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Incredible Luxury Villas We Wish We Were In Right Now

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As the international travel scene opens up again, we thought we’d bring you a little virtual escapism in the form of some of the most luxurious private villas from around the globe. Whether you’re feeling optimistic and ready to book or you’re looking to the future, from short-haul trips to long-haul family-sized party pads, these are villas we wish we were in right now…

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    The House of the Blue Balcony, Cartegena, Colombia

    Step through the doors of history into this townhouse in Colombia’s (delightfully car-free) cultural capital, which has been meticulously restored. On the ground floor life revolves around a leafy central courtyard with a swimming pool, but ascend for a lofty swim in the second pool and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views. Explore the 16th-century city by foot – all Italianate fountains and colonnaded walkways – before heading out of the city walls to discover secluded beaches licked by the Caribbean Sea, (a boat and skipper is available with the house).

    BOOK IT: Sleeps 16, from £20,175 per week. merrioncharles.com

  • Isla Sa Ferradura 

    Isla Sa Ferradura

    If total privacy is what you’re after, Isla Sa Ferradura will certainly fit the bill, set on its own islet in a nature reserve off the north coast of Ibiza. Arrive by boat to see the 35,000m2 property from its most impressive angle: a vision in white surrounded by sparkling blue and lush greenery. Once ashore, you’ll be met by a team of 22 staff ready to cater to your every whim. Fancy a cocktail party on the roof terrace? A massage at the Oriental-style spa? A table at a fully booked restaurant in Ibiza? Nothing is out of the question at this dream peninsula.

    BOOK IT: Weekly rental fees from 250,000 Euros. islaferradura.com 

  • Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island

    Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island

    There’s a high bar for great views in the Maldives – but the birds eye sea panoramas from the master suite of Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island are up there. If you don’t nab the top room though, fear not: there are plenty of other spectacular vistas to feast your eyes on, with private beaches and tropical gardens right there on your doorstep. And if you fancy heading out on the water, a fleet of traditional Dhoni and expedition boats are available for private excursions throughout the atoll. Elsewhere, you’ll find meditation pavilions, a private spa treatment room and a fitness centre.

    BOOK IT: Prices available upon request. chevalblanc.com 

  • The Charm of Cascais

    The Charm of Cascais

    Pre-Covid this stylish Portuguese property operated as a hotel, but these days it’s focusing on hosting private groups. Located in a quiet area of Cascais, with no neighbouring villas, you can guarantee total tranquillity here. The villa is well suited to multi-generational family holidays, with plenty to offer all ages. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, enjoy breakfast while soaking up the beautiful garden views or take a break from the sun in the living room, which has a pool table and a fireplace. There are also eight suites, each with its own bathroom, all designed to feel like a home away from home.

    BOOK IT: From €1800,00 per night (approx. £1577). thecharmofcascais.com 

  • Villa Breakwater

    Villa Breakwater, Lake Como

    For unrivalled views of Lake Como, head to Villa Breakwater in Griante. Located on the lake’s west shore, the waterfront villa once served as a boatyard for the Cranchi family, but in 2014 the space was transformed into a 1900 sqm guesthouse. Elements of its former industrial function, however, remain, creating a rustic feel – accentuated by the wooden, earthy interiors. You’ll find an array of impressive outdoor and indoor facilities too, including a lakeside swimming pool, a spa, a library and a wine cellar. Most of the eight en-suite bedrooms, meanwhile, look out onto the lake.

    BOOK IT: Seven nights from £32,776 for 14 people including concierge, cleaning, chef and waiter for 8 hours a day with merrioncharles.com

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    Cottar’s Bush Villa, Kenya

    If a safari trip is up there on your bucket list, a stay at Cottar’s Bush Villa would not go amiss. Nestled on a hillside, the outstanding private home enjoys awe-inspiring views overlooking the savannah plains and further out towards the Olderekesi Hills. Ideal for travelling with family and friends, the house – designed by the Cottar family with sustainable, locally sourced materials – delights in five en-suite bedrooms, a viewing deck and a 25-metre pool. For those with a thirst for adventure, a private guide and safari vehicle will enable you to explore the surrounding wildlife, whilst river swimming, bush walks and conservation experiences can also be enjoyed.

    BOOK IT: 7 nights available through Aardvark Safaris from £7,012pp based on 6 pax. aardvarksafaris.co.uk

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    Villa Sa Punta de S’Aguila, Mallorca

    Ocean views, elegant interiors, and a heated 15-metre swimming pool are just some of the features to be enjoyed at this stunning Mediterranean villa. Situated above the coastline, near to the western village of Banyalbufar, the traditionally designed residence is destined for family and friends to enjoy with its five spacious double en-suite bedrooms (each with its own private terrace) and expansive outdoor areas, ideal for languorous lounging and al fresco drinking and dining. There is even the option to have your very own private chef, including a buffet-style lunch and bespoke three-course dinner, all curated with locally sourced produce.

    BOOK IT: 7 nights available through Fish&Pips from €17,150 (£14,730). Sleeps 10. fishandpips.co.uk

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    Owner’s Cabin at 62 Nord, Island of Giske, North Norway

    Escape to Norway’s sequestered Island of Giske for the ultimate secluded getaway. And where better to pitch up than at the Owner’s Cabin in Staurneset, a luxury three-bedroom hideaway surrounded by the Nordic Sea. Arrive by helicopter and succumb to simplicity at this homespun, white-washed bolthole, where you’ll delight in delicious Norwegian dishes curated by a private chef and even indulge in a little adventure – kayak, anyone? Local guides will assist you in exploring the historic area (once home to a number of Viking families) where you can ­soak up the scenery – and perhaps even spot a seal, or two.

    BOOK IT: Rates in the Owner’s Cabin start from NOK 6,000 (currently approx. £517) per night, excluding food and drink.62.no/en/

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    Villa del Faro

    A one-of-a-kind Italian property, Sicily’s Villa del Faro was originally built as a lighthouse in 1912. Now renovated to an exceptional standard, the three-bedroom Italian bolthole enjoys outstanding sea views reaching the medieval Aragonese Castle and Mount Etna (best observed from the majolica-tiled roof terrace), plus a chromotherapy jacuzzi and direct access to the beach. Located in Brucoli, a picturesque Sicilian fishing village in the Province of Syracuse, the former lighthouse is encompassed by the Ionian Sea. Meanwhile, inside, the villa exudes modern elegance, with a sumptuous, contemporary design; think chic marble tabletops, white-washed walls, and a ground-floor fireplace for chillier evenings.

    BOOK IT: Sleeps 6. From € 4.000 per week. sicily4u.co.uk

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    Sunset Cove, Watch Hill, Rhode Island

    Part of the Ocean House collection of Rhode Island cottages, Sunset Cove is a cut above the rest with a saltwater pool, shallow-water dock and beautiful river vista. An ideal holiday rental for families visiting the New England state, the four-bedroom property (with the addition of a third floor ‘bunk room’) delights in contemporary, yet cosy interiors with an open plan living and dining area. From the living room, a set of inviting French doors lead to a wide-ranging decking area with views across Little Narragansett Bay. Plus, with Ocean House hotel close by, you’ll have everything you desire on your doorstep, including the Forbes Five-Star spa and Coast restaurant.

    BOOK IT: From $3,000+ per night (plus tax and resort fee) and goes to $4,500/night + in summer, with a seven-day minimum stay required. oceanhouseri.com

  • Villa Encosta da Logo

    Villa Encosta do Lago, Quinta do Lago, Portugal

    With its tropically turquoise waters and whitewashed fishing villages, Portugal’s Algarve is up there with Sicily and the South of France as a European must-visit. Villa Encosta do Lago is the place to do it properly, situated just five minutes from the beach and Quinta do Lago lake. Sunworshippers can park a towel by the vast pool and unwind to their heart’s content while adventure enthusiasts can explore the local Ria Formosa trail and budding chefs flex their skills in the open plan kitchen or outdoor barbecue. At the end of the day, a secluded al fresco dining terrace is the perfect place to come together over a Douro region vintage.

    BOOK IT: Sleeps up to 12, from €7,000 per week. quintadolago.com

  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel

    La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel, Bordeaux, France

    Oenophiles and budding viticulturists staying at La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel will have more than enough to keep them occupied on the estate’s 200 acres of vineyards and gardens. The surrounding countryside of Bordeaux is an idyllic setting for this historic château, which was built in 1791 by Louis Gaspard d’Estournel, nicknamed Maharajah of Saint-Estephe for his love of the Orient. When you’re not talking long finishes and sampling the Chateau’s own 20-year-old vintage in the magnificent cellar, soothe away stresses in the vast swimming pool, steam room or library.

    BOOK IT: Sleeps up to 16, from £17,276 per night. michelreybierhospitality.com

  • Villa Favorita

    Villa Favorita, Tuscany, Italy

    Skilfully combining Italian charm with luxurious contemporary amenities, this traditional stone house can be found in a leafy valley where Umbria and Tuscany meet. You’ll enjoy the peaceful seclusion of this quintessential Italian setting, and the five bedroom and five bathrooms make it ideal for hosting extended family or friends. The large, landscaped gardens contain a heated pool, with views out over the verdant landscape, and a covered terrace for dining al fresco. There’s also a traditional pizza oven for you to practice your Italian cooking, plus a state-of-the-art gym to burn it all off again.

    BOOK IT: Sleeps ten, from £6,323 per week. cvvillas.com

  • Ultima Corfu

    Ultima Corfu, Greece

    Revelling in its ultra-private, cliffside location with epic views, chic relaxation is the order of the day at this sprawling 1,000 sq/m villa. Wander from one infinity pool to the other, get hot in the gym, destress in the spa (you can even opt for a tweakment – you’re in the perfect place for some downtime) or just lap up the stunning blue sea from every vista. The architecture intrigues, built as it is over several floors, but a glass lift seamlessly transports you from house to private dock if you don’t fancy the walk. There’s a private yacht to charter and a chopper to get you there in style. Let the dream holiday commence. 

    BOOK IT: Sleeps 12, from £87,514 per week. ultimacollection.com

  • Henry's Townhouse

    Henry’s Townhouse, London

    Recently restored in a manner befitting its Upper Berkeley Street neighbours, Henry’s Townhouse is the latest renovation-project-meets-experiential-private-home from the husband and wife team Jane and Steven Collins (also behind Temple Guiting Manor in the Cotswolds). The former home of Jane Austen’s favourite ‘own particular little brother’, this Georgian gentleman’s residence has had the 2021 treatment with delicious meals served in the pantry and seven bedrooms individually designed by Russell Sage Studio. In the Carriage snug, you might also spy a couple of Jane Austen first editions and an original copy of her brother’s Oxford journal, The Loiterer. We think Henry would approve.

    BOOK IT: Sleeps 14, from £4,950 per night. henrystownhouse.co.uk

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  • Villa Fos

    Villa Fos, Corfu, Greece

    Escape into your own private idyll at Villa Fos, a much-sought-after luxury villa overlooking the beautiful bay of Kalámi on Corfu’s north-east coast. Here you’ll spend your days swimming in the heated infinity pool, basking on a choice of terraces (all with magnificent sea views) or enjoying a dinner from the villa’s private chef as the sun goes down. If you can tear yourself away, then lunch and cocktails at the nearby White House (home to Gerald and Lawrence Durrell in the 1930s, and now a popular taverna) is a must-do.

    BOOK IT: Sleeps 12, from 12,500
    per week. villacollective.com

  • Crystal Springs, Barbados

    From its beach-front location and tropical gardens to its infinity pool, Crystal Springs is a real gem on Barbados’s west coast. The ten-bedroom villa comes with a staff of chefs, butlers, housekeepers and boat captain, and is conveniently located between vibrant Holetown and historic Speightstown. And if you can tear yourself from the white beach and crystal blue Caribbean sea (you’ll have use of the speed boat, plus its water skis, wake board, snorkels and kayak), there’s also a home cinema and gym on site, plus tennis and golf facilities nearby.

    BOOK IT: Sleeps 20, from £4,815 per night. worldwidedreamvillas.com

  • Villa du Lac

    Villa du Lac, La Reserve, Geneva

    Following a pause in popularity, the early 19th-century trend for a convalescent getaway is having a resurgence – and where better to do it than on the shores of Lake Geneva, looking out over the Alps? Fringed by landscaped gardens with its own outdoor swimming pool, La Villa du Lac is part of the La Reserve Hotel & Spa, benefitting from both private Remi Tessier-designed interiors and access to the hotel’s Nascens medispa. In addition to a private fitness area, a team of medical and nutrition specialists, therapists and coaches are on hand to whip you into tip-top shape. By the time check out arrives, you’ll feel as fresh as a daisy.

    BOOK IT: Sleeps six, from £11,826 per night. michelreybierhospitality.com

  • Villa Roxa

    Villa Roxa, Zakynthos, Greece

    This sublime four-bedroom villa on the mesmerising Ionian isle of Zakynthos is a real dream come true for travellers escaping their everyday lives. It sits on the island’s azure west coast, meaning glorious sunsets are a given. Built from traditional stone, it has an inviting infinity pool, as well as a sunken poolside bar, al fresco dining area and barbecue, where you can feast on produce from the villa’s organic vegetable garden and eggs from the free-range chickens. To top it all off, it’s also eco- friendly, with solar panels for hot water, a rainwater collection system, organic toiletries and triple glazing throughout.

    BOOK IT: Sleeps eight, from €4,410 per week (for six). thethinkingtraveller.com

  • Villa Hortensia

    Villa Hortensia, Lošinj, Croatia

    Uncover a new corner of the Adriatic at Villa Hortensia, located on the picturesque Croatian isle of Lošinj. The three-storey, ten-bedroom residence dates back to the Belle Époque of the Austro-Hungarian era, and has an unrivalled seafront location. Everything here is as you could wish for: there’s a butler to see to your every need; a chef to cook up daily feasts of fish straight from local boats; and a sommelier to help you choose the perfect wine from the cellar of over 400 bottles. Work up a sweat in the fitness area, enjoy an al fresco massage by the sea, or head next door to the luxury Hotel Bellevue to take advantage of its spa treatments.

    BOOK IT: Sleeps 24, from €61,100 per week full board. losinj-hotels.com

  • Chateau Capitoul

    Château Capitoul, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

    Gourmands rejoice:  this is the holiday for you. Nestled in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, Château Capitoul is a working wine estate just three kilometres from the azure blue of the Mediterranean sea. There are 44 villas to choose from, each combining natural and reclaimed materials with a clever use of space and light. They all have private gardens, terraces and fantastic views. As well as wine tasting, there’s
    the Mediterraneo fine dining restaurant and the luxurious Cinq Mondes spa in the nearby château, plus acres of gardens and miles of walking and cycling trails.

    BOOK IT: From €550 per night in a 2-bedroom house. chateaucapitoul.com

  • Villa AT, Corfu, Greece

    As soon as you arrive at Villa AT, I can assure you you’ll never want to leave. Built on Corfu’s majestic north-west coast near Nissaki, the six-bedroom villa has panoramic views over to Albania to the east (the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint in full view), and mainland Greece and the Ionian islands to the south. You can choose to spend your holiday simply drinking in this view from the terrace, or you can splash about in the split-level waterfall pool, or work on your zen in the yoga pavilion, followed by a session in the hammam. If you can bear to leave, there’s a private jetty from where you can explore this rugged coastline in the villa’s yacht.

    BOOK IT: Sleeps 12, from €35,000 per week, fivestargreece.com

  • Khaleesi, Corfu

    Khaleesi, Corfu, Greece

    If your perfect villa escape requires gorgeous sea views, an infinity pool and easy access to the beach, look no further. This stylish villa in northeastern Corfu features a 17m-long infinity pool and sleeps up to eight across four bedrooms. Situated above one of Corfu’s most picturesque stretches of coastline, guests will enjoy modern interiors and relaxing terraces, if they can tear their eyes away from the views…

    BOOK: From € 6,570 per week (sleeping 8) | Khaleesi is available to rent exclusively through The Thinking Traveller | thethinkingtraveller.com

  • Forte San Giorgio

    Forte San Giorgio, Capraia, Italy

    This 16th-century fortress is steeped in history, located on the eco-friendly island of Capraia situated in the Tuscan Archipelago. Restored over 10 years, this villa has 11 bedrooms spread over separate wings, two infinity pools, sea views with garden gated beach and sea access.

    BOOK: thethinkingtraveller.com

  • Villa Paralia

    Villa Paralia, Mykonos

    In the popular Houlakia area of Mykonos, this villa boasts beautiful, minimalist interiors, sleeping up to 10 guests across four spacious, en-suite bedrooms split over two levels. The private infinity-style swimming pool is sheltered from any north winds and makes the perfect spot from which to enjoy the magnificent sea views over Delos island and the sparkling Aegean Sea.

    BOOK: Rates from £6,336 based on occupancy of 8 people and a seven-night stay on a self-catered basis | oliverstravels.com or call 0800 133 7999.

  • TerraMia, Sicily

    TerraMia, Sicily, Italy

    This villa sleeps up to six guests in three bedrooms, with accommodation all on one floor. Polished concrete floors run throughout with ceilings in unfinished concrete, white-painted walls and partitions of creamy local stone and a lava stone. There are spacious terraces that wrap around the property, a built-in barbecue, a lounge area with designer furniture and an extendable electric sunshade. Guests will love the lava stone, Arabic-inspired plunge pool, and will spend evenings taking in views out to sea and across the Vendicari Nature Reserve.

    BOOK: From €4,410 per week (sleeping 6) | TerraMia is available to rent exclusively through The Thinking Traveller | thethinkingtraveller.com

  • Finca Cortesin Green 10 Villas

    Finca Cortesin Green 10 Villas, Spain

    These five-bedroom villas are located at the heart of the beautiful Finca Cortesin resort offering complete privacy plus access to all the hotel facilities. Each property is positioned on the mountainside to offer unsurpassed views of the Sierra Bermeja mountain range, the golf course and the Mediterranean Sea. Guests can relax by their private pool on the expansive terraces and enjoy indoor and outdoor dining areas.

    BOOK: Finca Cortesin will reopen for the summer season on 19 March 2021. Scott Dunn offers seven nights at Finca Cortesin, Spain starting from £3,200 per person, based on 10 people sharing a 5-bedroom Green 10 villa on a bed and breakfast basis, including economy flights from London Gatwick with British Airways and private transfers | scottdunn.com or call 020 8682 5080

  • Eden Rock Villas

    Eden Rock Villa Rental, St Barths

    Choose from more than 140 villas on St Barths with Eden Rock Villa Rental, all of which are within 15 minutes of the resort. Villa guests will receive a freshly prepared breakfast delivered daily to their door, the stylish welcome amenities and a round-the-clock five-star concierge service. All have stunning sea views.

    BOOK: For more information please visit edenrockvillarental.com

  • Dolce Vita, Sicily

    DolceVita, Sicily, Italy

    Escape to this chic, architect-designed home with stunning sea views and a gorgeous pool for the ultimate villa escape this summer. Features include beautiful indoor spaces that flow seamlessly outside onto extensive sea-view terraces, Arabian-inspired walled gardens that guarantee privacy, a sleek cobalt pool and views of Vendicari Nature Reserve that is just waiting to be explored.

    BOOK: From €2,920 per week (sleeping 4) | DolceVita is available to rent exclusively through The Thinking Traveller | thethinkingtraveller.com

  • The Andromeda Villa At Anassa, Cyprus

    The Andromeda Villa At Anassa, Cyprus

    Anassa is located on the Akamas Peninsula in Cyprus and features four gorgeous private villas. Villa Andromeda, named after mythological heroine Andromeda who was saved from a sea dragon by Perseus, has three large bedrooms (sleeping up to 9) all with en-suite bathrooms and balconies, plus charming blue shutters that sit against beautiful white-washed walls on the exterior. Andromeda has a huge terrace with a beautiful infinity pool and stunning views over the sea and pine-clad cliffs beyond.

    BOOK: Rates at Villa Andromeda start from €3,607 (£3,135) per night including breakfast and can host up to 9 people | anassa.com

  • The Royal Villa at Abaton Island Resort & Spa

    The Royal Villa at Abaton Island Resort & Spa, Crete, Greece

    This two-story villa is perfect for a romantic getaway, with chic, minimalist interiors,  situated in a seafront location just a few steps from the beach and with views over the Hersonissos coastline. The villa has a 40sqm heated pool and spacious garden, plus an outdoor jacuzzi, steam bath, gym, and a home cinema.

    BOOK: abaton.gr

  • Can Talluel

    Can Talluel, Ibiza, Spain

    Available for exclusive rental in the peak summer season, this beautiful family home is private and peaceful; the perfect base from which to experience the best of the White Isle. There is a 20m light saltwater lap pool, outdoor dining/BBQ areas, gardens and a high-tech bar and disco room for your very own private Ibizan rave. There’s also a sauna, outdoor playground, beach volleyball court plus a treadmill and elliptical trainer. The only problem is you’ll have to leave again.

    BOOK: From 25,000 euros per week (only available in High Season – July and August) | Boo Ibiza’s rental offering includes front line, direct sea access properties with caves and boathouses, and even a private island. For further details and pricing, please visit booibiza.com, call +34 619 723 562 or email Boo Ibiza’s British founder, Louise ‘Boo’ Gibney directly at [email protected].

  • Heritage The Villas

    Heritage The Villas, Mauritius

    Located on Domaine de Bel Ombre in southern Mauritius, these villas provide a ‘home from home’ environment with mountain, golf course or sea views, private gardens with an expansive terrace and a pool, perfect for alfresco dining and barbecues. Relax on the white sand beaches, swim in the ocean, play a round of golf at the award-winning Heritage Golf Club, chill out at the C Beach club, or have a relaxing spa treatment in the adjacent hotel’s spa, before returning to your private villa.

    BOOK: Rates start from £311 per night in a 2 bedroom villa with private pool, £430 per night for a 3 bedroom villa with pool. Long Stay Rental prices start from £2,770 per month for a minimum of 2 months stay in a 2 bed villa including all utilities, daily housekeeping, pool and garden maintenance, complimentary wifi and use of a 4-seater golf cart plus free daily green fees | heritageresorts.mu

  • Soneva Fushi

    Soneva Fushi Water Retreats, Maldives

    Soneva Fushi resort has opened the largest one and two-bedroom Water Retreats in the world of eco-designed villas that make the most of the  ocean vistas. They feature water slides straight into the crystal-clear waters, plus retractable roofs that slide back above the master bed to reveal sunny skies or starlit nights. The villas also feature a large al fresco deck, with plush sun loungers, a sunken seating area and catamaran nets. Guests can choose to swim in the ocean or in the private pool, as well as Soneva’s signature outdoor bathroom with direct access to the sea.

    BOOK: The starting price for the new Water Retreats at Soneva Fushi is USD 2,626 per night for the 1-Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide, and USD 5,232 per night for the 2-Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide | soneva.com  

  • Nihi Sumba’s Villa Rahasia

    Nihi Sumba’s Villa Rahasia, Indonesia

    Indonesian for secret, the ‘Rahasia’ villa offers the ultimate in privacy atop the resort’s Spa Safari. The award-winning Nihi Sumba resort is a fifty-minute flight from Bali, is home to this exclusive villa, the only to be situated within the Spa Safari’s boundaries of rolling rice fields and cliff top views. Rahasia allows guests to feel as if they have an entire resort to themselves, with unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean, the sound of crashing waves, a plunge pool, several private bales for dining or spa treatments, bush-cooked meals over an open fire, sunset views and plenty of nearby hiking.

    BOOK: Turquoise Holidays offers 7 nights in Villa Rahasia ‘’Secret Villa’’ from £8,899 per person. This includes accommodation on full board with all spa treatments. International and domestic flights and transfers are also included | turquoiseholidays.co.uk | 01494 678 400 

  • Villa Zensei

    Villa Zensei, Marbella

    Located in the Sierra Blanca mountain range, this €25m villa is an architectural masterpiece, a bespoke work of art with unique custom-designed sculpture like a red ribbon running through the whole house. The house features designer details by Arne Quinze, Tom Dixon, Poggenpohl, Aarnio Eero, Eames and Murano.

    BOOK: Price per week: € 74,125 Mid July | spain-holiday.com

     

  • Villa Agave

    Villa Agave, Croatia

    Villa Agave is perched on a clifftop located in the beautiful historic city of Dubrovnik offering guests a panoramic view of Lokrum Island and the Old Town. The villa sits on the remains of the 16th-century chapel of St. Lazarus (two of the original walls now form part of the meditation room) and was originally the exclusive summer house of the 19th-century English archaeologist, Sir Arthur Evans. Experiences that can be arranged by Adriatic Luxury Hotels during your visit include private yacht sailing around the Elfati Islands, a boat trip through the labyrinth of marshes, wetlands and lagoons of Neretva Valley, known as the ‘Garden of Dubrovnik’, a dune buggy safari along the rugged coastline or a day trip to Croatia’s beautiful neighbour, Montenegro.

    BOOK: adriaticluxuryhotels.com

  • La Nava del Barranco

    La Nava del Barranco, Andalucia with The Niche Traveller

    Visit Andalucia for the rolling vineyards, wild forests, soaring mountains and beautiful coastline and stay at La Nava del Barranco, a villa deep in Don Quixote country with panoramic views across the valley. The villa features its own private stables and the service of a world-class hotel, with the option to journey on horseback across the Iberian countryside, the opportunity to spot wild dear, eagles, ram and Iberian Lynx, go clay pigeon shooting, riding, hot air ballooning and 4×4 quad biking, play tennis and more.

    BOOK: The Niche Traveller niche-traveller.com can arrange seven nights at this exclusive Spanish hideout from 24,090 Euros per night for 24 guests, including tax. Pricing can be arranged for smaller groups (minimum of eight). This price includes dining and drinks on an all-inclusive basis and all facilities. 

  • Villa Sola Cabiati

    Villa Sola Cabiati

    Villa Sola Cabiati at Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a beautifully preserved example of Italian neoclassical design with its own extensive gardens with pool, a 24-hour service team and access to the lake via a mini marina. The six-bedroom abode was once home to the Dukes of Serbelloni and features original frescoes, Como silks and antiques with fascinating histories.

    BOOK: Exclusive hire available from 6,000 EUR / £5,302 per night +VAT on a minimum 3-night basis | grandhoteltremezzo.com

  • Villa Venine

    Villa Vernine, Tuscany, Italy

    Villa Vernine is a 6-bedroom, stone-built farmhouse and guesthouse that sleeps 12, with a pool and garden amphitheatre in a peaceful Tuscan hamlet in the Val d’Orcia valley. The villa has an outdoor wood oven and dining area as well as offering daily housekeeping service, private chefs, wine tastings, truffle hunting and more.

    BOOK: Tuscany Now & More tuscanynowandmore.com, 020 7684 8888 offers Villa Vernine from £3,447 per week

  • Stay One Degree Camps Bay

    Stay One Degree Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

    For breathtaking views of table mountain from Camps Bay mountainside, add this impressive South African villa to your bucket list. The villa features floor to ceiling glass windows and contemporary design with minimalist spaces. There are eight bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms plus two kitchens that can be occupied by a full-time private chef, if desired.

    BOOK: stayonedegree.com

  • Parco del Principe, Macciano

    Parco del Principe, Macciano, Italy

    Situated between Umbria and Tuscany, this 18th century historic villa sits in a private 60-acre park with views over the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Val d’Orcia. The 8-bedroom villa sleeps up to 16 people but if you need some space during your stay there are miles of Italian countryside waiting to be explored.

    BOOK: parcodelprincipe.it

  • Lepogo Lodges

    Lepogo Lodges, South Africa

    One of Africa’s few not-for-profit luxury safari lodges, Lepogo Lodges are set within the 50,000-hectare Lapalala Wilderness Reserve. Noka Camp’s five stilted villas sit atop a 100ft cliff overlooking the Palala River and feature window-side sunken bathtubs and private heated plunge pools offering panoramic views of the surrounding terrain and inhabiting wildlife. Not close enough to nature for you? Each villa also offers an outdoor ‘sky bed’ placed on the glass floor balcony over the ravine, providing the opportunity for star-gazing under the African night skies.

    BOOK: Nightly rates at Lepogo Lodges start from R10,750 (£526) per person, per night for a Luxury Clifftop Villa on an all-inclusive board basis. lepogolodges.com or email [email protected]. *Price in pound sterling accurate according to today’s exchange rate.  

  • Armitage Hill

    Armitage Hill, Galle, Sri Lanka

    This property has a 200-year history, and is set on 20 acres, 7.5kms from Galle Fort and a short drive to white sand beaches. Originally built as a collection of separate pavilion buildings centred around the original plantation house built in 1820, the property has five en-suite bedrooms, large living and communal areas, courtyards, a dining pavilion designed to seat 20 guests, a 70ft pool and large pool pavilion plus kitchen and separate staff buildings. A trip to nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site Galle Fort is a must.

    BOOK: Eden Villas offers nightly rates at Armitage Hill from $615 (approx £445*), minimum stay 2 nights. Rates include villa staff including private chef, steward and housekeeping | edenvillas.com

  • Finca Aguila

    Finca Aguila, Menorca, Spain

    Located between Alaior and Es Migjorn, this spacious villa sleeps 22 plus six children in a separate dormitory perfect for kids if it’s a big family reunion you’ve been dreaming of. The villa is set in a 60-hectare estate, with grounds offering a veg garden, orchards, free range chickens/fresh eggs as well as a 25-metre pool, which can be heated if desired.

    BOOK: £POA, with rental including breakfast, snacks and soft drinks as well as produce from the garden (including honey, fresh eggs and produce from the garden). Year round 12 hrs/day housekeeping is included and from June – September, a chef is also included, with food payable locally. Additional services including massage, yoga classes, babysitting can be arranged, payable locally | scottwilliams.co.uk | 01749 812721 

  • Vinella Estate

    Vinella Estate, Istria, Croatia

    Brand new for 2021, this restored farmhouse dates back to 1614 and is set on one of the largest private rural estates in Istria. The villa sleeps up to 10 plus two children, has a 14x5m sea water infinity pool with views over the Mirna Valley to the hilltop town of Motovun, plus four ensuite bedrooms in the main house and one in a separate studio.  Sustainable features include restored antique oak beams and reclaimed stone and oak floors, air heat pumps and solar panels providing green energy, plus an organic vegetable garden that guests are welcome to enjoy.  There are vineyards, olive groves and truffle woods on the doorstep, with the coast 20 minutes away.

    BOOK: Vinella Estate sleeps up to 10+2 and costs from €5,500 – €9,240 per week, villa rental only and including mid-week cleaning. A complimentary concierge service can help arrange restaurant bookings, boat trips, wine tasting or arrange a private chef.  Fly to Pula with airlines including BA, easyjet and Tui, a one hour drive away | scottwilliams.co.uk | 01749 812721

  • Stay One Degree Torroal

    Stay One Degree Torroal, Comporta, Portugal

    This beautiful Comporta home is spread across three separate buildings and is framed by a large, azure pool and sizeable solarium. Families will enjoy spending time in the the al fresco lounge, which is spacious and chic, neighbouring the swimming pool and adjacent to the shaded dining terrace. In the main house the master suite offers a king size bed, ensuite bathroom and impressive dressing room plus another guest WC. Both guest houses offer queen size beds, private bathrooms and kitchenettes.

    BOOK: stayonedegree.com

  • Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Aqua Villas

    Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Aqua Villas

    Pullman Maldives has 122 villas including two Aqua Villas with underwater bedrooms featuring floor to ceiling windows. With a thriving coral reef, guests can enjoy a memorable experience of the region’s marine life up-close and the chance to see blacktip sharks, sea turtles and surgeonfish. There is also a private pool, a second bedroom looking out across the ocean, and an open-air bathroom.

    BOOK: Stays at Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort in an Aqua Villa from £4,855 ($6,500) per night based on two people sharing. Rates include the Generous All-Inclusive meal plan and exclude transfers from the airport to the resort. pullmanmaldivesmaamutaa.com | +960 6820909

  • The Estate Villa at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley

    The Estate Villa at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley, USA

    Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley is soon to open and will include The Estate Villa, featuring a private garden and swimming pool, wet-room style bathroom with shower and deep soaking tub, double vanity sinks, walk-in wardrobe and a living room with built-in fireplace. The resort is Napa Valley’s first-ever resort within a winery, with a farmhouse-chic design, surrounded by vineyards, mountains, and forest.

    BOOK: fourseasons.com/napavalley

  • Sunset Luxury Water Villa, Joali Maldives

    Sunset Luxury Water Villa, Joali Maldives

    Joali’s 19 sunset-facing Luxury Water Villas feature decadent marble showers and sinks with ergnonomic rose gold taps, freestanding bathtubs looking out over the water, flower-shaped ceiling fans, high ceilings constructed from dark sustainable timber, pastel pink and cream Turkish rugs designed to keep feet cool rather than warm and a minibar bursting with healthy snacks as well as a smoothie maker, rose gold pineapple decanters and a quirky cream vintage coffee machine for morning espressos. Each overwater villa has its own infinity pool and outdoor rain shower as well as hammock suspended above the turquoise waters, steps down into the ocean plus snorkel and flippers to have turtle-spotting adventures off your deck.

    BOOK: From $2,400 (approx. £1749) per night on a B&B basis: no single supplement | joali.com.

  • Meda Gedara, Dickwella, Sri Lanka

    Meda Gedara, Dickwella, Sri Lanka

    Sleeping 18 guests, this stunning beach house features a beautiful ocean view garden, private pools, and seven comfortable bedrooms. Described as “the most beautiful villa in Sri Lanka”, the bedrooms feature four-poster beds while outdoor spaces include landscaped gardens, yoga pavilion, 20m pool and a plunge pool.

    BOOK: Eden Villas offers nightly rates at Meda Gedara from $1,430 (approx £1,035*), minimum stay 3 nights. Rates include villa staff including private chef, steward and housekeeping |  edenvillas.com

  • Indigo Villa at Vila Monte Farm House

    Indigo Villa at Vila Monte Farm House, Algarve, Portugal

    Villa Indigo houses three suites, large living and dining spaces, secluded outdoor pool, solarium and verdant gardens and access to an exclusive butler service. The villa comprises one suite with a living room and bathroom, one indoor and outdoor shower and bath-tub; one suite with bathroom, one indoor and one outdoor shower; one suite with bathroom; living room with fire place; dining room and open kitchen.

    BOOK: Prices for Villa Indigo at Vila Monte Farm House start from €2000 per night in August with a minimum five-night stay, accommodation only | vilamonte.com

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