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Summer 2007 | Gay Luxury Villa Rentals

Summer 2007 | Gay Luxury Villa Rentals

Round up some friends and rent your own fab private vacation villa in gay-popular locales.

1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Oceanfront Villa (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)
$4,500 per week
Phone: 954-548-7089
A private beachfront estate that's just a short stroll to the area's best-known gay beach, Sebastian Street Beach, it has its own deck with hot tub overlooking the ocean. This 2,000-square foot tropical villa is one of just 41 stand-alone homes along Fort Lauderdale's 23 miles of beach-a plot of land that's worth almost $5 million. A wall of French doors takes advantage of the great views of the Atlantic.

2. Mykonos, Greece
Villa Liv Lem (3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms)
(Pictured above. Photo courtesy of Wimco Villas)
$9,600-$11,600 per week
Phone: 800-449-1553
A huge shower with three heads (invite your friends) complete with aquarium-like windows looking into the bottom of the pool, endless views of Panormos Bay all around, outdoor veranda dining areas, and whitewashed Greek elegance-this is the way to do Mykonos. The master bedroom and one of the guest rooms face the pool in this three-level gay-owned vacation villa that's just a ten-minute drive from Mykonos's famed gay nude beach, Super Paradise.

3. Phuket, Thailand
Baan Sang Pathum Villa, Chalong Bay
(5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms)
$2,065-$6,965 per week
Phone: 011-66-2-636-7641
Live-in maids, pointed Thai roofs, artifacts in antique glass cases, two swimming pools, a massage gazebo, and Jacuzzi suites round out this secluded villa compound perched right on the beach at Chalong Bay. Gardeners tend to the extensive foliage surrounding the property, which was built mostly from teak by local craftsmen. The rainbow-bedecked gay center of the island at Patong Beach is about 25 minutes away.

4. Fire Island, N.Y.
Pines Oceanfront House (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)
$5,500-$7,500 per week
Phone: 917-470-7393
A heated pool overlooking the beach, a roof-deck hot tub, and something everyone on Fire Island craves: space for a 100-person party. This expansive, recently renovated house is far-but not too far-from the ferry landing on this carless island, where straightforward rentals like this (as opposed to shares) are hard to come by.

5. Laguna Beach, Calif.
Hillside Architectural Gem
(3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms)
$9,000-$14,000 per month
Phone: 714-838-8301
High above the beach and gay clubs, this post-and-beam mid-century masterpiece is all about architectural drama. With views stretching from languid Catalina Island to twinkling Los Angeles, this is a retreat for aesthetes who want to live in a work of art. Even though the house is getting on in years, the kitchen and bathrooms all feature stylish appliances (read: Miele and Gaggenau).

6. Ibiza, Spain
Villa Can Gat (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)
$7,861-$21,189 per week
Phone: 011-34-1422-83-9986
Dating from the 19th century and completely restored in 2000, this whitewashed traditional house with a pool features wood beams and thick walls-great natural soundproofing-in the Ibizan style. The master suite boasts a whirlpool bath, and the dining room has a fireplace. A short walk from the bars and attractions of San Carlos, the villa is about three miles to the gay nude beach of Aguas Blancas.

7. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Villa Merissa
(10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms)
$11,200-$19,600 per week
Phone: 800-222-6999
This immense (14,000 square feet) colonial-style villa can fit your posse. Located just a 10-minute walk to the town and beaches, Villa Merissa sports an ornate candlelit dining room, an entertainment room with seating for 20, a stone-and-tile Jacuzzi, a 20-by-40-foot heated swimming pool, and outdoor lounge beds overlooking Banderas Bay.

8. Saugatuck, Mich.
Historic Waterfront Home
(6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms)
$6,900 per week
Phone: 269-857-5000
This stately white-shingled home from the 1800s is right in the middle of Saugatuck (a.k.a. the Provincetown of the Midwest) within walking distance of restaurants and bars. With its dark wood interiors, the house is long on charm and ideal for entertaining, with its enclosed porch, fireplace, lawn, docks jutting out over Lake Kalamazoo-and it's about three miles from the gay scene at Opal Beach.

9. Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Elegant Beach House
(6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms)
$2,400-$4,950 per week
Phone: 302-853-0678
Outdoor showers, a sauna, a pool area, mahogany floors, and French doors that lead to a multilevel deck-and you can bike to the beach, which is six or seven blocks away. The kitchen is designed for large gatherings with dining areas that seat up to 47. Bring the party outside, courtesy of the Bose indoor-outdoor sound system.

10. Ogunquit, Maine
Ocean-View House (5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms)
$1,500-$4,600 per week
Phone: 207-251-4161
Half a dozen multitiered decks built on top of this whitewashed house let guests admire the 360-degree views of Old Orchard Beach across the street. Or watch the sunrise from the five-person Jacuzzi on the rooftop sundeck. The master suite boasts a canopy bed and floor-to-ceiling ocean views. The rental is about 20 miles north of the gay area of Ogunquit Beach.

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