December 2, 2022

From the grounds that brought James Bond to life to the masterpiece built for the King of Morocco, these seven villas offer the best in amenities, design, and services for your next group trip or family getaway.

Springs Villa at Nayara Springs, Costa Rica

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Set within the tropical rainforest at the base of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano, the Springs Villa at Nayara Springs boasts many features and amenities. These include a secluded plunge pool, private garden with rain showers, a personal host, and a sleek four-poster bed with panoramic views of the surrounding forest.

Fleming Villa at GoldenEye, Jamaica

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Tucked behind a private gate with no sign, guests of Jamaica’s GoldenEye will feel as though they’re on their own private island. Book the five-bedroom Fleming Villa – the site where all 14 James Bond novels were penned. The grounds are home to a private beach, pool, and movie screening room. The Sunken Garden – where Fleming used to entertain the likes of Kathryn Hepburn – is the ideal location for a private dinner party. Guests will enjoy snorkeling among Fleming’s beloved reef and paddle boarding through the aqua-marine lagoon.

Private Pool Villas at Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla

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Belmond Cap Juluca reopened following a complete renovation in December 2018 with the addition of three new private pool villas. The villas are perfect for large groups and families since they have three or five-bedroom options. They are fully-equipped with a private, freshwater swimming pool just steps away from the white sands of Maundays Bay.

Belmond Villa Margherita, Italy

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Nestled 1,000 feet above the Amalfi Coast, Belmond Villa Margherita is an elegant 200-square-meter summer house that opened in May 2019. Offering a delightful hideaway from the buzzing coastline, the villa merges Belmond’s iconic hospitality with the right mix of privacy, home comforts, and a la carte services. The two suites offer the ideal setting to experience the best views over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Villa 2 at La Réserve Ramatuelle, France

La Reserve Ramatuelle

Although it’s only six miles from St. Tropez, La Réserve Ramatuelle is nestled within a Mediterranean Jardin overlooking the Côte D’Azur. The 28-room/14-villa property feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the party town. Of special note is Villa 2, which opened in 2016. The 3-bedroom cottage has its own private infinity pool and Jacuzzi with views of the Mediterranean. Guests can also take in the views from inside, where the floor-to-ceiling windows open to create an indoor/outdoor living space.

Grand Riad at Royal Mansour, Morocco

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Of Royal Mansour’s 53 individual three-story accommodations, the four-bedroom Grand Riad is the undisputed crown jewel. Referred to as the “hotel within the hotel,” the 19,375 square-foot residence features a library, swimming pools, a cinema, hammam, gym, and a glass-enclosed terrace with a retractable roof.  Guests of the Grand Riad also enjoy the services of a dedicated staff.

&Beyond Phinda Homestead, South Africa

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&Beyond Phinda Homestead reopened in September 2018 in KwaZulu-Natal following a large-scale renovation. This sole-use safari lodge allows travelers a completely private safari experience; no sharing safari vehicles with other guests and total control over the day’s schedule. With an interior design pays homage to the reserve’s past as a pineapple farm, the villa has a gym, massage room, outdoor deck with an island bar and outdoor kitchen.

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