Luxurious Holiday Villas That Will Have You Planning Your Next Breakby | August 02, 2019
Ask any travel aficionado worth their salt and they will tell you there is a stark difference between an expensive getaway and a luxurious one. When it comes to an intimate holiday with family, close-knit friends or just your special one, it’s important to consider booking a luxurious stay at a holiday villa. Breathtaking vistas, sprawling gardens, infinity pools, stunning architecture, and butler service are a given at these luxurious properties. From beachfront villas with auction-worthy art, historic residences with baroque frescos, bungalows on secluded islands, homes of famous musicians to eco retreats with endangered species; our exclusive list of luxurious holiday villas fulfill all your frills and fancies.
Over Yonder Cay, The Bahamas
Set on a private island, the Meridian House at Over Yonder Cay in the Bahamas is a stunning Rococo style villa with breathtaking views of the blue Atlantic ocean, a wraparound infinity pool and lush gardens. Indulge in private alfresco dining, movie screening at the 12-seater movie theater or simply enjoy the vistas from the grand conservatory, this luxury villa is like no other.
Dar El Sadaka, Marrakech, Morocco
A private property spread over 25 acres in the heart of the Palmeraie of Marrakech, Dar El Sadaka is a truly magical place to stay. Recently refurbished by Philippe Forrestier, the villa marries modern comfort with eccentric design to create a memorable stay. An art installation of a giant sheep by the pool and giant monkey lamps in the living room by Jean-Francois Fourtou give the place a whimsical touch. Apart from the contemporary art pieces, the villa offers personalised hospitality that makes this property one-of-a-kind.
The Shell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Built and designed by architect Eduardo Ocampo and his wife, Raquel, The Shell House in Isla Mujeres is a wonder in itself. The house is designed to resemble two giant shells, each consisting of a single bedroom decorated with the reigning theme. Making you feel as one with the sea, the bungalow is a 15-minute drive from the sea, but the irregular shaped pool allows you to soak in the sea theme and live the shell life.
Presidential Villa, Azura, Mozambique
Azura Retreats offers holiday villas with authentic natural beauty that aim to protect the environment and create a positive impact on the local community; all while soaking in the lap of luxury of a private, secluded island. The Presidential Villa offers unmatched hospitality with a butler-host, a private chef and a luxurious stay: three en-suite bedrooms, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, a dining area with a wine bar and a huge infinity pool spanning the front of the villa. With panoramic views of the Bazaruto Island and the Indian Ocean, this luxe villa offers the ultimate eco break.
Bourton Manor, Shropshire, England
Ever imagined yourself as a country damsel living in a large chimneyed manor with a cobbled courtyard, overflowing garden, vintage flower printed sofas and that English rustic charm? Then, the Bourton Manor in Shropshire is your next travel destination. Experience the quiet village life as you take a leisurely break in the English countryside retreat.
Necker Island, British Virgin Island
Yes, you can rent out Sir Richard Branson’s private island paradise, Necker Island, in the beautiful and unspoiled British Virgin Island. Check yourself into the Great House with 15 opulent suite rooms and every luxury imaginable. The 74-acre island with its lush greenery, pristine white beaches, and azure water is a delight for the senses and justifies the hefty price tag.
Frank Sinatra Twin Palms Estate, Palm Springs, USA
Booking a stay at jazz maestro Frank Sinatra’s legendary former estate in Palm Springs sounds like music to our ears. This sprawling estate with its awe-inspiring architecture has four contemporary designed bedrooms, the singer’s original recording studio and spacious living areas make it worth your buck. The real clincher though is the piano-shaped pool that’s perfect for throwing your own glamorous Hollywood party.
Villa Grace, St. Barts
This five-bedroom property off Anse de Cayes in St. Barts is the perfect getaway for the sun worshippers. Enjoy your Carribean holiday as you lounge in the infinity pool or hit the neighbouring party circuit, or simply enjoy a hearty meal on their 14-seat alfresco table with vast blue views.
Villa Balbiano, Lake Como, Italy
If all the Bollywood weddings are making you itch to take a trip down to Lake Como, then ensure that you make Villa Balbiano your home for the stay. This 500-year-old lakefront property recently underwent renovation by the famous French designer, Jacques Gracia. From spectacular 17th century frescos, antique furnished suites and sprawling courtyards, this historic residence offers unmatched luxury.
Villa Il Galero, Asolo TV, Italy
Holiday like the aristocrats as you book yourself a stay at the historic Villa Il Galero in northern Italy. This five-bedroom villa was built by Cardinal Gian Battista Rubini (bishop of Vicenza and nephew of Pope Alexander VII) in 1691 and has played host to dozens of notable and historic figures since then. Venetian plastered walls and well-preserved stuccos in the late Baroque style lend the villa an old-world charm.
Zu Nillu, Favignana, Italy
A Roman stone quarry with a beautiful pool and Mediterranean garden, the Zu Nillu villa on the private Favignana island is an awe-inspiring structure with unique architecture and scenic views of the Sicilian mainland. Take shade under the olive and fruit trees as you explore the garden or spend hours taking in the jaw-dropping view over Cala Rossa, this is the ideal set-up for lazy lunches and summer revelries.
Chalet Ormello, French Alps, France
Tucked away in the Courchevel area of the French Alps, Chalet Ormello is a luxury property with sprawling rooms filled with ancient beams, Oriental carpets, and cosy fireplaces. Fitted with modern relaxation facilities like an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi on the terrace, hammam and massage room, this is the ultimate place to decompress. The breathtaking view of snow-covered peaks is the main pull.
Villa Bagatelle, St Tropez, France
A private helipad chauffeured Audi Q7 and an art collection boasting of works by Serra, Basquiat, Murakami, and Damien Hirst are just some of the perks of booking yourself a getaway to the Villa Bagatelle in St Tropez. Give in to the opulence of the French Riviera as you check into this eight-bedroom property with sweeping views of the Atlantic, and a penchant for that luxe lifestyle.
Seascape, Cape Town, South Africa
Located on the slopes of Table Mountain National Park, this contemporary villa offers you glorious views of Cape Town’s greenery and the eye-catching Cape Town stadium in the distance. Dominated by neutral tones of gunmetal grey, pewter and charcoal that are contrasted with modern artwork, this is the perfect abode for a family getaway. Here, you have a heated plunge pool, a charming patio and a fabulous wine cellar at your disposal.
Maison Noir, Hout Bay, South Africa
A wooden boardwalk over koi ponds leads to a Maison Noir, an African rural hut-inspired building with a huge verandah, high roofs, and a pool. Located only 30 minutes away from Cape Town in Hout Bay, this rugged yet dramatic structure offers views of Table Mountain and luxurious seclusion that brings you closer to nature.
Villa del Mar, Marbella, Spain
Housed with the Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, this holiday villa offers you the privacy of a holiday home with the luxe pamperings and services of the hotel. Previously home to a Marbella aristocrat, this spacious accommodation is the epitome of Andalusian charm with its wood-burning fireplaces, comfy sofas, handmade silk carpets, and panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows. Add to that the services of cleaning staff, 24-hour butler, a personal chef, dining staff, a bartender and a masseuse. You can truly relax in the luxury of your home here.
Casa Palapa , Tulum, Mexico
A part of the eco-resort, Papaya Playa Project, this luxe villa is devoted to sustainability with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. Lounge in canopied daybeds or swim in the fresh-water infinity pool, days at Casa Palapa are made for relaxation. The spectacular central pavillion with high ceiling, rustic wood beams, and luminescent lanterns add to the charm of this dreamy location.
Puri Nirwana, Bali, Indonesia
Puri Nirwana meaning ‘heavenly place’ is a six-bedroom contemporary-meets-colonial style villa that is set in a beachfront property in Cucukan. Originally belonging to a former Indonesian president, this stunning property is fully staffed, offers fabulous sea vistas and home spa to give you a taste of the Balinese hospitality.
The Kahana House, Maui, Hawaii
A private oceanfront estate in West Maui, this stunning villa boats of meticulously manicured land and shoreline where turtle and whale spotting is a common site. Open plan sitting areas, traditional woodwork and a Hawaiian verandah or lanai allow the villa to seamlessly merge with the outdoors. Its vicinity to local attractions and a golf course make it a good choice for a leisurely break.
Palm Beach Lodge, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Take a 40-minute ferry from Auckland to Waiheke Island or the Island of Wine, to stay at the Mediterranean style bungalow, Palm Beach Lodge. With each floor serving as a single unit apartment, the house is ideal for large family groups. Explore the area for wine or gallery tours, both popular activities on this scenic island.
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