Top 10 Villas Across the Globe

PHOTO: Hawksbill, Turks and Caicos. (photo courtesy of Villas of Distinction)
Patrick Clarke
by Patrick Clarke
Last updated: 8:00 AM ET, Thu September 26, 2019

Otherworldly Estates

Multiple-time Travvy award-winner Villas of Distinction boasts a portfolio of more than 2,000 luxury villas in over 50 destinations around the world. For those travelers seeking a once-in-a-lifetime villa experience, these 10 standout properties can't be topped.

Villa Machiavelli, Tuscany, Italy

Located just outside of Florence in Italy's winemaking "Chianti Classico" region, this amazing 10-bedroom villa was once the home of the Machiavelli family and, later, the Mazzei family. Guests here enjoy stunning views of vineyards, olive groves and Tuscan forest. The expansive property even makes its own olive oil and fine wines.

Celebrity Oceanfront Estate, San Diego, California

Americans won't need a passport to experience this seven-bedroom palace in La Jolla just minutes from downtown San Diego. The 9,000 square foot Celebrity Oceanfront Estate has got everything you could possibly need to feel like a king or queen on the gorgeous Pacific Coast, including your own private pool, Jacuzzi and pickleball court, among other amenities.

Chateau Candolle, Provence, France

You're all but guaranteed to feel like a VIP in this 22-guest property in Provence, France. Take your pick of three different lounges, including two with fireplaces, unwind in the cigar room and entertain your guests at the 24-person dining room before retiring to one of the multiple suites and prestige rooms.

Villa Pliniana, Lake Como, Italy

The waterfront Villa Pliniana is the perfect escape, especially for those seeking romance and rejuvenation. Overlooking Lake Como in Northern Italy's Lombardy region, the 10-bedroom property includes a slew of highlights, including a private dock and spa as well as flawlessly manicured gardens and paths for relaxing nature walks.

Hawksbill Villa, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

This inviting 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom property was designed as a multi-generational Caribbean retreat and spans not one but a number of separate buildings for added privacy and spaces to suit each and every mood. Although it's situated right on the beach, Hawksbill still offers guests an oversized pool and lap pool as well as a hot tub.

Ani Thailand, Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

Another estate offering as many as 10 bedrooms, Ani Thailand is located on the island of Koh Yao Noi. Guests will feel as if they've just touched down on another planet as they restore mind, body and soul at the yoga pavilion, get pampered in the private spa and enjoy a relaxing paddleboard session.

Casa Luna Escondida, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The breathtaking Casa Luna Escondida will wow travelers with unbeatable views of the Sea of Cortez and Palmilla Bay. Staffed with its own house manager, 24/7 butler, chef and concierge services, this eight-bedroom property in Cabo San Lucas isn't short on highlights, among them an inviting pool with shaded areas for lounging.

Hualalai Estate, The Big Island, Hawaii

Located on The Big Island of Hawaii, this five-bedroom estate boasts a gourmet restaurant-style kitchen, infinity pool, firepit, wine cellar and so much more. In addition, guests can enjoy five-star services and amenities at the nearby Four Seasons Hualalai Resort, including the spa, sports club and tennis.

Villa Manzu, Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

The oceanfront Villa Manzu features a whopping 30,000 square feet of private sanctuary and a long list of amenities including a pair of swimming pools, a spa, theater room and expansive bar and party room. You and your guests can enjoy amazing sea views and even watch the monkeys from the comfort of a hammock or lounge chair.

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

This list wouldn't be complete without Sir Richard Branson's private island paradise in the Caribbean's British Virgin Islands. Necker Island features up to 15 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms and incredible access to land and water activities, including tennis, yoga and kitesurfing, among others. Located at the island's highest point, the Great House is home to an infinity pool and gorgeous views of the island and surrounding ocean, making it the perfect party pad.

Each of these palatial properties offers travelers a one-of-a-kind experience in one of the world's most coveted locales.

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