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The Private Caribbean Villa You Could Really Use Right Now

Humpback Whales, Beach Butlers and a Total Lack of Snow

By Sarah Freeman ·
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Rumor has it there's some kind of frozen hellscape blowing in from the east.

But you're having a little trouble hearing them.

The waves crashing upon your private beach can be so distracting sometimes.

You're at the Ani Villas Dominican Republic, a 14-suite escape amid vast amounts of white sand on a secluded peninsula in the fishing town of Rio San Juan. Take a look.

You're coming here because A) it's literally freezing outside or B) because being on a secluded, sunny beach with a date is always better than not being on a secluded, sunny beach with a date. Sometimes it's that simple.

Upon entering your villa, you'll need to make a difficult decision: Do you start with an al fresco shower in the courtyard or ride down your water slide? Mull it over during a game of billiards in your open-air living room or whilst getting a hot stone massage on the terrace. You do your best decision-making under the influence of hot stone.

When you part with the attractions of your villa, there'll be a feast awaiting you on the beach. A team of chefs are creating a personalized menu of local hits, think fried fish with green plantains, while a beach butler brings you two a lengthy parade of rum drinks.

And there may come an afternoon when you want to step out of this palm-covered paradise. In which case, you'll simply arrange a little kite-boarding. Or go check out the local humpback whales.

Since you guys are pretty tired of the ones you have back home.

Sarah Freeman is often accused of hiding secrets in her hair. She can make any cocktail, as long as that cocktail is a rye Old Fashioned, and has never met a saison she didn’t like.

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