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10 All-star villas

Even the very finest hotels can't offer the kind of peace and quiet we crave. For isolation that is truly sublime, try these standout properties from around the world.

Villa Beach 921, Dominican Republic
Villa Beach 921, Dominican Republic
The soaring, open-plan design of this four-bedroom property makes the most of its beachfront location on the Dominican Republic's north coast.

Inside, the amenities include a slick chef's kitchen with a wood-burning pizza oven, and baths with sunken spa tubs. Outside, there's a private palapa for yoga or meditation, an herb garden, a four-car garage, and a spacious infinity pool overlooking a slice of breezy beach.

The water-sport capital of Cabarete, just minutes away, has windsurfing, kiteboarding, and enough cafes and beach bars to keep happy-hourers happy around the clock.

Pricing: From $21,000/week.

Complete booking information: Villa Beach 921
Last updated February 07 2008: 7:47 PM ET

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