The Most Luxurious Villas Around the World

Whether conceptualized for a full-time residence or for vacation purposes, villas wholly and utterly define the word ‘luxury’. And the luxury property market offers some of the most fascinating projects for architects and developers. Here are the top 5 most luxurious villas in the world to inspire your next build or purchase.

Over Yonder Cay, Bahamas

Set in the heart of the idyllic and secluded Exumas chain, 70 miles from Nassau and 230 miles from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this unique private island welcome parties from 2 to 30 guests in four uniquely designed villas, all with private beaches and breathtaking views.

Previously home to a quaint fishing outpost, the 72-acre island has been tastefully transformed into a dramatic showplace for stunning architectural design and cutting-edge green energy technology.

The villa is full of perks such as a day sail on a 114-foot superyacht, scuba diving and snorkelling, access to a 9-hole golf course, and a spa with treatments. To ensure the ultimate privacy and the complete attention of the island’s staff, the 72-acre island is only ever rented to a single group at a time. Visit the website for current rates.

Chateau de Villette, Paris

Located 40 minutes away from the centre of Paris, Château de Villette is one of the most remarkable châteaux in France, classified as a historical landmark since 1942 by the French government.

Set in a 75ha woodland park, with two lakes, a magnificent cascade fountain, a glasshouse and orangery, not to mention the incredibly lavish interiors, Chateau de Villette epitomizes elegance, luxury and the famous French expression “Art de Vivre”. Originally designed by architect François Mansart for the Count of Aufflay and later completed by his great-nephew, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, chief-architect of Louis XV.

Source: Chateau de Villette, Paris

There is a living area of 27,000 square feet which includes a pool, tennis and a chapel. The main chateau has 10 deluxe bedrooms all with private bathrooms and the west wing building has five bedrooms all with bathrooms as well, plus a suite consisting of one bedroom, one bathroom and one sitting room. A total of sixteen bedrooms, eight featuring king-size beds and the other half are queen size provide spacious sleeping quarters

The blue bedchamber includes a rosewood commode from the 1770s; the Napoleon III bathtub was carved from a single block of marble. Bruno Ehrs/Château de Villette, Flammarion 2018

Château de Villette has been the sanctuary for many celebrities like John Travolta, Tom Cruise and Lenny Kravitz. It has been a source of inspiration for Dan Brown who wrote the “Da Vinci Code” while staying at the Chateau and was later used a filming location for its adaptation. Find current rates here.

Cap Martin Villa, Monaco

Perched on its own parkland on the hills of the cap of Monte Carlo, the substantial Villa Grace has panoramic views over the Principality of Monaco, the Bay of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and the Mediterranean Sea.

Built-in the Italian style at the start of the 19th century, Villa Grace is decorated with an elegant touch and classic furnishings that Al Pacino would be proud of. This is one of the most prestigious villas on the French Riviera and was home to acclaimed fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld for ten years.

This holiday villa offers a serene and romantic feel with its beautiful furnishings, modern amenities, and commanding sea views. The villa is made up of the main house, the guest house, and a guest studio. The main house offers three en suite bedrooms, a fully fitted kitchen, dining and living area. The guest house is accessed via the gardens and offers 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, two living rooms, and a kitchen. Lastly, the guest studio offers a mezzanine, living area, bathroom and kitchen.

Villa Grace is a wonderful private retreat that is perfect for families, groups of friends or weddings; whether be it taking a midnight swim in the heated pool, having drinks at sunset in the gardens, or throwing a lavish reception party this home is suited for all occasions. Find current rates here.

Finca Cortesin, Malaga, Spain

Green 10 Villas is a boutique development composed of 16 high-end villas situated in the prestigious Finca Cortesin Golf & Country Club in Casares on the Costa del Sol.

This magnificent project designed by Torras & Sierra Architects offers superb villas nestled between greens 9 and 10 of the majestic Finca Cortesin golf course. Each Villa sits on individual gated plots of up to 2183sqm with interior areas of up to 725sqm. There are three different designs with a choice of 5 or 6 bedrooms with large living areas. They offer spectacular views over the fairways, the Sierra Bermeja mountain range and the sea.

Source: Finca Cortesin
Source: Finca Cortesin

Houses feature 5 en-suite bedrooms, living rooms with 5.5 m high ceiling, modern kitchens fully fitted and equipped with the most up-to-date domestic appliances, generous domestic staff quarters, parking for 2 cars and private gardens and pools. Finca Cortesin is a destination that will leave you wishing you could stay forever. Find current rates here.

Private Reserve, Maldives

Last but certainly not least is the world’s most ultimate overwater villa, The Private Reserve in the Maldives, an 18,000+ square foot thatched villa built entirely above a postcard-perfect lagoon.

This private reserve is a nine-bedroom property including a master bedroom with pool, open-air bathtub and shower, and sunken sala accessible by bridge and water slide.

The playful deserted-island mansion comes complete with the palm-frond roofs, woven ropes and tree branch banisters. The mega-villa’s central living area features an open-air, open-plan design. With ample space and seating options including two massive, circular sectional sofas suspended over the dazzling lagoon, the Private Reserve can easily accommodate gatherings for 20 or more people.

Based in total seclusion from the rest of the luxury resort – 1,000 feet away from the nearest villa – The Private Reserve is only accessible by boat, which is given to guests for their own use around Gili Lankanfushi or driven by personal butlers (called Mr. or Ms. Friday).

Everything about this magical resort feels otherworldly, from the crystal-clear turquoise water and dolphins at sunset to evening dinners in your sunken dining area. Famous guests who have stayed at this piece of paradise include billionaire Richard Branson and tennis star Novak Djokovic. Check current rates here.

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