Travel and Leisure — January 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

6 Dream Villa Vacations

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villavacationsWhen the need to escape calls, it’s hard to ignore it. Especially when the call invites you to spend a few days in the lap of luxury, enjoying the best things in life from the comfort of your own sun soaked villa. Private pools, personal butlers, and dining experiences worth writing home about are just some of the pleasures you can experience in these destinations and while reality may dictate holding off on booking your tickets, it sure is nice to dream.

Landmark House, St. James, Barbados
Featuring a full staff (including someone to take care of your laundry), plenty of space to spread out, and conveniently located only steps from a breathtaking beach, Landmark House truly is the kind of vacation destination that dreams are made of. The living quarters are sublime, with breezy, open areas and luxury furnishings that will leave you wondering how you could possibly settle for anything less. The incredible scenery and consistently perfect weather doesn’t hurt either.

Skiathos RX, Sporades, Greece
If this stunning island looks familiar, it may be because you’ve already seen it featured prominently in the 2008 movie Mamma Mia! Well, forget all the song and dance because once you settle into your villa and take in the tranquil surroundings which include a picture-perfect infinity pool and open air cinema, chances are all you’ll want to do is enjoy the peace and quiet. The villa itself is clean and modern, making it the perfect setting to declutter your mind and focus on the simple pleasures, like walking to a nearby beach or tucking into some of the best seafood you’ve ever had. Bring some books but don’t be surprised if you never crack the spine—just soaking it all in is entertainment enough.

The Sanctuary at Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Luxury living doesn’t come cheap and The Sanctuary at Parrot Cay is no exception to this rule. At $9,000 a night, this dreamy destination may be more in tune with A-lister budgets but it never hurts to daydream. So what does a $6,300 week include? All the amenities you can imagine, 360 degree views of the water from the bedroom, rooms made out of cedar, teak, limestone, and walnut, and more breathtakingly beautiful scenery than one would think possible. Breakfast and afternoon tea is included but you’re on your own for lunch and dinner.

Villas at Jumby Bay, Jumby Bay, Antigua
Genuinely removed from reality (access to the villas requires a short ferry ride from the island), this is the ultimate destination to forget the everyday and indulge in the finer things in life. Each villa is well-equipped with all the creature comforts one could ask for, including golf carts and bicycles to facilitate travel from one luxurious spot to the next. The staff at Jumby Bay are incredibly attuned to fulfilling all your needs and chances are they’ll know what you want before you do. Fancy a particular brand of bubbly? They’ll track it down for you without batting an eyelash. All while you kick back, relax, and enjoy the sheer bliss that can only be experienced in Antigua.

Blue Bay, Ibiza, Spain
Set atop a majestic cliff with incredible views of the bay below, this villa is fully equipped and dressed to impress. A gym featuring top of the line machines, infrared saunas, private lakes and waterfalls, an Olympic lap pool, private chefs, chauffeurs, daily housekeeping and laundry… the list goes on (and on, and on). Worried that you’ll be hungry when you arrive? No problem, your fridge will be fully stocked. Concerned about how to get around? There are Jeeps and boats at your disposal. Consider Blue Bay an all-inclusive experience, taken to the next level and then some.

Casa Java, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
This 400 year old house has been carefully renovated to include all of the modern amenities one could ever hope for. You’ll think you’ve found the world’s most luxurious treehouse with your first look at this Costa Rican treasure. A stunning outdoor kitchen makes you actually want to cook, if you can manage to tear yourself out of the elevated poolside lounging platform, that is. Situated on the beach, Casa Java makes it easy for guests to spot local wildlife and enjoy the pristine white sand and crystalline waters. Throw in some outdoor showers and plenty of hammocks for afternoon siestas and you’ve got yourself a private slice of paradise

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