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Great Escapes March/April 2015

Private villa rentals and yacht charters with a sense of home & style...

Private villa rentals and yacht charters with a sense of home style.

Blackgarden Bay, Anguilla

Villa Kishti overlooks Blackgarden Bay, a secluded beach cove rimmed with volcanic rock. The Toronto-based architect Frank Hamilton, working with the design firm Cecconi Simone, spent four years on the residence, which was completed in 2013. With the goal of achieving complete privacy, the creators fashioned a structure with angled roofs on multiple levels; it fans out from a central core that contains the spacious living areas. These include a large living room with panoramic views, an indoor/outdoor dining area, and a well-equipped modern kitchen. An offshoot wing holds the master suite with its own terrace, outdoor shower, and hot tub. On the other side of the core, three guest suites occupy separate mini-villas, each with a private terrace, sitting area, and kitchenette. The uncluttered interiors are furnished with Balinese elements for a meditative ambience.

Rates: $17,500 to $24,500 weekly. Contact: Wimco, 800.449.1553, wimco.com (Wimco code: Villa Ric Kis)

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Caribbean and Atlantic

The newest mangusta 165 Evolution yacht, Moonraker, made a splash at its Monaco Yacht Show debut last fall and is now available for charter. The 165-foot superyacht’s graceful yet aggressively taut bearing is supported by three MTU/Kamewa engines that can propel it to a top speed of 40 knots. Equally impressive is the sophisticated interior, which is credited to the Italian boatbuilder Overmarine’s in-house designers Maxim Tissenbaum and Trevor Kruse. The gleaming surfaces—a medley of more than 250 materials, including 10 types of marble and 15 kinds of wood—create a visual effect that is creamy, shiny, and opulent. The light-filled main saloon is a draw for passengers, with a five-stool bar topped with tigereye marble, a drop-down television and state-of-the-art sound system, and a dining area illuminated by five skylights and featuring wine storage for nearly 100 bottles. Below the saloon, four cabins accommodate eight guests, while the deep wall-to-wall sofa in the cinema room converts to a bed for two additional passengers, who can use the bathroom facilities in the gym across the companionway. For sport, Moonraker is equipped with an assortment of personal watercraft and water toys, and there is a crew of nine.

Rates: From $217,000 weekly. Contact: Burgess, Miami, 305.672.0150, charter@burgessyachts.com, burgessyachts.com

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Valle d’Itria, Italy

In centuries past, the Puglia region’s conical-roofed stone trulli usually housed rural laborers, but today their charming appearance makes some of the rustic huts desirable candidates for restoration projects. One of these is Trullo Pinnacolo, the work of the Parisian architect and interior designer Fabrice Bej­jani, who expanded on the original form with a lamia, another Puglian-style structure with a cubic shape that harks back to the area’s Greek settlers. The combination translates to cozy spaces in the thick-walled trullo that open up into modern living and dining areas, with six en suite bedrooms in the new block that accommodate 12 guests. The chlorine-free pool is lined with black mosaic tile to capture the sun’s heat, but the villa is designed to optimize the cooling effects of the shade as the sun moves throughout the day. The grounds are dotted with olive trees, and amenities include a variety of services, from housekeeping to fitness instruction.

Rates: $10,033 to $16,392 weekly. Contact: Think Puglia, 800.490.1107, thethinkingtraveller.com/thinkpuglia

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Port d’Andratx, Spain

Completed in 2014, this rambling residence of more than 10,000 square feet hugs a Majorcan hillside and overlooks the Balearic Sea. Thanks to the use of traditional Majorcan elements, such as Santanyí stone for the exterior facade and walls, terra-cotta tiles on the roof, and indigenous plants in the landscaping, the expansive estate blends with its natural surroundings. In counterpoint to tradition are modern elements including high-end home automation and sound systems inside and out. The villa sleeps 12 in six bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and there are two kitchens, a living room with a fireplace and bar, a dining room with sea and garden views, a fitness and spa area with a sauna, and a wine cellar. Outside, terraces frame an infinity pool, and an outdoor kitchen and dining area and a Jacuzzi provide spots where guests can gather and relax. The garage has a turntable for vehicles; for an additional fee, a car and chauffeur can be on hand. A private chef is among the property’s staff.

Rates: €12,500 to €35,000 (about $14,500 to $41,000) weekly. 

Contact: Luxury Rentals from HomeAway, 631.731.1677, luxury.homeaway.com (property #2343989); Alexander Hock, +49.171.5353975, villapuestadelsol@gmx.com

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