The Luxe Nomad is all about five-star service, but these glorious stays take luxury to a whole new level. Pack your designer sunglasses, and see what it’s like to travel like a celebrity.
#1 Iniala Beach House in Phuket, Thailand
Phuket’s most exclusive and luxurious beachfront accommodation, Iniala is a collection of ultra-luxe villas that you might have seen on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. A superstar team of designers came together to create this architectural masterpiece, including The Campana Brothers of Brazil, A-Cero from Spain, Joseph Walsh of Ireland, Mark Brazier-Jones and Graham Lamb from Britain and Thailand’s Eggarat Wongcharit.
Guests are treated to opulent interiors, in-villa spa treatments, a private beach, and a full-time staff including a Michelin-starred chef. The Penthouse Suite is the standout, with its memory foam carpet, $US250,000 Enignum Bed with silk canopy and a separate pirate-themed kids hotel with a complimentary nanny.
#2 The Amilla Villa Estate in Kihaadhoo, Maldives
The crème de la crème of laid-back luxury, Kate Moss has described The Amilla Villa Estate as “paradise, the most idyllic and relaxing place on earth,” and it’s easy to see why. Tucked away in a secluded beachfront location with powdery white sand, the six-bedroom estate is the premier property of the Maldives’ highly sought-after Amilla Residences, featuring modern Miami-style architecture, gleaming marble floors, glamorous interiors and an 11-metre pool overlooking the ocean.
Guests can get around the island with their own personalised ‘Rolls’ beach buggy! The villa also comes with a katheeb, or house master, to arrange anything from gourmet breakfasts and bespoke barbecues to spa treatments.
#3 Konaditya House in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Tucked away from the usual tourist-saturated hustle and bustle of Bali at the end of a peaceful village road is Konaditya House – a sprawling five-acre beachfront estate surrounded by picturesque rice paddies near Canggu. The house was designed to incorporate the owners’ love of antiques and is filled with Balinese works of art and local crafts, mixed with contemporary furnishings. With a tennis court, a fully-equipped gym, an industrial-sized kitchen with a wood-fire stove and five-star staff, there’s no reason to ever leave.
The first thing you’ll notice is a magnificent lotus pond, but there’s also an organic garden that supplies the majority of the ingredients for your meals. There’s also an outdoor massage area with two masseuses on hand any time of day.
#4 AYA Villas in Niseko, Japan
Niseko’s only ski in, ski out villas located just steps from the Family Ski Lift, AYA Villas redefines the standard for incredible on-snow accommodation. Part of the AYA luxury condominium-hotel, which just opened last month, each of the villas features four ensuite bedrooms, a private lift to all three stories, a balcony with amazing views, and a spacious living space on the top floor. The villas’ design was inspired by a Japanese weaving technique, with interlocking lines that harmoniously blend with the surrounding natural beauty.
Niseko is famous for its onsens, and when you stay at AYA Villas, you’ll have one all to yourself, along with a beautiful stone garden. There’s nothing better for relaxing after a day on the slopes.
#5 50 Aspen Grove in Queenstown, New Zealand
An award-winning architectural gem, 50 Aspen Grove has been featured on the cover of style magazines for its stunning contemporary design and state-of-the-art facilities. The house was brilliantly designed to create a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, the highlight being an extensive glass front that reveals the most magnificent, uninterrupted lake and mountain views.
The house has all your modern trappings: gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, gourmet kitchen with wine fridge, underfloor heating. There’s plenty of space to kick back and relax while enjoying those spectacular views, such as the outdoor fireplace and heated lap pool overlooking Lake Wakatipu.
#6 Villa Sawarin in Phuket, Thailand
Big, bold and beautiful, Villa Sawarin glitters brightly from its hilltop position among the trees at Cape Yamu, Phuket’s most exclusive enclave. This palace of tranquility was artfully designed by the famous Philippe Starck and Jean-Michel Gathy, blending modern grandeur with the charm of al fresco Thai living. The villa boasts over 4,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor space across three acres of perfectly manicured tropical gardens, and every inch exudes stylish elegance – from the grand living room to the enormous pool and the mesmerising waterfall wall.
The sunset bale is one of the best places to enjoy an evening cocktail with panoramic ocean views. Also, golfers will love the villa’s own par-three practice green.
For those seeking the royal treatment, Kaba Kaba is a stately eight-bedroom villa built on royal land, spread across 1.2 hectares of rolling, palm-fringed lawns. Enchanting touches can be found around corner – such as the Rajasthan palace elephants guarding the lotus courtyard, and a gilded throne from a Myanmar temple presiding over the dining pavilion. The interiors are equally as impressive, with a fine collection of antiques and contemporary art.
The villa comes with a dedicated team of 23 staff making it the perfect venue for extravagant weddings. The Moroccan-themed media room is perfect for a family night in, and you have your pick between a gorgeous infinity pool plus three plunge pools.
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