Luxury villas in the most sought-after locations – designed to fuel your wanderlust

Leamington Pavilion, Barbados
In a plum spot on the beachfront in St Peter, handy for lively Holetown and historic Speightstown, this 3-bedroom villa was designed by renowned English stage designer and architect Oliver Messel. Skillfully merging interior and exterior spaces to make the most of the tropical climate, it’s gorgeously decorated with European and Caribbean-inspired artworks, while artisanal finishes include sculpted cornices and coral stone archways. With a secluded feel thanks to the well-established trees lining the shaded landscaped grounds, it has an outdoor pool, its own lawn tennis court and a small fitness room, while for golfers the Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland and Apes Hill courses are all within 20 minutes’ drive. Guests also enjoy the services of a butler, a chef, two housekeepers, a laundress, a gardener and a night watchman.

From £1,255 per night/ £8785 per week


Villa Blava, Mallorca

In an exclusive area 15-20 minutes from the island capital Palma and a five-minute walk from stunning Cala Blava ad Caló Fort beaches, this stylish four-bedroom contemporary villa has blissful sea views. The vast glass doors at the rear can slide open to erase the boundary between inside and out; the mainly white-painted, open-plan interiors are airy and light-flooded. Pride of place goes to the magnificent swimming pool with its fabulous sea-facing views and tempting loungers. A children’s playroom keeps younger guests well entertained.

From £1,145 per night/ £7,995 per week

Casa Luum, Algarve

This beautifully converted historic ruin is now a breathtaking and bold modern villa with a minimalist vibe, designed by Pedro Domingos Arquitectos and buried deep in nature amidst hundreds of olive, almond, and cork trees that can be admired through the huge picture windows and from the rooftop terrace. Three bedrooms make it perfect for a small group, and there’s a sparkling gem of a pool partly enclosed within the courtyard. Inside it’s all hand-made doors, windows and shutters, with heavy use of local materials including natural stone. The location north of Faro and Lagos makes it ideal for exploring Portugal’s southernmost region including the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve with its birdwatching, cycling and kayak tours.

From £225 per night/ £1,575 per week

Villa Delilah, Corfu

Designed by an award-winning team of world-class architects, this eclectic new stone villa is nestled within an impressive estate of olive trees, apple, pear, orange, lemon and chestnut trees, and a vineyard. It’s set in of one the island’s loveliest and more secluded settings, a short walk (or two-minute drive) from a serene sandy beach on the northeast coast. Inspired by Corfiot and other Mediterranean traditions, which it blends with a feel for contemporary luxury, it conceals five cosseting bedrooms, while outside there’s a 20m pool, a hot tub and a barbecue. Optional extras include a housekeeping service, a private chef, preparation of full breakfasts, shopping before your arrival, and yoga, personal training and massages.

From £1,095 per night/£7,665 per week


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