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Top 15 Villas in The World in 2021

List of top villas for complete privacy and luxury

 As global travel slowly resumes we’re all searching for somewhere special for our long awaited trip. Perhaps more than ever, accommodations that are spacious and offer a level of privacy are now higher on the list. With that in mind, we’ve searched high and low to find the the top 15 villas in the world for that perfect, safe vacation getaway. From New Zealand to Sri Lanka, each villa is completely unique in design and in experience. Get inspired, grab a pen, and start planning your dream family vacation.

Karpe Diem, Koh Samui

Karpe Diem

Koh Samui, Thailand

High in the hills of Koh Samui island sits Karpe Diem Villa. Astutely named, this is the perfect place to seize the day. Open air living at it’s finest, Karpe Diem boasts contemporary architecture and design while maintaining a comfortable, home-like ambience perfect for bringing together loved ones for the holiday of a lifetime. Whether your ideal holiday is based around rest and relaxation, or keeping fit and active, there’s few places we’ve seen that cover all areas so thoroughly. Incredible views around every corner, a fully equipped gym and two infinity pools are mere steps from the bed or sofa. This place will leave you speechless. The villa is staffed by an attentive and caring team, ensuring that you’ll be in good hands and able to put your mind at ease. With a dedicated focus and commitment to being a valuable employer and member of the local community, the Karpe Diem team has done a fantastic job of creating an unforgettable holiday experience. 

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Features & Amenities

• Panoramic ocean view
• Twin infinity swimming pools
• 950 sqm of internal and external living space
• Spa and treatment room
• Gym with a view
• High-speed internet
• Air conditioning
• 5-Star award-winning service
• Highly professional staff
• 4 ensuite bedrooms accommodating up to 8 adults and 2 children
• 2 additional bathrooms
• Airport within 15 minutes drive
• 3 minutes away from the Royal Samui Golf Club
• Direct beach access 5 minutes drive
• Sea view restaurant and convenience store only 5 minutes walk

jacuzzi with pink rose petals on the water at Karpe Diem, one of the top villas in the world
side view of white freestanding bathtub and turquoise infinity pool at night, at Karpe Diem, one of the top villas in the world
side view of the villa, infinity pools and sun loungers overlooking the sea at Karpe Diem, one of the top villas in the world
lady wearing red does yoga surrounded by green trees at Karpe Diem, one of the top villas in the world

Villa Wambatu, Galle

Villa Wambatu

Galle, Sri Lanka

Located in the hills just minutes away from the popular coastal town of Galle, Villa Wambatu is the tropical, luxury holiday you’ve been looking for. A spectacular private villa surrounded by luscious gardens, the property itself is simply inspirational. Open spaces and vaulted ceilings combine with tasteful, elegant design. Flashes of bright colour highlight feature walls, whilst neutral tones used throughout create a sense of calm and peace. Manicured lawns, flowers and plants in abundance brings life to the property. An inviting infinity pool spans the length of the villa and offers spectacular views down the hillside and off into the distance. The incredible in-house team go the extra mile to make your stay memorable. Chef Anthony prepares the most delightful cuisine you’ve ever tasted. It’s the type of place that feels like home from the moment you arrive.

Features & Amenities

• A private villa located in the hills above Galle
• Spacious, open concept design
• Fully staffed, including a talented chef
• 5 unique bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms
• Sleeps up to 14 people
• Family friendly
• 15m swimming pool with adjoining jacuzzi/children’s pool
• Incredible jungle views
• In-room massage available
• TV room with 52in screen smart TV, complete with Netflix
• Table tennis and board games
• Beach nearby

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Master bedroom at Villa Wambatu, looking out to the patio with lush greenery
breakfast at Villa Wambatu, one of the top villas in the world
turquoise infinity pool with overhanging tree, a lady reads on a lounger at the side, at Villa Wambatu, one of the top villas in the world
silhouette of palm trees against a sunset sky lit up purple and orange, at Villa Wambatu, one of the top villas in the world

Ambalama, Canggu

Ambalama Bali

Bali

From the same privately owned and operated business as Ambalama Sri Lanka, this beautiful villa in Canggu is luxurious yet comfortable and has an ambience of total relaxation. Designed by Ernesto Bedmar – one of South-east Asia’s leading architects for private homes, Ambalama Bali is comprised of a main pavilion, a two storey master villa with a private pool, and multiple guest villas. The property is set in a lush and green landscape, with lovely views over the surrounding rice fields. Ambalama’s uniquely designed pavilion offers a contemporary open plan dining area, a feature spiral staircase, and an upper level living area with an open air concept ideal for catching magical sunsets. Beat the heat in the 25 metre infinity pool. Entertain friends and family in large open spaces. Enjoy exquisite cuisine prepared by an in-house chef. This stunning villa is perfect for every occasion. 

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Features & Amenities

• Sleep up to 14 people in the master and guest villas
• 1500m² villa is set on 5,900m² of beautifully landscaped land
• 25m infinity pool
• 170m² Master villa duplex has a vast living area and private 9m infinity pool
• Complimentary high speed wifi
• Fully staffed
• Private chef
• In-house massage & yoga
• Childcare & kid’s pool
• Luxury mattresses, mosquito nets, 4 poster beds, and toiletries
• Air conditioning
• Bluetooth enabled speakers
• Safe deposit boxes

lush rice paddies and gardens surround Ambalama Bali, one of the top villas in the world
4 poster bed with two armchairs at the end, in a spacious bedroom at Ambalama Bali, one of the top villas in the world
photo taken at night of the pool and villa, lit up with soft lighting, at Ambalama Bali, one of the top villas in the world
rooftop lounge with a large coffee table, comfy sofas and an amazing sunset view at Ambalama Bali, one of the top villas in the world

El Carligto, Andalucia

El Carligto

Spain

Escape to the country and savour the sights, sounds and tastes of Andalucia in one of the top villas in the world. El Carligto is made up of two beautiful private villas perched on the hilltops, set on 10 acres of land. Stunning views over the Andalucian countryside, Mediterranean, and the Moroccan coast are just the beginning of what this villa has to offer. El Carligto oozes with charm and taste. Although you may want to kick back, relax and watch the day go by, there is a distinct focus on experiential travel at El Carligto. The team are on hand to arrange cooking classes, spa treatments, excursions and more. Just let them know you’re what you’d like to try, and they’ll take care of the rest. With the possibility of renting one or both of the properties, or the entire private estate, El Carligto is ideal for tranquil getaways, group vacations, or unforgettable weddings and events.

Features & Amenities

• Views of the mountains, valley & Mediterranean sea
• El Carligto villa sleeps 8 guests
• Hunting lodge sleeps 6 guests
• Entire estate sleeps up to 14 guests
• Privacy and exclusivity
• 10 acres of private land
• Luxury concierge service
• In house chefs
• Reservations & bookings
• Personal fitness trainer
• Poolside massage and spa treatments
• Private Flamenco performances
• Exclusive access to some of the top cultural and culinary destinations in Andalucía
• Weddings and events for 40+ guests
• Long term lettings currently available

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Rooftop open air bedroom at Villa El Carligto in Spain
Dog walks around the outdoor area with purple blooming flowers at Villa El Carligto in Spain
Open air kitchen and dining room at Villa El Carligto in Spain
Open air bedroom at Villa El Carligto in Spain

Villa Aye, Phuket

Villa Aye

Phuket, Thailand

Villa Aye is an incredibly luxurious property, nestled within the palatial gated community of Cape Amarin on Phuket’s “Millionaire’s Mile”. Located on a secluded hillside, this impressive villa was designed by a leading Thai architect. It is surrounded by lush foliage and boasts unobstructed panoramic views over the Andaman Sea. To say Villa Aye is spacious would be an understatement, and there’s no shortage of activities for your family to enjoy. Relax in the wellness area with a yoga room and fully equipped gym. Feeling playful? Hang out in the games room complete with entertainment system, Bose surround sound, and a full sized pool table. Outside, the immaculately maintained gardens and pool are an absolute delight. Sit back, relax, and soak up the good life at one of the world’s top villas, Villa Aye.

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Features & Amenities

• Eight bedrooms, sleeps up to 16 people
• Swimming pool, including children’s area
• Extensive sunbathing area
• Fully equipped gym & yoga room
• In-house spa treatments upon request
• Full sized pool table, table tennis, large children’s trampoline
• Bar & BBQ
• Full-time chef (Western and Thai specialities) 
• Thai cooking classes upon request
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Villa-wide Bose surround-sound system
• Home entertainment room
• Fully wheelchair accessible with elevator
• 35 minutes from Phuket Airport
• 15 minutes from the shopping and entertainment of Patong

Dining room at Villa Aye in Phuket, Thailand
Master bedroom with bed and sofa at Infinity pool at Villa Aye in Phuket, Thailand
Villa Aye in Phuket, Thailand
Lawn and swimming pool at Villa Aye in Phuket, Thailand

Talalla House, Sri Lanka

Talalla House

Sri Lanka

Prepare to be seduced by Sri Lanka. Talalla House is perfectly situated to make the most of your dream holiday in the tropics. Boasting ocean views from every room and spacious gathering areas. The green space on the rooftop is perfect for soaking in the sun and catching sunsets. Talalla House invites you to come together with friends and family and to make yourself at home. With room for up to 14 people, you can easily host extravagant dinner parties that last long into the night while the sounds of the waves crash in the background. Safari in the morning, and whale watching in the afternoon, you can truly do it all from this perfect home base by the sea.

Features & Amenities

• 7 double bedrooms, 5 in the main villa + 2 garden suites
• Sleeps up to 14 people
• Private balconies and ocean view
• Bathtubs with ocean view
• Air-conditioning and fans
• Spacious living & dining area
• Large pool and deck
• Rooftop garden
• Yoga studio
• Ayurvedic treatments, massage and meditation
• Great location for day trips
• ‘Build your own’ yoga surf retreat

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Sri Lankan cuisine prepared at Talalla House in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan cuisine prepared at Talalla House in Sri Lanka
Three women sit in the swimming pool at Talalla House in Sri Lanka
Beach and ocean views from Talalla House in Sri Lanka

Villa Savasana, Canggu

Villa Savasana

Bali

‘Savasana – the practice of gradually relaxing your entire body one muscle at a time, to reach a state of complete relaxation’. Aptly named Villa Savasana is the ultimate Balinese retreat. A discreet yet attentive team will receive you like family and ensure that every aspect of your stay goes above and beyond expectations. Villa Savasana offers 4 stunning bedrooms, an open plan living and dining area, and a rooftop space with sunset views to die for. Neutral colours and subtle textures add a light and refreshing feel to the open-plan contemporary design of this 3 story villa. The pool is relaxing and lined with greenery. Private and tranquil, yet within walking distance to beach clubs and restaurants, Villa Savasana offers guests the best of both worlds.

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Features & Amenities

• 3 king-sized bedrooms with pool and garden views
• All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms
• Additional ‘penthouse’ bedroom available for larger groups
• Swimming pool with sun loungers
• Rooftop space with incredible sunset view
• In-house staff to ensure you have a pleasant stay
• Massage and spa treatments available
• BBQ 
• Air conditioning
• Complimentary WiFi
• Located between Canggu and Seminyak “the hot spot of Bali” with chic cafes, beach bars and rice fields
• Echo Beach is a short walk north (half a km)
• Seminyak is an easy stroll south (1 km beach walk)

Art work in the corridor at Villa Savasana in Bali
Lounge area near swimming pool in at Villa Savasana in Bali
Rooftop open air lounge at Villa Savasana in Bali
Sun lounge chairs and towels next to pool at Villa Savasana in Bali

Raiwasa, Fiji

Raiwasa Private Resort

Fiji

If privacy in paradise is what you are looking for, then look no further than Raiwasa Private Resort. Located on the beautiful island of Taveuni, Raiwasa offers a luxurious getaway ideal for getting active in the day and winding down at dusk. Plan a day out fishing, snorkeling and paddle boarding. Feeling like taking your relaxation to another level? Book a massage while the refreshing ocean breeze keeps you cool and comfortable. However you wish to spend your day, the team at Raiwasa can help make it happen. With views as far as the eye can see, this top villa is set up for you to sip a cold cocktail while watching the sun sink below the horizon in nearly every colour imaginable.

Features & Amenities

• Located on a private 3-acre retreat
• Two rooms with king beds, open ceiling design, one with ocean view, one with garden view
• Both rooms have luxurious full bathrooms
• Sleeps up to 6 guests
• 8 unique dining locations
• Large veranda / wrap around decking
• Private mirror edged pool
• Dining/observation deck
• Access to the ocean though a series of steps
• Breakfast, lunch and 5 course dinners
• Complimentary all day room service
• Free cooking class
• Complimentary resort activities including kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, snorkeling gear
• TRX Home Gym
• Mini office / TV room
• Bose portable sound system

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sun loungers by the infinity pool overlooking the sea at Raiwasa Resort Fiji
swimming pool surrounded by palm trees at Raiwasa Resort Fiji
Raiwasa Resort Fiji at sunset with ocean view
lady stand up paddle boarding in the sea at sunset, at Raiwasa Resort Fiji

Villa Akatsuki, Koh Samui

Villa Akatsuki

Koh Samui, Thailand

Indulge in the dreamy tropical paradise that is Villa Akatsuki. Pure white sand beaches and sky high palm trees surround this luxurious seafront villa, bringing it to our list of the top villas in the world. The open plan design brings the outside in, allowing you to make the most of the beautiful views and sunshine no matter where you are on the property. Each suite is inspired by the elements, offering unique interiors and a tranquil ambience. Remarkable three-tier swimming pools cascade into one another, while the serenely designed spa area comes complete with tropical garden and cooling plunge pool. Fine dining will be a highlight of your stay at Villa Akatsuki, with chef Yada creating incredible food from Thailand and around the world.

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Features & Amenities

• Atrium with high ceiling and impeccable design
• 5 unique suites featuring king sized beds and spacious en-suite bathrooms
• Three feature swimming pools running through the centre of the property
• State-of-the-art home theatre system
• Alfresco dining
• Thai cooking class & food market tour
• Full spa with massage, treatments, and plunge pool
• Yoga
• Fitness studio facilities
• Muay Thai
• Golf course nearby

aerial view of Villa Akatsuki Koh Samui
infinity pool at Villa Akatsuki Koh Samui leading onto the beach
indoor swimming pool leading to bedroom at Villa Akatsuki Koh Samui
bright and open plan lounge area at Villa Akatsuki Koh Samui

Villa Sungai, Bali

Villa Sungai

Bali

Villa Sungai is a slice of paradise in Bali. With a main flagship villa and a smaller sister villa available to rent together or separately, the villas are each a private sanctuary surrounded by nature. The elegantly designed properties boast neutral tones and natural materials, for the ultimate barefoot environment. Incredible in-house hospitality adds another layer to the story, with delicious cuisine cooked by local talented chefs. Each villa is home to 3 king sized bedrooms, a relaxing private pool, and a beautiful dining area. The main villa comes complete with a spa room and bar, for an extra special getaway for families and friends.

Features & Amenities

• Two beautiful private villas sleeping 6 people in each + additional beds if required
• Both villas can be rented separately or together depending on party size
• Set in lush green gardens
• Peaceful infinity pools
• Large dining area 
• Delectable cuisine from talented local chefs
• Outdoor freestanding bathtubs in master en-suites
• Massages, therapeutic skin care, traditional Balinese healing therapies, and spa experiences
• Balinese baths, scrubs and wraps with natural ingredients

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man and woman relax by the pool at Villa Sungai Bali
four poster bed at Villa Sungai Bali
lady wearing a white bathrobe walks beside the pool filled with petals at Villa Sungai Bali
lady wearing white enjoys a drink on a sun lounger at Villa Sungai Bali

Villa Coral Flora, Gili Trawangan

Villa Coral Flora

Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Villa Coral Flora Resort has the best villas on Gili Trawangan. Two cosy private villas each have their own private swimming pool, and a private beach set up with sunbeds and umbrellas. The main villa is a spacious 400msq, with 4 double bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, and a bright living room that leads out onto the pool deck with an ocean view. The second villa is perfect for smaller groups, with 2 bedrooms that lead out to the intimate private pool. Located on the small picturesque island of Gili Trawangan, there are plenty of activities to enjoy, from yoga to scuba diving. Complimentary bikes are available at Villa Coral Flora so that you can easily explore the island.

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Features & Amenities

• 2 private villas, available to book separately or together
• Villa 1 – 4 bedrooms, ocean view
• Villa 2 – 2 bedrooms, pool view
• Each villa has a private swimming pool
• Private beach with sunbeds and umbrellas
• Daily breakfast prepared to order, at a time that suits you
• Complimentary bikes
• Staff team to help arrange activities
• Yoga
• Snorkelling
• Scuba diving
• Water sports
• Cooking classes
• Local excursions

kitchen and lounge with high ceiling at Villa Coral Flora in Gili Trawangan
sun loungers by the pool at Villa Coral Flora in Gili Trawangan
beachfront swimming pool at Villa Coral Flora in Gili Trawangan
bright bedroom with four poster bed at Villa Coral Flora in Gili Trawangan

Ambalama, Galle

Ambalama Villa

Galle, Sri Lanka

With its spectacular ocean side location just minutes from Galle, Ambalama is one of the leading private luxury villas along Sri Lanka’s south coast. Ambalama has a spectacular way of bringing the outside environment inside, allowing you to bask in the fresh sea breeze from any room in the villa. All four of the bedrooms offer ocean views, with large patio doors that open out to the beautiful garden and a refreshing infinity pool. Walk a few steps further and find your feet in the sand of one of the best beaches on the island. Rolling waves and the chance to spot a sea turtle, what more could you ask for? What makes Ambalama truly special is the renowned hospitality and excellent cuisine. The team will cater to your every need from serving you drinks by the pool to helping plan local activities. Ambalama prides themselves on offering the service of a luxury hotel, while maintaining total privacy and comfort which creates a relaxing and enjoyable experience for guests. 

Features & Amenities

• Three suites with king sized beds
• One twin suite
• Each room has an en suite bathroom
• Two suites include outside showers
• Beachfront location
• Infinity pool
• Private chef 
• Complimentary high speed WiFi
• In-house massage & yoga
• Fully staffed
• Wedding venue for up to 70 people
• Close to attractions including Galle Fort, spice plantations and national parks
• Local activities including surfing, diving and whale watching

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lobster dish served at Ambalama Villa Sri Lanka
long swimming pool outside Ambalama Villa Sri Lanka
outdoor dining table at Ambalama Villa Sri Lanka
beachfront lounge area at Ambalama Villa Sri Lanka

Turquoise Beach Villa, Zanzibar

Turquoise Beach Villa

Zanzibar

Does escaping to Zanzibar with 14 of your friends and family sound like a good time? Then Villa Turquoise is the best villa for you. Located away from the crowds on the north east coast, the aptly named villa overlooks panoramic views of the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean that lap along the shore. Luxurious and fully staffed, the only thing left for you to do is relax and soak up the chilled out island vibes. Five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a grand private pool and library, what more could you ask for? This is everything a luxury Zanzibar getaway should be.

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Features & Amenities

• Fully serviced with housekeepers and private chef
• Sleeps up to 14 people
• Direct ocean access
• Large tropical garden
• Roof terrace
• 4 dining areas
• Library
• Games room & pool table
• Satellite TV & DVD
• WiFi
• Massage
• Cooking classes
• Snorkelling
• Bike hire
• A skipper to take you out for boat trips, in and beyond the lagoon in a sailing boat or powerboat

outdoor seating area at Turquoise Beach Villa Zanzibar
Turquoise Beach Villa Zanzibar at night
seating area and dining table on the beach at Turquoise Beach Villa Zanzibar
swimming pool with loungers and a sea view at Turquoise Beach Villa Zanzibar

Villa Hin, Koh Samui

Villa Hin

Koh Samui, Thailand

Incorporating an incredible natural geological formation as the basis of its design, Villa Hin in Koh Samui is sometimes known as “The Rock House.” With panoramic sea views and an open air design, this is a truly luxurious tropical retreat. Villa Hin comprises 5 uniquely designed and decorated bedrooms, each with its own charm but all with large and comfortable beds as the centrepiece. As one of Koh Samui’s top villas, Villa Hin also comes complete with open concept living and dining areas, and an air conditioned theatre room offering the perfect way to cool down and unwind after a day in the sun. Catch a beautiful sunset from the comfortable rooftop lounge, as you listen to the sound of the ocean and the gentle rustling of the trees in the breeze.

Features & Amenities

• 5 unique bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
• Panoramic sea views
• L-shaped infinity pool
• Open air living room
• Roof top terrace
• Home cinema with air conditioning
• Access to the beach
• Tennis court within the estate
• Four staff members including Private Chef
• Bar and lounge area with BBQ
• Wine Menu