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Design Ideas | Create a Relaxing Haven at Home

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The best escapes aren’t always at a five-star hotel. A well-appointed home can be the place you let go, relax, and indulge in the good life in a style perfectly suited to your tastes. With these relaxing design concepts to spark your imagination, it’ll be easy to cultivate vacation tranquility, whether or not you ever leave the house.

Maximize Indoor-Outdoor Living

It’s scientifically proven that being outside lower stress levels, improves focus, and boosts your energy levels. So why limit yourself to one patio space when you can luxuriate on several? Have your breakfast on the terrace, watch the sun go down from the infinity pool, and leave the walls to your bedroom wide open to let the ocean air lull you to sleep.

British Virgin Islands | Maritha KeilBritish Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Look down on sparsely-populated white sand beaches over an end-of-day bottle of wine, brought up from your own private cellar at Katitche Point Greathouse in the British Virgin Islands. Pyramid-style roof designs let in extra ventilation, private verandas border the bedroom suites, and an interior courtyard outfitted with tropical landscaping offers secluded reflection. Find the ultimate relaxation in the master suite outdoor bath and shower, nestled amongst natural flora.

Argolida, Greece | Stephanie Michalopoulou,Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

The Aman Residences in Argolida, Greece make waking up to the Argo-Saronic Gulf spectacularly natural. With floor-to-ceiling sliding walls, tastefully-appointed rooms in your private villa turn into extended terraces with infinity pools flanked by beautiful countryside. Take advantage of the common spaces for fantastic outdoor dining and incredible open-air spa treatments.

Find Space to Play

Let home be the place that you indulge your childish enthusiasm. Of course you need the plush sleeping quarters and the lavish chef’s kitchen, but don’t forget about the power of a well-equipped games room, cooling lap pool, or a funky cocktail bar.

North Palm Beach, Florida | Cristina CondonTodd Peter, & Frances PeterSotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

In addition to an incredible indoor-outdoor set up, this 25,878-square-foot residence in North Palm Beach, Florida has a fun beachy vibe that carries throughout the house. Take a time out at the swimming pool complete with waterslide and spa, play 21 on the half court, practice your swing on the putting green, or play solids vs. stripes in your breezy billiard room, complete with a cold pint from your wet bar.

Rancho Palos Verdes, California | Chris AdlamVista Sotheby’s International Realty

Somewhere between the dramatic staircase, the nine fireplaces, and the 500-gallon fish tank, you’ll need to hit pause and take it all in at this custom-built California home. Best to bask in the glow of your 1,300-bottle refrigerated wine cellar or at the edge of your pool-adjacent bar, complete with swordfish motif. Then watch the sunset from the pool, and let your stresses melt away.

Use Natural Water-Blue Accents

One of the most calming color palettes there is, blue remains top of the list for invoking serenity. At once energizing and therapeutic, ocean blue is the ideal accent for your relaxing haven. And one step better than splashing it on walls or framing it in art is opening your doors to an endless water vista.

Anguilla | Scott HauserAnguilla Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

The ocean meets the sky in a brilliant shade of turquoise at this Anguilla property. Set yourself up to take it all in on a stunning glass terrace outfitted with bright white loungers overlooking the pristine beach below. When you need some shade, head inside and whip up something fresh in the gourmet kitchen.

Grand Baie, Mauritius | Nawsheen Herburrun & Nicolas Le MerleMauritius Sotheby’s International Realty

Let island living wash over you from the beautiful soaker pool at this Grand Baie villa on the isle of Mauritius. When you’re not off on a boat trip or snorkeling for the day, relax on the pool deck or sip slushy cocktails in the poolside gazebo. Wherever you are, the natural elements at this stunning villa will keep you distinctly unwound.

Let the Light In

Nothing does quite as much for design as the color white. Ask any design aficionado and they’ll tell you that the eye typically goes to the brightest part of a composition. And at home, when living areas are awash in pearly brights, the spaces to discover seem endless.

St. Martin | Lesley ReedSt. Martin Sotheby’s International Realty

This beachfront estate on the Caribbean island of St. Martin brings white outdoors to great effect. The property’s curtained pavilion offers a cooling respite from the Plum Bay sun, allowing for al fresco dining and sultry cross breezes. Take a dip in the heated pool after the sun goes down, or entertain guests in one of the property’s chic dining areas. The home’s features include a two-story master suite, two private balconies, and an easy 10-minute drive to the island’s international airport. Perched above turquoise waters, this oceanview gem offers the perfect spot to breathe deeply and enjoy the view.

Mykonos, Greece | George KasimisGreece Sotheby’s International Realty

In true Grecian style, the Argari observatory in Mykonos is outfitted in white to cast off an unrelenting sun. The property’s four independent houses are nestled in a pocket of privacy in the rocky hills, guaranteeing guests a peaceful retreat. Set yourself adrift in the infinity pool or stretch out under the shade of an outdoor veranda, taking in all the beauty the Mykonos hills have to offer while knowing you’re never more than 15 minutes away from the bustle of boutique shopping and the ease of fine dining.

The formula for your own relaxed haven is quite simple: a little light, some sea-blue accents, open-air living, and the potential for fun.

Glean more design insights from these tastefully-decorated homes and find your own piece of paradise.

Sotheby’s: 6 Villas You Need To See To Believe

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Luxury Living | Saunas and Spas

Whether it’s decompressing in a steam room or sauna, finding your Zen in a personal salt cavern or relaxing in the shower while taking in some of the most sought after views from around the world, the perks of having spa-equivalent amenities in your home are undeniable. Imagine yourself unwinding in one of these exclusive homes.

Poland

Price Upon Request | Wroclaw, Poland | Poland Sotheby’s International Realty

Poland – Nestled at the foot of the Sleza Mountain Range, this unique country estate sprawls over eight acres of parklands. Once a private enclave for renowned philanthropist, humanitarian and art collector Barbara Piasecka Johnson, this home enjoys a spa, sauna and bijoux salt cavern lined with mineral-rich Himalayan bricks among its offerings.

BVI

$3,995,000 USD | Tortola, British Virgin Islands | British Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

British Virgin Islands – Located on one of the most captured beaches in the Caribbean, Sunset Villa is in a highly sought after part of Long Bay. Imagine mesmerizing sunsets, panoramic views and the tranquil sounds of the surf at your doorstep. Enjoy unforgettable vistas from one of the en-suite spa showers at this island escape.

California

Price Upon Request | Orinda, California | Bay Sotheby’s International Realty

California – Enter through the hand-forged iron gates into this majestic estate. The Hilltop offers a seemingly infinite offering of amenities including an entire separate sports complex complete with rock climbing wall, tennis, golf simulator and luxurious sauna and spa. Enjoy the views and meticulous craftsmanship of this home from the numerous indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.

Italy

5.300.000 € EUR | Siena, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

Italy – This historic estate dates back to the 17th century. Its quintessential architecture and idyllic setting epitomize the Tuscan lifestyle while the wide array of amenities befits a modern one. Complete with a world-class spa, this rustic retreat spans well over four thousand acres of Italian countryside.

Sweden

5.700.000 KR SEK | Skane, Sweden | Sweden Sotheby’s International Realty

Sweden – Positioned on Kullahalvön’s majestic slopes, this inviting summerhouse is a private natural getaway. Floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors blend interior and exterior spaces through the property providing an organic living experience complete with incomparable sea views.

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New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | May 2015

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From a world-renowned California ranch to an exclusive private island in the British Virgin Islands, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

California

$100,000,000 USD | California, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Sycamore Valley Ranch is the ultimate ranch retreat and gated estate of approx. 2,698 acres located 5 miles north of the town of Los Olivos. Published in The Wall Street Journal, the home was designed by Robert Altevers for William Bone in a French Normandy-style and meticulously crafted to perfection. Nestled between extensively landscaped gardens and a four-acre lake complete with a waterfall, the home offers incredible pastoral and majestic mountain views. The ranch features 22 unique structures, including three separate guest homes, an approx. 5,500-sq.ft. movie theater with stage, and several barns.

France

Price Upon Request | Cannes, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated in one the most sought after buildings of the Croisette, this magnificent and private apartment features a roof top terrace offering one of the most captivating views over the bay. This extraordinary waterfront apartment is a blend of both contemporary and classical design.

Luxembourg

Price Upon Request | Luxembourg | Luxembourg Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in the early 1900’s and located in one of the most prestigious residential neighborhoods of Luxembourg City, this historic Castle is nestled in the middle of over 7 acres and is one of the largest and most private parcels of land in the capital. The principal rooms are adorned with rich wood paneling, marble fireplaces and crown moldings making them ideal for elegant entertaining.

BigScrub

Price Upon Request | Big Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands | British Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxurious living alongside a world-class resort & marina, Scrub Island is a true private island oasis with 170 acres of blank canvas. Big Scrub is connected to Little Scrub by an isthmus and the relatively small Little Scrub has amenities such as restaurants, bars, gourmet markets, beaches, a health club and various water sport activities available. Its central location offers close proximity to the airport but more importantly to various hidden treasures, all just a short boat ride away.

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