Embrace the Sun | Vacation Homes for the Perfect Summer Getaway

A luxury home with an infinity pool and ocean views.

A wave of excitement and wanderlust is sweeping across the globe: summer is here. With all its promises of adventure, relaxation, and unforgettable experiences, it’s the time of year when we yearn to escape the everyday routine and discover all the exciting places the earth has to offer.

Whether you seek pristine beachesvibrant cultural destinations, or anything in between, summer homes are the perfect space to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

Come along as we tour five stunning vacation homes—from México to Spain. Grab your sunglasses, pack your suitcase, and get ready to uncover the most captivating homes that will make your summer shine.

Tulum, México

The exterior of a luxury home in Tulum, with outdoor seating and a luxurious pool.

This breathtaking, four-bedroom jungle villa boasts a dramatic contemporary style with Mexican-inspired elements and spaces. Located in the private, and exclusive, gated community of Aldea Zama, Casa Leonardo Tulum was built in 2017 and is perfectly situated between charming downtown Tulum and the beach’s abundant restaurants, boutiques, and bars.

Enjoy captivating jungle views upon entering the villa’s main door, where you are greeted by an expansive dining room and additional outdoor living and dining areas. Soak in the Caribbean sunshine by the pool or have a hydro massage inside the Jacuzzi. Enjoy a BBQ on the exterior grill and relax in the art backyard, where you’ll find the mural masterpiece “More Love” by Mexican artist Jorge Tellaeche.

Additional highlights of the property include its heated pool, private terrace, outside dining area, and rooftop access.

Listed by Carlo Toluzzi of Engel & Völkers Tulum.

Harpswell, Maine

A zoomed out view of a private island with a boat sailing in the foreground.

Long Point Island is an exclusive private island offering endless 360-degree water views, numerous hidden beaches, two meticulously maintained homes, and a park-like setting of meadows, paths, and stunning granite ridges. Eat breakfast watching the sunrise from your ocean-facing screened-in porch; dine with the sunset all around you on your south/west-facing decks; watch sailboats from your living room; and listen to the ocean waves from your sunlight-bathed kitchen. Outside, paths wind through this almost six-acre retreat, and granite ridges provide ample perches for fishing.

A sanctuary perfect for both solo enjoyment and sharing with family and friends, Long Point Island is a rare and wonderful estate with a unique bucolic charm—all located within an easy drive to downtown Brunswick and a short car ride (or boat trip, should you prefer) to Portland.

Listed by Bruce Davis of Engel & Völkers Harpswell.

San Rafael, California

The exterior of a luxury home in San Rafael.

This single-level, mid-century design, custom property offers the best of Marin County vacation homes. Exquisite front yard landscaping includes blossoms and a splashing pool, evoking memories of beach resorts worldwide. The moveable glass door brings the outside in, as the home’s architecture takes advantage of the area’s significant natural beauty. Large windows and an open floor plan make for a spacious, light-filled interior, the perfect place to entertain large gatherings.

Highlights from the property include a bay window overlooking the outdoor dining area, and an expansive chef’s kitchen with storage, stainless appliances, a wine storage closet, and direct access to a 44-foot solar-heated pool. Located in proximity to the highly coveted Andy’s Market, the Marina, and accessible walkways.

Listed by Christine Christiansen of Engel & Völkers Mill Valley.

West Vancouver, British Columbia

The waterfront of a luxury home in West Vancouver.

Good things come to those who wait, and after almost 60 years, this incredible property is finally on the market. Perched above the private and sandy Empire Beach, this lovely 3,800-square-foot home features stunning panoramic ocean, city, and mountain views. The three-bedroom property features a spacious primary suite and a main floor with a freshly renovated kitchen and family room, a formal dining/living room, a den, and a wrap-around patio perfect for summer BBQs.

Spend your weekends playing bocce on the flat, grassy lawn. Take your boat to explore the majestic waterfront, or head out for a peaceful sunset paddleboard.

Listed by Jesse Dean Cook of Engel & Völkers West Vancouver.

Mallorca, Spain

The exterior of a luxury home in Mallorca.

Listed for $69 million (or €65 million), Villa Solitaire was designed by award-winning Italian architect Matteo Thun, who created the striking glass-front home to capitalize on the magnificent views. The abode took nearly eight years to complete and was designed to mimic boat sails floating through the air.

The seven-bedroom, six-bathroom home overlooks the capital, Palma, and the Mediterranean Sea and features multiple living rooms, which open onto the infinity terraces, pools, and lush gardens. The basement surprises visitors with its own video art installation along with a Zen Garden, fitness room with treatment facilities, sauna, Turkish bath, and six spacious parking spaces. Other highlights include open fireplaces, a formal and informal dining room, a main and satellite kitchen, a bar, and a wine cellar.

The property is so stunning, in fact, that Nicole Kidman stayed there earlier this year while filming the spy thriller series “Lioness,” in which she’ll star as CIA Senior Supervisor Kaitlyn Meade. 

Listed by Gabriela Muñoz of Engel & Völkers Mallorca.