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Your Private Paradise: The World's Best Luxury Villas

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Laura Jones

Privacy, peace and unparalleled luxury...

Far away from the hustle and bustle, a luxury villa holiday gives you the complete freedom to do what you want, when you want. From beautiful European destinations only a short flight away, to your dream home-away-from-home in the Caribbean, these highly sought-after residences are among the world's best places to spend time with family and friends, along with affording much-envied privacy, countless facilities and staff to cater for your every whim.
Patio Terrace at Nirvana
Balcony at Nirvana
Beach Access at Nirvana
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Nirvana, Barbados

Spacious, sleek and effortlessly stylish, Nirvana is blessed with a prime position on the sought-after shoreline of St James, along Barbados' prestigious west coast. The expansive property showcases five, beautifully designed bedrooms flooded with natural light, while there's also sumptuous spaces for lounging and dining. From the luxury villa's outdoor terrace, you can slip into the enticing swimming pool, or simply stroll down to the sand with direct access to the powder-soft shore. Nirvana's top floor has been transformed into a spectacular sunset bar, affording elevated views of the beach and beyond. Once the sunsets, let vibrant music fill the villa as you savour expertly prepared cocktails and canapés under starry skies.

Villas at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

This three-hundred-acre private island effortlessly captures your imagination from the moment you arrive, framed by white-powdered beaches and turquoise sea - but the resort's collection of three- and four-bedroom luxury villas promises to further elevate your experience in this Caribbean hideaway. From beachfront infinity swimming pools and lavishly landscaped gardens, to cutting-edge kitchens and an attentive housekeeping service, there's everything you need - and more - for a sumptuous, home-away-from-home style stay. Outside of your villa, you'll find plenty to keep you busy encompassed in the island's all-inclusive philosophy; rum-tasting sessions, sunset yacht sailings, Caribbean cookery classes and a wealth of watersports are only the beginning of what's to look forward to!
Lazy Lizard at Jumby Bay Island
Lazy Lizard at Jumby Bay Island

Valley Trunk, The British Virgin Islands

Set amongst blossoming tropical gardens along the shoreline of Virgin Gorda, ten-bedroom luxury villa Valley Trunk is a rare, private paradise that has been family-owned for over 30 years. Named after the island's endemic trunkback turtles, this recently renovated hideaway's interior space spans five standalone villas, each boasting open-plan designs and neutral aesthetics. While the house itself includes a breathtaking infinity pool, surround-sound cinema room, private bar and ample indoor/outdoor living space, you'll also find activities including kayaking, tennis, fishing and hiking on your doorstep! Balance out adventurous mornings with relaxing afternoons by indulging with a holistic spa treatment on-property, before spending the evening beside a bonfire on the beach, or stargazing into the unblemished sky above.
Balinese Beach House at Valley Trunk
Balinese Beach House at Valley Trunk

The Private Reserve at Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives

The largest overwater villa in the world, proudly perched in the glistening lagoon 500m from Gili Lankanfushi's main island, this multi-level, rustic-style luxury villa exemplifies the resort's "no news, no shoes" mantra. This isolated island paradise instantly transforms your dreams into reality; imagine 1,700-square-metres of pure luxury, including spacious bedrooms with open-air bathrooms, a private infinity swimming pool, custom-designed wine cellar, cosy cinema room, rooftop terraces affording boundless views of the horizon and a waterslide which sends you plunging you straight into the ocean! Meanwhile, a short boat journey to the main resort invites you to sample several mouthwatering eateries and the mellow Meera Spa, along with activities including snorkelling, tennis, cookery classes and surfing lessons with TropicSurf.
Private Reserve at Gili Lankanfushi
Private Reserve at Gili Lankanfushi

Tagomago Island, Spain

Only nine-hundred-metres off the coast of vibrant Ibiza, this 600,000m² island of unspoilt, tranquil beauty invites you to discover the Mediterranean while relishing uninterrupted privacy, with only one exclusive residence occupying its interior - a captivatingly-designed, luxury villa. While five spacious bedrooms each boast their own spa-inspired en suite bathroom, there's also a professional kitchen, sublime saltwater swimming pool, well-equipped fitness zone and barbecue area, along with both sunrise and sunset terraces for capturing the island's undeniable magic basking in a golden-hued glow. While many opt for a short boat ride or helicopter flight to Ibiza when adventure or adrenaline calls, the island's intriguing pathways allow you to discover more quaint treasures, including a nature reserve, bird sanctuary and a lighthouse dating back to 1909.
Villa at Tagomago Island
Villa at Tagomago Island
Villa at Tagomago Island
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The Mansion at Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, Crete

From the outside, a stately residence hidden amongst the greenery of Crete's coastline; inside, a stylish, light-filled home-away-from-home. The Mansion is undoubtedly Crete's most exclusive address, perched in a hillside position affording uninterrupted luxury. The three-storey luxury villa showcases over 600-square-metres of space, including a well-equipped kitchen, sumptuous sitting rooms with sea views, and three generously sized bedrooms, complete with en suite bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes. There's also an indoor heated swimming pool, steam room and sauna for undisturbed relaxation, along with a private Technogym fitness studio. Step outside onto your 250-square-metre terrace and deck and slip into your cliffside outdoor pool, or spend the evening dining alfresco with awe-inspiring views of the horizon.
The Mansion at Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas
The Mansion at Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas

Villa Sola Cabiati by Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

Originally built in the 16th century, this majestic luxury villa moments away from Grand Hotel Tremezzo is surrounded by flowering Italian gardens, bursting with sweet scented trees and richly coloured florals. Enter through the elaborate halls - adorned with stuccoes and frescoes by renowned artists of the day - and you'll find six sumptuously sophisticated suites, along with an attentive team of staff ready to cater your every whim. A villa manager, butler and housekeeper will finesse the finer details, whilst your personal chef will prepare whatever your taste buds desire for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spend a day or two indulging in enviable facilities of Grand Hotel Tremezzo, including the award-winning T Spa and breathtaking T Beach, or relish the glamour of travelling aboard the hotel's beautifully restored Venetian motor launch, Ruy.
Sala degli Stucchi at Villa Sola Cabiati by Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Sala degli Stucchi at Villa Sola Cabiati by Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Layan Residences by Anantara, Phuket

An enviably exclusive collection of uniquely designed residences overlooking the scenic vistas of Layan Bay and the Andaman Sea, these fifteen luxury villas embody Asia's authenticity while spoiling guests with indulgent additions including private cinema rooms, cliffside infinity pools, exclusive wine cellars and the service of an in-residence butler. Ranging from two to seven bedrooms, these lofty abodes invite family and friends to savour life's simple pleasures; curl up with a book on a hidden verandah amongst the greenery, relish time soaking in the jacuzzi or splashing about with little ones in the swimming pool, before enjoying exquisitely prepared food in the outdoor dining sala, watching the sun slowly disappear beyond Thailand's carefully carved coastline.
Private Pool Terrace at Layan Residences
Living Room at Layan Residences
Rooftop Sala at Layan Residences
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Laura Jones

Digital Content Executive

From my home in picturesque North Wales, my travels have taken me from the idyllic Greek Islands to the bright lights of New York - always with a very full suitcase, of course!

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