Six of the best beach house rentals

There's nothing quite like renting your own beach house for the summer - stepping out onto a secluded stretch of sand so fine it squeaks between your toes, spending long, sun-drenched days alternating between the azure ocean and your beachfront pool, feasting al-fresco with family and friends as the sun sinks on another perfect day. Whether you're looking for a rustic-luxe beach shack in Vietnam, a beachfront bolthole in Cape Town or a pared-back Mexican Casa, here's six of our favourite beach house rentals offering the ultimate in beachfront bliss.


1. Kya Beach House, Koh Samui

Located directly on Baan Po's white sand beach, you'll have the Gulf of Thailand lapping at your feet in this beautiful 3 bedroom abode - seamlessly fusing barefoot beach-chic with elegant modern interiors. Enjoy the very best in beachfront living with open plan living areas and extensive outdoor seating, a sprawling beachfront pool and BBQ dining in the 'beach garden'.


2. Casa Nalum, Mexico

Embrace your inner Robinson Crusoe with this beachfront beauty, cast away on the secluded shores of the Sian Ka'an biosphere, just 20 mins south of Tulum. Set among 2 acres of lush jungle and lofty palms, the property boasts direct access to a brilliant white stretch of virgin sand, as well as the coral reef and lagoon that brings you through ancient Mayan Canals. Enjoy every modern comfort from delicious dining courtesy of your private chef, a roof terrace and home cinema yet remain eco-friendly in this fully self-sufficient property.


3. Six Senses Con Dao Oceanfront 3 bedroom Villa, Vietnam

Set directly on the beach, this vast three bedroom villa spreads over three pavilions, offering stunning views of the East Vietnam Sea. Two master beds boast expansive ocean views and large open plan bathrooms with bathtubs and outdoor showers while a private pool, lap pool and a sun terrace offer elegant beachfront living.


4. Four Bedroom Beachfront Villa

Inspired by contemporary Caribbean living concepts, indoor and outdoor spaces merge in this modern beachfront villas, with sliding windows, multiple terraces and outdoor showers. Surrounded by lush vegetation, you'll benefit from the privacy of a secure resort setting, but the luxury of your own beachfront villa. Private beach frontage is accessed via a limestone staircase, while an infinity pool, secluded wood deck, fire pit and summer kitchen make for easy beach living.


6. Au Bord Du Reve, St Tropez

A rare find, this cute-as-can-be beach hut maybe be shabby chic - but boasts direct beach frontage in one of the most exclusive areas of the French Riviera. Within walking distance of St Tropez’ elegant marina, its lively markets and trendy restaurants, the property is perfectly placed for a small family or group of friends looking to explore the area's charms. Just across the Bay, St Maxime beckons, while exploring further afield will allow you to take in the prettiest of villages, white sandy beaches and trendy beach clubs.

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