The long, dark night of winter solstice is behind us, but the short, dark days of early 2022 can try even the sunniest of souls. Surely springtime and summer are just over the horizon—but it still feels like an eternity before they come. So, rather than await them here in the Northern Hemisphere, why not go meet them in sunny places closer to the equator? For those of us in need of seasonal escape, especially during these challenging times, a home in a warm climate is the perfect retreat. Consider a dream beachfront villa in the Turks and Caicos or in sun-soaked Florida, or a far-flung escape to the jungles of Costa Rica. So let the patient planet tilt its northern faces slowly back to warmer days and ways. For the moment, though, let’s follow the sun.

Cascade Villa in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Cascade Villa was designed for the ultimate Caribbean lifestyle. The pièce de résistance of this tropical beachfront escape is its cascading infinity pool, one of most impressive private pools in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

​​Cap d’Antibes-Inspired Oceanfront Villa in Highland Beach, Florida

This grand Mediterranean-inspired oceanfront mansion is reminiscent of a private resort, with a wellness center, movie theater, auto museum, oceanside pool, landscaped gardens, and 120 feet of Atlantic Ocean frontage on exclusive Highland Beach, Florida.

Apsara on Old Fort Bay, New Providence, Bahamas

Apsara in Old Fort Bay, New Providence, is a boater’s paradise with 150 feet of waterfront and a private beach and 150 feet of canal frontage. The glitz and glamour of Nassau is just 30 minutes away.

Villa Rose in Lurin, Saint Barthélemy

Villa Rose is a tropical escape overlooking verdant hillsides and azure waters above Gouverneur Beach on the paradise island of Saint Barthélemy.

Casa Chameleon at Mal País, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Secluded with the jungle canopy, Casa Chameleon is a piece of paradise between the surfing mecca of Santa Teresa and the Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.

Reef House on Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Set into a gently sloping verdant oasis overlooking the ever-changing blues of the elite Eustatia Sound and neighboring Necker Island, Reef House on Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda, is an exclusive island retreat for those dreaming of a luxurious escape from the everyday.

Villa Shanti in Phang-Nga, Thailand

This spectacular beachfront Villa Shanti in the Phang-Nga province of Thailand is set within idyllic tropical gardens with panoramic views of the Andaman sea.