Ker & Downey’s picks for the top luxury villas around the world for your next private getaway.
Built to resemble a rural Peruvian village, the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado is set among lush gardens along the Urubamba River, creating a tranquil hideaway in the Sacred Valley. Its two opulent villas rise out of a riverfront wildflower garden and can each accommodate four to six people. From there, your group can explore the Sacred Valley on horseback, indulge in a massage at the Andean-style Spa Mayu Willka, feed the hotel’s baby alpacas, or take the train to Machu Picchu.
Angra dos Reis Private Villa, Brazil
The exclusive Angra do Reis Private Villa is set on its own private island offering incomparable access to the beaches of Angra. It features four bedrooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom and incredible ocean views, making it perfect for families and small groups looking for privacy. It also comes fully staffed with a private chef, caretaker, housekeeper, and butler to ensure each stay is comfortable. Angra dos Reis Private Villas has its own suite of kayaks, boats, and paddleboards for exploring the sandy coves and emerald green waters surrounding the islands. You can also explore nearby Ilha Grande, a paradise for adventurers with its hiking trails, waterfalls, deserted beaches, and interesting history.
Howie’s Homestay, Thailand
Howie’s Homestay, outside of Chiang Mai at the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains, takes luxury to another level. Designed by Bill Bensley, the “king of exotic resorts,” the owners and hosts Howie and Jerri spent seven years making it an oasis of open-air pavilions, turquoise pools, landscaped gardens, and Royal Thai Lanna villas. Seven to nine-course Thai meals are served around the teak dining table, with Howie regaling guests with tales of his travels. Available for exclusive use only, the grand Thai villa is the ideal destination for multi-generation family journeys, honeymoons, and groups of friends looking for a private getaway in Thailand.
Leobo Lodge, South Africa
Leobo Lodge is the ideal destination for families, especially those with young children. The exclusive-use lodge is located in a completely private, malaria-free, 20,000-acre estate in South Africa’s Waterberg region. Although it’s a sole-use property, you have the option of staying at either Leobo Lodge, which sleeps 14 adults and four children, or at the Observatory Villa, a state-of-the-art private home accommodating up to six adults and three children. (Or you can take both!) There’s an endless amount of things to do for the whole family while at Leobo. Explore the area with Land Cruiser game drives, horseback safaris, and quad biking expeditions in search of giraffe, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, cheetah, kudu, and bushman paintings. Or enjoy an afternoon clay pigeon shooting, fishing, or zigzagging above the dramatic canyons, streams, and wildlife aboard a private helicopter or paraglider.
St. Lorenzen Chalet, Austria
Escape to the Austrian Alps and the 17th century private St. Lorenzen Chalet, recently restored from a 300-year old alpine farm to the incredible farmhouse retreat. Over a two-year restoration period, local artisans restored the ancient timber facade and dismantled the original roof then repositioned it with the old wooden nails to keep its tradition. A refuge for all seasons, it has seven huge bedrooms in a main house and guest house that can accommodate 14. It is surrounded by some major ski resorts so it’s the perfect home base during winter, and in the summer, it’s an ideal hiking destination.
To book one of these luxury villas for your next private retreat, contact your Luxury Travel Consultant.