Mykonos Blu, Greece
This exclusive resort comprises unique island bungalows and private villas designed in the Cycladic style. Not only is Mykonos Blu a five-star resort – it also claims to offer a ‘new level of pampering’ to its guests. They’ve even got a luxury yacht for guests to use. Or, if you want a seriously romantic dinner, go for one of their special private dining options. It’s all about privacy, luxury and utter indulgence here.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Set right into the lagoon, these indulgent, over-water bungalows represent true tropical luxury at its best. The bungalows have thatched roofs and walls made from volcanic stone with mother-of-pearl detailing. Opt for a pool bungalow and you’ll have an infinity-edge plunge pool that overlooks the stunning paradisiac scenery. Or, if you’re, erm, bored of the pool, you can always hop right into the South Pacific Ocean – the choice is yours.
Perivolas Hotel, Greece
What’s most interesting about this hotel is that it’s actually built into a group of 300-year-old caves, which used to be the homes of fishermen and farmers. Today it has been transformed into a complex of 17 beautiful private houses, which although totally luxurious, still retain the unique character of the site’s past. The hotel’s main pool sits right on the edge of a cliff offering sweeping views of the sea and horizon, but if you’re in the Perivolas Suite (pictured below), you’ve got a private pool that emerges from nothing less than your very own cave.
Anantara Phuket Villas, Thailand
Relax in a private pool villa bordered on one side by the beach and the other by Sirinat National Park. The villas are tropically themed both in the interior and in the spacious outdoor pool area. Although it may be hard to pry yourself away from the villa’s generously sized pool, you should in order to enjoy the resort’s cooking school, beach and infinity-edge, beachside swimming pool.
Niramaya Villas and Spa, Australia
Styled around the traditional open-air villas of Bali, the luxury villas at Niramaya Villas and Spa are seriously spacious. Each comes with a private plunge pool heated to 30 degrees. Alongside the pool is a day bed that’s perfect for relaxing in the warm Queensland air, and there’s also a barbecue so you can whip up a couple of steaks as the sun sets behind the adjacent golf course.
Bli Bli Villas and Spa, Bali
In true Balinese style, these spacious villas offer the ultimate in luxury and privacy. You enter the property over stepping-stones that take you across a scenic pond flanked by water features. Then there’s the stunning pool and garden area and alfresco living room. The bathroom, too, is open-air, and comes complete with a giant marble bathtub surrounded by more stepping-stones but this time over thousands of tiny pebbles.
W Retreat Koh Samui, Thailand
The W brand is synonymous with luxury – of the super-cool variety. Firstly, everywhere you go in any given W, you’ll hear music spun by the W’s resident DJ. At the W Retreat Koh Samui they’ve even got speakers hidden in the trees lining the pathways so you’re never without tunes. And then there’s the modern villa décor and technologically advanced features that take your experience up to the next level. And guess what, folks -these villas are up for sale so you can even nab one as your very own home away from home.
By Christina Wylie