The wedding venue is one of the most important considerations for any couple while planning their special day. The destination they choose will come to represent the couple’s eternal love and be forever engrained in the memories of all present on this very important occasion. Whether you’re looking for wild nature, stunning coastlines or soaring mountains, these exceptional locations for destination weddings will wow both you and your guests.

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Koh Samui, Thailand

Heavenly Koh Samui island, located in the Gulf of Thailand is an ideal location for a wedding – big or small. On this island paradise, the exclusive and discreet luxury villa estate of Samujana offers guests’ uncompromised privacy surrounded by exquisite beauty.

The expansive estate boasts a prestigious hilltop location and is just a few minutes’ drive from Samui International Airport. Each villa has been individually designed and features a fabulous infinity pool, vast terraces and incredible sea views. Villas vary in size from three to eight bedroom and some include additional amenities like fully-equipped private gyms and home theaters.

For an intimate wedding, the wide terraces, with panoramas of the Gulf of Thailand and gorgeous sunsets, found at one of its private villas would be the ideal location. Medium to large weddings can be held at a dedicated event space, the Big Lawn and Little Lawn, a beautiful three-tiered landscaped area that cascades down to the seafront and which can host up to 200 guests for a banquet and 250 for cocktails. Another possibility is to hire the whole estate for the entire wedding party.

Whether you declare “I do” under a canopy of fragrant tropical flowers on the lawn or high above on a terrace facing the awe-inspiring vistas, the moment is bound to be extremely magical. A DJ, fire show or half day sunset cruise on luxury catamaran and many other options can be easily arranged to celebrate the occasion.

Once you’ve celebrated your big day, the island is also the perfect place to enjoy a romantic honeymoon. Their helpful team can assist in all the details for the wedding and for activities before and after for your group. Start planning with them here.

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New Zealand Lakeside, Wanaka

If snowy mountains, fireside cocktails and the great outdoors are your idea of heaven, Wanaka is the natural wedding destination for you. Our experts at Touch of Spice have the perfect villas in the area for the perfect special day in this spectacular part of New Zealand.

“A magical paradise surrounded by untouched scenery and landscapes that look like paintings, it offers breath-taking ceremony backdrops with both lake and mountain views,” tempts Touch of Spice’s Marketing Manager Kelcey Radford.

“With all the comforts of a luxury destination, you are spoilt for choice for boutique accommodation. A stunning riverside estate situated on 17 acres, the Wanaka Wonder estate is available exclusively and is the perfect blank canvas for designing your dream wedding. The property can sleep up to 12 guests in two luxury villas and features manicured lawns and gardens, huge outdoor entertaining areas, a tennis court, swimming pool, steam room, hot tub and pétanque court.

“Alternatively, if a luxury lodge is more your style look no further than Whare Kea Lodge, one of the first luxury lodges in New Zealand. Strikingly designed in timber and glass, it appears to float on the edge of Lake Wanaka against the dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps. With two master suites and four deluxe suites, each with a veranda and en-suite bathroom, along with comfortable, spacious living and dining areas with open fire and bar, it’s the perfect venue for intimate weddings and accommodations for up to 12 guests.”

Celebrate the magnitude of your love in one of the world’s most stunning settings with Touch of Spice at this link.

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Canouan, The Grenadines

A total buyout of a chic island resort in the Grenadines, would make the ultimate venue for a destination wedding in a Caribbean oasis with family and friends. Of the 32 island’s of the Grenadines, picturesque Canouan is ringed with beautiful beaches, coves and bays, dense in lush forest and features amazing sea views. This fabulous natural setting, combined with the elegance of the Il Sogno estate by Villas and Apartments Abroad, provide couples with an immensely idyllic setting for their special day.

The beautiful island is abundant in tropical flowers from purple Petunias to the flaming red Flamboyant trees, set against steep green mountains. It benefits from a perfect climate all year round  thanks to the gentle trade winds that blow and sunny days as the norm. In the evenings witness beautiful sunsets along with the ever so gentle fragrance from the gardens, caressing the soul through all the senses.

Set on a hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean the Southern Grenadine Islands, Mount Royal, and the Canouan golf course is the lovely 4.2-acre Il Sogno estate. It consists of four one-bedroom cottages, each with a bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and a large verandah, the perfect base for the wedding party with additional guests accommodated nearby. Guests can gather in the Great Room with walls that slide open onto a large verandah, an 18-meter long infinity pool, sun deck, two-story gazebo and outdoor bar and grill. The gorgeous grounds themselves could be the setting of the wedding with their flowers, palms and fruit trees designed to bloom in every season.

“Nearby the estate, there are various special spots to exchange vows,”  explains Sylvia Delvaille Jones, director of Villas and Apartments Abroad. “Such as the beautiful 17th century non-denominational limestone church located at the resort. For those seeking an authentic local wedding, can arrange this in the village  where churches and rum bars coexist side by side – you’re bound to have many well wishers and plenty of cheers.

“The beach is the ultimate venue, the dream choice of so many couples. Some take it a little further, diving together into the blue Caribbean sea decked out in Vera Wong gown and Ralph Lauren suit for that first underwater kiss. A waiter is ready to serve the prize couple that glass of champagne once they have emerged.

“For the golfers, the island’s 18-hole PGA Jim Fazio designed course beats all other venues. The ceremony can be arranged at the 13th hole, known by golfers to be one of the most challenging, which prides itself on being at the most prominent spot on the course. It’s also the spot with the most brilliant sunset, painting the most amazing backdrop just for the occasion. The party can carry on with celebratory fireworks, flowing bubbly, delicious hors d’oeuvres and a lively calypso band that’ll have everyone dancing till dawn!”

Tap into the local knowledge and creativity of Sylvia Delvaille Jones to help you plan an original wedding on the splendid island. Contact her here.

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New Zealand Coastline, Bay of Islands & Banks Peninsula

In addition to having fabulous lakeside locations, New Zealand’s spectacular coastline offers incredible settings for an elegant and breathtaking wedding. Our experts at Majordomo have two exquisite, unforgettable venues with jaw-dropping coastal views.

Located in the beautiful Bay of Islands, off the north coast of North Island, Eagles Nest offers a truly unique ocean side location. Whether it’s a small, intimate wedding or a larger celebration with a seated gala banquet, there are up to five luxurious villas at Eagles Nest that can be tailored perfectly for you.

Your unique wedding day will be seamlessly put together by Eagles Nest’s dedicated wedding concierge who can also assist with celebrants, photographers, live music, wedding cakes, flowers, luxury transport, catering and more.

Over on the east coast of South Island, Annandale promises an outstanding and unique venue. Located on a farm overlooking the sea on Banks Peninsula, you will enjoy privacy and seclusion with incredible views.

Annandale offers a choice of venues, from the stately elegance of the homestead which can cater weddings for up to 40 people, to a more intimate affair at Seascape in a private bay right on the sea. There is also the option of taking over the entire property. The team at Annandale can create a bespoke package for your wedding, allowing you to do as much or as little decision-making as you like.

The farm at Annandale offers outstanding backdrops for your photographer to capture too: the elegant gardens at the homestead, breathtaking views over the coast at The Point, where the sunlight sparkles on the water like countless diamonds, or the strikingly contemporary and private setting of Seascape. It’s a dream setting for your most special occasion.

Experience the most memorable days of your life by organizing your wedding in either of these sublime locations with MajorDomo here.

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Masai Mara, Kenya

Adventurous couples can have a truly unique wedding at one of the most astoundingly beautiful places in Africa, Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp and Bush Villa.  Situated on the Olderikesi conservancy, bordering the Maasai Mara National Reserve and just one kilometer Tanzania Serengeti game reserve, this historic and award-winning safari camp can host small and medium-sized weddings with African spirit and originality.

“Cottars has had the pleasure of organizing many beautiful blessings for our guests – from small, simple ceremonies involving a champagne celebration at the end of a game drive, to larger three day events with over 60 guests. We have become the hottest emerging destination for blessings in the African bush!” explains Cottar’s Director Calvin Cottar.

“A stylishly simple ceremony, led by a Maasai elder, coupled with the vibrant colours of Maasai dancing and celebrations away from the crowds yet amidst the herds! This requires very little paperwork and no official certificates are supplied.

“The ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ are both adorned in traditional Maasai regalia and the entire village joins in your celebration! The traditional ceremony is complete with gourmet dinner and a mouth-watering cake of your choice.”

Guests can be accommodated in the luxurious main camp, whereas the wedding party, or just the bride and groom, can stay in their gorgeous, intimate Bush Villa. Built using indigenous and eco-friendly materials, the villa is over 10,000 square feet and has a large living room, dining room, viewing deck, and five en-suite bedrooms. It has its own private 25-meter pool, though its guests also have access to the Cottar’s 1920s Camp swimming pool, shop and other facilities.

Add a touch of wild to your wedding with Cottar’s. Reach out to them here to begin exploring your options.

Thankfully the half-term, spring and Easter school vacations will soon be upon us. After several long months of having the family cooped up inside, perhaps you all need some rest and relaxation in a sunny beach destination. Or maybe it’s the ideal time for an adventurous or cultural break in an exciting new travel destination? From Scottish castles to sand castles, we’ve kept the whole family in mind when pulling together these fabulous family-friendly luxury villas and cruises by our UltraVilla experts across the globe.


Samujana – Koh Samui, Thailand

Samujana is an excellent choice for families in search of a holiday that will keep the entire family entertained. Many of the villas are perfect for families and in addition, the team at Samujana can baby-proof the pools and villas to ensure that the little ones enjoy their holiday in a fun and safe environment.

To further attract families, Samujana has just introduced a new family package which boasts an array of fun and educational activities for children of all ages. The package is very flexible and the activities can take place on whichever day the family choose. It includes a family BBQ, a Muay Thai boxing lesson for the whole family, Thai cooking class, movie night with pizza making and popcorn, children’s swimming lesson and arts and craft such as painting the view. The package is priced at 5000 THB for adults and 6000 THB for children.

In addition to the package, a childcare service is available with fully qualified nannies trained at the Royal Thai Ministry of Education An hourly babysitting service, daily nanny service or weekly nanny service and live in or live out services are available. All the villas have private infinity edge pools and some feature private cinemas and games rooms that are perfect to keep the children entertained. Koh Samui’s beaches are safe for children. Other activities on the island include two water parks, modern cinemas, tenpin bowling and a jumping castle playzone.

Please the whole family and create memories to last a lifetime by holidaying at Samujana.


Masseria Petriolo – Puglia, Italy

Combine charm and history with fantastic facilities and beach proximity for the ideal family break in Italy at the beautiful Masseria Petriolo, available through by Trust&Travel. Situated in Apulia, Puglia, this fortified eight-bedroom country house is only six kilometers from the beach, has two pools, endless gardens and gorgeous seas views.

Dating back to 1689, Masseria Petriolo was restored by renowned interior designers Alexander Waterworth (Soho House) who highlighted the home’s lovely historic features like stunning vaulted ceilings and the 17th-century chapel while incorporating fresh modernity.

The house is built around a large courtyard and has six bedrooms, as well as living, dining rooms, three kitchens, a hammam and a rooftop terrace with pool. It also includes an extra double bedroom and a fully separate concierge apartment. It is set on a 30-hectare (75 acre) organic farm filled with orange, mandarin and lemon groves, ancient olive groves, and organic fruit, vegetable and herb gardens.

The pool house, located about 25 meters from the main villa, consists of two interconnecting rooms, with wonderful uninterrupted views, covered terrace and outdoor kitchen, dining and lounging area. The pool features a shallower area for playing and a toddler circle for the little ones.

Onsite there is also a kids playground and an astro turf tennis court with viewing gazebo. An 1973 Airstream Overlander, found in the olive groves, can be used as a base for a picnic or al fresco dinner and is a fun additional place for the children to explore.

Enjoy the endless family pleasures of Masseria Petriolo and the nearby beach by reaching out to / Trust & Travel at this link.


Villa Ganesh – Flamands Beach, Saint Barthélemy

With the perfect blend of relaxed luxury, family friendly amenities and an incredible location, the beachfront Villa Ganesh, by St Barth Properties, is an amazing family destination for this spring break.

Kids will adore being a mere few steps from the warm waters of fabulous Flamands Beach, the expansive decks cool pool, play area and the ping pong table is always a big hit. They are two kayaks and two paddleboards available for guests who want to hit the waves. The terrace features gorgeous panoramic views of the sea and neighboring islands, and a staircase leads directly down to the white sandy beach. Due to its great location you’ll be able to walk along the water for breakfast, lunch or dinner at a number of nearby restaurants or meals can be enjoyed al fresco on the villa’s covered dining portico.

Inside, a spacious open floor plan includes a well-equipped kitchen and living and dining areas. The chic, island decor is comfortable and luxurious without a fuss. A private upper-level master suite with a king-size bed has its own private terrace with a spectacular view. Its bath has an elegant bathtub, perfect for soaking after a long day of family fun. A bunk room sleeps four, and there is also a third bedroom (with a king bed), all have en-suite baths, TVs and an iPod docking station for downtime.

Savor some amazing family time in the Caribbean with St Barth’s Properties here.


ATHOS Barge – Canal du Midi, France

Family, festivity, and fun are the calling cards of the congenial experience aboard the Athos. This Barge Lady Cruise can accommodate up to 10 passengers, making it ideal for two and three generation families who will love cruising on their own vessel during spring break.

Owner-operated by Captain Julian and Barge Manager Dannielle Farrant, parents of small children themselves, they understand that happy children mean happy parents! With its charming yet informal ambiance, the Athos fits perfectly into canal cruising’s wonderfully relaxed lifestyle. The cabins are cozy and are decorated in a “country French” in style with nautical elements.

“Dining is a celebratory affair, with elaborate table settings and attentive service by the crew furthering the convivial atmosphere, especially because the chef makes sure even the pickiest eaters enjoy their meals,” says Stephanie Sack of Barge Lady Cruises. “The hospitable and convivial crew ensure that guests are comfortable and content at all times.”

Claiming the bragging rights for the barge with the largest deck on the Canal du Midi, guests of all ages enjoy this perfect spot to soak in the passing pastoral scenery, perhaps while enjoying a glass of wine, a cup of tea, or a sip of soda. Strolling and bicycling along the canal’s tree-lined towpath reveals the area’s abundant flora and fauna.

The team at Barge Lady Cruises will create a custom sightseeing program for your family to showcase the best of the region’s sights and scenes; family fun is offered every day and includes such activities as kayaking, swimming, picnicking,  bicycling, tennis, and horseback riding.

Contact Barge Lady Cruises here to start planning your fun and enriching family vacation aboard the Athos.

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Cloud 9 Villa – Bay of Islands, New Zealand

You don’t have to miss out on a warm spring break by travelling to the southern hemisphere. The very north of New Zealand’s North Island has a surprisingly tropical climate and is host to some amazing seaside villas, like the Cloud 9 villa by MajorDomo.

This exquisite villa offers sweeping views across both the Pacific Ocean and the Bay of Islands in which the town of Russell nestles. This Bay of Islands holiday house is on a securely gated private road and surrounded by beautiful natural bush. Crashing waves can be heard from 100 meters below, whilst at night, Kiwis can be heard foraging in the bush.

This self-contained villa sleeps six people in three double bedrooms (two with ensuites) and two people in one twin room. All rooms have sea views. It has large open plan living, dining and kitchen and is equipped and furnished to the highest standards. Both living areas have gas log fires for those cooler evenings. The villa is fully air-conditioned for the warmer months. It has state of the art entertainment systems, including flat screen televisions, Sky TV and complimentary wireless internet, all integrated into the house.

The villa is surrounded on three sides by decking and terracing so there is plenty of room for children to play, plus there’s a stunning infinity pool and a five-person spa pool, where you can unwind at the end of the day and soak up the gorgeous views. There is an outdoor BBQ to whip up casual meals that will appeal to the whole family.

Make the most of the balmy end of summer and beginning autumn in New Zealand with Majordomo at this link.


Marchons Sur l’Eau – St-Tropez, France

A seamless horizon from the exquisite infinity pool to the shimmering Mediterranean has baptized this striking villa “Walk on Water,” by Villas Prestiges et Services. With its hidden location above the picturesque port of Ramatuelle, it offers complete seclusion within a short drive from glamorous St-Tropez is only a short drive away.

The spacious, newly built eight-bedroom villa is has a sleek modern juxtaposed with bright furniture and Miro inspired art. The open plan living room and kitchen is flanked with vast windows to highlight the phenomenal views of the sea and includes a one-of-a-kind dining room table which could be consider a work of art itself. Bedrooms are divided into two wings offering guests privacy and space. A highlight is definitely the spectacular terrace with an exquisite heated infinity pool, plenty of daybeds, comfortable seating and a bar and barbecue area.

Guests can walk a few minutes along the sea path to nearby Cap Taillat beach. In addition to the wide beach, there is a sailing club, tennis courts, boat, kayak and paddle board and jetski rentals. Guests can also enjoy gentle hikes along coastal paths featuring beautiful wild nature much loved by children.

The pretty village of Ramatuelle is well worth a visit to explore its charming boutiques quaint restaurants and exceptional views of the surrounding countryside, mountains and aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean.

Enjoy the best of the French Riviera for families without the summer crowds this spring break with Villas Prestige et Services at this link.


Kyambura Gorge Lodge – Uganda

This contemporary safari lodge by Volcanoes Safaris is the perfect place for a family or multi-generational group looking to enjoy the diversity of activities and the exceptional natural beauty of Uganda.

The lodge has been converted from an old coffee processing plant and has breathtaking views overlooking the Queen Elizabeth National Park, with the magical Mountains of the Moon in the distance. The original structure has been carefully restored to create a gorgeous and contemporary living space, maintaining its historic character with the addition of distinct luxurious spaces for guests to relax. The lovely individual bandas are tucked into the hillside and feature luxurious comforts like en-suite bathrooms and private views of the park.

Family activities include chimps treks in Kyambura Gorge and fun safari boat cruises on Kazinga Channel, to a tour of Omwani Cafè and Community Coffee Cooperative and exploration of bee-hives projects.

Introduce your children to Africa in this unique Ugandan mountain setting with Volcanoes Safaris.

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Petite Plage 5 – St Martin

On a small private road at the far end of Grand Case is Petite Plage 5, this 6-bedroom contemporary estate by Carimo sits in an oasis of tranquility and is the perfect Caribbean base for food and beach loving families.

The large horseshoe shaped heated pool sits at sea’s edge with views out to neighbouring island Anguilla. In the center of the horseshoe is a covered terrace for relaxing pool side and a hot tub sits near the private Bali style gazebo away from the main pool, providing a peaceful retreat for taking in the sunset Caribbean sun. Covered and open terraces also span the length of this estate villa.

The waters off Petite Plage beach are calm, perfect for snorkeling out to the famous Creole Rock or better yet Stand-Up Paddle boarding there. Plus, only a short distance from Petite Plage you’re in Grand Case: the “Food Capital of the Caribbean.” Chefs comment that “if it was in Paris or New York this morning, it is in St. Martin tonight.” Some of the island’s best restaurants are only steps from this amazing villa.

In addition, there are many events in the first quarter of the year such as the Heineken Regatta in March which draws the global boating crowd and every Tuesday night from mid-January through mid-April, Grand Case hosts the Mardi de Grand Case, a lively evening of culture, local arts and crafts, music and colorful entertainment for the whole family.

Savor a taste of the Caribbean and the peacefulness of your own private villa haven with Carimo at this link. Villa Amina 2

Villa Amina – Marrakech, Morocco

Only 20 minutes from the bustling Medina of Marrakech, the Villa Amina, by Kensington Luxury Properties, is the perfect family home to relax and enjoy some quiet and peaceful quality time.

The villa is located in the lush Ourika valley which spreads between the first foothills of the Atlas Mountains and the city. Built in 2004 in traditional style and named after Morocco’s most beautiful river, it is accessed through an archway over a canal bridge where you will find just ten villas in private and peaceful seclusion. The entrance to the villa itself is via a glorious Andalusian style courtyard filled with fragrant orange and lemon trees and a gurgling fountain.

The villa is set in a large garden, spectacularly planted with a thousand roses, bougainvillea, plumbago, olive, pomegranate and banana trees as well as cool, soft lawn for children to run and play on. The garden is home to Leila and Charlie, a tortoise couple, who boss around the exotic birds and butterflies drawn to this much-loved garden.

The pretty, colorful bedrooms are located on the ground floor of the villa and in the nearby Pavilion, which is ideal either for teenagers who want their own space.The impressive entrance hall is crowned with an oblong dome. Guests can gather in the media room with bar, which opens onto the upper terrace featuring Moroccan style seating and shady pergola. It overlooks the gardens and has awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.

Children can enjoy hours of fun in the large heated swimming pool (12 x 5 meters), the separate paddling pool, or over matches of badminton and other games like Scrabble, Backgammon and cards.

Experience a springtime family oasis in Morocco with Kensington Luxury Properties.

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Otaha Beachfront Lodge – Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Spring transforms into autumn down under at this stylish five bedroom villa in New Zealand’s spectacular Bay of Island, only a two-minute walk to a secluded beach and available through by Touch of Spice.

Built in 2013, Otaha Beachfront Lodge has been designed to make the most out of its exceptional location. The golden wooden floors are made from the timber of neighboring trees and the floor to ceiling windows maximize the breathtaking views throughout the property. It’s incredibly spacious, with a modern, crisp feel – it’s definitely beachside living with a luxurious twist. Entertaining is made easy with a large open plan living area and plenty of outdoor space, complete with decking, dining area, and barbecue.

With five bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, it’s the ideal family beach getaway. If you’re after a vacation where you can sit back, unwind and enjoy the uninterrupted oceans views in your own private paradise, then this is the villa for you!

Bring together the best of the beach and New Zealand’s amazing nature on a family vacation with Touch of Spice at this link.


Forter Castle – Scotland

Take the family on a storybook holiday to the magical Forter Castle set in lovely Perthshire, Scotland and available through Loyd and Townsend Rose. An enchanting destination with an abundance of original activities for the whole family.

The castle was constructed by James Ogilvy, the fifth Lord of Airlie, in 1560 as a ‘Fortalice’, a fortified house to protect and fortify the area’s passes and a beautiful representation of its history is painted on its ceiling. In 1988 the castle underwent careful restorations overseen by a father and daughter team, Robert and Katharine Pooley, who brought it back to its former glory. Great care was taken to ensure that the authenticity of the castle’s history was retained while including all the modern comforts any visitor would expect. The successful result is a warm, welcoming, comfortable and intriguing Scottish castle.

The best of Scotland can be enjoyed at the castle and the surrounding countryside which is ideal for walks and a large variety of traditional Scottish outdoor activities such as archery, air rifle shooting, axe throwing and crossbow firing as well as horse riding, fishing and mountain biking.

Thrill your children with this fabulous Scottish castle holiday through Loyd and Townsend Rose here.

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Beach Rendezvous – Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii is a fantastic destination for families in spring with its beachfront access, heated pool, and huge lawn the five bedroom Beach Rendezvous villa by Hawaii Hideaways is the ideal family base in the archipelago.

The classic two-story beach home by Hawaii Hideaways enjoys a prime location right on a sandy beach of Maui’s South side. The airy interior decorated in neutral colors and natural fabrics has open plan living areas, high ceilings, hardwood floors, ceiling fans and air-conditioning to keep guests cool. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors frame the stunning views of the tree-lined beach and the shimmering Pacific Ocean. The well-equipped kitchen contains everything you need to cook a great meal.

The downstairs master suite is furnished with a king-size bed, en-suite bath and outdoor shower. A queen guest suite with kitchenette and private bath is on the opposite end of the house off the kitchen, a second private entrance leads directly outdoors. The upstairs rooms include an en-suite master suite with a king-size bed and a queen guest suite that sharing a jack/jill bath with two twin bedroom.  An additional queen bedroom with private living space and small kitchen is located on the second floor with access via the upstairs living space or stairs directly to outside.

The covered patio is the perfect place to relax and watch the stunning sunsets over the ocean. A private solar heated swimming pool is set amidst island landscaping, surrounded by a small lawn. The beach is calm all year round and is shallow for a distance. Children will love spending their days shelling, shallow snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, taking beach walks or whale watching excursions. Nearby there is access to a mild surfing break, for teen beginners.

In the vicinity, there are many good restaurants and excellent shopping. The pretty town of Wailea, with further restaurants and shopping, is just a five-minute drive away and the airport is less than a 20-minute drive.

Enjoy the beauty of Hawaii on a relaxing family vacation with Hawaii Hideaways at this link.

It’s hard to not overindulge during the end of year festive season, which cause many to make strict fitness new year’s resolutions. This doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of holidays, especially if your destination is one of these fabulous luxury villas equipped with amazing gyms. Stay fit while taking in the stunning waters of the Mediterranean, the Ionian Sea or Lake Como or tone your muscles before plunging into an incredible infinity pool overlooking the Gulf of Thailand or the Caribbean, you won’t have a problem keeping your workout routine at these exquisite villas.

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Samujana – Koh Samui, Thailand

On the stunning Thai island of Koh Samui, thirteen of the sleek luxury villas on the Samujana private villa resort are kitted-out with fully-equipped private gyms. With varying degrees in size and activities, there’s the perfect gym for all actively minded travelers.

Samujana has carefully selected trainers and practitioners available to hire upon request at any time, so that world-class wellness and fitness experiences can be achieved without having to leave the villa. Personal training sessions are offered in all villas, however, sessions requiring gym equipment can only be offered in certain villas or at a nearby off-site gym.

A typical session involves metabolic circuit training using weights, machines and bodyweight to help strengthen, condition and shape the body and burn calories. Other exercise sessions that are available include, Tabata, Cross-Fit, Weight Training and Boot Camp. Villa 12 boasts a commercial grade private gym, which is the biggest private gym on the island. It has a full range of Life Fitness and Hammer Strength equipment, weights, a matted area and boxing and training accessories. The outdoor equipment includes a full size boxing ring, basketball court and trampoline. There is also the option to learn the art of Muay Thai with lessons from a professional boxer who is based on site.

Work up a sweat then cool off in your private pool overlooking this beautiful island by contacting Samujana.

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Villa Dorothea – The Peloponnese, Greece

Set your perfect fitness pace while holidaying at the extravagant Villa Dorothea estate by White Key Villas. Situated near the shore of Kyllini, this vast contemporary villa offer sweeping views of the Ionian Sea couple with the best modern facilities, including an incredible gym to stay fit in this spectacular natural setting.

This expansive property, set on a 40-acre plot of gentle meadows overlooking the sea, consists of a main building and two independent guesthouses with a total of nine bedrooms, making it perfect for larger groups. Gather or take refuge in airy contemporary lounges, various smaller sitting areas and several outdoor entertainment and relaxation areas.

The gym is extremely well equipped and your workout can continue over a game of basketball or football or horseback riding on the beach. Afterwards, relax in the luxurious spa facilities or take a dip in the 100 sqm infinity swimming pool encircled by a magical garden. Venturing off the wonderful property, guests can explore the nearby cultural sites of Ancient Olympia or the Temple of Apollo.

With something for all ages, tempos and interests, the Villa Dorothea is ideal for a multigenerational group, family reunions or other special events. Contact White Key Villas here for more information.

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Villa La Cassinella – Lake Como, Italy

Privately accessed via boat from Lake Como, the beautiful La Cassinella Villa by Homebase Abroad features a phenomenal Technogym with windows overlooking breathtaking Lake Como and the villa’s gorgeous grounds.

Accommodating up to 17 guests in seven bedrooms with 11 bathrooms, La Cassinella is the only private villa sharing the Punta di Lavedo with Villa Balbianello. The grounds extend over three hectare of cypress trees, boxwood hedges, vines of wisteria and jasmine, azaleas, tree peonies and roses, terraces and multiple footpaths.

The recent three-year-long renovations have brought the villa up to modern standards and every last detail was considered down to the Rivolta Carmingani’s finest Italian linens on Vi-Spring handmade mattresses and the three separate sets of Limoges china for breakfast, lunch and dinner, accompanied by exceptional stemware from Cristallerie de Montbronn. The formal entrance exudes elegance with its yellow Senese marble floors and staircase with original period wrought iron railing and fireplace. The opulent, spacious living room has parquet floor, a marble fireplace and comfortable seating. Double doors lead to the equally beautiful formal dining pavilion which accommodates up to 24, which opens onto the central courtyard. On warm summer evenings, dinner can also be enjoyed on the dining loggia with 180 degree views of lake and gardens.

The villa’s gym was not overlooked in the villa’s modernization. Its Technogym includes a treadmill, bike, cross trainer, stair climber, weights, and wellness ball, accompanied by an independent sound system and wall-mounted plasma TV. Your workout routine can be supplemented with laps in the heated pool lined in glass tiles and surrounded with a teak deck, tennis matches on the villa’s private court or walks around the grounds and along the country road to the village.

Have a splendidly fit and leisurely holiday on Lake Como’s Gold Coast with the five-star staff and the fantastic amenities of La Cassinella by reaching out to Homebase Abroad at this link.

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Villa O My – Mont Jean, Saint Barthélemy

Work out to amazing views of the Caribbean at the chic and contemporary Villa O My. The five-bedroom villa is situated in the exclusive gated community of Mont Jean, Saint Barthélemy and is available through St Barth Properties.

The modern décor of the interior features distinctive local art commissioned by the owner. A gourmet lover’s kitchen is conveniently found next to a comfortable dining area which flows perfectly into a spacious, air conditioned living room overlooking Tortue Island and Marigot Bay. The cozy media room, outfitted with surround sound, has three sofa day beds (twin) and an en-suite bath, making it an appropriate fifth bedroom for children or staff. The four main bedrooms all have en-suite bathrooms and include two very large master suites (king) with sitting areas. The other two bedrooms (French king) are found behind the villa’s central courtyard.

The air-conditioned fitness room is located on the lower-level. It has a Technogym, Arke and Kinesis equipment (Exercise Bike, Stepper Machine, Free Weights), as well as an awe-inspiring view to help keep you motivated. Afterwards, dive into the colossal, heated infinity pool, so well designed that it appears to merge with the sea. This acts as the focal point of the expansive outdoor living spaces that also include a grass courtyard, a sunny pool deck, a covered dining area and an adjacent BBQ station with a built-in gas grill.

Enjoy the best of the Caribbean while staying fit at the same time at St Barth Properties’ Villa Oh My here.

villa glamour with gym

Villa Glamour – St-Tropez, France

Maintain a svelte figure for strutting your stuff along the glamorous French Riviera at the Villa Glamour, by Villas Prestige et Services. Nestled in a tranquil location near the picturesque hilltop village of Ramatuelle, the villa is only a short drive from posh St-Tropez and some of the most coveted beaches on the Cote d’Azur.

Extensive manicured lawns, a large heated swimming pool, and spacious terraces surround the house. The interior is beautifully designed and decorated, featuring a fresh contemporary look. The bright main living space has a large stone fireplace, satellite TV, hi-fi, and carries over outdoors via large glass sliding doors leading to a covered terrace with large comfortable sofa, a dining table seating 16 and exceptional views of the sea.

The well-equipped kitchen, with its lovely 18th-century island unit, is ideal for both professional and casual cooking and also has fabulous views of the garden, pool and sea. Adjacent is a BBQ dining area protected by a wisteria-covered pergola, the ideal romantic setting for an al fresco dinner. The spacious bedrooms are all smartly decorated, have en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning.

Before you head out to beaches, spend some time in the villa’s excellent gym with a variety of exercise machines and a great selection of free weights. Then reward your efforts by arranging a masseur to help release your tense muscles in the supremely relaxing massage room.

Have a fit and stylish holiday in St-Tropez with Villas Prestige et Services at this link.

Marco Polo with gym

Marco Polo – Val d’Isère, France

Located in the heart of Val d’Isère, this award-winning chalet by Ultimate Luxury Chalets perfectly blends contemporary and traditional materials to create a one of a kind luxury chalet where you can focus on your well being on and off the slopes.

Extending over 1000m², the Alpine-chic Marco Polo sleeps up to 10 adults and 4 children in six en-suite bedrooms. The vast living area has a large open plan living and dining area all set around a central fireplace. Guests can gather around the bar area for a pre-dinner cocktail or setting into the comfortable cinema for some after-dinner entertainment. Its expansive balcony offers panoramic views of La Face piste, an outdoor kitchen and heated seating.

There is an entire floor dedicated to wellness. The Technogym is fitted out with two of everything, allowing guests to workout in pairs. Hop back and forth from the splendid gold leaf covered pool, the hot tub and hammam or enjoy a classic massage room or try out the automatic hydro massage room. This floor is complete with a relaxation area with a bar, fireplace, lasers, smoke machines and an entertainment system providing everything needed for a party.

Casual fun can be had in the games and entertainment room featuring a pool table and dartboard and succulent wine can be selected from the villa’s impressive cellar.

Enjoy an ultra-active and relaxing ski vacation at the Marco Polo via Ultimate Luxury Chalets at this link.

Stunning Koh Samui, once known as Thailand’s ‘beach party’ island, has been gradually transforming and shedding its wild reputation. Today, the island is enjoying a renaissance thanks to its manicured beaches, luxurious beach resorts and yoga spirit which are attracting luxury travel seekers, honeymooners, families and avid foodies. One of the best places to enjoy the full spectrum of Koh Samui’s rich cultural activities, is Samujana, a gorgeous luxury villa estate perched on a hilltop overlooking a coral cove and the Gulf of Thailand beyond. The Samujana team tells us more about the various aspects which set Samujana apart and make it the perfect holiday destination for travelers of all styles and ages.


The ultimate escape, visiting or even staying on a remote island can be just what the doctor order for anyone who has had a long, arduous year. There may be few places in the world where you can still have a true Robinson Crusoe experience, but there are still some places that come close. From your own private vacation paradise in Fiji or Italy to day trip escapes in Thailand or the Caribbean, consider incorporating these idyllic islands into your next holiday plans.

Vatuvara, Fiji

Vatuvara is a tropical paradise tucked away in the northern Lau group of Fijian Islands. It’s abundant in a wide diversity of flora and fauna, including the unique and endangered Coconut Crab. Bordered by spectacular beaches and azure waters, the rest of the island is home to dense, tropical forests and the very exclusive Vatuvara Private Islands resort. Accessible only by private plane, this all-inclusive resort with just three one-bedroom villas offers guests the ultimate private escape where they can switch off from the rest of the world. The luxurious and spacious villas have been designed to showcase local character and the natural surroundings. Each one is perfectly outfitted with modern comforts and a gorgeous private infinity pool. More information on Vatuvara Private Islands here.


Rodrigues Island, Mauritius

If Mauritius wasn’t enough of a remote island getaway, take a day trip to or stay overnight on its smaller cousin, the even more secluded Rodrigues Island. An autonomous authority of the Republic of Mauritius, the 108 km2 landmass lies 560 kilometres east of the main island. The lush, volcanic island is surrounded by a gorgeous coral reef, excellent for snorkeling or diving. Biking and kitesurfing are also popular or take a boat trip to explore the tiny uninhabited islands off the coast. Discover where to stay in Mauritius here.

Isola Santa Cristina, Italy

Lost in the Venetian Lagoon, a 10-minute boat drive from Burano and Torcello and 25 minutes from Venice, Isola Santa Cristina is an enchanting and one-of-a-kind island. Here, deep in the Lagoon, you are completely removed from the tourist masses that occupy Venice most of the year. Instead, you’ll only cross paths with peacocks and pheasants roaming through the apricot orchard and the island’s quiet laneways. The island’s historic home is set within gardens, natural park and vineyard. With only one villa on the whole island, it provides guests with absolute privacy and is the ultimate relaxing and luxurious getaway.

Ithaca Island, Greece June 2009 (

Ithaca, Greece

There are thousands of Greek islands, however, if you’re looking for the perfect peaceful escape, venture deep into the Ionian Sea to extraordinarily beautiful and tranquil Ithaca. Situated off the northeast coast of Kefalonia and to the west of continental Greece, the rugged island features steep cliffs, arid mountains and rolling olive groves.

“The island is kept pristine through truly awful ferry connections that improve in the summer, but for seven months of the year, Ithaca is cast adrift,” explains Ileana von Hirsch, director of Five Star Greece. “The result is minimal development, and those who build villas there are true aficionados with the taste and resources to do wonderful things.”

Five Star Greece have several stunning villas on this lovely island, some with even their own private beach, making them the ideal remote island getaway. Find out more about these exquisite properties by reaching out to Five Star Greece here.


Moturua Island, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Experience the best of New Zealand’s spectacular nature at Kauri Cove, where you and thirteen lucky guests can claim one of the 144 stunning islands of the Bay of Islands as your own. Step off your private helicopter transfer straight onto the white sands of this gorgeous privately owned beach on Moturua Island. This spectacular estate is part of the newly launched Touch of Spice ‘Residence Collection,’ a carefully curated portfolio of the very finest luxury accommodation available throughout New Zealand.

The cove features a split-level beach haven, tucked into the native bush and designed by renowned New Zealand architect Pete Bossley. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a glass of champagne, as your private chef gets to work on a fresh meal, which you can enjoy on the veranda overlooking the expansive lawns. If a break from luxurious pampering is ever needed, look no further than the Hangar games room and gymnasium to find a pool table, fooseball, table tennis, arcade basketball, darts and free weights, a spa pool and a golf putting green.

The property is equipped with the best water toys, including kayaks, stand up paddleboards, top notch snorkeling, parasailing and fishing equipment, jet-skis and an ocean trampoline. A variety of other activities can be arranged such as deep sea fishing charters, Heli flight-seeing tours, visits to the island’s recorded archaeological sites, private yoga or horseback riding sessions as well as golf, spa services and world-class dining at Kauri Cliffs, just a short helicopter ride away.

There is truly something for everyone on this island retreat and Touch of Spice can offer bespoke packages that will leave you never wanting to return to the mainland. Start planning your perfect remote island getaway with Touch of Spice here.

Ang Thong Marine National Park Photo Credit: Bruno Weideli / Flickr

Ang Thong Marine National Park Photo Credit: Bruno Weideli / Flickr

Ang Thong National Park, Thailand

Intrepid island explorers and yachting enthusiasts in search of Thailand’s most remote islands need look no further than a holiday at the luxury villa estate Samujana. Located on the north-easterly point of the island of Koh Samui, the resort can arrange a variety of bespoke island-hopping cruises. With the estate’s own chartered yacht, Kindred Spirit, Samujana guests can visit the Ang Thong national park, an archipelago of around 42 islands protected for its wetland. The islands are largely uninhabited except for the largest in the collection, Ko Wua Talap, which boasts two magnificent beaches on opposite ends of the island, connected by a jungle trek (ideal for any intrepid explorers). The cluster of islands are close together and largely covered with tropical forestland, offering guests the opportunity to create their own Enid Blyton-style explorers itinerary.


Punta Pájaros Island, Mexico

The Caribbean coast of Mexico is swarming with sun-seeking tourists, but you can flee the masses at the private Punta Pájaros island, hidden away in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Visitors to the island can discover its two archaeological sites, kayak through mangrove forests, cycle along flat paths, take in some of the island’s world-famous fly-fishing and keep their eye out for the reserve’s dozens of animal and birdlife species. The island’s coral reef, the world’s second most pristine, offers fabulous scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities or simply spend hours lounging on its gorgeous sandy beaches. The island features three very small resorts, the Casa Rotonda, Casa Blanca and Playa Blanca, all lovely properties combining beach informality with luxury comforts and style. For more information contact Catherwood Travels.

The Bahamas

Man Island, Bahamas

Many of the islands of the Bahamas are idyllic, however, if you want to spend the day on your own deserted island, boat out to Man Island. This 35-acre land mass is located off the north tip of Harbour Island, which would make the perfect base for a stay in the area.

“It’s east side has beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and the west side faces a natural harbor,” describes Pamela H. Murdock, our local Bahamas expert. ”Stop at the Dunmore Deli, Bahamas Coffee Roasters or Arthur’s Bakery for sandwiches etc. then charter a boat through Jeff (he can also drop you off and collect you at an appointed hour) and take a picnic to the island. A word of caution: make sure you leave in the late afternoon before the sand flies come out – and they do with a vengeance! The island has been owned for many years by several people, though the sip sip (Bahamian slang for “gossip”) is that investors are looking at it due to its proximity to hugely popular Harbour Island.”

Pamela H. Murdock has some gorgeous villas and fabulous knowledge of the Bahamas to help assist you to plan the perfect trip, and boating excursions, to this splendid part of the Caribbean. Contact her here.


French Cay, Turks and Caicos

Found southeast of the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos are made up of 40 different islands, several of which are deserted or almost. If you’re staying on Providenciales, plan an excursion to French Cay, a small island and national bird sanctuary 29 kilometers (18 miles) south and reachable by boat in about an hour. With historical intrigue from its days as an 18th-century pirate outpost, French Cay is a fabulous place for snorkeling and diving over its reefs, as well as over nearby Molasses Reef where you can explore an ancient shipwreck. Permission must be granted to dock, but once on land, no other islands can be seen from this low lying island, creating you own deserted island experience. There’s a small beach on the north side of the cay where you can relax after your diving. Discover where to stay in the Turks and Caicos at this link.

Skellig Michael, beehive cells and Small Skellig Photo Credit: Arian Zwegers /Flickr

Skellig Michael, beehive cells and Small Skellig Photo Credit: Arian Zwegers /Flickr


Skellig islands, Ireland

Sitting in the Atlantic Ocean, 12 kilometers (eight miles) off the coast of County Kerry, in southwest Ireland are these two uninhabited islands. Featuring striking other-worldly scenery and jagged pinnacles, Skellig Michael can be visited by boat whereas Little Skellig contains the country’s largest gannet colony. A steep peak of Skellig Michael holds a sixth-century monastic outpost, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is accessible by climbing an ancient stairwell of more than five hundred steps. At the top, you will be rewarded with jaw-dropping views and the curious stone beehive-shaped huts, the former homes of the island’s monks in addition to oratories, stone crosses and the Church of St. Michael. Find your perfect retreat in the southwest of Ireland here.

For some, the end of the year holidays are a time for gathering family and friends next to a twinkling Christmas tree or toasty fireplace. For others, it’s a time to soak up some sunshine while recharging your batteries next to a gorgeous pool or on a pristine beach. We please the latter in this first roundup of our favorite places for the holidays as we crisscross the globe from New Zealand to Costa Rica and from Uruguay to Thailand in search of the ultimate sunny villas to ring in the season.

Quinta Quebrada – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

If you’re looking for a sunny destination in the Americas which also exudes unique holiday spirit, consider venturing to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Nestled in the mountains in the center of the country, according to our Mexico expert Pamela H. Murdock, this charming colonial city is a magical place to spend the holidays. Pamela has holidayed at the captivating historic home Quinta Quebrada during this time of year and she shares this enchanting experience below:

“There are lights everywhere as well as nativity scenes, parades, pop-up fireworks (don’t get too close!) and the famous Las Posadas. Taking place the nine nights leading up to Christmas Eve, Las Posadas (inns or shelters), start with a procession that represents the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. People holding candles sing Christmas carols as they walk and are joined by “Mary” (usually riding a donkey) and “Joseph”. The parade meanders through streets and knocks on house doors while singing the traditional Posada Song, “Pidiendo Posada,”(Begging for Shelter). However, they’re turned away because there is “no room at the inn.” “After all, sings the household, you might be a rogue.” Finally they find an open door and everyone is given food and hot drinks while the children have at piñatas until they break and spill candy everywhere. A good time is truly had by all.

“New Year’s Eve in San Miguel takes merriment to a whole new level! Though the main celebration takes place in the Jardín, the principal plaza, the whole town becomes a fiesta. Everyone comes out for the mariachi bands, giant sparklers, food vendors, gigantes (people dressed as giant puppets) and dancing which can go on till all hours. Then at midnight a huge fireworks display lights up the sky above the Parroquia (a lovely church beside the Jardín). Throughout the evening, people also set off their own fireworks which can be a little too exciting for some with rockets whizzing everywhere. It’s an incredible sight and great fun. If you’re not up for the street scene, make a reservation well in advance at La Posadita or La Azotea or at one of the hotels with a rooftop bar/restaurant like Rosewood or El Palomar. The view of the fireworks will be wonderful. San Miguel seems to celebrate more holidays than any other in Mexico and New Year’s Eve is the ultimate.

“Since the holidays are all about family and friends, why not bring a group and rent the most famous house in town? Quinta Quebrada is a magnificent and magical 16th century casa with 11 bedrooms and a wonderful large staff. Hidden behind tall walls which enclose almost one acre of gorgeous grounds, you’ll find courtyards, follies, gardens full of climbing roses and cascading bougainvillea, multiple terraces and loggias, a pool and a hot tub. I’ve stayed there often and each time is still a treat!”

Take in this amazing experience for yourself by contacting Pamela at this link.


Blue Oasis Villa – Bay of Islands, New Zealand

New Zealand is a fabulous destination for the Christmas holidays for travelers seeking sunshine as well as a phenomenal natural setting. You can add some beach time to this great mix by staying in the spectacular Bay of Islands at the beautiful Blue Oasis Villa by MajorDomo.

The Blue Oasis Villa is located only a two-minute walk from the village and the beach at Russell. You can enjoy breathtaking panoramic sea views from all three levels of this luxurious, elevated waterfront home.

The top floor has open plan living with a designer kitchen, including a walk-in butler’s pantry, island bench, for casual eating, and top quality appliances. The lounge opens onto an expansive decking with a dedicated BBQ area and fireplace. The middle floor has three bedrooms, all with luxury en-suite bathrooms and the views out over the Bay of Islands are as spectacular as on the top floor.

“Imagine waking up on Christmas morning to the sight of dolphins at play in the Bay below and to the serenity of the sound of the ocean that only coastal living can bring,” tempts Fiona Stevens, co-founder of MajorDomo. “Nearby Russell village has many fine restaurants to enjoy for Christmas dinner or you may wish for MajorDomo to arrange for an executive chef to prepare a gourmet delight in your own kitchen.

“Then, work off Christmas dinner by making use of the boat mooring, four kayaks and two bicycles available for guests to use. If you are spending a few weeks in the area, why not check out the Paiha Christmas Parade on December 2nd.”

The Blue Oasis Villa is still available for the holidays, but could go any minute. Grab it while you can by reaching out to MajorDomo here.


Villa Neptuno – Punta del Este, Uruguay

Constantly on the lookout for the best luxury properties around the globe, Marina Gratsos of Carpe Diem Luxury Travel recommends spending Christmas and New Year in Punta del Este, Uruguay –  one of the poshest beaches of South America.

“This is a breathtaking, contemporary house which has been featured in Interiors Magazine,” reveals Marina. “The end of the year is absolutely the best time to be visiting.”

The chic villa is situated on Lago del Sauce, approximately 20 minutes south of Punta del Este and 10 minutes from the local airport. It’s set on 7.5 hectares of land and consists of seven en-suite guest bedrooms and two staff bedrooms with bathroom. Guests will enjoy its huge drawing room and outside spaces as well as a dining room that seats twelve and a media room. Outside there is an 18m infinity pool and beautiful landscaped gardens. A housekeeper and gardener are provided – cooks and extra maids can be arranged.

Several beaches are within five to ten kilometers. Within a short drive you can find a range of excellent seafood restaurants, a yoga studio, a golf course and a tennis club. Slightly further afield are the bright lights of Punta del Este and Jose San Ignacio. Other nearby sites include the famous Lussich Arboretum and picturesque towns of Eden, Priapolis and Piedra Colorada. Along your way, be sure to stop on the coast road North with outstanding fish markets, notes Marina.

The villa is currently still available over the holidays. Contact Marina here for more details.


Casa El Cuyo – Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

In the Yucatan, it’s summer all year long, so sunseekers can’t go wrong by traveling to this lovely part of Mexico over the holidays. Our Yucatan experts at Catherwood Travels suggest escaping the tourists masses, which crowd some areas of the coast, by holidaying in El Cuyo, a white-sand paradise that the modern world seems to have bypassed.

“Located between the Ria Lagartos and Holbox Natural Reserves, El Cuyo is miles of virgin beaches and an up-and-coming kite-surfing destination,” details Angelica Espinosa of Catherwood. “Watch the sky turn pink as you cycle through the flocks of pink flamingoes or dive into the surrounding marshlands on horseback. Leave your mobile phone at home – without any signal, the office, and all your problems never intrude as you enjoy the superb fresh seafood.“

Catherwoods has a fabulous, meticulously restored colonial house: the Casa El Cuyo. It’s situated in the beachside town of El Cuyo, where you can immerse yourself in local customs and natural beauty. The traditional building elements are cleverly contrasted by a chic contemporary décor. The house is completely air conditioned and the common areas include living and dining room, a bar and kitchen. There is one master bedroom on the upper floor and two additional bedrooms on the ground floor, all with en-suite bathrooms. The central patio is an ideal location for breakfast, relaxing in the shade or a holiday celebration.

It’s the perfect place to recharge for the new year. Plus, it’s virtually impossible to not fall in love with the unfettered life in the land that time forgot.

Plan your perfect vacation to the Yucatan with Catherwood Travels.

Vatuvara Private Islands – Fiji

If you’re looking to truly switch off over the holidays with an isolated beach trip, then escape to Vatuvara Private Islands, your own (or almost) tropical island in the South Pacific.

Located in Fiji’s Lau group, Vatuvara is only accessible by the resort’s private plane. Plus, the refined resort has only three villas. The beautiful, spacious one-bedroom villas highlight local craftsmanship and exceptional natural surroundings. They have all the luxurious appointment you would expect of this caliber. The private terrace with an infinity pool is the perfect place to take in the gorgeous sunsets.

Vatuvara is holding a Holiday Season Special, valid until March 31, 2017. While the offer isn’t available 24th December through 3rd January, you can enjoy this fabulous deal either before or afterwards, leaving you time to connect with family over the traditional holiday week. The special prices are as follows: Villa Delana USD$6125.00/night, Villa Vatu USD$4437.00/night and Villa Saku USD$4360.00/night (exclusive island buyout price on application).

These rates are inclusive of all Fiji Government Taxes, meet and greet at Nadi or Suva Airport, access to the island via our private aircraft, all preferred beverages and organic certified Pacific Rim cuisine, spa treatments, land and water activities including cultural experiences and day trips to Vatuvara Island.

Scoop up this great special offer by contacting Vatuvara Private Islands here.


The Copper House – Queenstown, New Zealand

Enjoy an extravagant festive season surrounded by the lake and mountains at The Copper House. The opulent villa is part of Touch of Spice‘s exclusive Residence Collection, a carefully curated portfolio featuring some of the top luxury properties in New Zealand. It’s considered Queenstown’s architectural masterpiece and offers sweeping views of the aptly named Remarkable Mountain Range.

With six contemporary bedrooms, each with a modern en-suite, two lounges and ample indoor and outdoor space, the property is perfectly suited to large families or groups that want to enjoy quality time together over the holidays.

“One of the amazing things about summer on the South Island is the long days,” explains Jacqui Spice, founder and CEO of Touch of Spice. “At The Copper House guests can enjoy glorious sunsets over Lake Wakatipu while taking advantage of the in-built pizza oven, sipping a wine around the outdoor fire, or relaxing in the spa pool.”

The property is on the doorstep of the adventure capital of the world and a myriad of options await including first-rate hiking and mountain biking, luge tracks, and of course the heart pumping Shotover Jet and AJ Hackett Bungy Jump.

With everything from boutique wineries, championship golf, luxury retail and unique art galleries – from Fergburger to fine dining – Queenstown offers something special to suit every taste and style. The Touch of Spice concierge service can assist with anything guests may desire, be it a stocked pantry and fresh flowers upon arrival to tailored, off-the-beaten path tours.

Design a special Christmas holiday to New Zealand with the help of Touch of Spice here.

Cottar’s 1920s Camp & Bush Villa – Kenya

The end of year holidays are a wonderful time to travel to Kenya and our experts at Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Villa can create a vibrant celebration for you in Africa’s seductive atmosphere. This award-winning safari camp, situated on the border of The Maasai Mara National Reserve and just one kilometer from the Tanzania Serengeti game reserve, evokes a unique quality of romance, adventure and elegance.

In the safari business since 1919, the Cottar’s continue to enhance their commitment to providing the ultimate safari experience with their recently built Bush Villa, the only real private luxury home in the whole game reserve. It was designed by Calvin and Louise Cottar and built by hand using indigenous and eco-friendly materials. Tucked into a gorgeous, private area on the property of Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, guests can enjoy the same standards and level of service for which the camp is known, but with perfect seclusion.

“Spending Christmas in the Kenyan wilderness is always memorable, comfortable and full of delights,” says Calvin Cottar. “Traditional details and holiday meals are carefully prepared and arranged to make your Christmas special, to highlight the uniqueness of the wild and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

It takes but a moment to slip into the unhurried lifestyle at Cottar’s, what a perfect place to enjoy the festive season with family and loved ones. Start the new year off with an amazing safari holiday with Cottar’s at this link.


Casa Caiman – Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica

The end of year holidays are a fantastic time to go to Costa Rica. The dry season starts in November, so visitors to the country are virtually guaranteed dry weather, especially in the Papagayo Peninsula as our expert Jane Moore of Papagayo Luxury explains:

“The Papagayo Peninsula is in a tropical dry forest microclimate of Costa Rica,” describes Jane. “This means it is one of the driest (read rain-free and sunny) areas in Costa Rica!

Papagayo Luxury has a collection of beautiful, contemporary private villas, all with stunning views of this awe-inspiring part of Central America. For the holidays, Jane recommends the Casa Caiman. Since it’s spread over one level, it’s ideal for multi-generational families, particularly for those traveling with small children or older family members with problems with stairs.

The large shallow area in the private pool is also great for small children. Below the pool area there is a wide grassy area, the perfect place to kick around a ball or simply play in the grass. The resort is within minutes of the Prieta Beach Club and Nacascolo Beach, a long beach with flat water and a long shallow entry, so there are no sudden drop offs. The area has fabulous watersports and golf fans can enjoy teeing off at the Arnold Palmer Course at the nearby Four Seasons.

If you are looking to get away before Christmas, Papagayo Luxury is offering the 7th night free from now through December 14, 2016 (including Thanksgiving!).

Learn more about this special offer and the other exceptional villas at Papagayo Luxury at this link.


Samujana – Koh Samui, Thailand

Throw your own perfect private Christmas and New Year’s Eve gathering at one of the exquisite private villas at Samujana, Koh Samui’s luxury boutique villa estate. This Thai paradise is the ideal winter sun destination for travelers craving an exotic, luxurious and sunny getaway.

Each uniquely designed villa offers its own private infinity pool, self-catering facilities and access to Samujana’s own private beach as well as an extensive range of amenities including private cinemas, gyms, roof terraces and Jacuzzis.

The extensive range of experiences (which can be booked via the estates villa managers concierge service) include sunset cruises in the estate’s private luxury yacht, group Thai cooking courses, Thai street food dining experience or private poolside BBQ. The possibilities for family entertainment at Samujana are truly endless, making it the ideal bolthole for those wanting to create their own private Christmas and New Year party away from the hustle and bustle of home.

Enjoy a unique Christmas holiday in Thailand at gorgeous Samujana.


Tres Soles Villa – Punta Mita, Mexico

If you’re planning a large family holiday, the fabulous Tres Soles Villa by In Villas Veritas is an excellent option. Location in family-friendly Punta Mita, this stylish villa has eight bedrooms, ideal for a multigenerational vacation or for two families traveling together.

In addition, the pool is beautiful and fun for kids as it winds around palm islands. There is also a gentle slope down to the beach, so no big drops, making it safer for kids. The villa is a short drive from the Punta Mita resort Residents Beach Club where guest can also meet other families and kids. Here there’s beach service, a pool, club bar, restaurant, golf and tennis. Tennis players can also swing their clubs at a private villa community a two-minute walk from the villa.

The area features fantastic nature and adventure activities including scuba, hiking, zip lining, whale watching, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and more. Alternatively, you can simply relax in the sun with a good book and a Margarita (and still see the whales migrating from your chaise lounge).

The villa is full staff for all services including a wonderful chef who can design the perfect holiday meal with you.

Discover more about this ideal family villa for the holidays by contacting In Villas Veritas here.

Family holidays are a time to disconnect from work, focus on the kids, have fun times together and create memories to last a lifetime. Your dream family beach holiday starts right here as we take you around the world to phenomenal villas which aren’t merely beautiful; each one is ideally adapted to families with their fantastic amenities, an incredible range of activities and, of course, stunning sea views.


The Beach House, Ricketts Luxury – Anguilla

The exceptional Beach House, available through our experts at Ricketts Luxury Properties, is the premier private villa in Anguilla. The award-winning beachfront villa has been designed with the highest level of detail in contemporary style. It consists of eight spacious en-suite bedrooms, ten bathrooms, two powder rooms and vast living and dining spaces open to lush, tropical manicured gardens, and the soft white sands and impossibly turquoise waters of Meads Bay – recently voted the best beach in the world.

With its unique blend of high-style and low-key elegance, The Beach House offers every convenience for the ultimate in modern island living. Complete with a 44ft infinity pool, outdoor jacuzzi, fully outfitted gym, full-size tennis court, built-in BBQ, and 12-seat private cinema, the villa is appointed throughout with premium brand amenities, entertainment, lighting and security systems. The top pick for celebrities, CEOs, and those seeking an ultra- chic yet relaxing lifestyle, The Beach House recently won best architecture at The International Property Awards. So many of its features make it perfect for families, its Estate Manager, Alison Strand, mother of three, tells us more:

“At The Beach House, we know that the best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way,” says Allison.” After all, when the sand has washed off, the salt washed clean, and the tans have faded, the memories will last forever.

“That’s why The Beach House makes the ultimate family get-away – we understand that your priority is to craft shared moments as a family, to make memories that will last a lifetime.

“As a mother, I know what it takes to put a family vacation together. My role is to work hand- in-hand with you to create a fully bespoke experience tailored to your every wish and need. Before you arrive, I work with you to plan a range of services, activities, dining experiences, and excursions for you and your family. Once your journey begins, our full-service team is waiting to exceed all your expectations. At The Beach House, you get the personal touch from every member of our qualified team. We are waiting to make your dream Caribbean escape come true.”

The 1,600 square foot Entertainment Room, featuring a wide selection of children’s board and card games, pool table, ping pong table, basketball free throw and, and a kids’ favourite:  the air hockey table. This is an excellent spot to entertain the kids in the evening, and even to escape the afternoon heat.

The Beach House is equipped with snorkels, masks, fins, life vests, single and double kayaks, and three stand-up paddle boards. You can take advantage of a number of watersports including windsurfing, sunfish sailing, water trampoline, water skiing, wake boarding and glass bottom kayak tours.

Allison and her team can also arrange fabulous kids parties which just might be the cherry on your son or daughter’s cake during this magical Caribbean holiday.

The sky nor the beach is the limit at the amazing Beach House. Start planning your trip to Anguilla with Ricketts Luxury Properties here.


Puma Estate, Papagayo Luxury – Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica

Mix natural adventures with beach time and family fun by staying at Papagayo Luxury, located on the gorgeous Papagayo Peninsula in the lush Costa Rican tropical dry forest. One of their best villas for families is the Puma Estate, and if you can get away before Christmas, Papagayo Luxury is offering the 7th night free now through December 14th (including Thanksgiving).

The Puma Estate House is a luxurious custom designed six bedroom / six and a half bathroom home featuring magnificent ocean views throughout the home. The property is backed by the Four Seasons Arnold Palmer Signature Course and Golf Club. This home is particularly well-suited for two families traveling together as it has two identically sized master suites (stacked). There is a flexible bed arrangement as a king can convert to two twins (for teens that don’t want to share a bed). It also has a sixth small, spare bedroom with a full/twin bunk bed, when guests need extra space for more kids or for their nanny.

In addition to comfortable living spaces and terraces, the estate includes a private pool and hot tub. Plus it’s a short drive from the Prieta Beach Club, a small putt putt course at the driving range and Nacascolo Beach, which is a long beach with flat water (bay side).

Scoop up this great deal on the Puma Estate for stays before December 14th or reach out to Papagayo Luxury at this link to check availability for other times.


Samujana – Koh Samui, Thailand

The beautiful Samujana resort, featuring stunning private villas, offers an amazing family holiday on the picturesque island of Koh Samui. Samujana was chosen by Smith Hotels as one of the World’s Best Family Resorts 2016, below are some of the reasons it made the list.

Perched on a hillside overlooking a coral cove with private beach access, this private resort, designed by award-winning designer Gary Fell, is comprised of a collection of oversized and opulent villas, some of which feature private cinemas and games rooms making are perfectly suited to families. They have experienced and qualified bilingual babysitters and nannies available on hourly, daily and weekly rates, so parents can take a little break for themselves.

Family activities at Samujana include cooking classes, Muay Thai boxing lessons and a range of watersports such as waterskiing, snorkelling and diving. Its team of chefs provide delicious in-villa dining experiences including family-fun barbecues which you can enjoy poolside.

The island also has tenpin bowling, two modern cinemas, and even a jumping castle playzone. A number of excursions can be arranged from tours to see the waterfalls and temples or to one of its family attractions like the Aquapark, Butterfly Garden or Coco Splash Waterpark.

Book your dream family holiday to Thailand at Samujana.


Kauri Cove Villa, Touch of Spice – Moturua Island, Bay of Islands

Have a private island in New Zealand’s exquisite Bay of Islands just for you and your family by staying at the Kauri Cove Villa by Touch of Spice. Step off your private helicopter transfer straight onto a white sand beach and find a split-level beach haven designed by renowned New Zealand architect Pete Bossley tucked into the native bush.

“Right on property there’s access to all the best non-motorised water toys, including kayaks, stand up paddleboards, a dinghy, top notch snorkelling and fishing equipment, and an ocean trampoline,” explains Jacqui Spice, founder and CEO of Touch of Spice. “Rock pool exploring, sprat fishing or the good old-fashioned playground will keep the wee ones entertained. For the big kids, ATV Quad adventures, jet skis, parasailing, deep sea fishing charters and heli flight-seeing tours are all on the motorised menu.

“If white knuckles are not your thing, there’s the Department of Conservation Moturua Scenic Reserve walk or exploring Maori artefacts and indigenous history at any one of 27 recorded archaeological sites on the island. Your concierge in residence would also be delighted to book a private yoga teacher or horseback riding session, in addition to assisting with anything mentioned above (or anything you may dream up).

“Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention the internationally ranked golf course, spa services and world-class dining at Kauri Cliffs, just a short helicopter ride away. There is truly something for everyone on this island retreat and Touch of Spice can offer bespoke packages that will leave you never wanting to return to the mainland.”

The Kauri Cove Villa is still available for the Christmas and New Years holidays. Plan your family holiday to the beautiful Bay of Islands with Touch of Spice at this link.


Tres Soles Villa, In Villa Veritas – Punta Mita, Mexico

For a fantastic family holiday in Mexico, our expert Laura Blair of In Villas Veritas take us to the gorgeous Tres Soles Villa on the Punta Mita Peninsula found on Mexico’s Pacific coast north of Puerto Vallarta. Since it has eight bedrooms, two of which are masters, it’s ideal for extended families or two families traveling together. Laura Blair of In Villas Veritas tells us more:

“The pool is lovely and fun for kids as it winds around palm islands,” describes Laura. “There is a gentle slope down to the fantastic beach so no big drops.

Alternatively, it’s just a few minutes’ drive from the punta mita resort and residents’ beach club where you can meet other families and kids. There you’ll find beach service, a pool, club bar and restaurant, golf and tennis. There’s also tennis in the private villa community a two-minute walk from the villa.

There are wonderful nature and adventure activities for those more sport-minded. Everything is possible here such as tennis, golf, scuba, hiking, zip lining, whale watching, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and more. Or you can just relax in the sun with a good book and a Margarita (and still see the whales migrating from your chaise lounge). This includes full staff for all services including a wonderful chef so you don’t even have to leave the property and still have plenty to do with the house, pool and beach.

Escape to this remarkable villa and lovely part of Mexico with In Villas Veritas here.


Skiathos 1L Villa, Five Star Greece – Greece

With its exceptional climate, spectacular natural beauty and fascinating cultural discoveries, the Greek Isles are an ideal family destination and our expert Ileana Von Hirsch of Five Star Greece has the perfect family villa on the Island of Skiathos.

“The Skiathos 1L Villa has something for all ages in a family group,” says Ileana. “The island has an airport so it’s more readily accessible. The villa has a private sandy beach with easy swimming, plus onsite there is a huge pool set in lawned gardens, a family cook and staff, and separate guest cottages for when family tensions rise…

“A friendly boatman to take you out on day trips to explore the gorgeous beaches of the wilder north coast, cross over to the lush and mountainous island of Skopelos, where Mamma Mia was filmed or try your hand at water-skiing at Tourlos Beach. For some cultural discoveries, visit the secret monasteries in Skiathos’ green hills, seek out some homemade almond sweets or “Amigdalota” or shop for some artisanal jewellery at Varsakis in Skiathos town.”

Have a superb family getaway to Skiathos with the help of Five Star Greece at this link.


 Villa Athena, St Barth Properties – Anse des Cayes, St Barthélemy

The breathtaking and relaxing island of St Barthélemy is a fantastic family destination in the Caribbean and our local experts at St Barth Properties have just the right property for families: the Villa Athena.

This marvelous multi-level villa features floor-to-ceiling windows and an airy, open feel. Admire the sparkling sea and Anse des Cayes from inside or from one of its many terraces. The long, heated pool and surrounding terrace with a pool bar is highlight. There are two spacious living rooms, a guest bath and a dining room. The villa is furnished in a chic minimalist décor and also includes a sleek professionally-equipped kitchen.

The seven bedrooms include a master suite with an outdoor shower that is located in a separate bungalow. All the bedrooms have king beds convertible to twins, beautifully appointed en-suite baths, terraces with sea views. Two on the lower level are “master-sized” with king/twin beds. Four bedrooms (two with outdoor showers) have king/twin beds and are located on the lowest level. There’s U.S. Satellite TV, a sound system and Apple TV in the bedrooms.

The Villa Athena is still available for Christmas, however, there is a minimum stay requirement of 14 nights. For further information or to reserve, contact St Barth Properties here.

Many take a holiday to unplug from the world, their busy schedules and accumulating work stress. If you’re seeking a real getaway, travel to one of these ultimate escapes around Asia and Australasia where you can challenge your mind and body in the most phenomenal ways and places. Leave your worries at home and be prepared to be transformed.



Amara Mountain Resort – Kalaw, Myanmar


Having recently opened to international tourism, Myanmar is an excellent Asian destination for those seeking a cultural retreat, especially by venturing up into the country’s majestic mountains to the Amara Mountain Resort. Located near Kalaw at an altitude of 1250 meters, you can’t help but switch off at this former British guest house.

The best way to begin your retreat would be by arriving via a two-day hike from Lake Inle, however, you can also reach the resort by bus, car or train or plane into Heho airport, a 45-minute drive away. Once there, you’ll be engulfed by the enchanting mountain mist and the charm of the historic property.

Originally built in 1909, it has been carefully converted into an exclusive hotel with a refined colonial ambiance. It has just ten rooms, each with its own open fireplace. The lounges and the separate dining room feature lovely turn-of-the-century antiques.

Your worries will evaporate with morning fog as you relax in the resort’s manicured English gardens, decompress in the sauna or simply gaze over Kalaw and the Shan Mountains from the terrace, absorbing this exceptional peace, privacy and tranquility.

There are a variety of other activities available to the guests such as golf at the nearby 9-hole golf course, trekking to the Kalaw National Park, excursions to the vibrant market of Kalaw or to the villages of the Palaung, Danu and Pao people, where you can discover the local customs and cultures.

Meals at the resort are healthy, traditional Myanmar and Western dishes and include organic fruit and vegetables from the onsite garden.

Learn more about this cultural escape for the mind and body at Amara Mountain Resort.

Samujana – Koh Samui, Thailand


With magnificent architecture, stunning views and fantastic fitness facilities, the spectacular Samujana resort on the gorgeous Thai island of Koh Samui offers guests the perfect place to reconnect with a healthier and more balanced mind, body and soul. Samujana has suggested this proposed itinerary to help guests plan their healthy, healing days at their private luxury villa.

“The perfect way to start one’s day at Samujana is with an early morning private yoga class. Whether at the edge of an expansive infinity pool or on a quiet secluded beach, yoga sessions at Samujana push the boundaries of luxury and privacy.

“A healthy breakfast prepared in-villa with the freshest ingredients by personal chefs gives guests an extra kick-start to their mornings. Alternatively, visitors looking to detox can enjoy the Easy Detox Deluxe programme – designed exclusively for Samujana by leading spa experts, Amrita.

“Guests can enjoy workouts from personal training sessions to high intensity Tabata interval training, crossfit coaching classes, personalised strength training sessions and – for the truly dedicated –boot camp sessions. Alternatively, train in the art of Muay Thai, Thailand’s national sport, with AJ – a passionate and talented personal trainer. The in-villa gyms and expansive swimming pools offer the ideal place to enjoy exercise at one’s own pace too.

“Enjoy a post-workout afternoon refreshment from Juice Queen; an expert in holistic practices who combines the freshest organic products to create cold-pressed daily juices, which in turn promote beauty, wellness, and longevity.

“As the sun sets on Koh Samui guests can treat themselves to an indulgent massage and nourishing beauty treatment from the island’s top therapists. From stimulating foot scrubs to traditional Thai massages and exfoliating facial treatments, guests will wind-down to dinner feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated!

“Top Thai chefs will prepare a healthy feast using the freshest, local ingredients including green papaya salad, Andaman tiger prawns and local fish baked in banana leaf. The dinner setting can be a Thai pop-up restaurant, pool-side BBQ or candlelit beach dining. After just one day at Samujana guests will be well on their way to a more relaxed, rejuvenated and healthier self.”

Begin planning your healthy holiday in Thailand by contacting Samujana.


Aro Hā – Southern Alps, New Zealand


New Zealand is one of the best countries to get away from it all, however, not all retreats were created equal. Our experts at MajorDomo take us high up into the ethereal Southern Alps to the multi-award winning Aro Hā. This unique retreat fuses advanced eco-accommodation, permaculture based self-sufficiency, and world-class results-oriented programming.

Located just a 40-minute drive from Queenstown Airport, Aro Hā is a next-level wellness experience offering life shifting, body morphing, spirit lifting retreats and condensing optimal living practices into signature ‘Wellness Adventures.’

“The sensational scenery itself is enough to give you the first mind shift, however, you will soon realize that this is not your normal spa retreat, says Lisa Hayden, co-founder of MajorDomo. “Aro Hā is the first wellness centre of its kind.

“Their ‘Wellness Adventures’ are based on a template for optimal wellness and have been refined to provide guests with a life-altering glow. The programme is comprised of yoga, sub-alpine hiking, dynamic strength training, therapeutic massage and vegetarian cuisine.”

The retreats are all inclusive so there is no need for credit cards after arrival and no decisions to make. Guests arrive, unplug and are seamlessly guided toward health. Retreats are personalised and intimate, you will be challenged during your stay and rewarded with a sense of achievement and glow by the end of the retreat. Most abilities are catered for and all activities can be taken at your own pace.

“The food is incredible – when on retreat you really look forward to what the talented chefs have prepared for your snacks and meals,” Lisa tempts us further. “The guiding and instructing team are caring, funny and experts in their fields. Hiking in the hills and mountains around Queenstown and Glenorchy is the best spirit lifting exercise. You leave the retreat but it doesn’t leave you. I want to book my next one straight away!

“A friend, Jenny described the Aro Hā experience perfectly: “It is the best thing I have ever done for me in my whole life.”

Take the first step in changing your life at the incredible Aro Hā by contacting MajorDomo here.


Vatuvara Private Islands, Fiji


You can have the ultimate escape from the world on the distant Fijian paradise of Vatuvara Private Islands. With only three one-bedroom villas, you will virtually have this gorgeous island to yourself. Remote and secluded from the rest of the world, it is the perfect place to press the reset button.

“We work carefully with all guests in advance to design the perfect wellness itinerary,” explains Krystel Gough of Vatuvara Private Islands. “We provide yoga on request and each villa has a yoga deck or courtyard which lends to a relaxing practise.

“In addition, our menus blend fresh organic produce with a priority on wellness and attention to individual requirements. We are also equipped to host preferred wellness & fitness experts. Their spa treatments will allow you to surrender the senses and rejuvenate the spirit with Fiji’s pure coconut oil and fragrant flower extracts to nurture the body – all in the privacy of the dedicated villa spa bure.

“Nature walks, hikes to ancient village sites, paddle boarding in crystal clear lagoons, surfing and numerous other activities are available for those looking for strenuous activity.

“Holidaying at Vatuvara Private Islands you’ll be hidden away from the rest of the world, and privy to one of the richest cultures, the ideal place to soothe the soul with authentic, enriching cultural experiences.”

Start designing your wellness vacation at Vatuvara Private Islands at this link.


Kauri Bay – Bay of Islands, New Zealand


If you’re after some rest and relaxation with the family combined with some active pursuits or water sports, then dock at this gorgeous eight-bedroom beach house by Touch of Spice, located on a privately island in Kauri Bay in New Zealand’s famous subtropical microclimate the Bay of Islands.

“This stunning beachside house, designed by famous New Zealand architect Pete Bossley, has been skilfully built to take advantage of the soothing water and island views as well as to fit into its native surroundings of the idyllic Moturua Island,” details Jacqui Spice, founder of Touch of Spice.

“Access to the island is restricted to boat or helicopter so your holiday will be a real private getaway. You can choose to keep the helicopter and pilot onsite with you throughout your stay with the help of the property’s heli-pad and hanger.

“The property’s underground boat shed is home to a wide range of ‘big boy toys’, including a collection of jet skis, fishing gear, sea kayaks and up to the minute diving gear. There is also an ocean trampoline perfect for cooling off with the kids on hot summer days. On request, a Skipper can be arranged to oversee the operation all of the equipment available, including the recreational boats moored at the island’s private wharf.

“Spend your days hiking the island exceptional walking tracks with views and native bush that you thought only existed in Lord of the Rings movies, or venture off the island for a helicopter trip to Kauri Cliffs, where you can play on their world-class golf course and use their day spa. In addition, there are awe-inspiring island cruises for the leisure seekers and deep sea fishing for the adrenaline seekers.

“You will also find a chef on-site to create fine dining meals using the freshest local produce (perhaps even one of the fish you caught from the day) and a maid on hand to keep the house neat and tidy during your stay.”

Organize your perfect family retreat to New Zealand with Touch of Spice at this link.