If you could only travel with a handful of people, who would you choose? Whether your pick includes family or friends, these homes across the world—each of which sleeps up to six—are the perfect landing spots. Plus, extra offerings—such as personal limo service in the heart of Paris or a private art gallery tour in a hilltop village in Tuscany—will make the whole trip incredibly special.
Villa Arzoo, Palm Springs, California, United States
Sleeps up to 6 guests
Welcome inside a timeless retreat in Palm Springs. Interiors at Villa Arzoo blend the old and new: the great room’s fireplace and its ceiling lanterns throughout the home point to Moroccan-inspired architecture, but contemporary artwork and state-of-the-art appliances nod to the future. Two California-based firms—Los Angeles’ Tichenor and Thorp architecture and San Francisco’s Fisher Weisman interior design firm—teamed up to complete the build.
The property is surrounded by lush gardens populated with olive and pomegranate trees brought in from northern California’s San Joaquin Valley. Add to that soothing water features and mountain views in the distance, and you have Villa Arzoo’s uniquely private and beautiful environment. Amenities like a large swimming pool and an outdoor fireplace bring people together to enjoy near-perfect Palm Springs weather regardless of the season. Arzoo is an expansive property, but accommodates no more than six guests at a time, allowing for high levels of intimacy. Two bedrooms are in the main house, and one more is found in a guest casita. Whether you and your squad are attending Coachella, your foursome is taking a golf trip, or your family is exploring California’s desert cities, Arzoo is a treat.
Luxury Trocadero, Paris, France
Sleeps up to 2 guests
One minute you’re enjoying the privacy of your chic apartment in Paris’s 14th arrondissement, the next you’re whisked away in a private limo to La Reserve hotel. There, as a guest at Luxury Trocadero, you’re allowed access to the pool, fitness center, steam room, and library. Even better: One of the ultimate perks offered to guests of this Luxury Retreats property is French Open tennis tickets during the tournament, plus the chance to actually play on the famed clay courts of Roland Garros Stadium. Meanwhile, back at your one-bedroom abode, your stay includes butler service, daily breakfast, afternoon tea, and the use of bicycles.
And just how close is Luxury Trocadero to the top attractions in Paris? For one, you can see the Eiffel Tower from the living room window. You can also stroll there in about 15 minutes by crossing the Jena Bridge over La Seine, a lovely walk culminating under the unmistakable French landmark. If you do choose to explore the City of Light by foot, enjoy some end-of-day therapy in the apartment’s impressive bathroom, complete with an invigorating balneotherapy bathtub and rain shower. Afterward, melt into the comfortable king-size bed while dreaming up the next day’s itinerary.
Kailani Hale at Mauna Lani, the Big Island of Hawaii, United States
Sleeps up to 6 guests
When it comes time for a small group trip to the Big Island, look no further than the pristine Mauna Lani Resort, where you’re surrounded by fishponds, lush gardens, and luxe amenities. Plan to travel as a threesome or foursome and bring your clubs—Kailani Hale’s location on the Francis H. I’I Brown golf course makes it easy to turn this into a golf trip. One of Big Island’s most popular tournament courses, Mauna Lani has hosted the Hawaii State Open six times. Its 36 holes, divided between the North and South courses, were built on a lava bed. Adding to its charm: Herds of goats frequent the fairways, so a friendly encounters are regular occurrences.
When you’re not going low on the 6,300 yard par 72, you can observe other golfers doing their best Michelle Wie (Hawaii’s most decorated golfer) from your bungalow on the resort. The villa’s private lagoon-like stone swimming pool and adjoined hot tub boast excellent views of the course. Better yet, post up on the second-floor balcony for a bird’s-eye-view of the action. Al fresco dining seats four, and with the Pacific Ocean also visible in the distance, it’s the perfect setting for a sunset drink and dinner with your crew.
Trisara Signature Pool Villa, Phuket, Thailand
Sleeps up to 4 guests
Phuket is fast becoming an elite travel destination, and for a honeymoon or romantic getaway this year, Trisara Signature Pool Villa is an accommodating host. The two exquisite bedrooms and spacious living areas provide a welcoming space for two couples or one. Each bedroom feels like its own private apartment, equipped with a king-size bed, ensuite bathroom, a comfortable lounge area, and a private balcony with stunning ocean views.
Each stay at the lush and private Trisara Signature stirs up its own romantic moments for its guests, from its magical setting next to the Andaman Sea to its spectacular nightly sunsets. Further, alfresco dining under the stars and outdoor lounge areas cap the night in style. As a resort property at Trisara Resort, the Signature enjoys access to shared amenities including a bar, the beach, tennis, and golf. To mark the occasion with an unforgettable and intimate experience, take a glass-bottom boat ride to a nearby island, like Phi Phi or Racha Yai.
Cadogan 22, London, England
Sleeps up to 2 guests
When it comes to history, culture, and food, there are few cities on earth we’d put ahead of London. Yet England’s capital city can be experienced in so many different ways depending on the neighborhood you decide to hone in on. Settle in the trendy Chelsea district for some of the best shopping London has to offer. The charming hood was once a hangout for British stars of decades past like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who both took up residence there in the 1960s.
Homes in Chelsea enjoy views of the River Thames, and one of those is Cadogan 22, a fine starting point for a London city break for two. Perched above London’s desirable Cadogan Square, this one-bedroom suite is a private, intimate hideout from the action. Furnished with a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom, the bedroom is a stylish space with bay windows and bright bedding to contrast dark, textured wallpaper. When you can pull yourself away, embark on foot to Kensington Palace, a seven-minute walk away or Hyde Park, an eight-minute walk away. Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square are all about an 18-minute drive. And for London’s inevitable rainy days, a stay at stylish Cadogan 22 is a treat in itself, whether you’re curled up by the fire gazing at the living room’s original artwork or whipping up a meal in the fully-equipped kitchen.
Villa Amiata, Tuscany, Italy
Sleeps up to 6 guests
Starting with the view of the picturesque hills of central Italy’s Val d’Orcia, a stay at Villa Amiata is one that leaves stunning visuals to be remembered for a long time. The aesthetics only get better: the home, as part of the Monteverdi estate, has access to the Monteverdi Art Gallery, which houses works by renowned international artists. The hilltop retreat is also close to a shared lavender garden, a 14th century church, and the site of what was an ancient castle. Set in Castiglioncello del Trinoro, a 12th century village with no paved roads or sidewalks but plenty of restored villas that offer luxe amenities, Villa Amiata pairs authentic Italian charm with modern offerings. For instance, the home is equipped with modern essentials like Wi-Fi, a sound system, and television, while fittings like a wood-burning stone fireplace, beamed ceilings, and wood floors add to the charm of this historic home. Wake up in true Italian fashion—the home has an espresso machine for the use of its guests—then explore the nearby cities of Pienza and Montalcino, visit the thermal waters of San Casciano dei Bagni, or make a day trip to Perugia or Siena. Back at Amiata, sweeping views of sunflowers and vineyards welcome you back home for the evening.