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Robert Mills completed Ocean House—his personal beach retreat—in late 2011, and when the architect is not in residence, he rents it to those desiring a rarefied base for their Australian adventures. Located about two hours southwest of Melbourne, the six-bedroom structure of concrete, glass, and wood overlooks a eucalyptus forest and the waters of Loutit Bay. The area is known for such pursuits as swimming and mountain biking, but the property’s design may convince guests to stay closer to home. The bedrooms feature wraparound terraces, and the living areas have furnishings by Piero Lissoni and Patricia Urquiola. Their pieces also grace the deck, where guests can soak in the atmosphere from the open-air bath.  [Samantha Brooks]

Rates: starting at $4,800 per week. Contact: Robert Mills Architects, +61.03.9525.2406, www.oceanhouse.com.au


Charterers of the 140-foot sloop Sarissa (www.sarissa.com) enjoy an environment that is well equipped for both speeding up and slowing down. The yacht, built by the Netherlands’ Vitters Shipyard for an experienced sailor with a young family, boasts a square-topped mainsail for racing—a first for a boat this size—a carbon composite hull, and a lifting keel, plus the relaxing ambience of a casually elegant beach house. The latter is the work of the Rhoades Young Design team, who opted for a minimalist decor highlighting three kinds of wood—cherry, lime-brushed oak, and rosewood—and sleek furnishings. Tripp Design, of Norwalk, Conn., conceived of such architectural elements as the carbon hull and rigging, while the owner came up with the idea for an aft cockpit that converts to a pool. Sarissa sleeps as many as 10 guests in five cabins.  [S.B.]

Rates: starting at $140,000 per week. Contact: Hill Robinson, +, www.hillrobinson.com


Of the 311 private residences at Hualalai Resort, just six are oceanfront homes, and of the six, only this property is available for rent. The four-bedroom villa known as 72-207 Waiulu, built by Honolulu’s RSK Architects, ensconces guests within tranquil spaces that include Balinese-style pavilions, which separate the kitchen, living, and dining areas from the bedrooms, and a courtyard with a koi pond. Sliding pocket doors help to merge the home’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Guests can take their afternoons by the infinity pool, or take the property’s two golf carts onto the Jack Nicklaus course at the nearby Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The resort’s restaurants and other facilities are also open to guests of 72-207 Waiulu.  [S.B.]

Rates: starting at $52,500 per week. Contact: Hualalai Villas and Homes, 808.325.8022, www.hualalaivillasandhomes.com


The Swiss Alps resort town of Verbier, known for its long ski season and off-piste terrain, is home to chalet No. 14, an 11,700-square-foot villa rental bearing the marks of the local architect Patrice Coupy and the London-based designer Fiona Barratt. During a 2010 renovation, the two imbued the Verbier Exclusive–managed property with a modern aesthetic. Among the major additions were a 30-foot-long indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a steam room, a cold plunge pool, spa treatment rooms, and a theater. Most of the furnishings that Barratt selected for the 13-bedroom house are the custom creations of London’s Ben Whistler. No. 14’s 15 staff members tend to guests’ needs, providing in-house fittings of skis and boots, 24-hour chauffeur and concierge services, breakfast and afternoon tea daily, and drinks and canapés followed by a four-course dinner six nights a week.  [S.B.]

Rates: starting around $71,000 per week. Contact: Verbier Exclusive, +44.1608.674.011, www.verbierexclusive.com

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