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28 Luxury Villas We Wish We Were In Right Now

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As we patiently wait for the international travel scene to open up (and with news expected of which countries will be on the green list imminently), 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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  • Corfu AT villa 5 Star Greece

    Corfu AT, Greece

    We’ve found it; our dream home in Corfu. And it can be ours (or yours), for a weekly rental cost of €136,000. This stunning 6-bedroom villa is located on Corfu’s glamorous North East coast and features a split-level waterfall pool, home cinema, gym, yoga pavilion, hammam, private jetty and sea terraces. Set on a sprawling clifftop site, the sprawling estate offers six bedrooms, with glass walls along almost its entire frontage, overlooking the sea, east to the coast and mountains of Albania, with the site of ancient Butrint in full view and south to mainland Greece and the islands of the Ionian. Fully staffed from 2nd Jun – 1st Sept with breakfast and tea included.

    BOOK: €136,000 per week, sleeps up to 12 | [email protected] or telephone at +44 (0)20 8422 4885 | fivestargreece.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.

  • 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

  • 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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