Chocolate Hole, St. John. Set on the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Villa de Vida has unobstructed views of Hart Bay and St. Thomas. The home's three bedroom suites are in separate buildings connected to the great room by covered walkways, and the living areas open to an expansive ipe-wood deck with a swimming pool overlooking hills and sea.

The landscaped hillside property is surrounded by lush tropical forest. $2,495,000. Abigail Schnell O'Connell, Island Living Collective/Luxury Portfolio International, (340) 998-1934.

Kilauea, Hawaii. This four-bedroom Bali-style home stands on 7 acres of riverfront land on Kauai. The partially solar-powered home is built with exotic hardwoods and features oversize rooms, exposed beams, carved-wood doors, and a kitchen with wood built-ins and an onyx-slab island.

The property includes koi ponds, streams, lawns, fruit trees, 16 varieties of bamboo, and three thatched-roof buildings called bales: a bedroom bale, a dining bale, and a bale with a riverside soaking tub. $4,650,000. Neal Norman, Hawaii Life/Forbes Global Properties, (808) 651-1777.

Lares, Puerto Rico. Designed as an extension of the mountainside, this three-bedroom smart home in west-central Puerto Rico is surrounded by rain forest and landscaped with natural rock. The house has walls of windows and a main suite with a balcony and spa bathroom.

Outside are a two-story guesthouse, covered terraces, a jacuzzi, an underground movie theater, a waterfall cascading down a planted stone wall into the pool, and a spiral staircase to a rooftop viewing area. $1,300,000. Brenda Nieves, Sotheby's International Realty, (787) 640-8246.

Kealakekua, Hawaii. This four-bedroom, pod-style house on the Big Island curves around a large lanai and swimming pool. The home features a great room with tile floors and woven bamboo ceiling, a gourmet kitchen, a main suite with private lanai, and sweeping ocean views.

The 1.25-acre lot is landscaped with gardens, walkways, pebble-bottomed pools, and stone statuary; private-community benefits include access to restaurants, a clubhouse, golf, and tennis. $4,395,000. Brian Axelrod and Philip Fukushima, Venture Sotheby's International Realty, (808) 443-7767.

Shoys, St. Croix. Part of the beachfront community of Shoys, Seahorse Villa looks out on a lush landscape and the Caribbean Sea. The three-bedroom poured-concrete house has arched doorways; an open-plan great room with French doors and a domed ceiling with a large skylight; a private wing for the main bedroom suite; and two bedrooms off the saltwater pool and patio.

The property includes a one-bedroom apartment with full kitchen, living area, and parking area. $1,295,000. Amy Land–de Wilde, Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty, (340) 718-7000.

Coffman Cove, Alaska. Built in 2020, this two-bedroom home sits on the edge of a peninsula on Prince of Wales Island in the Alexander Archipelago. The house features Alaskan red- and yellow-cedar interiors, a large kitchen with exposed wood beams, energy-efficient and weatherproofing elements, and a large bank of windows looking out to the Clarence Strait and Canadian mountains.

The oceanfront property is planted with cherry, apple, and ornamental trees. $465,000. Ron Matecki, Coastal Real Estate Group, (907) 401-3377.

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