From the Mediterranean to the Pacific to the Caribbean—check out six of the hottest waterfront villas right now, stacked with conveniences and amenities, for the secluded vacation of your dreams.
La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, St. Martin is perched between the crescent bay of St. Martin’s most pristine, mile-long beach, Baie Longue, and 55 acres of tropical gardens. The property, located on the sophisticated French side of this dual-nation West Indies island, offers three- and four-bedroom private pool villas as a hideaway for families and groups.
The two-level accommodations feature wrap-around terraces, full kitchens, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and infinity pools—all with sweeping sea views. Guests of these cliffside accommodations can sprawl out with over 4,600 square feet of space. Have intimate gatherings on the expansive private yard or starry nights on the rooftop deck. Recently reimagined by interior design firm Muza Lab in London, the open-air villas evoke a light and colorful ambiance with pastel blues, greens, and peaches inspired by the natural tones of the Caribbean Sea. Design touches like shells and corals complement the botanical prints on fabrics and artworks.
The three Maple Grove Villas at Bardessono Hotel & Spa in Napa Valley are available to book individually or as one three-bedroom retreat for a total of 3,705 square feet of space. Guests who book all three accommodations have exclusive access to the property’s hybrid Lexus during the stay.
The villas have stocked wine fridges, fireplaces, and outdoor “cocktail pools,” and are serviced by Bardessono docents, who can arrange activities like private yoga and meditation sessions, art tours, or museum visits. Bardessono Hotel & Spa is one of only three LEED Platinum-certified hotels in the county. Located in Yountville, cuisine reigns king here, with more Michelin stars per capita than any other place in America.
Tucked behind a private gate with no sign, guests of Jamaica’s GoldenEye will feel as though they’re on their own private island in these accommodations. 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, remains and is the ideal location for a private dinner party. Guests will enjoy snorkeling among Fleming’s beloved reef, paddle boarding through the aquamarine lagoon, and picnicking at Firefly, Noel Coward’s hilltop home.
La Réserve Ramatuelle is nestled within a cliffside garden overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Just 15 minutes outside St. Tropez, the property feels like a well-kept secret away from the hustle and bustle. Each of the 14 villas comes with its own private garden and pool. The three-bedroom Villa No. 2 has 22,000 square-feet of gardens with unbeatable views of the Mediterranean Sea. Wall-to-wall windows open to the outside, seamlessly blending indoors with outdoors, where an al fresco dining and entertaining area and a private infinity pool and Jacuzzi overlook Cap Taillat.
Located in the heart of Araucanía in Chile’s Lake District, the homeland of the Mapuche people, andBeyond Vira Vira is set amidst glacial lakes, frosted tipped volcanoes, and lush national parks. Located on a 54-acre estate, the lodge features 12 villas and a five-bedroom Hacienda with views of the Villarrica Volcano from every angle. The villa interiors blend traditional and contemporary elements through a collaboration of Chilean designers like Santiago Valdés, Marcela Rodriguez, and Cristian Valdés.
Textured Chilean rugs and hand-woven tapestries drape walls and floors, while the spaces are decorated with restored antiques, Mapuche artifacts, and artworks from local artists. Villa guests can stargaze from their outdoor hot tub or privately dine on a charcuterie board—from the onsite cheese factory (quesería)—by the bank of the Liucura River.
Located on a quiet side street in the hillside village of Deia, Villa Pueblo is a standalone three-story hideaway just five minutes down the road from La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, Mallorca. With all of the Belmond amenities and service, families and friend groups can enjoy a bit of added privacy with the three-bedroom villa, complete with a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, and a living room with an open fireplace. Villa Pueblo also features an outdoor terrace, barbeque, and heated private swimming pool for lazy summer days.