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The best rooms at the world’s top resorts are not rooms at all, but instead lavish villas, chalets, and even castles that offer everything from theaters to private beaches and spas. Here, we present 20 of our house favorites.

The Resort: Eichardt’s Private Hotel dates to 1859, when William Gilbert Rees, cofounder of the...
The Resort: Modeled after the villages of northern Thailand’s Lanna kingdom (13th–18th centuries),...
The Resort: Several of the 34 guest rooms, suites, houses, and cottages at Eden Rock on St. Barts...
The Resort: In the 1960s, Norwegian businessman Torolf Smedvig built a series of A-frame chalets on...
The Resort: A fixture on the French Riviera for more than a century, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat...
The Resort: Black lava rock blankets the landscape for miles along the Big Island of Hawaii’s...
The Resort: No one will oblige you to do much of anything on North Island. The 519-acre private-...
The Resort: Pezula Private Estate may be off South Africa’s standard tourist path, but this...
The Resort: "No problem" is the response to most requests made at Laucala Island. From coconut-milk...
The Resort: The blue of the Indian Ocean appears even brighter against the volcanic stone walls of...
The Resort: The Palmilla was one of the first hotels in Los Cabos, and it remains among the few...
The Resort: Twin Farms’ ostensibly endless list of activities (skiing, tobogganing, ice skating,...
The Resort: Guests of Soneva Gili quickly adapt to the "no news, no shoes" policy at this private-...
The Resort: The grande dame of Italy’s Lake Como waterfront, Villa d’Este opened in 1873 as a...
The Resort: A 90-minute drive northwest from Los Angeles, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa offers solace...
The Resort: Pink lounge chairs and umbrellas dot the crescent-shaped beach at Sandy Lane, a 113-...
The Resort: Designed to resemble an opulent Polynesian village, the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort...
The Resort: The six guest lodges at the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa...