9 luxury villas you should book in 2020

TD Editor

Luxury villas are filled with top-notch amenities and facilities such as round-the-clock concierge service and tailored experiences.

Haute Retreats selected luxury homes that not only offer the finest amenities, giving the sense of home plus a memorable experience, bringing you closer to nature, as the Tree Pool House at Keemala in Phuket, or take you to sacred places, the case with the Royal Villa, an amazing villa at the Chablé Resort.

Wine villa

Villa Franschhoek

The villa features an eclectic mix of Victorian, Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture and furniture, as well as numerous pieces from famous South African artists such as Neil Rodger, Gregoire Boonzaier, Edward Wolfe and Dylan Lewis on display.

The fertile Franschhoek Wine Valley is home to some of South Africa’s noble cultivars and classic styles. These range from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, and Chenin Blanc, to the full-bodied reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, and Merlot.  Some of the country’s extraordinary Méthode Cap Classiques, which can all be enjoyed during a trip along the Franschhoek MCC Route are produced in this area.

Design villa

Tree Pool House, Keemala, Thailand

The We-ha (Sky) Clan is a group that is believed to have an advanced understanding of the universe. They built their homes elevated from the ground in order to obtain better creativity and liberty. The clan included the talents of healers, creators, architects, and inventors. Their way of life was completely different from other clans; this is reflected in the design of the Tree Pool Houses.

Featuring two floors, these spacious villas are complete with a private pool; upper-level master bedroom, and a large lounge and dining area on the lower level. The interiors of the seven Tree Pool Houses incorporate suspended furniture and cocoon-like beds and loungers. The Tree House offers rainforest and resort views and includes a spacious bathroom with a monsoon shower, outside shower, guest washroom, and a stand-alone bathtub.

Groundbreaking villas

Porto Felice in Lake Como and Villa Campera in Tuscany

With a fantastic renovation by designer and architects, Villa Porto Felice and Villa Campera are unique villas with art pieces and luxury facilities like the beautiful heated pool at Villa Porto Felice. You are not renting only two beautiful properties but a complete experience with a full staff that will take care of all your needs during your stay. From arranging a private tour to the art galleries in Milan or have an art collection right at the villa.

Extraordinary adventure

Villa Monara, Ani Villa Sri Lanka

Designed by Reda Amalou and Parisian firm AW2, the villa pairs the classic tropical pavilion layout with more contemporary touches. Vaulted ceilings, wood floors and accents, and white upholstery are hallmarks of breezy, beachfront style. However, the mod furniture and the luxe textures of plush rugs and leather wall coverings elevate the property’s sophistication.

During your stay at Villa Monara, you can go whale watching, surfing, trekking on an animal reserve or hiking through a tea plantation. The villa is right on Dickwella Beach, a 9-minute drive from Dickwella Market and a 14-minute drive from the town of Gandara.

A unique Italian escape

Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany, Italy

Borgo San Pietro is an elegant luxury estate set among thirteen acres of landscaped gardens in the Siena Area, in Tuscany. Once it was the resting place for pilgrims on their way to Rome, now after a full restoration that had taken seven years, this 13th-century luxury villa rental is a twenty-suite with 5-star hotel amenities.

Villa Borgo San Pietro is located an hour’s scenic drive from Florence and near Siena. The extensive grounds at Borgo Santo Pietro include an orchard, organic fruits and vegetable garden, tranquil lawns and a beautiful pool as well as a tennis court, basketball court and a bocce pitch for the more active guests. A playground is set away from the peaceful seclusion of the garden.

Golf course

Aman Villas at Nusa Dua

Unwind on the perfect Balinese holiday in one of the Aman Villa’s stunning five-bedroom villas. Every bedroom comes equipped with its own en suite bathroom, some include large bathtubs and tropical outdoor showers. The Bali National Golf Club is adjacent to the villa and it is one of Asia’s best, its fairways lined with lush forest.

Wellness escape

Royal Villa at Chablé Royal

Royal Villa at Chablé Resort and Spa features a spectacular luxury accommodation that oozes style and sophistication, hidden in the Mayan jungle of Mexico and surrounded by a natural spring. The restored old hacienda buildings still exhibit elements of the former structures with old arched gateways and church bells. Chablé Resort is surrounded by verdant green jungle, it is a stylish retreat that invites you to unwind and rejuvenate. The Royal villa features 10,000-square-foot of amazing living space at Chablé and offers three bedrooms and plenty of room to spread out.

Designed by award-winning interior designer Paulina Moran, this luxury villa melds old and new with attention to every detail. With an artistic hand, the villa combines harmonious balance between the old structures and the thoroughly modern interiors.

Wedding destination

Villa Balbiano, Lake Como

This luxury home is located on Lake Como’s western shore near Lenno, a sixteenth-century palazzo perfect destination your family reunion, wedding, and unforgettable vacation in one of the most prestigious villas in Lake Como.

The European owners brought the rich, dramatic interiors of the famous Jacques Garcia to this villa and an amazing renovation of the historic Villa Balbiano. As a known connoisseur of 17th and 18th-century decorative arts, Garcia has been involved in restoring numerous historical properties, including the Palace of Versailles and his internationally lauded recent exposition in the Louvre. His name is also behind the designs of such places as La Mamounia in Marrakech and the NoMad Hotel in New York, as well as the Hotel Costes and La Réserve hotel in Paris.

Caribbean escape

Villa Neo, St. Barts

Villa Neo is a 6-bedroom villa located in St. Jean, St Barts.  Set on the hillside above St. Jean Beach, Villa Neo boasts amazing views. Built by local architect Patrick Raffeneau, this luxury home features large glass windows, opening to expansive views on both sides. The spacious interior is on two levels and offers a large kitchen and living area with ample cushioned seating. The living area is set next to the TV room, which can be closed off, and there is also a night club with a dancing table.

Each suite has a stereo and Apple, the U.S. and French satellite TV, all controlled by an iPad. The large master bedroom behind the TV room features a separate seating area, direct access to the pool, and a large bathroom with a bathtub, and an indoor and outdoor shower. The second bedroom on the main level also has direct access to the terrace, while the third bedroom on this level offers partial ocean views.

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