Words by Alexandra Delf
There’s something special about a truly luxurious hotel, but if you’re looking for a little more privacy and space then a luxury villa can be an even more indulgent experience. The opportunity to tailor-make the experience down to the tableware and menu and to make the villa a home-from-home while you’re there is an inviting prospect. Plus, if you are travelling with an entourage there is plenty of space for everyone and their belongings.
Boasting private spas, phenomenal views and seamless service, we shortlisted some of the finest offerings out there as the options are endless. Read on for our five picks of some of the world’s most luxurious villas in destinations around the globe – it’s going to be a difficult choice.
Lake Como, Italy
If you’re looking for an Italian pied-à-terre with sensational views, an infinity pool overlooking Lake Como and historic surroundings, then look no further. This magnificent villa is truly breathtaking, and the incredible natural surroundings can be enjoyed from the balconies of every expansive bedroom. Offering total privacy, the villa is set in 4.5 acres of lavish private gardens. Sophisticated interiors with clean lines focus the eye on the incredible setting of the villa, meanwhile access to the lake is a breeze in the villa’s very own private boat. This unique villa is available through Stay One Degree, the world’s first trusted private members’ club for luxury travellers.
Mykonos has its fair share of fantastic villas in which to enjoy a hedonistic summer. With incredible nightlife, crystal clear seas and beautiful people, it’s no wonder this it is one of Greece’s most popular summer destinations. With a destination like this you need a villa to match and Bright Blue Villas is here to help. The private collection of their portfolio showcases villas of the rich and famous from Greek high society to royalty, only available on request. One to watch is Villa Charlotte, set in a sensational location in the Aleomandra area, close to Agios Ioannis, Psarrou and Ornos beaches. Offering a rare ambience and aesthetic, this property is ideal for those looking for a Myconian mega villa with an air of privacy and exclusivity.
Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica is host to a villa camouflaged in lush grounds, and this private sanctuary is known as Villa Manzu. Spread over five acres, it was designed by visionary architect Abraham Valenzuela. This is no ordinary villa, with eight master suites all with ocean views and a full staff of chefs, drivers and adventure specialists, Villa Manzu has every detail covered. The property is the ideal location for relaxation with its own spa, yoga platform, swimming pool and fully stocked adventure kit, from surfboards to golf carts. However, should you feel the need to step it up a gear and enjoy a sundowner from your suite’s panoramic balcony, a team of bartenders and waiters will ensure you are well hydrated with offerings from two private bars located within the villa.
Tuscany is famed for its rolling hills, unspoilt beauty and incredible villas, whether you want to be nestled into an authentic village or hide away in your own fortress surrounded by acres of land, there is a property to match. One incredible option is the Estate of Petroio, which houses three private luxury residences on a 900-acre olive oil and wine estate. The property has two swimming pools and its very own yoga barn. If you’re still bursting with energy after morning yoga, you don’t need to venture far with an onsite astro-turf tennis court. The latest update is a multi-functional space, which features a well-equipped gym, massage area and an external hot tub for up to six people. The property is available through Tuscany Now & More, the Tuscan villa experts.
This extraordinary estate is set upon a clifftop in its own private cove – a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship. It has breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea and is fringed by dense tropical jungle. A spectacular and supremely private villa built to unparalleled standards, it blends both contemporary and traditional Asian style. Highlights include seven bedrooms, an extensive spa area, gym, games room, bar and a private movie theatre. The manicured grounds host an impressive 30-metre infinity pool overlooking the ocean with two large living and dining pavilions. The fully staffed villa is perfect for large families, or groups and is available through Stay One Degree.