Town & Country Features Alys Beach


Town & Country Features Alys Beach
Words by Jennifer Tzeses

Edged by miles of white sand, sparkling water, and lush forest, Alys Beach is an idyllic coastal community with the feel of reserved and high-minded design. At first glance, it's easy to mistake the sculpted, white-washed architecture—which cuts a striking silhouette against the cerulean sea and sky, the enchanting courtyards, and fountain-studded squares—for a Greek island village. But this slice of paradise sits closer to home, on Florida’s Northwest coast along the Gulf of Mexico. The intentionally arranged 158-acre urbane community boasts world-class restaurants, bespoke shopping, even a beach club and nature preserve, affording residents the chance to live in the lap of luxury. Here's why Alys Beach is the ideal setting to make second home (or permanent retreat) dreams a reality.

The Homes

The homes themselves feature complex lines and angles, and concave and convex shapes unlike any you’d expect to see in Florida. A study in cultures, the architecture of Alys Beach encompasses white stucco facades and courtyards that echo Mediterranean, Moorish, Caribbean, and Guatemalan influences for a transportive experience.

There's a style of home to suit any taste and need, from condominium residences within multi-family or mixed-use buildings to brownstones, freestanding villas, and completely custom-crafted homes. Interiors have a coastal aesthetic, with open-plan spaces that echo nature both in texture and color. Think limestone floors, antique cypress beams and doors, and brightly patterned cement tiles. For nature lovers, the yet-to-be-completed collection of cottage homes and gardens embrace the spirit of country living, with houses lining the wetland park and Nature Preserve.

The Beach

Home ownership grants entrée to the exclusive Beach Club, a private oasis steps from the serene Gulf waters—setting it apart from anywhere else in the region. In addition to the Gulf views from sunrise to sunset, the facility features a palm-framed pool on the main level and a smaller pool, two spas, the sundeck, pergola, loggia, casual dining deck, and private owners' beach access. Finally, the third floor is reserved for lounging and gathering—watching a sports game or playing pool—and the Sunset Terrace fine dining and bar experience.

Central to the community is the beach itself, a pristine swath of powdery sand where, under the shade of an umbrella, you can enjoy an icy drink or snack from the coastal menu—delivered directly to your chair.

The Activities

Life at Alys Beach can be as quiet or as busy as you wish. For the active sort, ZUMA Wellness Center, the 15,000 square-foot facility, comprises multiple workout rooms, fitness classes, treatment rooms, steam rooms, and tennis courts. Lovers of the great outdoors can meander along the 1,800-foot boardwalk trail through the 20-acre Nature Preserve right on property, or rent a bike at the on-site rental shop for a scenic cruise. For water sports enthusiasts, there are rentals for every sea-worthy pursuit imaginable, including stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and a catamaran.

The Town

At the heart of the community is a lively, walkable city center punctuated by cobbled paths lined with curated boutiques. Here, residents can shop for anything from upscale clothing and furniture to gifts and jewelry. There are also a host of dining options, from casual grab-and-go cafés and juice bars to taverns and formal restaurants. This thriving area is also an arts and cultural haven with its own amphitheater for concerts and functions, and permanent collection of outdoor sculpture and art. Cultural events include films, workshops, seasonal celebrations, community partnership fundraisers, and musical performances throughout the year. Then there are the marquee events, sponsored by the Alys Foundation, and worth marking on your calendar, such as the 30A Wine Festival, a three-days-long extravaganza of fine food and drink; Alys Beach Crafted, a celebration of the craftsmanship behind the most exceptional craft cocktails and spirits, foods, and hand-crafted products and art; and the Digital Graffiti festival, where international artists converge to project their original works onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach.

This luxurious beachside enclave is so much more than simply a place to establish a home. It's a chance to embrace the spirit of community and laidback living year-round. Become a part of multigenerational magic in the making by learning more at Alys Beach.com.


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