July 18, 2014 3:33 pm

Five homes that offer the perfect beach retreat

From a clifftop villa on the island of Ibiza to a mansion on California’s Laguna Beach, a favourite with Hollywood royalty
2431 Riviera Drive, Laguna Beach, California, US

2431 Riviera Drive, Laguna Beach, California, US, $55m

Where In Irvine Cove, a gated community in Orange County, southern California, 50 miles from downtown Los Angeles and 50 miles from LA international airport.

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What A six-bedroom home with more than 10,000 sq ft of interior living space. The large living room has an antique stone fireplace and sliding glass doors that open to the pool and spa area. Other features include a library, two climate-controlled wine cellars, and a beach cabana with an outdoor shower and kitchen.

Why The property has more than 180ft of private waterfront on Laguna Beach, which has been a popular retreat for movie stars for decades, including Charlie Chaplin, Bette Davis and Judy Garland.

Who Hilton & Hyland, hiltonhyland.com, tel: +1 310 278 3311

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Footprints, St James, Barbados, $12m

Footprints, St James, Barbados

Where Near the Royal Westmoreland golf course in St James, on Barbados’ west coast, 13km from Bridgetown and 34km from Grantley Adams international airport.

What A three-storey beach house with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and more than 3,600 sq metres of interior living space. The property – with interiors by British designer Kelly Hoppen – has three cantilevered balconies and a covered terrace ideal for dining or entertaining.

Why The house has uninterrupted views of the Caribbean and an infinity pool with an 8ft-high cascading water wall over the edge. A meandering path through a tropical garden leads down on to the beach.

Who Chestertons, chestertons.com, tel: +44 20 3040 8210

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Casablanca, Ibiza, Spain, €9.75m

Casablanca, Ibiza, Spain

Where Overlooking a secluded bay near Cala Salada and its beaches on the island’s west coast, 35 minutes’ drive from Ibiza Town and 30 minutes’ from the international airport.

What A four-bedroom villa with a self-contained one-bedroom annexe and more than 4,000 sq metres of grounds. The master bedroom has a bathroom, sitting room and spa area with a private terrace.

Why A path from the infinity pool leads down through rock gardens and past a cabana to the water’s edge. The clifftop property is well-positioned for one of the best sunset views on the island.

Who Knight Frank, knightfrank.co.uk, tel: +44 20 7629 8171

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Votana Beach Villa, Corfu, Greece, €7.5m

Votana Beach Villa, Corfu, Greece

Where Near the village of Kassiopi on the northeast coast of Corfu, 35km from Corfu city and 38km from Corfu international airport.

What A villa with five en-suite bedrooms and a separate one-bedroom guest house. The property is accessed via antique wooden doors and a covered walkway that opens on to a large walled garden. The main house has underfloor heating and cooling throughout. Other features include a cinema room, a gym and an outdoor pool heated by solar panels during the winter months.

Why The villa benefits from private access to the secluded end of Avlaki beach, a stretch of sand popular with both tourists and locals. The property also has a private jetty for small boats or yacht tenders.

Who Savills, savills.com, tel: +44 20 7016 3740

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The Beach House, St Ives, Cornwall, UK, £2.5m

The Beach House, St Ives, Cornwall, UK

Where In Carbis Bay, 1.5 miles from the town of St Ives on the north coast of Cornwall, southwest England, and about 110 miles from Exeter international airport.

What A newly built, two-storey, waterfront home with five bedrooms and more than 3,400 sq ft of interior living space. The property has an open-plan living and dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows. Other features include a bespoke kitchen, balconies on both levels and a private garage.

Why The house is located just yards from the beach, and boasts uninterrupted 180-degree views of the sea.

Who Jackson Stops and Staff, Truro, jackson-stops.co.uk, tel: +44 1872 261160

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