Collections - December 16, 2020

Summer in December

Curated by Veronique Lievre


Our warmest rentals for summer in December, where the only ice around will be in your cocktail.


GRACE BAY VILLA, TURKS & CAICOS


This Alessandro Landi-designed holiday home, just steps from Grace Bay Beach, invites you to trade snow for sea, sand, and sun. Scuba diving is also coveted here, with barrier reefs along Providenciales north shore and a 2,000-mile-plus underwater wall off Grand Turk island. Average high/low temperature in December: 81°F/70°F, 27°C/21°C



THUNDER BAY VILLA, ST. JAMES, BARBADOS


Ah, Barbados. The birthplace of rum. Imagine sipping a glass of it in the winter, on the Barbadian platinum coast, in a Brazilian Modern masterpiece designed by architect Marcio Kogan. The best seat in the house is near the pool or terrace, overlooking a protected forest. Average high/low temperature in December: 85°F/75°F, 29°C/23°C



LA PALMA VILLA, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN


Designed by award-winning Berlin-based Kazanski Keilhacker Urban Design Architektur, this holiday home invites you into its infinity pool that seems to kiss the Atlantic, with the broad island landscape beyond. Explore the beaches or book a boat tour, leave your mittens at home. Average high/low temperature in December: 70°F/61°F, 21°C/16°C


COASTAL GLASS HOUSE, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA


While much of the world is freezing, the warmest season in Tasmania starts in December. It’s something to contemplate from this spectacular post and beam home that sits on a bluff, overlooking Great Oyster Bay with unobstructed “forever” views. Average high/low temperature in December: 68°F/52°F, 20°C/11°C


BETHELLS BEACH HOUSE, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND


Designed by Herriot & Melhuish: Architecture Ltd., this award-winning residence is constructed using three separate timber boxes with decks that extend out over the horizon. It fills our cup with holiday cheer just dreaming of sunbathing on one of those decks, surrounded by the wild and scenic New Zealand coastline. Average high/low temperature in December: 72°F/57°F, 22°C/14°C


HOME, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA


Buenos Aires is the antithesis of hibernation in December, with its sidewalk parrillas packed with porteños. An unexpected oasis in the heart of the exciting Palermo Hollywood neighborhood, Home offers calm and cheery Scandinavian and midcentury vibes. Average high/low temperature in December: 82°F/64°, 28°C/18°C


HOUSE OF THE SUN, IXTAPA, MEXICO


A new year is coming, which we think is a good time to find some tropical and zen gardens to reflect in. Enter architect Diego Villasenor’s vision of primitive, natural elegance and sense of scale, in the form of a villa that is both rustic and chic. It all comes together on an Ixtapan bluff. Average high/low temperature in December: 91°F/66°F, 33°C/19°C


CASA SERENA, RAIATEA, FRENCH POLYNESIA


Comprised of two homes on a two-acre jewel of land near a lagoon, this property offers access to the water from a private pier. With grand gathering areas and hotel-like design and amenities (the architect was Pierre-Jean Picart, of The Brando fame), it’s perfect for two families to balance togetherness and space. Average high/low temperature in December: 87°F/82°F, 31°C/28°C


ST. HELIER BEACH HOUSE, UMKOMAAS, SOUTH AFRICA


Facing spectacular views of the Indian Ocean in an idyllic spot of sultry, sub-tropical beauty, this Joy Brasler-designed retreat was made for poolside lounging. Who needs a fireplace to stay warm, when you can fire up the BBQ here and dine alfresco in a t-shirt? Average high/low temperature in December: 79°F/67°F, 26°C/19°C

For more summer in December destinations, browse our collection here.

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