Luxury vacation villas can offer a much-needed change of scenery, a thrilling escape, or a rejuvenating retreat. Whether your tastes run toward a classic country estate once host to royalty or a modern seaside villa overlooking the Caribbean, you can find a villa that meets your needs and is an answer to your dreams. Of course, this kind of opulence does come at a price, with the least expensive world-class villa package starting at approximately $25,000 per week. But you can’t put a price tag on the memories you will make. Read on as we reveal the six best luxury vacation villas for rent in the world.
La Verrière Vacation Villa (France)
Would you love to combine your desire for a luxury vacation in a scenic Provence haven with your passion for wine? Oenophiles are vying for a chance to stay at La Verrière, a stunning vacation villa hidden amid a UNESCO-protected Nature Reserve in the south of France. Here, the experience isn’t just about the wine you taste; it is about the wine you make. Departures explains: “A stay at the estate includes the opportunity to join resident vintners in tastings, blending sessions, and, during harvest, pruning the vines and pressing the grapes.” And when it is time to relax, this ninth-century estate not only offers the exquisite tastes of the Syrah and Grenache blends that the Chêne Bleu region is known for but an extraordinary property that includes space for up to 18 of your closest friends, an on-site cinema, a swimming pool, and a private helipad. Upgrades of the medieval priory have been sustainably done, and their efforts have resulted in the very best in eco-luxury. The estate was recently named the winner of a “Terre de Vins 2020 Wine Tourism Trophy.”
Mont d’Arbois Vacation Villa (France)
If your tastes favor skiing in the Alps over winemaking, there are few better vacation villas than Chalet Alice, atop Mont d’Arbois. Now among the Four Seasons Private Retreats, Chalet Alice offers the quintessential Alps escape, complete with rich wood exteriors, the roaring fireplace, and an extraordinary collection of art and antiques courtesy of designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. Arguably the best mountain skiing in the world is just minutes from your door, but after your runs are done for the day, this luxury vacation home comes alive. In fact, Departures opines that “between Alice’s après salon, personal chef, and private spa and hammam, you might just have to stay behind for a run or two.”
Villa Ixfalia (Saint Barthelemy)
Do you dream of taking a dip in a vast infinity pool while enjoying expansive views of the azure waters of the Caribbean? Booking a luxury vacation at Villa Ixfalia in St. Barts may be the answer. Set high above St. Jean, but just minutes away from restaurants, shops, and the incredible beaches, Villa Ixfalia offers privacy and eclectic interior touches. According to Travel + Leisure, guests can enjoy “four en-suite bedrooms … divided between two buildings with three queen suites providing ocean views, and the fourth, a garden view.” When you aren’t swimming in the infinity pool, lounging on the sundeck, or exercising in the gym, you can take advantage of your private beach, maintained by the hotel Eden Rock, as well as priority reservations at the Sand Bar Restaurant and Rémy Bar. Fancy a picnic? Beach and boat picnics can all be arranged by your villa butler. And if you don’t wish to leave your vacation villa (and who could blame you), you can have your personal villa chef whip up something special.
The Malibu Art Vacation Villa (United States)
For a little over $20,000 per night, art lovers can experience the decadent pleasures of the luxury Malibu art villa. Fly to this treasure-filled, six-bedroom home high in the hills of Malibu, California, in your helicopter – this vacation villa has its own helipad. Ask your private chef to craft meals that perfectly match your tastes and dietary needs, and work it all off (or simply float) in the villa’s infinity pool. The lush, 20-acre estate brings a serenity that is unusual so close to a metropolis, and you can see it all, from the mountains to the ocean waves, from the estate’s walls of retractable glass. Of course, the show-stopper here is the eclectic collection inside, which, as Departures reveals, includes everything from “a cinema with original seats from Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to the psychedelic lounge crammed with neon art and objects.”
Villa Coral Pavilion (Turks and Caicos)
If the beauty of Grace Bay Beach (often noted as one of the best beaches in the world) has filled your dreams, it’s time to book your next vacation to Turks and Caicos and a stay at the ultra-luxurious Villa Coral Pavilion. Recently completed, this two-story villa is only minutes from the shops and restaurants of Grace Bay. Of course, you may prefer to stay and experience the joys of the chef’s kitchen and your personal villa chef instead. Travel + Leisure raves: “With 120 feet of beach frontage, this stunning coral stone villa offers three ground-floor king suites with en suite bathrooms, a fourth bedroom with private bathroom, and an upper-level master that includes a private study, walk-in dressing room, terrace, en suite bathroom with pedestal tub, and open shower with ocean views.” Guests also have access to a private, 55-foot swimming pool, a spacious seaside dining gazebo, an outdoor dining terrace, and a full staff, including a butler who can help you make reservations or take advantage of the water sports that can happen just outside the villa’s doors.
Town-and-Country Villa Vacation (the U.K.)
Why be forced to choose between a city escape and a country retreat? Departures recommends making your next luxury vacation a “Town-and-Country Double.” Start your adventures at the Templeton House for privacy and a taste of history. The Magazine reports: “The 234-year-old Georgian mansion in Roehampton was once the home of Winston Churchill; now the eight-suite estate comes with plenty of excuses to stay holed up for days, with a gym and spa, indoor pool, wine cellar, and tasting room, and two-acre garden.” Then, when you are ready to get away from it all, head for the country to the 15th-century Farleigh Wallop country estate in Hampshire. Often playing host to royalty in generations past, “its 4,000 acres and grand quarters are as much for the boating-fishing-clay-pigeon-shooting sort as they are for massage-cocktails-and-a-stroll-through-the-gardens types,” according to Departures. While the price tag for this villa experience starts at a cool $170,000 per week, the vacation is likely to yield memories to last a lifetime.
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