A private Parisian retreat.
Live like a well-heeled local at Maison Privée, a garden-ensconced, five-bedroom home in Paris’ Latin Quarter. Dating to the French Revolution and improved by smart updates, the Luxury Retreats home serves as an elegant base of operations. Birdsong and church bells provide a morning soundtrack to a breakfast of café au lait and fresh pastries next to the heated backyard pool. Nearby: the market street of rue Mouffetard, bookstore-for-the-ages Shakespeare and Company, and the leafy refuge of the Luxembourg Gardens. Five-night minimum rental includes a $200 services credit.
Designer Marcello Pozzi collaborated with California architect Ray Kappe to create five modern four-story residences at the 143-room Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel. The result: sleek Italian finishes (limestone countertops) paired with a West Coast aesthetic (clean lines and outdoor living spaces). One special touch in 1255 Edris Drive and two others: a hidden wine bar on the first floor. Residence rentals include breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.
Cuvée’s four-bedroom One Aspen Chalet comes with Warren Miller views in winter months, a fireplace and pool table, and outdoor dining spaces for bluebird days. A concierge dials in the privileges by landing hard-to-get restaurant reservations, hand-delivering lift tickets (for a lift just a block away), and hosting special events, such as an après-ski reception with craft beer, hot toddies, and hors d’oeuvres. Chalet rental includes one breakfast for the group on the first morning, a stocked bar (including a selection of wine and spirits) and pantry on arrival, chef-prepared hors d’oeuvres and cocktails upon arrival, and dedicated concierge services.
The 129-room Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail’s 20 private residences combine the romance of lodge living with the amenities of a top-tier resort – all with views of the surrounding mountains. Two-bedroom private residence rentals include breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit per bedroom.
Borgo Finocchieto, a medieval farm town in Tuscany, makes an epic setting for a milestone celebration. About 16 miles south of Siena, the Borgo’s stone buildings center around a piazza and look out on hills that have remained nearly unchanged for centuries. The manor house, former barn and chapel, and other buildings (comprising five villas with 22 bedrooms and suites) have been restored by local artisans and decorated with finds from nearby antiques markets. Shared spaces include a formal dining room and terrace, living room with a grand piano, and winetasting room. There’s also a professional teaching kitchen, a 60-foot swimming pool, a fully loaded gym, and some 200 wineries within 15 miles. Three-night minimum rental of the nine-suite manor house includes breakfast daily and concierge services.
Tucked amid grapevines and olive trees on the 325-year-old, seven-room Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in South Africa’s Franschhoek Valley, La Provençale Vineyard Villa is a sun-kissed, two-bedroom portal to the finer things in life, starting with the estate’s own destination winery, gourmet restaurant, and art gallery. Villa rental includes breakfast daily, one meal for two, and one winetasting session.
The villa experience at the 332-room Resort at Pelican Hill begins before visitors set foot on what feels very much like an Italian seaside village, transported to a hilltop overlooking Newport Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The villa concierge and butler prestock the fully equipped kitchen with visitors’ favorite snacks and staples, make reservations for spa treatments, book tee times or surfing lessons, and set up a private dinner or pasta-making class. Guests of the 128 villas can dive straight into the fun stuff, including two 18-hole golf courses and five restaurants. Two-bedroom villa rentals include a $100 daily breakfast credit and a $100 golf or spa credit.
Scrupulously positioned for privacy and views on a 532-acre estate, each two-, four-, and five-bedroom villa (new last year) of the 67-suite Finca Cortesin on the coast of southern Spain has its own garden, pool, and dedicated concierge team. There’s also an 18-hole championship golf course and exclusive beach club. Villa rentals include breakfast daily, one 50-minute massage per person, and access to the spa and beach club.
Classic opulence (wood-burning fireplaces in the bathrooms, for instance) defines the family-friendly, three-bedroom Stable Cottage at Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro, a 19-room safari lodge on a lush coffee estate adjacent to Tanzania’s wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater. Best over-the-top moment: a formal lunch served on the crater floor, followed by a postprandial chill in a carpeted pillow lounge. Two-night-minimum Stable Cottage rental includes all meals and beverages.
Chimpanzees carom through the protected jungle that borders One&Only Nyungwe House, in the misty mountains of Rwanda’s Western Province. Spy members of East Africa’s last intact populations on a guided trek of Nyungwe National Park during a stay at the resort. The nine wooden villas in a tea plantation are decorated with local artwork and textiles, and designed to capture lush vistas. Engage with and support the communities around the park: Visit Banda Village to meet local craftspeople and participate in umuganda, the practice of monthly community service, such as planting trees and building schools. Two-bedroom villa rentals include all meals, select alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and two resort activities per person.
A family holiday needs two key elements: space for meaningful downtime and activities to ward off the dreaded “I’m bored.” Line up both with a private villa at Eden Roc Cap Cana, a 65-room beachfront resort and residential community at the Dominican Republic’s eastern tip. For the children, there are floating hammocks, adventure tent camping, and kayaking in a kid-friendly lagoon. Adults get a Jack Nicklaus golf course, fresh seafood at Mediterraneo restaurant, and a 12-treatment-room spa. Three- and four-bedroom villas (and, debuting in 2021, a six-bedroom oceanfront bungalow) each sport a private pool, a 24/7 butler, and chef service. Three-bedroom villa rental includes round-trip airport transfers and breakfast daily.
Sprawl out with the whole family in a beachfront villa at 83-room Belmond La Samanna on Saint-Martin, home to a sandcastle-ready beach, gecko-friendly gardens, and an infinity pool. The floor-to-ceiling windows, wraparound terraces, and spacious kitchens make mealtimes easy – and access to the resort’s tennis courts, fitness pavilion, spa, and four restaurants round out the experience. Three-night-minimum villa stays include breakfast daily, one lunch for two, and a fruit basket.