nearby with its modern amenities and the property is 20 minutes from the international airport. The surrounding area, full of hidden beaches and shallow inlets remains quiet and secluded, even during the tourist high season of December to March, considered the Caribbean’s dry season.

'Villa Aquazure' Leeward
Source: Christie’s International Real Estate

The bedroom enjoys access to indoor and outdoor showers and your guests will be able to feel the Caribbean vibes from the airy interior which uses a calming palette of turquoises and pale yellows. The décor and construction of this ultimate beach complex fit in beautifully with the dunes around it.

‘Villa Shanti’ Takua Thung District

Location: Phang-nga, Thailand

Price: A$10.5m

This stunning collection of traditional Thai pavilions or ‘Salas’ on the Andaman Sea has all the hallmarks of a spectacularly beautiful beachfront property. Resembling a five-star resort, the centrepiece of the property is a 25-metre infinity pool facing the beach.

'Villa Shanti' Takua Thung District
Source: Christie’s International Real Estate

Housing six elegant ensuite bedrooms, a spacious ‘Great Room’ for lounging and dining, a family room and an immense modern kitchen, this type of pavilion-style building, or ‘Sala’, is scattered throughout Thailand and building one comes with great religious merit. You have the option of elegant alfresco dining in the poolside sala, or massage treatments in the beachfront relaxation sala.

'Villa Shanti' Takua Thung District
Source: Christie’s International Real Estate

The villa employs a small army of attendants and a full-time manager to ensure anyone who stays there will leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and looking forward to returning. The groundskeeper keeps the gardens lush and healthy, a professionally trained resident chef prepares all meals and there is 24-hour security.

'Villa Shanti' Takua Thung District
Source: Christie’s International Real Estate

The pavilions are connected by a series of corridors and walkways snaking around an immense garden with tall coconut palms and sweeping views of the sea. Thailand’s climate is famously temperate year round, with the tropical monsoon coming in May.

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