UltraVilla brings together the top villas of the world, however, some villas are a cut above the rest. We’ve surveyed our international villa specialists to find their ultimate luxury rentals of 2017 and have come up with an exceptional list of regal historic properties, cutting edge clifftop villas, sprawling mountain chalets and gorgeous beach houses found on the chicest four corners of the globe. Prepared to be wowed below…
Villa Astor – Amalfi Coast, Italy
Dramatically clinging to a bluff directly over the sea next to Sorrento, this exceptional villa by Homebase Abroad is one of the finest along the Amalfi coast and was recently featured in the Robb Report. The aristocratic home exudes opulence and style which are coupled with soaring views of this stunning coastline.
Once the home of William Waldorf Astor, this exquisite six-bedroom villa is the epitome of the lavish elegance of Italian villas. The interiors feature top luxury amenities, gilded mirrors, beautiful antiques and marble fireplaces. It has a dream kitchen for home chefs, however, let yourself be pampered with a private chef whipping up divine Italian meals. The kitchen opens onto to a breakfast terrace, bathed in golden morning light. It is equipped with a wood forno, barbecue and table which can seat up to 10, making it ideal for casual meals. This leads down to the ocean terrace which extends the whole length of the villa from where you can take in breathtaking views of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. Here you will find an additional dining area, with seating for 16 at three tables and a retractable awning over the primary table. More formal meals can be served in villa’s elegant dining room which amply seats 12.
The property includes gorgeous grounds, a marble-finished pool and a two-hectare botanical garden with extensive collection of fauna – some specimens dating back several centuries. Walking paths dotted with ancient porphyry, friezes, busts and objects d’art crisscross the estate. The cherry on the top is the villa’s rooftop terrace which provides a 360-degree panorama of the coast, Sorrento and the countryside.
Surround yourself in Italian refinement at the Villa Astor through Homebase Abroad at this link.
Happy House – St-Tropez, France
Enjoy glamorous St-Tropez from your own private paradise tucked away a mere five minutes from town at this gorgeous eight-bedroom villa by Villas Prestige & Services. Situated high above the Mediterranean, Happy House offers a stylish and cozy setting and is equipped with fabulous facilities including a private tennis court, a soccer pitch, heated pool, helicopter landing and more, not to mention spectacular views over the sea and French Riviera coast.
The expansive, air-conditioned villa is surrounded by a vast 10,000 m² garden. Guests will enjoy the easy flow between the indoor living and dining areas and the fantastic pool terrace with a 12 x 6 meter heated pool, a large dining table and barbecue. There is another spacious terrace on the other side, with a sitting area area and a table for breakfast, dinner or enjoying the fiery sunsets.
The luxurious estate features a 22 x 36 meter soccer pitch, a tennis court with night lighting, a pétanque court and even a playground for children. The fun doesn’t stop there as other on-site facilities include ping pong, foosball and billiards tables, plus a short distance away guests can enjoy swimming and an array of watersports and neighboring beaches as well as biking, hiking and many other active and cultural pursuits that are available across the South of France.
A holiday destination in itself, you won’t be disappointed with a holiday at Happy House. Contact Villas Prestige & Services here for more information and booking.
St. Regis Villa, Mauritius
Relatively new to the market, and in the selective collection of Villanovo, is this spectacular villa – the largest and most exclusive private accommodation on the whole island. The sprawling 1,659 m² villa, features a gorgeous infinity pool, open plan indoor and outdoor living, jaw-dropping sea views, vibrant sunsets and is fully staffed.
Situated on ‘One Eye,’ a world famous kite surfing destination, the villa offers a true ‘resort within a resort’ experience for guests. It has four bedrooms, four heated swimming pools (including an infinity pool), a formal dining area, bar, two comfortable lounges, office, private gym, steam room and private access to this incredible beach.
At 100 m² each, the four suites are all extremely spacious and are luxuriously appointed with walk-in closets, oversized bathrooms with stand alone bathtub and separate shower and toilet room. Two twin bedrooms with two bathrooms are available in the staff quarters for up to four additional guests.
The villa manager oversees outstanding service from the dedicated team of professional butlers, valets and an excellent private who can whip up your favorite dishes any time of day or night to be served in the dining area, on the beach or in the private garden.
Reach out to Villanovo at this link to start designing an exceptional holiday in marvelous Mauritius island.
La Datcha – Val Thorens, France
Situated in the French Alpine resort of Val Thorens, the expansive 1200 m² chalet showcases sensational views over the resort and mountains as well as an incredible range of facilities from a fantastic indoor swimming pool to a Formula 1 simulator.
Available through Ultimate Luxury Chalets, the mega chalet spreads over five floors where you’ll find plush common rooms with vast south-facing windows, eight large ensuite bedrooms, a swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a sauna, a hammam and a gym. If that weren’t enough, there are two cinema rooms, a golf simulator and a Formula 1 simulator.
The chalet is fully staffed to ensure you have a perfect ski holiday. The chalet also has a fabulous chef who will prepared anything from mountain comfort food to gastronomic dishes.
Splurge on an incredible ski trip to the French Alps with Ultimate Luxury Chalets at this link.
Greensleeves Villa – Barbados
Nestled amidst tropical gardens fringing the beach of Barbados’ gorgeous West Coast is this magnificent nine-bedroom villa, one of the finest in repertoire of our local experts at Blue Sky Luxury.
This spectacular estate is set on three acres of land with over 600 feet bordering two spectacular beaches. Guests enter through golden bamboo-framed, Mongolian temple doors and into a Japanese water garden, dotted with colourful koi. Further tropical vegetation, colorful flowers and chirping birds create a wonderfully tranquil ambiance in the sprawling gardens.
The villa is a dream for families with its large two-bedroom children’s wing featuring storybook bunk beds, a jungle gym, a separate kitchen with a lounge and adjoining nanny accommodation. There is also a cinema room with a high-tech entertainment system and a free-form pool with its own mini island complete with coconut trees and swim-up bar. Across the road is a private floodlit tennis court for guests and the sandy beach is right in front of villa, perfect for snorkeling and other watersports.
The efficient, friendly staff and concierge team is on hand to cater to all guests’ desires throughout your stay from the airport meet-and-greet, to in-house spa treatments.
You can take a virtual tour of the property in this preview or contact Blue Sky Luxury here to start planning an exceptional getaway to Barbados.
Villa Trevo, VILA VITA Parc – Algarve, Portugal
With all the benefits of a fully-staffed five-star resort while having the privacy of your own exclusive free-standing holiday home, the Villa Trevo is one of the top holiday rentals on Portugal’s Algarve coast. The villa is found on a private clifftop within in the VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa and boosts top luxury amenities, stunning views of the Atlantic and can accommodate up to 12 guests.
Exquisite views of the coastline and deep blue Atlantic can be taken in from the villa’s five bedrooms, the main lounge, gardens, terraces and swimming pool. The rooms feature classic Mediterranean style with muted tones, stylish furnishings, bright artwork and other decorative pieces. The two kitchens are very equipped and include Gaggenau and Smeg appliances. Guests will have plenty of privacy and comfort in the villa’s large suites, ranging from 90 to 272 m². There’s also a fully-fitted gym with a sauna and steam bath.
Find your ideal place to relax in one of the villa’s many outdoor spaces like the sunny poolside patio or panoramic sun terrace. Outdoors you can also make use of the barbecue area for al fresco entertaining, divine infinity pool, shaded garden gazebo and stunning rooftop sun terrace home to a fabulous Jacuzzi and spectacular views.
Guests have the added advantage of full use of the fantastic amenities of the hotel, including beach access and several restaurants.
Enjoy Portugal’s amazing Algarve at this extravagent villa through VILA VITA at this link.
Oasis de Salines – St Barthélemy
Set within 2.5 acres of cascading, tropical gardens and facing spectacular views of the gorgeous Saline beach and the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea is this star-studded six-bedroom property. The sleek complex is made up of a main house, two pavilions, two pools, a wine bar and three kitchens.
Available through St Barth Properties, the stylish and contemporary villa is equipped with cutting edge technology and incredible amenities. The three-level main house includes the pool levels, a sumptuous first floor master bedroom suite, spacious indoor and outdoor living areas, and two kitchens, one being professionally equipped. Here you or your private chef can cook up delicious meals of freshly caught seafood and just picked fruits and vegetables which can be served in the outside dining area.
Two one-bedroom guest houses are located 300 feet from the main house and accessed by a stone staircase, offering privacy for the various parties of your group. Additional perks include plasma TVs in each of the luxuriously appointed bedrooms, a heated 80-foot lap pool, a heated 40-foot pool with graded access and an air-conditioned mini-gym. There is a footpath that leads down to the beautiful under-developed Grand Saline Beach.
Soak up the Caribbean sun at this divinely luxurious villa through St Barth Properties here.
Mykonos WRV – Aleomandra, Greece
After undergoing a brilliant total re-designed this outstanding villa by Five Star Greece has earned its place amongst the top villas on this glamorous Greek island. It’s situated in Aleomandra, a short distance from Mykonos town and the gorgeous, sheltered beaches of the south of the island.
The sleek, air-conditioned 1050 m² villa can comfortably accommodate up to 20 guests in 10 en-suite bedrooms, some with their own private Jacuzzis, terraces and gardens. Two rooms are located in a guest house with a large living space, fully equipped kitchen, study zone, independent access and pool view. There are a number of handsome living rooms, tastefully furnished and prized with spectacular sea and sunset views.
Stepping onto the villa’s 850m² of outdoor living space, guests will find a 6m x 2.5 meter pool off the master bedroom, a wonderful heated 17m x 4 meter infinity pool, a poolside bar, barbecue facilities and quirky designer seating and lounging areas.
The villa includes live-in staff. Guests are met and escorted to the villa, have housekeeping twice a day and can arrange a variety of concierge services, like private chefs or car/yacht rentals, on request.
Envelop yourself in the lap of luxury and incredible beauty of Greece at this exquisite contemporary villa through Five Star Greece at this link.