Summer Fridays: Vacation Getaways

As the summer season winds down, here are a few of our favorite homes from some must-visit vacation destinations.

As they said in that iconic wizard movie not named Harry Potter, “There’s no place like home” – except of course for those few glorious days when you call another town or country home while on vacation.

There’s something unspeakably moving about traveling to a new place and letting the foreign sights, sounds and smells soak into your bones. Laughing with strangers as you try to communicate clumsily, trying new foods, walking through historic neighborhoods and getting lost – these are the things I love most about travel…it invigorates the soul and makes you better appreciate how spectacular your own home is.

As you can tell, I think vacations are awesome, and there’s no better time of year to take one than during summer! In our final installment of our Summer Fridays series, we wrap things up by looking at homes in some fantastic global vacation destinations.

$12,500,000 – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

With 4 residences, 2 pools, a pier and your own slice of picture perfect beach – this estate takes “vacationing” to the next level.

$41,577,101 – Cap d’Ail, France

Located near Monaco, this home offers direct access to the sea and to your own private beach. This is the kind of super stylish home I would picture James Bond retreating to after cracking a case.

$4,335,385 – Phuket, Thailand

Whether it’s the infinity edge pool over looking the ocean, sun decks, towering palm trees or sliding glass walls – this 5-star private villa in Phuket’s most exclusive neighborhood is the perfect place to escape to.

$39,000,000 – Coral Gables, Florida

If you’re not up for international travel, you can visit any number of places in the United States to get all the benefits of a vacation getaway. This exclusive waterfront home features a Mediterranean aesthetic throughout, but it is right the heart of South Florida – with views of Biscayne Bay, Miami’s skyline and the ocean.

$40,000,000 – Katsura, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

This 23,500 square foot home took 7 years to complete! Evidence of the level of thought and care that went into this home’s design and construction is apparent everywhere. I couldn’t think of a more awesome place to vacation than here. We’re talking double showers that open out to private waterfalls and koi ponds, bridges, sun terraces with fire pits and of course – priceless views.

Rome, Italy

Vacations don’t have to be all about beaching and swimming, they can and should also involve cultural immersions in major cities. I can’t think of a city with more history and more things to explore than Rome! This classic penthouse in the historical center of Rome stands among some of mankind’s most precious artifacts, buildings and innovations.

Summer is just about over, but you can view each installment of our “Summer Fridays” series by clicking here.

Senior Manager, Consumer Engagement at Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. In his role he works on all national TV and online advertising initiatives, heads the brands’ internal video production as well as a slew of other projects. He’s held other roles within the Marketing Department ranging from Previews & Product Development to the day to day management of the coldwellbanker.com redesign. Besides being a marketer, Gustavo is a musician, writer, film & TV buff, avid sports fan, cereal aficionado, traveler, Tumblr and Tweeter.

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