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Spectacular beach homes

Colleen Kane , CNBC.com
June 4, 2012
From the Carribbean to the Southeast Asia, these luxurious homes offer much more than a stunning view.
Photo: sothebysrealtyphuket.com

Beach homes conjure visions of serenity and relaxation: the lull of the waves, the exhaustion of a day spent in the sun, the promise of a lazy evening on the deck with an ocean view.

In the interest of pure escapism, we’ve assembled a collection of some of the most beautiful beach homes on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, from the Caribbean to the Iberian peninsula to Southeast Asia. And while it’s not exactly tropical in the U.K., the British did set an historic beach resort precedent, so we’ve got one century-old home in a British seaside community.

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Most of these serene homes were provided by KnightFrank Commercial and Residential estate agents, along with one dazzling beach mansion in Thailand from Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty.

Price: approx. $2.3 million to $6 million
Bedrooms: 3 to 4
Bathrooms: N/A
Square Footage: approx. 2,800 to 5,000

The modern Akamas Bay Villa homes provide quick access to the Mediterranean Sea.
Photo: knightfrank.com

These modern waterfront homes of Akamas Bay Villas offer access to a beach, a fishing harbor within walking distance, as well as the Akamas Peninsula national park. Most of the 39 villas in the development are sold. The villas have many ways to enjoy the natural landscape of Cyprus, with views to the Mediterranean Sea, a pool, terraces and a partially shaded roof deck.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Price: N/A
Bedrooms: 12
Bathrooms: 12
Square Footage: approx. 13,762

The 3,100 square foot villa offers a 360-degree view of the lush tropical scenery.
Photo: knightfrank.com

Steele Point Villa is positioned on a 90-foot rock headland with 360-degree views, on an 8-acre lot. The main villa is about 3,100 square feet with five suites, decks, and a deck with swimming pool. There are also three other residences on the estate, one of which is Gestalt, a 2,636-square-foot Mediterranean-style villa that also has a swimming pool. Blackbeard is a two-bedroom villa with an infinity edge pool. The Managers residence has a one-bedroom apartment and laundry and maintenance area.

Grenada, West Indies
Price: $3.5 million
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5
Square Footage: N/A

Azzurra Castle consists of a 26,500 square foot estate, set at the tip of peninsula on the Caribbean Sea.
Photo: knightfrank.com

Bland, it’s not. Resplendent in yellow, green, pink, blue and red, and surrounded by the green foliage and aquamarine Caribbean waters, Azzurra Castle embodies the rainbow. In addition to the five bedroom suites, there is an apartment with roof terrace in the turret. There’s also a separate turreted folly guest house. For enjoying the tradewinds and soaking up sun there are two beaches on a bay, a beachside Jacuzzi and terraced decks.

Mallorca, Spain
Price: $4,884,427
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5
Square Footage: approx. 4,348

This Mallorcan home has double frontage access to the turquoise waters below.
Photo: knightfrank.com

This house was built in 1937 for the governor of Mallorca. It has turrets overlooking the bay of Cala d’Or and is only the second property to be built on the bay. The house has main and guest quarters, covered and uncovered terraces, a pool, and double frontage on the water.

Phuket, Thailand
Price: $17,898,724
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 7
Square Footage: 21,581

The inifinity pool brings the beach right to villa's backyard.
Photo: sothebysrealtyphuket.com

This stunning contemporary villa is located on Phuket’s private Cape Yamu estate. Figuring in the outdoor terraces with views of Phang Nga Bay, it is nearly 50,000 square feet. The picture window is more than 26-feet tall, and the features include a spa, gym and steam room; infinity pool; as well as a “his and hers thought space” on an outdoor pavilion. The landscaped gardens incorporate indigenous trees, imported cacti and sculptures.

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