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Beach huts have been a familiar sight on British beaches for over 250 years with their colourful paintwork and unbeatable access to the beach. It seems that they're not restricted to these shores though as last week a Hawaiian 'beach hut' went on sale with a price of an unbelievable $2.5million. As described by agents, Sotheby's, this 'exclusive hideaway' justifies its hefty price tag with the 20 acres of stunning Hawaiian countryside.

Located in Laupahoehoe on the Big Island of Hawaii, the red hut with views over the Pacific ocean and surrounding area is a little more luxurious than the typical beach hut of childhood memories in this country. Despite being only 484 square foot, this wooden beach getaway is certainly a great playground for millionaires complete with its own beach. Whoever buys this exclusive beach side residence will find themselves part of a small community of just under six hundred residents although there are plenty of other diversions elsewhere on the Big Island if the dolphins and other flora and fauna aren't enough to keep them amused including the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and beach resorts.

Though not a touch on the massive price tag of Hawaii's version, British beach huts have been commanding staggering prices of their own of late. In summer 2012 an 18ft by 10ft beach hut with no running water in Mudeford Spit, Dorset, sold for £170,000 just two days after going on the market as a result of competitive bidding. This was despite the fact that it could only be accessed by a thirty minute walk or ferry ride. Decorated to a high standard this diminutive des-res was said to sleep six people and have stunning views over the Solent. To top that, in November last year the spotlight was on Shaldon in Devon when a luxury beach hut was put on the market at a whopping £245,000. This British beach side hidey-hole was one of five super modern complete measuring 23ft x 6 ft. Though tiny in size it is complete with all the luxuries that a modern beach-goer could ask for (except square footage!). Features included marble wet room, wi-fi and electric windows as well as a high spec fitted kitchen and under floor heating. Beach huts in the group are said to command rental prices of around

£195 per night so those who don't want to spend the price of an average family home on one can still enjoy luxury beach-side accommodation if only for a night.

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