Is a mental recharge in order? Has the budget for a bucket list jet set finally been reached? Then it’s time pack the flip-flops, sunscreen, and camera and lock in a stay at one of the world’s most stunning villa properties.
These beachfront holdings sit on sprinkled land masses and hidden coves from the tip toes of the United States to the unspoiled islands of Fiji. Guests can cook, sleep and shower with a view, or enjoy handcrafted cuisine within the privacy of their booking.
Thanda Island | Shungimbili Island, District of Mafia Island, Tanzania
The villa on Thanda Island in Tanzania — Photo courtesy of The Leading Hotels of the World
We’ve all closed our eyes and dreamt of having an island all to ourselves. On Thanda Island in Tanzania, this dream is a reality. Thanda is the pinnacle of exclusivity, and part of The Leading Hotels of the World family. A single, five-suite villa is enveloped by the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve and framed by spectacular coral reefs.
The villa can accommodate up to 28 people, so it’s best to make the experience a group one – primarily because this far-off hideout is a reported $10,000 a night. The hefty price tag comes with a personal chef that is available on request, and who is known for simmering up delectably fresh, locally caught seafood and memorable coconut curries.
French Leave Resort | Eleuthera
French Leave Resort, Eleuthera — Photo courtesy of French Leave Resort
Eleuthera’s French Leave Resort is a slice of Bahamian heaven, and the one and two-bedroom oceanfront villas are the grand main entrances. This Marriott Autograph Collection property is an all-villa hideaway blending modern amenities with tropical expectations.
There's a marina and pier, and kayak, board and snorkel rentals. Villas are decked out with modern kitchen appliances, iPads, and Wi-Fi. Each villa booking also comes with a complimentary golf cart, a popular means of moving about the island.
Oil Nut Bay | British Virgin Islands
Oil Nut Bay, British Virgin Islands — Photo courtesy of Christian Horan Photography
Oil Nut Bay’s Cheemaun Beach Villa lets visitors take an afternoon snooze on the shoreline of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. This 3,250-square-foot oasis just hit the hospitality market, and it features three bedrooms with an indoor/outdoor shower in each, as well as a full kitchen and a private pool.
The most striking detail is the visible reef line. That’s where the rolling waves divide the touchable, shallow turquoise waters from the cerulean deep.
Sanctuary Cap Cana | Dominican Republic
The Royalty Suite pool, Sanctuary Cap Cana — Photo courtesy of Sanctuary Cap Cana
Wake up to the glistening Caribbean waters with a booking at Sanctuary Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. As their name implies, the resort is a sensorial refuge. Sanctuary Cap Cana’s villas open up to wide ocean decks that induce leisurely lounging.
The Royalty Villa is the biggest of the bunch, spanning 3,100 square feet that include two bedrooms, private pool, butler service, and 24-hour room service.
The Moorings Village | Islamorada, Fla.
The Moorings Village porch, Islamorada — Photo courtesy of The Moorings Village
The Florida Keys’ laid-back lifestyle is a perfect remedy for high-strung vacationers, and The Moorings Villagein Islamorada embodies the Monroe County way of life. The unique, 18-acre property features only 18 cottages and villas, making for an intimate and idyllic island escape.
One can cook the day’s catch inside the fully equipped kitchens, or take a catnap on one of the swaying hammocks. Moorings’ Plantation Villa and Albright Villa’s plantation-style porches unveil direct access to a private beach. If the location looks familiar, it may be in thanks to Bloodline, the Netflix hit that used Moorings as the Rayburn family home and inn.
Soori Bali | Kerambitan, Indonesia
The Beach Pool Villa, Soori Bali, Indonesia — Photo courtesy of The Leading Hotels of the World
Soori Bali in Indonesia is a recent addition to The Leading Hotels of the World portfolio, and its eight one-bedroom Beach Pool Villas are a key factor in the coveted distinction. The Zen-like interiors are simple and sleek, allowing the serene natural surroundings to speak for themselves – and nothing speaks more sweetly than the Balinese sea.
The black sand Indian Ocean shore is directly accessible from the Beach Pool Villas. As their categorization implies, these habitations also house a private pool. Meals are available around the clock and can be set up in an al fresco dining area.
Cayo Espanto | Belize
Cayo Espanto, Belize — Photo courtesy of Cayo Espanto
Nestled in the tranquil Western Caribbean waters that hug Belize’s coast sits Cayo Espanto, a private island with only seven overnight options, six of which are beachfront villas. One can move effortlessly from their deck hammock to the plunge pool to the beach.
Meanwhile, an onsite chef curates a rotating menu. Meals can be served in bed or as a secluded seaside picnic. Spa services are hosted in-room or under the island’s sun-soaked palms.
Baoase Luxury Resort, Curaçao — Photo courtesy of Baoase Luxury Resort
Baoase Luxury Resort | Curaçao
Baoase Luxury Resort is a divine desert-climate destination. The Balinese-meets-colonial inspired haunt is ideal for resetting thanks to comprehensive detox packages, outdoor yoga and a spa.
While the picture-perfect property wraps around a peaceful lagoon, Baoase’s Superior Pool Suite features a private pool and ladder leading down to the water. Guests can dip into the Dutch Caribbean lifestyle right after their morning coffee.
Laucala Island | Fiji
The overwater villa, Laucala Island — Photo courtesy of Laucala Island
Laucala Island is a lush enclave situated in the South Pacific. The breathtaking, villa-only resort is umbrellaed under The Leading Hotels of World and covers 3,500 acres. The land harbors a rainforest, coconut plantation, golf course and five dining establishments.
For those looking to be a stone’s throw from the beach, look no further than the one-bedroom plantation villa or two-bedroom overwater villa with private jetty. The former boasts a yoga deck, pool and outdoor bathing area. The latter brings on the travel envy with multiple decks that ladder down to the beckoning blue below.
Land's End Villas, South Seas Island Resort — Photo courtesy of South Seas Island Resort
South Seas Island Resort | Captiva Island, Fla.
Get a taste of old Florida with a stay at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island. The Gulf of Mexico traces this west coast retreat, promising postcard-worthy sunsets. South Seas’ three-bedroom Seabreeze Grande Villas overlook the serene Pine Island Sound while the Marina Villas peer into the marina or bay.
Keep those eyes open for a dolphin or manatee, as both are popular feeding areas with these majestic mammals. South Seas Resort also offers Beach and Bayside Villas, the latter letting you keep some change in your pocket thanks to a $169-per-night starting rate.