Villas/Estates

The Bulgari is perched like a stone fortress on a windswept precipice more than 500 feet above the Indian Ocean. To access the nearly mile-long beach at the foot of the cliff, you descend in a glass...
The promotional literature provided in the villas at the Mansion at MGM Grand mentions the property’s “legendary wishing well.” The text fails to explain what makes the water feature so renowned—or...
Irish history is inextricably intertwined with the English, and the Merrion’s pedigree is no exception. Mornington House, one of the hotel’s four renovated 18th-century townhomes on Dublin’s Upper...
North Island resort revolves around an open-walled main lodge built with the trunks and thick, gnarled roots of salvaged takamaka trees. Ten of the two-bedroom, 4,890-square-foot guest villas occupy...
Operatic voices echo off the white plaster walls in the lobby at Mollies, a 14-suite hotel near Auckland’s fashionable Ponsonby district. The sounds are of budding tenors and sopranos honing their...
The Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt is one of dozens of mansions that Buenos Aires’ aristocracy built in Recoleta during the Belle Epoque era, when the tarde victoriano-style structures lining the nine-...
Ahu Aysal, owner of the new Hôtel Les Ottomans in Istanbul, Turkey, claims to have spent more than $80 million transforming this 18th-century pasha’s summer home on the Bosporus into a 10-suite...
Opened in 2002, this private island retreat was the first over-water villa hotel in the Maldives, and its open-air construction maximizes lagoon views while maintaining privacy. The scenery and...
Updated in 2004, the bungalows of Mnemba Island Lodge feature verandas and private beach pavilions outfitted with wooden sun beds from Zanzibar. Guests can spend their days diving on the surrounding...
La Casa Que Canta (“the house that sings”), a 25-suite inn on a cliff above Zihuatanejo Bay, captures the town’s simple charms in an unconventionally refined setting. Cantilevered, terra-cotta-color...
Guests of the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, which opened along a mile-long private beach on Langkawi’s northern cape in 2005, can search for the island’s native monkeys and raptors on a guided...
Hôtel Le Toiny, set on the southeastern shore of this eight-square-mile speck in the French West Indies, offers a choice of 14 one-bedroom villas or a three-bedroom villa, each with its own pool. A...
Located on Mount Yoshida in Kyoto’s Kagura-oka neighborhood, Yoshida-sanso consists of five guest rooms in the main house and a semidetached villa. All of the rooms in the house overlook the property...
Set high on a cliff on the island of Samui, the resort’s entry affords views of the Gulf of Thailand and, directly below, a collection of villas and swimming pools built into the steep hillside. The...
After a 45-minute journey from Grace Bay, guests arrive to Amanyara’s haven of reflecting pools and timber-shingled, glass-walled pavilions. The 40 identical structures are scattered throughout the...
Northern California-based land developer Serendipity Land Holdings recently made two of its El Banco Beach Villas on Mexico’s Pacific Coast available for short-term lease. Just north of Puerto...
For those seeking a luxurious Balinese resort, but prefer a more private vacation, Pantai Lima provides both. Situated along the beach and among lush tropical gardens, Pantai Lima, which means five...
Known as one the of the premier private beach getaways, the 1,400-acre Mustique island in the Grenadines has unveiled nine new villas just in time for the winter travel season. The new villas range...
On a hill next to the Clos Apalta vineyards and winery, the Lapostolle Residence consists of four opulent casitas that are so private you can sunbathe nude on your terrace while gazing at the nearby...
Villa Rockstar, Eden Rock resort’s newest accommodation, is as over-the-top as its name promises. Consider the bathrooms: bubble-shaped and lined with white-gold tile. And then there is the basement...
The Mercedes has bottomed out. More speed might have propelled the vehicle over the hill on this rolling Irish cart road, but the undercarriage now sits squarely on top of a grassy protuberance,...
Easton Neston, an estate covering more than 3,300 acres in Northamptonshire, England, epitomizes the grand country home. The main house, commissioned in 1685, was designed by the office of Sir...
“Those aren’t our pilots, are they?” murmurs a passenger waiting for his flight in the private lounge at the Maldives’ Hulule airport. His traveling companions join him at the observation window,...
As I sit swathed in a loincloth, smoking a cigarette made from a mixture of turmeric and sweet flag powder, I realize the Tamara Ayurveda Spa at the Taj Malabar hotel in Cochin, India, is a total...
In January 2003, when entrepreneur Peter de Savary acquired the Manor House hotel in Devon, England, the property’s best years were well in the past. Viscount Hambledon, son of British bookseller W.H...
In our myriad journeys at home and abroad, we are at times apt to sacrifice prestige for privacy, grandeur for comfort, over-the-top indulgence for elegant restraint. The hideaway ideal exists to...
The 12th-century hermit St. Gerlach would approve of his namesake hotel’s remove from the bustle of modern life. But the knight-turned-holy-man, who lived his last decade in a hollow tree, would...
“How did you hear about us?” this is the question put to all who phone the Smoke Tree Ranch in Palm Springs, Calif. The answer often given is from a friend—or, even more often, from one of the ranch’...
Balmy breezes waft through a cottage’s louvered windows at the Caves in Negril, Jamaica, rustling mosquito netting draped over a king-size bed. Outside, turquoise water laps languidly against rocky...
The waitress smiles as she places a loaded water pistol on the breakfast table in the dining room at St. Lucia’s Ladera Resort. “It’s for the birds,” she says. The view from the table is unblemished...

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