Like all of us, we have been feeling the effects of nearly a year of restrictions and precautions that have made meeting up with friends and family difficult. To celebrate the fact we may be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, we have decided to look ahead to holidays with our nearest and dearest, hopefully in the not too distant future. With that in mind, we have selected some of our favourite options for villa stays across the globe. Being able to travel as a larger group whilst knowing that you’re able to stay in seclusion when you reach your destination is something we feel appeals more today that it ever has done. So, sit back and dream about family holidays again, with our pick of the best villa escapes anywhere in the world.
Nestled serenely amongst the lush tropical foliage, all 27 of Round Hill’s villas are unique, boasting their own personality, from sumptuous luxury to classically island living. Comprising open-air living areas, spacious and peaceful bedrooms and well-appointed bathrooms, the privacy of the villas is second to none. On-site staff take care of your whims, and a fresh made-to-order breakfast on your private terrace with sweeping ocean views is the perfect way to start the day.
Discover true privacy and exclusivity at Jumby Bay Island. The island is reachable only by boat, and with no cars in sight, is a tranquil paradise of white powdered sands and striking blue ocean views. To add to your sense of privacy why not stay at one of the island’s villas, perfect for staying within discreet luxury, experience a harmonious blend of carefree privacy, with all the benefits of the all-inclusive luxury retreat that Jumby Bay offers.
Closer to home, the beautiful villas and bungalows at Marbella Club comprise of two, three- and four-bedroom units, with expansive bedrooms and bathrooms and generous entertainment spaces. The resort’s Grand Villas offer private entrances, flower-filled gardens, private pools and a dedicated Villa Host to complete the ultimate holiday escape. All of this in the heart of Marbella Club’s elegant simplicity, meaning you can experience a truly unforgettable Spanish escape.
Comprising of a range of villas and townhouses in varied locations within the resort, Pine Cliffs offers a host of options for those seeking their own private residence. Pine Cliffs Deluxe Villas are perfect for nature lovers with an unspoilt natural setting and large private plot, while the outdoor terraces and barbecue areas of the Townhouses are perfect for open air living. For the ultimate in indulgent accommodation, the modern and contemporary design of the Pine Cliff Terraces are perfect for a family break or luxury retreat. For the golf lover the Golf Suites provide the ideal accommodation overlooking the clubhouse.
High above the shimmering Mediterranean below, Elounda Gulf Villas is an exclusive luxury retreat that blends the myriad services of a world-class luxury hotel with the inviting ambience and privacy offered by a villa stay. The 18 elegant, boutique Pool Villas offer a personalised service and family run feel. Offering a secluded experience in an authentic Cretan setting, this is a timeless and tranquil spot for you and your family to jet off to.
With a plethora of stunning villas and Avant Garde residences Amirandes is an essential place to visit for those looking for a stylish and contemporary villa stay. Choose from a large selection of villa options, from intimate smaller villas to palatial family residences – there is an option for every taste. Couple that with a mix of pool, seafront, courtyard and garden settings and we’re sure that we can find a villa that is right for you.
Villas aren’t all about the coast, and there is perhaps no setting more stunningly beautiful than Tuscany and no Tuscan hotel more elegant than Borgo Pignano. The hotel’s four villas are blessed with beautiful settings, and choosing between a backdrop of aromatic gardens and orchards, the gently sloping fields and picturesque lakes or the oak and beech copses within the estate appears to be the main difficulty faced when selecting which villa is right for you. All boast breath-taking views, and ooze with an authentic Tuscan vibe.
Nestled on Mauritius’ east coast, bathed by perfect turquoise waters, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is filled with dramatic views and lush vegetation at every turn. Within this setting the resort’s luxury Residence Villas offer indoor and outdoor living for families and groups of friends. An open-concept lounge and dining area offers a focal point for the villa before they open onto an expansive terrace and large heated infinity pool. Escape to paradise in Mauritius.
Away from some of the classic villa destinations, One&Only Desaru Coast is perfect for tropical relaxation between jungle, sand and sea. For the ultimate in villa exclusivity, the resort’s Villa One is its jewel in the crown. This spectacular 4-bedroom Villa is set over two levels and comes complete with a 27 metre private pool, spacious indoor and outdoor living spaces and a private spa treatment room. Close to the sea, which will entice you all day, and hush you to sleep at night, but also hidden away from all but the local monkeys, this truly is a sumptuously secluded retreat.
For a further Asian villa adventure, we recommend Soneva Kiri. Choose from a sprawling Six Bedroom Sunset Ocean View Pool Reserve perched atop cliffs or find yourself right on the sandy shores in one of the resort’s Beach Pool Retreats. This unparalleled resort is where luxury meets eco-friendly design. Nestled within lush tropical rainforest on an unspoiled island with some of the best beaches in Thailand on your doorstep.
Inspired by a village feel, Six Senses Zighy Bay is located where the rugged mountains of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula plunge into the sea. With a range of Villas to choose from all the way up to a large 4-bedroom option, there is sure to be something for your group. All boast private pools and easy access to the powdery sands of the nearby private beach. Complete your trip with one of the selection of excursions that are available within the local area.
The private villas on offer at Nizuc emit a zen-like aura and offer a real sense of tranquillity and escape from the modern world. With lush private gardens and designed and finished in a contemporary style, all villas boast a private pool and indoor-outdoor showers, and are located a stone’s throw from the heart of the resort. The hotel is located right on the coast and is a short hop from the airport, perfect for instant relaxation on the shimmering white sands of Mexico’s Riviera Maya.