8 Must-See Locations From HGTV's Ultimate House Hunt 2017

You won’t believe where this virtual tour is headed.

Grab your virtual passports, ladies and gents, because we're about to take the trip of a lifetime. After searching the far corners of the globe, we've found eight luxurious estates that redefine "Wonders of the World." (Yes, they really are that incredible.)

Last year, HGTV's Ultimate House Hunt led us from Parisian apartments to sprawling manors in New Zealand. This year? We've booked a round-trip ticket from British Columbia to South Africa. Tour each international abode below, then vote for your favorite in the 2017 HGTV Ultimate House Hunt.

First Stop: British Columbia

Luxurious Mountain Retreat in Whistler

Luxurious Mountain Retreat in Whistler

This mountain estate in Whistler, British Columbia is located on an elevated sun-drenched site with views that span an entire mountain range. The main residence with its beautiful curved timberwork and elegant low profile is set above grounds spanning five and a half acres and features plenty of outdoor living space, including heated infinity pool, hot tub and built-in gas BBQ.

Photo by: The Whistler Real Estate Co., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

The Whistler Real Estate Co., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Imagine waking up to views like these every morning. Located in the exclusive Stonebridge neighborhood of Whistler, B.C., this secluded retreat sits on five acres of land and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Inside, you'll find nine bedrooms, seven baths and truly stunning timberwork — and that's just scratching the surface. 

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Second Stop: The Dominican Republic 

Luxurious Estate in Dominican Republic

Luxurious Estate in Dominican Republic

This luxurious estate in Dominican Republic is surrounded by tropical landscaping and features a relaxing swimming pool and hot tub.

Photo by: Grupo Actua Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Grupo Actua Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Ready to escape the snow? Luckily, we've just arrived in La Romana, a coastal city in the Dominican Republic. Here, you can enjoy crystal-clear views of the ocean from all six bedrooms in the house, as well as water features inside and out. After grabbing a bite in the chef's kitchen, take your pick of the two pools and go for a swim.

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Third Stop: Costa Rica

Open, Modern Home Features Glass Walls

Open, Modern Home Features Glass Walls

The Wood House exemplifies a new concept and functional materials-driven design, featuring bold characteristics with local woods and glass walls. Each corner of the house is meticulously detailed, creating an ambiance of stylish living with a care for nature. The ample living room spaces glow with natural lighting provided by the craft-designed ceiling with glass windows that bring joy to the rooms.

Photo by: LX Costa Rica, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

LX Costa Rica, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

A little further south, discover paradise at a villa in Santa Ana, Costa Rica. With light wood panels, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and interior gardens, this modern home flows and becomes one with beautiful Mother Nature. Make the most of it and meditate in one of the many sunlit courtyards. 

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Fourth Stop: Greece

Relax Poolside in Mykonos, Greece

Relax Poolside in Mykonos, Greece

High atop a cliff, this luxury villa located in the Fanari area offers the perfect setting for a vacation in Mykonos. Stacked stone walls surround a swimming pool with sun-loungers and day beds.

Photo by: JK Property & Yachting, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

JK Property & Yachting, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

An ocean away, we've safely landed in Mykonos, Greece. Tucked into the side of a cliff, this lavish villa spans two levels and includes six bedrooms, nine baths and an infinity-edge pool with a spacious lounge. Sunbathe in the afternoon, then spend the evening taking in those spectacular sunset views. 

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Fifth Stop: Switzerland

Grand Entry to Classic Mediterranean Home

Grand Entry to Classic Mediterranean Home

A brick pathway framed by hedges on one side and a stacked stone wall on the other lead to a luxurious Mediterranean home. Climbing flowers fill out the columns and beam over the walls, creating a liveliness to the entire space.

Photo by: WETAG Consulting, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

WETAG Consulting, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Welcome to Lake Lugano in Ruvigliana, Switzerland, where brilliant blue sky meets mountains. Here, a Mediterranean-style mansion with sliding-glass doors and a balcony over the water allows for leisurely strolls and dining alfresco. After dinner, head inside and down to the private wine cellar. 

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Sixth Stop: South Africa

Covered Outdoor Living Space is Relaxing, Inviting

Covered Outdoor Living Space is Relaxing, Inviting

A floating walkway leads from the open concept home to a covered pavilion, where an oversized chandelier makes a dramatic statement. Comfortable outdoor furniture is the perfect spot to relax and take in the surrounding views of Ballito, South Africa.

Photo by: Jawitz Properties Ltd., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Jawitz Properties Ltd., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

After a stay in Switzerland, it's time to visit Ballito, South Africa. Nestled in the heart of a forest, this warm-weather retreat becomes even more tranquil thanks to koi ponds, water features and a swimming pool that flows right through the home. You'll love entertaining guests surrounded by so much wilderness.  

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Seventh Stop: South Africa Continued

Beautiful South Africa Home on Safari

Beautiful South Africa Home on Safari

A ranch-style tented safari home sits on the banks of a river in the eastern cape province of South Africa. The 25,000-acre private game reserve operates as an eco-tourism offering, a photographic safari destination and a picturesque backdrop to "Big Five" game viewing.

Photo by: Chas Everitt International Property Group, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Chas Everitt International Property Group, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Feeling a bit adventurous? Head south to Kenton-on-Sea, a nearby port city. Here, two tented safari-style units sit on a 25,000-acre private game reserve, which also operates as an eco tourism and safari destination for visitors. With wildlife right outside, you can spend the day viewing Big Game and then head indoors to document what you saw.

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Eighth Stop: Malaysia

Contemporary Villa With Swimming Pool

Contemporary Villa With Swimming Pool

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, contemporary villas feature modern design and finishes. The sleek swimming pool reflects the clean lines of the home's exterior.

Photo by: Rahim & Co International, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Rahim & Co International, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Our last stop leads us to a sleek, contemporary escape in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With an open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, sky terrace and pool to enjoy, all of your troubles will melt away before you journey home. 

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