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The top 10 beach houses in America to stay in this year, handpicked by the experts at Luxury Retreats

When it comes to choosing your next holiday destination, it doesn’t get better than the U.S.A. Famed for its fast-paced cities and vibrant lifestyle, it’s about so much more than just the urban life and is also home to some of the best beaches and coastal destinations in the world.

They say the best way to experience a destination to its fullest is by living like a local, and we couldn’t agree more. So, we’ve teamed up with the experts at Luxury Retreats to bring you some of the best luxury beach houses on the coast, offering you an opulent and relaxed stay that promises everything you could possibly need during your stay. In a range of sought-after locations, from Miami to Malibu, these handpicked beach houses are fit for a king, professionally inspected to ensure the utmost in quality – and with 24/7 support during your stay, you’ll never have to lift a finger. Whether you’re looking for a remote and picturesque location, or prefer being closer to the action, there’s something for everyone – so read on to find out more about Luxury Retreats’ top 10 hottest holiday rentals in America. We challenge you to choose just one!

Redondo Beach Luxury – California, Los Angeles
Sleeps 16

When it comes to luxury beach houses, few places do it better than Los Angeles, and the Redondo Beach Luxury Villa – located just steps from the picturesque Redondo beach – is up there with the very finest of them. A gated home boasting 7,800 square feet and stunning coastal views thanks to its breath-taking hilltop location, it certainly does not disappoint, and just 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles, it’s perfectly located for exploring the city.

The sun shines plenty in LA, and the Redondo provides plenty of opportunity to soak up those rays. Cool off in the outdoor pool, relax amongst the tropical rock décor or recline on a chaise looking out over the ocean. This place comes complete with its own outdoor basketball court, pool table and cinema room, too – and sleeping up to 16 guests, is the perfect pad for a larger gathering or family getaway.

Boasting an enormous king-sized master suite including a sitting area, fireplace, and ocean views, the en suite bathroom is well-equipped with a private jacuzzi, so you’ll never want to leave!

Peaceful Waters, West Lake Tahoe
Sleeps 14

Peaceful Waters, West Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a natural wonderland located between California and Nevada, and the impressive Peaceful Waters rental can be found right on the lake’s beachfront.With almost unlimited activity options for any season, you can enjoy water sports and winter sports, bike trails, family fun and nightlife – all after a tiring day, you can slip into the house’s private hot tub to soak away those aches and pains.

With plenty of outdoor space for barbecues and al fresco dining, this place comes complete with a boat ramp and dock, meaning you’re free to sail the lake at your leisure – and with a host of indoor perks that include television and WiFi as well as a wine fridge an coffee machine, you’ll want for nothing during your stay.

Captured in Paradise, Malibu, California

Captured in Paradise, Malibu, California

If you’re looking for a prime beach location, Malibu ticks all the right boxes – and there’s a good reason it’s one of the most sought-after places to live and to holiday in the whole of the U.S.A. Overlooking the pristine golden sands and rolling waves of Malibu Beach, this chic and modern five-bedroom villa boasts luxurious outdoor spaces that are perfectly designed for maxing and relaxing in the California sun – from a secluded back yard with al fresco dining area, to a gas barbecue to gather round in the evenings – and even a hot tub to soak away the stresses and strains of the day.

Comprised of a main house and separate guest accommodation, there’s plenty of room for a group, with the guarantee of privacy and comfort. Unwind on the balconies in the early evening and take in the spectacular views, or retire to the home theatre for a quiet night in watching movies. For your comfort, the house has both air conditioning and heating, laundry facilities and, of course, Wi-Fi access.

Bacara Resort, Penthouse – California, Santa Barbara
Sleeps 6

Bacara Resort, Penthouse

Located along the Naples State Marine Conservation Area in beautiful Santa Barbara – otherwise known as the American Riviera – the Bacara Resort offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and long, sandy beach – and a large, wrap-around terrace from which to take it all in.

With an array of 5-star amenities such as a 42,000 square foot wellness centre and spa, three zero-edge saline swimming pools and four night-lit Har-Tru clay tennis courts, there’s a lot to love about this luxurious hideaway – and that’s before we even come to the water rentals for stand-up paddling, kayaking, surfing and mountain biking, plus the nature walks and hiking trails and a seasonal Monarch Kids’ Club.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and a gorgeous formal dining area make this a great place to entertain, offering an evening ambience that is every bit as covetable as the day time experience. Huddle up on the couches around a roaring fireplace on those colder nights for an extra cosy evening in.

A favourite spot for weddings and anniversary celebrations, the Penthouse has been designed in such a way that the astonishing ocean views can be captured from all angles – so no matter where you are in this opulent beach house, you’ll never miss out on its best feature.

Fowler Beach Seaside Manor – The Hamptons
Sleeps 12

One of the most iconic holiday destinations for America’s upper class since the late nineteenth century, the picturesque Hamptons quite simply exude luxury – and the Fowler Beach Seaside Manor is no different.

The Hamptons are home to the Parrish Art Museum, Long Island Aquarium, and National Wildlife Refuge, for those in search of a little culture. Steeped in history and with a distinctive architectural style, the appeal of the Hamptons isn’t hard to spot – and the opulent Fowler Beach Seaside Manor is the perfect place from which to explore this playground for the rich and famous.

With its own private walkway onto the beach and a sprawling balcony for warm evenings spent outdoors, the Seaside Manor also boasts a large swimming pool and hot tub, with a fully equipped kitchen and al fresco dining area.

Broad Beach – Malibu, California
Sleeps 12

Broad Beach – Malibu

If you’re looking for a show-stopper, then Broad Beach is it. One of the most coveted properties in the whole of Malibu, it’s not hard to see where it’s charm lies. Let’s start with the three oceanfront decks, which make for the perfect spots from which to see the sun set over the Pacific.

Add to that its proximity to downtown, where you can sample some of the world class restaurants Los Angeles has to offer, plus five suite-style bedrooms and vast outdoor entertaining area, and it really is the complete package – offering everything you need to indulge in that luxurious and relaxing break you’ve been dreaming of. Ideal for a family getaway or a surf trip with friends, if you enjoy being envied, then this is the place to stay.

Neptune’s Delight, Encinita, California
Sleeps 14

Neptune’s Delight

With spectacular views of Southern California’s pristine shoreline, Neptune’s Delight is a hidden gem just begging to be discovered. Boasting floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors for uninterrupted sea views, its immense split-level terrace is the perfect spot for catching some rays, and beach bunnies will be in their element so close to the rolling waves and golden sand. Relax around the barbecue in comfortable rattan furniture and watch the world go by, enjoy an al fresco nightcap, or retire inside on cooler nights to huddle around the mosaic fireplace.

All bedrooms feature private bathrooms and flat-screen TVs, and if you’re lucky enough to be staying in the master bedroom then it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Featuring a sumptuous Japanese soak tub and multi-spray and a king-size bed facing a dramatic limestone fireplace, it’s the epitome of luxury. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Colony Cove – Malibu, California
Sleeps 8


There are reasons we keep coming back to Malibu, and Colony Cove is yet another. Beaches don’t get much better than the stunning sands of Escondido, and it’s a truly heavenly place to holiday. Sleeping up to seven people, Colony Cove offers ocean views from nearly every room, and set in a private, gated community, it’s secluded and secure.

Again, it’s well located for those hoping to explore Los Angeles and perhaps indulge in a spot of shopping – but this incredible beach house is so beautiful that you’ll barely want to leave it during your stay. To the rear of the building, you’ll find an oceanfront deck with a row of sun beds, lounge chairs, a barbecue and an al-fresco dining area with sunset views through the glass railing. After a day of sightseeing or swimming, stretch out in front of the wood-burning fireplace or catch up with your favourite show in the media room.

Malibu Road Oceanfront, Malibu, California
Sleeps 10

Set on a wide stretch of sand in one of the community’s only beachfront neighbourhoods off the highway, this luxury holiday rental offers a quieter location that is perfect for both couples and families. With four large bedrooms, it’s just minutes in the car from lively downtown, too – so it’s ideally located for those who like a bit of variety.

A wrap-around deck offers unparalleled views of the Pacific, and you even spot a dolphin or two in the waves if you look extra closely. Enjoy breakfast with a view on the porch, or head inside to luxuriate in interiors that are the epitome of California cool. With built in bookcases around the fireplace and an inviting ottoman, plus a beautifully polished live-edge wood table, the finer details have all been carefully thought out in this place.

Ocean Front Walk (Unit A) – San Diego
Sleeps 6

With the fabulous Mission Beach on your doorstep and incredible views of the ocean, it’s easy to see why this stunning beach house is often booked up months in advance. Boasting bright and spacious interiors, with foldaway glass doors that make you feel that little bit closer to nature, Oceanfront Walk Unit A is partially set on the ground floor of a duplex, and opens to a beachfront terrace with a casual sitting and dining area.

There’s lots to do in San Diego, and visitors can head to Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter and San Diego Zoo – all under 9 miles away. After a busy day, relax around the barbecue or take a sunset swim on the beach to unwind.

Another beautiful property with all the perks you could want.