Ultimate Villa Vacations

If a good vacation gets you away from it all, an ultimate vacation should deliver you to another realm. The luxuries of private travel—villa rentals, yacht charters, private jets—increase your odds of attaining that blissful state, but the process is by no means foolproof. Reserving a villa or chartering a megayacht or plane can be a complicated endeavor, best left to the experts. And they are precisely whom we consulted for this story. After devising seven hypothetical scenarios—four friends on a surfing trip in Bali, Indonesia, for instance—we asked the leading villa-rental agencies, yacht-charter brokers, and private-aviation companies to recommend transportation and accommodations ideally suited to each excursion. The results are seven sublime getaways that are definitely worth getting into.

The famed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood decorated the 11,000-square-foot, $25,000-per-night...
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The intimate accommodations tempt guests with ocean views and private plunge pools…
An urban oasis opens on Spain’s most idyllic fantasy island…
The new helicopter tour takes place aboard an Hermès-outfitted Eurocopter…
California’s Cal-a-Vie spa and the French winery Château Margaux make the perfect pairing…
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The 26-day journey will include stops in French Polynesia, Mongolia, and Greenland…
The new all-suite hotel offers guests the chance to exercise their bodies and their minds…
The weekend experience at the famed Wisconsin golf retreat offers rare Balvenie whiskies and Gurkha...
The Hawaiian resort has also introduced a new program that offers perks to guests staying in suites…
Photo by Jamie McGregor Smith
The iconic London hotel pops the cork on its new Champagne Room…