For many an ideal vacation involves relaxing next to a gorgeous, sunny infinity pool. If you fall into this category, make your holiday dreams come true at one of these exceptional luxury villas with outstanding pool terraces, located in some of the most awe-inspiring settings across the planet.

Casale Alto – Tuscany, Italy

Enjoy your own private paradise at this vast seven-bedroom villa perched high above the famous Feniglia beach on the delightful Maremma coast of Tuscany. You might not even need to go down to the seaside due to the villa’s stunning pool terrace featuring amazing views of the arched beach and coastline.

Available through Homebase Abroad, the Casale Alto is situated next to the famed Il Pellicano hotel in the harbor village of Porto Ercole, home to a port-side pedestrian lane lined with seafood restaurants, gelato shops and lively bars. All of this seems a world away in your private villa oasis. The garden is laid out over multiple levels, with flowers and comfortable seating areas to enjoy the breathtaking views. Depending on the timing of your holiday you will can sample some of fresh fruits from the garden – plums, peaches, apricots, figs and a local variety of small, delicious pears. These go well with a breakfast of eggs from their own chickens. Above the villa are vineyard terraces and below is an olive grove. When you’re not basking in the sun next to the pool, you can cool off under one of the five shady pergolas with the natural air-conditioning of the refreshing Tuscan breeze.

The villa’s accommodation is spread out across the hillside in three distinct structures, creating a perfect balance of togetherness and privacy. Guests can gather for meals on the lower terrace which has an outdoor living/dining room and rustic kitchen with traditional wood-fired barbecue. Other group fun can be had in the games area with ping-pong, foosball ball and a seating area. There is also a gym (bike, free weights and bench, treadmill) and a sauna. The villa is an excellent base for exploring the region from visiting unspoiled coves and beaches of the Tuscan Archipelago to scuba diving in pristine cerulean waters and from boat trips to Giglio Island with its coral reefs or to Giannutri with its nature preserve and Roman vestiges.

Combine the seaside with a fantastic pool area at the spectacular Casale Alto by Homebase Abroad at this link.

Allamanda – Harbour Island, The Bahamas

With a beautiful climate of an average 310 days of sunshine per year, The Bahamas is an excellent destination for sun-seekers. Our local expert Pamela H. Murdock suggests the Allamanda villa, a beautiful six-bedroom house on Harbour Island, as being an excellent choice for making the most of the sunny weather right at the villa.

“Its location on a quiet street in adorable Dunmore Town, makes it very easy to walk to restaurants and shops which is fun,” details Pamela. “Walking past Allamanda’s picket fence, one sees a charming and classic Bahamian house, like others in town but step inside and you’ll discover very pretty and chic interiors with imported wide plank French oak floors.

“Two wings flank a heated salt-chlorinated swimming pool with a very sunny coral stone terrace. The outdoor spaces also offer a covered dining area with a custom wooden table and 12 chairs, a bar with a large flat screen TV, comfy chaises longues, a sitting area near the outdoor kitchen area and grill as well as a roof deck with ocean and sunset views. The beach is just a few minutes away by golf cart which is how one gets around this idyllic island.”

Learn more about this gorgeous, sunny villa and vacationing on Harbour Island by contacting Pamela here.

Cottar’s Bush Villa – Masai Mara, Kenya

Located next to Kenya’s phenomenal Maasai Mara, the exceptional Cottar’s Bush Villa is the only real private luxury rental in the area and it features a divine infinity pool overlooking the stunning savannah plains that carry the great annual wildebeest migration.

The Villa is set on its own 6,000 acre private conservancy within Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, only one kilometre from the Masai Mara game reserve. Due to its advantageous location, guests have easy access for day and night game drives to the Masai Mara game reserve. Back at the Bush Villa, guests can enjoy its sublime 25m swimming pool, perfect for doing laps for the very energetic or for just relaxing and enjoying the view for the less so. It’s built on the side of a hill and looks over the great Masai Mara and Serengeti plains, the ideal sunny spot to look out for the migration and any other wildlife that may pass by. A great place to wallow and enjoy the warm African sun while sipping a cocktail and reading your book.

Designed personally by Calvin and Louise Cottar, the Bush Villa was built using only indigenous and eco-friendly materials. It has over 10,000 sq ft of living space including a large living room, dining room, viewing deck, and five en-suite bedrooms. Guests also have access to the Safari Camp’s services, its swimming pool, shop and other facilities.

Take in the magic of the Masai Mara in your own private hideaway at Cottar’s Bush Villa here.

Private Bora Bora – French Polynesia

This stunning modern villa, set on its own private island, is the one of the most sought after beachfront estates on the planet and is available through Villas and Apartments Abroad. It has received accolades and awards from top travel magazines including the Robb Report Best Villa 2015 and the Best Boutique Hotel/Best Villa Australasia also in 2015. Guests can choose to swim in the lagoon on one side, a long private beach on the other or in the beautiful pool positioned to benefit from the sun, especially at dusk when it reflects the sunset like a painting.

Located on a 30,000 m² (7.5 acres) islet overlooking the aquamarine waters of Bora Bora, this spectacular estate includes five independent suites, each with in character and intimate setting. The gorgeous marbled pool surrounded by a wooden deck and a tropical garden is the ideal place for sunbathing, reading a book or a relaxing massage. The villa is equipped with the latest technology in music and television, with the best broadband connection on the island and a self-sufficient power system provided by solar panels.

The villa has its own surfboards, paddle boards, kayaks, windsurfs and other water sports equipment or guests can arrange a number of excursions with the villa’s private boat and captain for snorkeling, feeding the turtles, to local restaurants or sunset cruises. The villa also has a dedicated manager and team who will ensure that your absorb the essence of Bora Bora and have an exquisitely relaxing holiday in this supremely peaceful and awe-inspiring destination.

Enjoy a sunny vacation in paradise at the idyllic Private Bora Bora by reaching out to Villas and Apartments Abroad here.

Villa Camaruche – Saint Barthélemy

With a secluded location, spectacular views and a spacious deck bathed in sunlight all day, the four bedroom, four bathroom Villa Camaruche is a magnificent option for a small group of sun worshippers on beautiful Saint Barthélemy.

Available through St Barth Properties this charming compound has a zen-like décor and is enrobed in palms and indigenous flora. There is a main building is home to an open floor plan with a sleek and modern kitchen, a contemporary living room and two stylish en-suite king bedrooms. Next to the pool is a separate pavilion with the other two bedrooms, one king and one with twin beds, both with ocean views and en-suite baths with open-air showers.

Around the gorgeous 45 x 15 ft infinity pool are lovely outdoor spaces including covered living and dining areas which are beautifully lit at night. Soak up the rays, sit back and take in the breathtaking view of ten islands including St. Martin and Anguilla and sip a cocktail with the backdrop of the stunning sunsets. You’re guaranteed a spectacularly sunny holiday with St Barth Properties. Reach out them at this link to start planning.

Illusion – Sugar Hill, Barbados

Featuring an incredible infinity pool and set within marvelous gardens, this gorgeous custom-built, four bedroom villa is located in the highly coveted gated community of Sugar Hill Resort and is available through Blue Sky Luxury.

As you enter this elegant, contemporary villa you will be struck by the uninterrupted panorama of the Caribbean Sea from its expansive windows. The foyer opens onto a covered terrace that overlooks the large pool and staircases leading down to the pool area. To the right is the master suite and to the left of the covered terrace is the formal dining room that seats twelve and transforms into an alfresco dining area thanks to its folding glass doors.

There is a stylish and comfortable living room which also opens onto the pool deck, equipped with a large flat screen television with cable TV, DVD player, Bose surround speakers and a bar. The pool deck receives a lot of sunshine, however guests can enjoy the outdoors in the shade under various covered areas. It has a number of loungers, a barbecue and two gazebos. One gazebo has a small outdoor kitchenette and the other gazebo has an informal dining area.

Found mainly on the ground floor, the bedroom suites are all air-conditioned, have private covered terraces and en-suite bathrooms. The master suite is situated on the first floor and has its own living room, a large walk-in closet a large king-sized bed, an en-suite bathroom with both a tub and shower and spectacular views of the sea.

The estate features a private gym and a putting green within its splendid landscaped gardens dotted with banana, papaya and coconut trees. Guests have access to the Sugar Hill resort amenities which include a Clubhouse, an excellent restaurant, two swimming pools, and four championship tennis courts, plus access to the beach facility at the nearby Fairmont Royal Pavilion hotel.

Contact Blue Sky Luxury at this link for further information and to book your blissfully sunny holiday in Barbardos at the Illusion villa.

Villa Grande – Lucca, Italy

This fabulous historic villa is located in a breathtaking and very private location on a gentle slope in the hills near Lucca and features a fenced swimming pool, making it an excellent destination for multigenerational families with small children.

“The setting is a burst of big bunches of various types of flowers, elegant wrought iron avenues and arbors wrapped with delicate shades of roses against a backdrops of green shrubs and towering trees,” describes Sylvia Delvaille Jones of Villas and Apartments Abroad, through whom the villa can be booked. “This is one of the happiest settings for children to swim, splash and play or chase butterflies in one of the most beautiful gardens.”

The former aristocratic villa dates back to the mid-1600s and was the residence of Cappuccini monks over the course of much of the 20th century. The interiors feature lovely antique furniture, frescoed walls and accommodation for up to 22 guests in 11 bedrooms (10 bathrooms). In addition to the spacious pool area, the estate has a lovely manicured Italian garden overlooking the picturesque vistas of the surrounding countryside of the rolling hills and vineyards of Tuscany.

Plan your perfect sunny getaway to Tuscany with Villas and Apartments Abroad here.

La Rive – Franschhoek, South Africa

Enjoy the best of South Africa’s wine country and the glorious sunshine of the southern hemisphere next to the fabulous pool at the gorgeous restored six-bedroom La Rive farmhouse in Franschhoek.

The villa presents a lovely mix of Victorian, Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture and furniture, as well as artwork by famous South African artists like Neil Rodger, Gregoire Boonzaier, Edward Wolfe and Dylan Lewis. A highlight is its spacious, airy patios and inviting swimming pool, ideal for a quick dip to cool down from Franschhoek’s hot summer day. There is also a lush “secret” garden with a number of paths leading to various alcoves, benches and lawns, a great place to wander in the shade or have a moment of tranquility or romance.

Each of the villa’s rooms has its own personality, character and decoration. You will be well taken care of by the villa’s live-in chef and butler who provide world-class service and can assist you with everything you may desire as well as tips for exploring the region.

Discover the pleasures of Franschhoek with absolute privacy at this exquisite villa here.

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