This is what a $34 million beach house looks like

Recent events have you dreaming of moving to a secluded island, to avoid having to hear about politics for a few months out of the year? Well, for the 0.01 percent of the population that can actually afford their own island compound, there are plenty of options out there.

Each of the following properties is a relatively new construction, and each contains a group of small, satellite buildings that orbit a main entertainment space. It's a configuration that allows for entertaining on a grand scale and has the added benefit of letting owners hunker down for the long term with a small group of friends and family. They are all roughly AU$34 million, but each offers a very different lifestyle to potential buyers.

Turks & Caicos Beachfront Compound

  • Size: 1393.5 square metres
  • Price/ Sq. Metre: $2248
  • Acres: 4.57
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 12

Set on a private peninsula with 426 metres of water frontage, the compound has a main house with five bedrooms (each with en-suite baths), a two-bedroom guest cottage that has its own kitchen and living room, and additional on-site staff buildings and a guard house.

The house has a wine cellar gym, tennis court, two-car garage, and wraparound infinity pool. There's also a series of outdoor pavilions, lounges, fire pit areas, and, adjacent to the property, a 27-metre dock for mooring your yacht. The house sits on a tiny stretch of land on Providenciales, the northernmost island of the Turks & Caicos – the Providenciales airport, which is about a two-hour, direct flight from Miami, is a short drive away.

Hawaii Beachfront Estate

  • Size: 1610 square metres
  • Price/ Sq. Metre: $1943
  • Acres: 1.495
  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Bathrooms: 8 full, 3 half

Overlooking Kailua Bay on the island of Honolulu, this massive home was built in 2009 and is surrounded by manicured tropical gardens. Visitors approach through the main gate, then walk past the three-bedroom guest house to reach the main, five bedroom home.

There's also an "entertainment cabana" overlooking the beach and a series of indoor/ outdoor living areas (there's even a waterfall pool) that take advantage of the house's enviable beachfront location in one of the most sought-after areas in Honolulu. The property is about a 25-minute drive to Honolulu airport, which in turn is about a five-and-a-half-hour flight from Los Angeles.


St. Barth's Hillside Compound

  • Size: 501 square metres
  • Price/ Sq. Metre: $6244
  • Acres: 1.32
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 5

Perched on the hillside above Lorient Bay on the island's northeast side, this colonial-style compound is broken up into a main house, which features an open floor plan with a living/dining/kitchen area and indoor/outdoor dining on a verandah, and a group of eight pavilions.

Each bedroom is in a separate pavilion and includes an en-suite bath. Other pavilions include an office, a workspace, and a kitchenette and living room, which could function as a guest suite. The house also has a pool with panoramic views, along with manicured paths and landscaping. The house is a short walk to the beach, bakeries, and stores, and about a 10-minute drive from the island's airport.