PHOTOS: 7 hotel-villa holiday properties that offer the best of both worlds
When looking for the luxury late summer holiday, opting for a villa within a hotel offers the best of both worlds, with the seclusion and space of a ‘home away from home’. With its own private pool and all the amenities and conveniences of a luxury hotel at your fingertips, there is often little reason to leave.
Check out these luxury hotels that offer world-class villas and what makes them so special:
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Ideal for families looking for luxe travel experiences with stunning private villas, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is a secluded slice of paradise located on Bahrain Island’s north coast, less than two miles from the bustling souk and Manama city centre.
With private villas, suites and rooms available, guests can enjoy a secluded slice of Bahraini paradise. The hotel is located within lush landscaped gardens and sandy beaches, mere steps away from the sea.
Room rates start from £338. For more information or to book, visit ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/middle-east/bahrain
Es Saadi Marrakech Resort, Morocco
For families seeking cultural immersion, Es Saadi Marrakech Resort’s Palace villas are the epitome of Moroccan splendour. Traditionally designed, the villas each exhibit a range of profound artwork from young emerging artists and renowned Moroccan talent reflecting the diversity and culture of modern Morocco – similar to that of the Es Saadi Palace – with easy access to Marrakech’s city centre.
Junior suites start at £270 per night; ksars start from £550 per night; villas start at £800 a night. Breakfast and airport transfers included. For further information, visit.
Aphrodite Hills Resort, Cyprus
For the true meaning of a ‘luxury villa’, look no further than The Mythos Collection at Aphrodite Hills Resort, Cyprus. Perfect for the larger, active family, these sprawling five-bedroom properties offer amenities such as an eight-court tennis club with courses for all levels, and an 18-hole PGA National golf course spread around the resort.
Also offering deluxe food hampers upon arrival, private fully-heated pools, and complimentary breakfast baskets every morning as standard; these villas boast some of the best views in the entire resort with sunset panoramas over the Mediterranean Sea.
Rates start from £300 per night on a self-catering basis. For further information, visit aphroditehills.com.
Velaa Private Island, Maldives
Whilst staying in one of Velaa Private Island’s family villas, families have the chance to dine at Velaa Private Island’s signature restaurant Aragu that has introduced a personalised approach to gourmet cuisine: tasting menus based on personal preference, led by chef Gaushan de Silva.
The resort comprises 43 private villas, houses and residences and four four-bedroom residences. While 18 of the 43 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat, allowing more privacy and exclusivity.
Rates start at £3,000. Rates are per night and are inclusive of a daily breakfast buffet. For more information, visit velaaprivateisland.com
Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Thailand
Perched at the southern end of Pranburi Beach on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand, Aleenta Hua Hin is a five-star villa resort and an ideal spot for a family wellness holiday. Aimed at bringing the family’s attention to ‘experiences in the present’, the low-rise property is nestled on the Pranburi Beach at Pak Nampran Bay, three hours’ drive from Bangkok.
In addition, the resort offers a ‘farm to fork’ approach to cooking, and many ingredients are grown organically on site, furthering a totally holistic experience at this special hotel. Rates start from £200 per night on a bed and breakfast basis. For further information visit aleenta.com/huahin.
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
Nestled in the Northern Shaviyani atoll, surrounded by white sand and coral reef, the new Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is the ideal escape for families. Unique safari-style tented villas lie hidden in the island’s jungle – burrowed in flora and offering a balance of adventure, space and seclusion.
Adventurous families can enjoy a range of activities, from night-time snorkelling at the Maldives’ first underwater sculpture museum, designed by British artist Jason DeCaires Taylor, to sea kayaking and castaway picnics on nearby deserted islands. For more information or to book visit fairmont-maldives.com.
Santiburi Koh Samui, Thailand
Santiburi Koh Samui – the island’s only member of Leading Hotels of The World – has launched a collection of new Grand Reserve Pool Villas, offering couples and families personalisation and privacy.
Each new villa is nestled within its own tropical walled garden. Covering 250 square metres, each Grand Reserve Pool Villa has its own private pool, contemporary interior design, custom lighting schemes and designer furnishings. The master bedroom comes fitted with a carefully selected, ultra-comfortable bed, pillow menu and sound-proofing. Rates start at £425 inclusive of breakfast. For more information or to book visit santiburisamui.com.