Try Before You Buy? With High-End Vacation Homes, It’s A Thing

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Four Seasons Caye Chapel Resort, Caye Chapel, Belize

Trend alert: now more than ever, high-end developments are offering exclusive getaways and glamping retreats to qualified luxury home buyers. If you’re in the market for a vacation home or place to retire, there’s no better way to experience the lifestyle than with try before you buy.

Not sure where to start? No problem! We’ve done all the work for you in our list of top “try before you buy” vacation spots. Pick a place that speaks to you and indulge in a brief (and sometimes free) house hunting expedition for the second home of your dreams.

Disclaimer: You’ll want to pack your bags immediately.

Four Seasons Caye Chapel Resort Residences, Caye Chapel, Belize

$10,000 deposit for a tricked-out beach experience

Bound by six miles of white sandy beaches and steeped in a rich cultural history, this luxe coastal hideaway affords lavish accommodations for upscale island living. Bite-sized vacation packages for the yet-to-be-built Four Seasons Caye Chapel Resort Residences start with a $10,000 deposit for a weekend escape in tricked-out beach tent. The deposit is said to secure guests a position on the Caye Chapel’s Founders List, giving them first dibs on one of its coveted oceanfront homesites.

Slated to open in 2021, Caye Chapel will feature approximately 50 Four Seasons Private Estates, with opportunities starting at $2 million.

Their PR folks tell us its a place that erases the line between indoor and outdoor, saying “these exclusive homesites encourage owners to take advantage of the unparalleled access to the natural environment of Belize through boat expeditions, snorkeling, paddle boarding, diving, mainland exploration and more. Caye Chapel has luxury tents (glamping) set up right now for potential owners to experience the island first-hand.”

Long Cove on Cedar Creek Lake, Malakoff, Texas

Stay & Play Package: $1,495 for a three-day, two-night family stay

If you are longing for a getaway down south, Long Cove on Cedar Creek Lake affords an elegant place to land. The Texas lakefront community spans 1,100 acres, with 6.5 miles of shoreline, hardwood forests, pristine meadows, and protected coves.

Here you can hone your short game, hike the trails, fish for trout, or post up at a full-service marina. Lakeside bonfires, tennis, and a resort-style pool add to the community’s charm. But what does it feel like to live at Long Cove?

To experience the lifestyle firsthand, Long Cove is offering a “Stay and Play Package” for $1,495, which includes a three-day, two-night family stay. Long Cove is located just a short hour-and-fifteen-minute-drive from Dallas, 14 minutes from the quaint town of Athens, and minutes from the retail center of Malakoff.

Snake River Sporting Club, Jackson Hole, Wyoming 

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If rustic luxury retreat is more your style try Snake River Sporting Club in Jackson Hole. It’s a private club situated on 800-acres of land boasting an authentic western, on-mountain experience.

The club recently started offering luxury overnight lodging for prospective buyers in their Discovery Village – an intimate collection of four designer-furnished, one-bedroom “tiny homes,” each with their own fire pit and patio, surrounding communal open space.

Representatives tell us, “The new homes are proving to be a great tool for offering sales prospects an on-site club experience prior to purchasing.”

Costa Palmas, Los Cabos, Mexico

Invitation Only

If you play your cards right, you could be among the first to experience this 1,000-acre private beachfront resort community on the East Cape of the Baja peninsula.

This will be the first Four Seasons Resort and Residences offered in Los Cabos, slated to open this year. Inspired by the natural beauty of the site, the architecture firm Guerin Glass created four contemporary cabanas for prospective buyers to gain a sense of the lifestyle.

Costa Palmas is currently operating with an exclusive “invitation-only” beach club experience on-site, where guests can enjoy the two-mile stretch of calm, swimmable beach in a private seaside cabana.

“Aventura” guides keep guests entertained throughout their stay with a collection of beach equipment and water activities from jet skiing, paddle boarding, wake surfing, and sport fishing, to ATV adventuring to secret caves and waterfalls, and horseback rides on the beach at sunset.

Evenings are spent on the sand by the bonfire or at a farm-to-table dinner in the nursery. The two and three-day visits offer an impressive introduction to all that Costa Palmas and the East Cape have to offer, leaving visitors anxious to visit again and excited for what’s to come.

The Loge At Kukui’ula, Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii

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Who doesn’t dream of vacationing in Hawaii at least once a year? Get a sense of what it’s like to live the Hawaii life at The Lodge at Kukui’ula, where you can stay in a collection of well-appointed island-style cottages, villas, and bungalows.

Elegant yet comfortable accommodations offer a luxurious and tranquil feel met by Kauai’s world-renowned indoor-outdoor island lifestyle. Guests of The Lodge at Kukui’ula have complete access to the personal service and privacy of the club, which includes an array of exclusive amenities, previously enjoyed exclusively by residents of the community.

These perks include a program called “Island Pursuits” which offers a backstage pass to Kauai adventures through local guides offering hikes along the Kalalau Trail, to sailing adventures in a traditional Hawaiian canoe, and more.

The Spa at Kukui’ula is a treasured favorite. Indulge a 18,000-square-foot facility with treatment rooms, outdoor volcanic rock garden showers, lap pool, fitness center, and Kukui’ula’s Signature “Seven Step Wet Ritual” that uses local ingredients from their onsite spa garden. And if that isn’t enough to entice you, their Upcountry Farm & Lake allows guests to pick seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs to cook with “at home” or enjoy at monthly farm dinners.

The Plantation House serves as a community clubhouse, providing a spectacular place to dine, outfitted with game rooms, bar service, and a collection of Makai pools.

For the avid golfer, nothing beats the postcard-perfect golf views at the award-winning Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole golf course.

Montage Residences Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina

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Nestled between Hilton Head and Savannah rests Montage Residences Palmetto Bluff. Set within a southern colonial-inspired village, it features quaint cobblestone lanes adorned with twinkling gaslights, and evokes a sense of timelessness and tradition that pays homage to its rich history.

A forever place in the Lowcountry, Montage Residences allows prospective homeowners to literally “try before they buy” thanks to a number of branded residences from Montage’s exclusive collection now available as part of the hotel accommodation pool.

These residences range from two to five bedrooms and feature spacious gathering areas, open living and dining rooms, expansive kitchens, Carolina rooms, and a fully-appointed screened-in porch. Here, residents are able to relax and experience a sense of timelessness.

When you are ready to venture out, four bicycles and a golf cart are available for use during the initial stay, as well as a complimentary Lagoon Cruise, daily housekeeping, turndowns, and all of Montage’s world-class amenities.

Starting at $1.4 million, the fully-furnished residences range from 2,200 to 4,200 square feet, and afford access to all Montage Palmetto Bluff resort services and amenities, including a residential concierge, spa services, and unbeatable resort recreation.

The Residences at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico

Have Your Trial Stay Reimbursed

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort, has launched 30 exceptionally-crafted Signature Residences, each designed to showcase the warmth of Baja culture and the quintessence of seaside living. The Residences are statements of luxury, featuring artful designs and lavish amenities, with over 5,200 square feet of living spaces.

Prospective buyers have the exclusive opportunity to experience the residences during a two-night trial stay. After testing luxurious features like infinity-edged baths and outdoor plunge pools, guests who decide to purchase a Signature Residence will have their trial stay reimbursed.

These images here offer a sneak peek inside the $7 million dollar penthouse, which was built for unrivaled splendor. 

Escondido Golf & Lake Club, Horseshoe Bay, Texas

Short term rental opportunity

For those looking to live out their second home dreams in iconic Horseshoe Bay, you are in for a treat! Escondido Golf & Lake Club has an exclusive residence available for short-term rentals.

Here, prospective buyers can immerse themselves in lake life at Horseshoe Bay before committing to a full-time retreat. The newly built $1.65 million dollar estate has been thoughtfully designed to enhance the luxurious yet laid back lifestyle of Horseshoe Bay. Contact listing agent, Tammie Bennet of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty for current rental rates.

Which resort destination is your favorite? We would love to hear in the comments. And if you do “try before you by,” be sure to let them know sent you!