The World’s Most Luxurious Private Residences

Looking for a vacation without the crowds? These luxurious private villas and residences hit the sweet spot, perfect for your own private vacation. From an outdoor movie experience and private docks for island access, to your 24-hour in-villa butler and a private chef, the world’s most luxe properties offer an experience that is high on space, beauty, dedicated staff, and privacy.

Villa Sainte-Anne at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Villa Sainte-Anne at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

This summer marks the inaugural season for the sumptuous Villa Sainte-Anne, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc’s largest private villa in Antibes, France. The 337 square metre home, originally built by founding hotelier Antoine Sella, has received a complete restoration of its expansive interiors, 2,100 square metres of private Tuscan gardens and a swimming pool. The renovations were led by the renowned talents of architect Luc Svetchine and interior designer Countess Bergit Gräfin Douglas. Elegant interiors include five ensuite bedrooms, each with a dressing room, a spa with sauna, steam and gym. The villa is fully staffed, with a chauffeur and car available five hours a day, but an annex to the property can also accommodate your own staff, if you so wish.

Ultima Corfu, Sunset by the pool

A Unique Mediterranean Villa – Ultima Corfu

Overlooking the Ionian Sea, Ultima Corfu is an ocean-front villa located on the emerald island of Corfu, Greece. Offering spectacular 180-degree views of the Greek and Albanian coasts, it comprises a main villa and a guest villa with seven ensuite bedrooms, private balconies, and terraces overlooking the sea. Ultima Corfu is the perfect place for a luxury retreat in utter seclusion, with a truly authentic Greek atmosphere. The villa is designed for optimal comfort and wellness, from its two infinity pools set on different levels that are joined by a waterfall, to its home gym, spa, hammam, and jacuzzi with a view. In addition, the villa boasts a home cinema as well as the possibility for an outdoor movie experience and a private dock for access to the islands via a private yacht or for refreshing swims in the ocean. Comprising 1,000 square meters, the villa can host up to 14 people across seven bedrooms. Every suite includes a private dressing room, bathroom, and access to a sea-facing terrace. With a large terrace spanning the width of the property, every room including the living room, dining room, kitchen and office has been designed to create the feeling of ocean-side living.

Villa De France - Cheval Blanc St Barth Isle De France

Villa De France – Cheval Blanc St Barth Isle De France

Situated directly in front of the ocean, the Villa de France offers a direct access to Flamands Beach on this French Caribbean island. This five-bedroom residence with dedicated bathroom and private dressing and a magnificent living room opening onto an infinity-edge pool with a turquoise horizon invites families and tribes to enjoy the indulgence of the Caribbean. Sprawling 650 sq m (6,997 sq ft) this villa is spread over two floors and unveils a private spa and fitness room, a dining room and a kitchen to celebrate intimate moments and create unparalleled tribe memories. A dedicated major-domo crafts every detail, at all hours of the day.

Armani Hotel Milano, Signature Suite

Armani Signature Suite (Cinema) Armani Hotel Milano

Measuring up to 203 sq m (2,185 sq ft), this elegant duplex suite in the Armani Hotel Milano set in the middle of Milan’s fashion district, features a vestibule, private kitchen, and spacious living room with guest lavatory. The Suite has an exclusive private Cinema with a 100-inch LCD TV, while an impressive circular staircase that leads up to the bedroom with a magnificent ensuite marble bathroom.

Samujana Villas, Koh Samui

Samujana Villas, Koh Samui

Samujana’s definition of luxury is very simple – 23 charming villas from 1 to 8 bedrooms, all with oversized private infinity pools, modern Thai architecture, and breathtaking views from the island of Koh Samui, 5-star hotel services. These are the details that make a world of difference, for the perfect place for friends and family to gather and have an enjoyable stay. Samujana prides itself on providing an unparalleled luxury experience with their motto being, “Your Place. Your Time.” Each Villa automatically comes with its private Villa Manager and villa maid, state-of-the art leisure facilities and the latest in audio and media amenities, your private villa is literally like your home away from home. If you are in the mood for your own private chefs, this can be provided by the resort. For fun beyond villas, Samujana offers an extensive range of land and water experiences. From boating excursions on a private sailboat to chauffeured tours of the beautiful island and its waterfalls, the Experience Manager curates a bespoke adventure for guests.

The Datai Langkawi - The Datai Estate Villa

The Datai Estate Villa – The Datai Langkawi

The Datai Estate Villa is designed for guests seeking a rarefied hospitality experience. At 3,500 square meters with five bedrooms, it is one of the largest of its kind in Asia. Situated in the Malaysian rainforest, it is just a short walk to the beach. The Datai Estate Villa comprises two spacious living rooms and two dining rooms, a lounge with a bar, five bedrooms each with a balcony, two connecting pools and outdoor dining facilities. There is also a flexible space which can be adapted into a children’s playroom, a spa treatment room or a small gym, according to guests’ needs. The villa includes the services of a 24-hour in-villa butler and a private chef. The room rate is inclusive of complimentary airport transfers and an in-villa bar (excluding wines from the wine cooler), as well as daily afternoon tea and à la carte breakfast at The Beach Club or served in the privacy of your villa.


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