Hitting newsstands September 28, the October issue showcases lavish villas, chalets, castles, and more.
MALIBU, CA (September September 20, 2010) – The editors of Robb Report have announced their selections of the luxury resort world’s 20 most exceptional accommodations, which range from a beachfront castle in South Africa to a five-story ski chalet in France.
Hitting newsstands September 28, the October issue of the world’s acclaimed journal of connoisseurship takes readers on a journey across the globe, offering an insider’s look at lavish villas, chalets, and castles that bring new meaning to the term guest rooms.
“The best rooms at the world’s top resorts are not rooms at all, but rather one-of-a-kind villas and other stand-alone suites that offer amenities, privacy, and experiences that simply cannot be found in traditional resort accommodations,” explains Robb Report editorial director Bruce Wallin. “Our editors handpicked the 20 ultimate examples of these exclusive retreats, which offer everything from home theaters and spas to private beaches and butlers.”
Mexico’s Villa Cortez at One&Only Palmilla—the ultimate escape for beachgoers—adorns the October issue’s cover. The 8,500-square-foot hacienda sits above a sandy cove and features an office, a gym and spa area, a bedroom suite, a theater with a 19.5-foot screen, and a main house with three additional bedrooms. The house opens to an outdoor area with enough pool and patio space to host a grand fiesta, which can be accommodated by the villa’s 12-person staff. Prices begin at $9,000 per night for as many as 10 guests.
Luxury travelers venturing to South Africa have the rare opportunity to stay at the Pezula Private Castle at Pezula Private Estate, a golf and beach resortsituated on the rugged shores of the Indian Ocean. The three-building, 53,550-square-foot Private Castle complex includes a three-bedroom main castle and two one-bedroom castles with a heated infinity-edge pool, a thatch-roofed gazebo, a gym, living rooms with wood-burning fireplaces, and a 10-seat dining room. Pricing starts at $10,900 per night, all-inclusive, for as many as 10 guests.
Music lovers will appreciate St. Barts’ Villa Rockstar at Eden Rock, aflashy 16,000-square-foot beachfront residence with six bedrooms, 14-karat-white-gold-tiled bathrooms, a 12-seat dining room, a home theater, a gym, and a basement recording studio that utilizes the mixing table John Lennon used in New York to record “Imagine.” Pricing begins at $8,900 per night for as many as 12 people.
InSouthern California, Casa Elar at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa offers a10,500-square-foot, five-bedroom Tuscan-style home with a game room, a spa treatment room, a landscaped backyard with a pool, and views of the golf course and tree-covered hillsides. Nightly rates begin at $15,000 for as many as 10 guests.
Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the sprawling Homestead at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. The 8,600-square-foot, four-bedroom estate is serviced by a private butler and chef. Spacious, light-filled bedrooms surround a central indoor/outdoor living space with dining and relaxation areas, an open kitchen, an infinity-edge swimming pool, and a gym. Guests venture out with a ranger in a private safari vehicle for encounters up close with cheetahs, white rhinos, crocodiles, monitor lizards, nyalas, and other wildlife. All-inclusive pricing begins at $4,600 per night for as many as eight guests.
Robb Report’s October cover story also features visits to a 13,000-square-foot private island at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort; a 90,000-acre ranch in Queenstown, New Zealand; Bulgari Resort’s 14,000-square-foot, cliff-top refuge in Bali; Villa d’Este’s 19th-century residence on the banks of Italy’s Lake Como; Peter Island Resort’s 22,000-square-foot, six-bedroom Falcon’s Nest Villa in the British Virgin Islands; a pink, 2.5-acre private estate at the French Riviera’s Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat; a 15,000-square-foot overwater escape at Soneva Gili in the Maldives; the Hawaii Loa Presidential Villa at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu; a hilltop hideout on Fiji’s Laucala Island; Barbados’ The Villa at Sandy Lane; a luxurious log cabin at Vermont’s Twin Farms; and Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay’s 32,300-square-foot Private Reserve in Oman.
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