Villas/Estates

At nearly 3,000 acres, Laucala Island is by far the largest private island featured in these pages. The Fijian hideaway thus has ample space for an 18-hole golf course (designed by David McLay Kidd...
Villa La Cassinella is technically not a private island. In fact, the 18th-century estate is not even on an island—it is perched on a secluded peninsula in Italy’s Lake Como. But this gloriously...
Delaire Graff Estate (+27.21.8858160, www.delaire.co.za ) combines the sophistication of a five-star city hotel with the privacy, solitude, and beauty of the resort’s setting among the vineyards of...
Set against the fairy-tale backdrop of Lake Como, CastaDiva Resort (+39.031.32.511, www.castadivaresort.com ) in Blevio, Italy, evokes the spirit of its former resident, Giuditta Pasta—the 19th-...
Taj Falaknuma Palace ( +91.?40.6629.8585, www.tajhotels.com ) sits atop a hill 2,000 feet above Hyderabad, the southern Indian city known as much for its rich architectural heritage and succulent...
The brilliant white sand of Petite Anse beach separates Mahé island’s lush green jungle from the bright-blue waters of the Indian Ocean, forming a striking setting for the Four Seasons Resort...
With a 2,200-acre private ski area and a Tom Weiskopf golf course, the Yellowstone Club has been a standout among resort communities since its opening in 2000. Now the Big Sky, Mont., club has...
The line between destination clubs and fractional-ownership programs has become increasingly blurred in recent years. The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club is a prime example, combining elements of both...
The leader in the destination club industry and a veteran of Robb Report ’s Best of the Best award, Exclusive Resorts achieved $66 million in sales in 2010—a 50 percent increase over the previous...
Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic has recently completed a $40 million renovation. Among its enhancements are 50 three- to eight-bedroom villas, each equipped with amenities such as a private...
Situated on privately owned Hayman Island, within Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the secluded Hayman Beach Villas offers luxury accommodations and some of the world’s best diving all...
Gianni Versace’s lavish Casa Casuarina in South Beach, Florida, has been reborn again under the auspices of Miami restaurateur and events visionary Barton G. Weiss. The Villa By Barton G. reclaims...
Arizona’s award-winning L’Auberge de Sedona resort has recently completed a year-long $25-million expansion and renovation project, which includes 64 new or remodeled private cottages, 25 redesigned...
Most of Europe’s elite golf courses are clustered in the British Isles and, to a lesser extent, the Iberian Peninsula. Like its joie-de-vivre-centric counterpart Italy, France has always been an...
The celebrated Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the Southern tip of the Cap d’Antibes in France has unveiled an exclusive villa that combines a private home with the amenities and services of a luxurious...
The Wequassett Resort and Golf Club is tucked away among 27 acres of salt marshes and woodlands on Cape Cod , Massachusetts, with spectacular views of Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. At the...
Situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Qualia has 60 spacious one-bedroom pavilions designed by Australian architect Chris Beckingham each with private sundecks. Rates The 970-square-...
From among the cypress trees in the hills of Fiesole, Il Salviatino peeks out onto the Florentine skyline. This former aristocratic estate opened as a hotel following a nearly $60 million reinvention...
Two months after the Bali provincial administration placed a temporary moratorium on permits for new hotel construction, Alila Villas Uluwatu opened on the island’s Bukit Peninsula. The 35-acre...
The newest and most fashionable of Cape Town’s luxury hotels is the One&Only, where two small atolls provide the setting for 40 Island Suites and a One&Only Spa. Dark African woods,...
Set high in the Swiss Alps, 800 feet from the main Médran lift station, the Lodge at Verbier is one of the few ski-in locations in town. The property’s indoor pool area connects to a steam room, gym...
There was an era in Las Vegas when you could not buy the best accommodations. And although the Villas at Bellagio are technically not for rent, the suites can be booked “on a very limited basis,”...
Following the death of United Arab Emirates founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 2004, the sheikh's sons decided to convert Sir Bani Yas, an island where the family owned a palace, into a...
In 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy leased the Royal Hawaiian as a rest-and-relaxation depot for sailors. The hotel reopened to the public on February 1, 1947, 20 years to the...
Bicycles (provided free of charge to Palmetto Bluff guests) are the vehicles of choice for exploring this 20,000-acre property. The resort, which shares the expansive tract with a golf club, a small...
After a three-year, $150 million renovation, San Ysidro Ranch remains entrenched in both town and country, as a hike from the 114-year-old Montecito, California, resort attests. The Ranch is bordered...
Set on a high pass above the ocean in Big Sur, California, the Post Ranch Inn taps into the natural mysticism of its surroundings with weekly programs of yoga, stargazing, art tours, and nature walks...
The 99-room Mandarin Oriental, Prague sits in the heart of the Czech city’s Malá Strana, or Little Quarter, on a slope that rises from the Vltava River to Prague Castle. The hotel, which occupies a...
Guest lodgings at Lizard Island include several freestanding villas set under palms along the beach or on cliffs overlooking Anchor Bay. The recently renovated Pavilion, the pearl of the isle, offers...
Trisara’s various water features flow throughout tropical gardens at the resort, which stretches along a cliff above a private beach on the Andaman Sea. Each of the villas and 18 suites has a...

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