Five Luxury Residences That Recreate The Resort Experience At Home

From an architectural delight on Kauai to lakefront luxury on Lake Austin, these five residences … [+] bring the resort experience home.

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There is nothing quite like reminiscing about that favorite luxury resort to transport you to another world full of fond memories and over-the-top experiences. What if you could have those same amenities all from the comfort of your own home?

These five properties, while singular, all share one common attribute: each evokes the feel of a five-star luxury resort. From a picture-perfect oceanfront Hawaiian retreat complete with outdoor shower to a golf course-adjacent spot in Oregon, here’s a look at five homes that captivate not only with their idyllic settings but also their ultra-luxury perks.

This Kauai retreat was a work of Seattle architect Ralph Anderson, who designed the property as a … [+] family vacation home.

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Lush Escape on the Garden Island

Nicknamed the “Garden Island” for its lush landscape of rainforests and mountain ranges, Kaua’i is the fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Located along the Poipu Beach coastline on the oldest island of the Hawaiian Islands, the southern property’s resort-like setting is tucked in between the protected sandy cove of Keiki Cove Beach and Lawa’i Beach.

Glass sliders open up to the extended oceanfront lanai and heated swimming pool.

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This waterfront home’s extraordinary design was created by Seattle architect Ralph Anderson as the family’s vacation home. From the glass sliders that open up to the popular surf spot Acid Drops to the extended oceanfront lanai and heated swimming pool, once you are here, you may never want to leave. Poipu Beach is also one of the most popular locations on the island for its year-round perfect temperatures, ideal for snorkeling, swimming and fishing.

Designed to capture the views, the home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

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Price: US $15 million

Bed/Baths: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Square footage: 3,706

Represented by: Neal Norman, Hawai’i Life

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This spectacular home at sits prominently on the ocean bluff of La Jolla Farms Road with expansive … [+] views of the ocean.

Willis Allen Real Estate

A Jewel on San Diego’s Coastline

With its year-round temperate climate, warm water beaches and collection of shops and restaurants, it’s no wonder La Jolla—long considered the jewel of San Diego—remains a popular vacation destination. Located on the Southern California coast, La Jolla combines spectacular ocean views and beaches with a vibrant local community full of great restaurants and shops.

The modern residence features an open and free-flowing floor plan designed for flexible family … [+] living.

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While you can travel all over the world for a peek at the most amazing sunsets, this Southern California beauty boasts them every night. Perched on an acre of land high atop an ocean bluff of La Jolla Farms that offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, this majestic contemporary features floor-to-ceiling walls of windows designed to capture the breathtaking views from nearly every room in the house. The bright and airy single-level home also opens up to a spacious courtyard and resort-style pool where you can spend your afternoons lounging.

Pocketing walls of glass open to a large terrace patio that looks out towards the ocean.

Willis Allen Real Estate

Price: US $19.6 million

Bed/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms

Square footage: 7,509

Represented by: Missy McNally, Willis Allen Real Estate

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Found adjacent to the Chandler Egan-designed Oswego Lake Country Club golf course, the home at 1425 … [+] Chandler Road was remodeled to the studs in 2011 by interior designer Keri Davis.


On the Green in Lake Oswego

Located roughly 8 miles south of Portland, Oregon, Lake Oswego is a community home to some of the most pristine golf course communities in the nation. Available links in the area include the iconic H. Chandler Egan-designed Oswego Lake Country Club golf course, access to which is limited to area residents.

The home was designed to balance the needs of active, busy spaces with serene, quiet retreats and … [+] impeccable style.


This coastal-inspired, gray-shingled home dates to the 1950s but was remodeled down to the studs in 2011 by interior designer Keri Davis. Here, you can take in the sweeping golf course views and stunning vistas from the outside covered porch that provides million-dollar views. Designed for relaxing, entertaining or watching the pros pass by, this tranquil golf course home also comes complete with access to the Forest Hills easement on the lake and a boat slip at Oswego Landing marina.

Outside, the wooded property features a large outdoor pavilion for dining and entertaining.


Price: US $4.8 million

Bed/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms

Square footage: 5,692

Represented by: Terry Sprague, LUXE

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Walls of windows bring endless views of Lake Austin inside this spectacular modern residence.

Moreland Properties

Living Lakefront on Lake Travis

There is nothing quite like owning a lake house and it’s even better when it’s one offering spectacular 180-degree views of Lake Travis. Located northwest of Austin, Lake Travis is one of Texas’ most popular lakes and is known for its variety of activities that range from zip line adventures to sunset cruises.

The property overlooks Lake Travis, one of Texas’ most popular lakes.

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As soon as you enter this contemporary Lake Travis home, a two-story living room with floor-to-ceiling windows provides jaw-dropping lakefront views. The “wow” factor continues throughout the interior of the open concept second floor with its oversized windows providing a front row seat to its hilltop lakefront setting. Outside, there are multiple expansive decks and a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy an afternoon cocktail while taking in a spectacular sunset.

The open floor plan is designed to capture everything the lake has to offer.

Moreland Properties

Price: US $1.75 million

Bed/Baths: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 half-baths

Square footage: 3,110

Represented by: Mary Briggle, Moreland Properties

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This modern interpretation of a historic home is found on Libbie Avenue, one of Richmond’s most … [+] walkable areas in the historic West End

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Historic Modern Mansion Near Richmond

Located in the historic West End near The Country Club of Virginia, you might not expect to find a modern industrial mansion within walking distance to all the action. Richmond is particularly rich in Revolutionary War history and features many walking tours for anyone interested in learning more about its rich history and integral role in the Civil War.

The five-bedroom home features handsome natural stone, wood, glass and concrete details.

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This light-filled home boasts exposed beam ceilings in the glass-walled, two-story living room. The primary suite features a spa-like bathroom with its soaking tub, heated towel racks, rainfall shower and separate vanities. The resort-style in-ground pool with fountains and other water features provides a relaxing spot to gather with the family around the courtyard for a relaxing evening. There is also a guest apartment complete with an elevator, full kitchen, living room with gas fireplace, bedroom and bath.

A fabulous primary bathroom features a soaking tub and styled rain shower.

Long & Foster Real Estate

Price: US $3.75 million

Bed/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 half-baths

Square footage: 4,957

Represented by: Pam Diemer, Long & Foster Real Estate


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Hawaii Life, Long & Foster Real Estate, LUXE, Moreland Properties and Willis Allen Real Estate are exclusive members of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.

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