New architecture styles to admire, new hills to ski, new golf courses to play, and new perspectives on a city—that’s what we’re loving about this month’s collection of luxury villas to join our portfolio.
Albany Blue Haven on Bahamas’ Paradise Island
Outdoor living is a must in the Bahamas, so Albany Blue Haven’s backyard swimming pool, barbecue, and outdoor living areas are a welcome surprise. The terrace area has an alfresco dining table perfect for enjoying a grilled lunch while catching some sun rays, and a wet bar where guests can gather over cocktails in the evening. Blue Haven is part of the Albany Resort, a 600-acre oceanside community on New Providence island, which counts Justin Timberlake and golf legends Tiger Woods and Ernie Els among its founders. So it’s no surprise that the resort has its own 18-hole championship course—designed by Els, The Big Easy himself—which hosts the PGA Tour’s annual Hero World Challenge.
Private amenities at the Blue Haven villa include an outdoor television and kitchen with breakfast bar. Kids can spend their days making new friends at the resort’s own 5,400-square-foot kids’ clubhouse, the Conch House, which offers parents childcare, babysitting, and organized outings. Family time can be spent splashing around at the water playhouse which has a family pool and two waterslides. The Albany also has a spa, fitness center, and restaurants—plus all guests get access to a 24-hour on-site concierge.
Serenity Estate Kadenwood in Whistler, British Columbia
As ski season approaches, it’s time to scout the chicest winter chalets for the annual (or biennial, or triennial) ski trip. Here’s one that wasn’t on your radar last year: Serenity Estate, a brand new 2018 custom build in the exclusive Kadenwood neighborhood. No ordinary slopeside stay, Serenity has six bedrooms, each with floor-to-ceiling windows to show off wondrous mountain views. Each guest arrival is celebrated with a champagne welcome and a meet and greet with the chalet host. And since the villa has a separate prepkitchen away from its open concept main kitchen and living areas, guests can still have privacy while the personal chef prepares breakfasts and dinners.
The estate’s slopeside location makes it easy to spend days on the hill; just glide out your back door and straight onto the mountain. The entire Kadenwood neighborhood is ski-in-ski-out, sitting on Whistler Mountain at the highest allowable building elevation in Whistler (almost 1,000 feet above the valley floor). Yet it’s still supremely private with only 60 spacious properties in the neighborhood and a private gondola for the use of its homeowners and their guests.
Villa Skyline on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah
Dubai’s famed Palm Jumeirah, a tree-shaped island and boardwalk in the heart of the city, is lined with some of the city’s most prestigious accommodations, upscale restaurants, and views of the coastline. One is the posh FIVE Palm, a luxury hotel with elegant rooms and views of the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai skyline. Villa Skyline is the hotel’s lavish three-story space with four bedroom suites, each with its own shaded balcony. All three floors look out at downtown Dubai, and each floor has its own impressive living areas. The top floor features not one but two spacious terraces, one with alfresco dining for a private group dinner, and the other facing the sea and with a hot tub and bar, perfect for a relaxed evening cocktail.
The middle floor is where you’ll find the four bedroom suites, each with a king-size bed, private bathroom, and balcony. Two of the bedrooms look at the Dubai Marina, the other two are shaded by lush gardens and have daybeds for an afternoon read in the sun. And the bottom floor has large living and dining rooms, its own outdoor living areas surrounding a swimming pool, and it also offers direct beach access. On top of all the private amenities, the FIVE Palm hotel invites you to five-star restaurants, a spa, beach club, and even a hair salon.
Villa Romance in Sardinia, Italy
Even among Italy’s many 100-year-old villas and farmhouses converted into modern vacation homes, Villa Romance on Sardinia island’s northeastern coast stands out for its unique architecture. Its circular build exposes it to optimal light and breezes for its guests at every turn. The luxe seaside resort town of Porto Rafael has attracted celebrities to build homes there thanks to its quiet and secluded nature. It’s also walkable from Villa Romance. There you can explore the town piazzetta (small town square) and scenic lookouts where yachts dock. Beaches are within 700 feet of the villa, so walk the pinkish sands of Cala Inglese, or stroll the length of the long wooden pier at Nelson Bay, surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation.
Villa Romance’s large swimming pool is surrounded by a beautiful stone where swimmers can lounge on chaise longues on one side, or relax on daybeds perched on an elevated poolside deck on the opposite side. The setting around the pool (and the alfresco dining table) becomes even more magical at night, when Villa Romance lights up in the darkness and you can still see the small islands in the distance.
Beach Enclave Long Bay Villa 1 on Long Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos
It doesn’t take long for guests at Beach Enclave, a small private resort on Long Bay Beach, to realize Long Bay is one of the sparkling gems that makes Turks and Caicos a renowned beach destination. The magic of the Long Bay Villas—a collection of five neighboring homes—is this: The homes are secluded enough that guests can enjoy private beach living without being surrounded by crowds of other travelers. Yet the property still boasts an impressive staff (including a property manager, concierge, and housekeeper/butler all on-site) shared among guests at the gated estate. Beach Enclave Long Bay Villa 1 provides an infinity swimming pool and sun loungers, alfresco dining for 10, and an outdoor shower for its guests only.
In the evenings, pick out a bottle from the wine fridge (wine is available to you at extra cost), queue up your favorite tunes on the indoor/outdoor sound system, and watch day turn to night in an exclusive setting. Outside the gates, guests can stretch out at community yoga classes and join eco-adventure activities, like kiteboarding or stand up paddleboarding.
Caldera Aira in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Caldera House is a collection of chic slopeside chalets in Teton Village that was recently named one of Bloomberg’s best new ski hotels of the year and deemed “among the poshest places in town.” Caldera Aira is its two-bedroom offering, a perfect ski getaway for two couples, or even a honeymoon on the hills. A fitness center, sauna, and heated outdoor pool are shared among Caldera House guests, but the villa enjoys its own private balcony from which you can watch the skiers go by.
Relaxing nights can be spent around the indoor fireplace enjoying the home’s stylish design. The Caldera take on the modern ski chalet is inspiring: The living area is open-concept and finished with oak millwork. Vintage furniture and Native American-inspired rugs make the place a warm and comforting retreat after a day in the cold air.
Modern Hercules in Hollywood, California
Getting away for a long weekend in Los Angeles that calls for secluded accommodations that are still close to the action, and provide breathtaking views? Modern Hercules rests high above Hollywood and Downtown L.A., close to Universal Studios, Hollywood/Vine, and Rodeo Drive. You can see it all from the villa pool, its hot tub, its terrace, or its indoor living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, which all have skyline views. Guests can optimize their time outdoors enjoying those views, thanks to alfresco dining with seating for six, a fire pit and heat lamps for chilly nights, and sun loungers for warm days.
A balcony above the pool area provides an even more heightened view. Let your eyes sweep the Downtown Los Angeles landscape and try and pick out your favorite landmarks. The home is also positioned close to Santa Monica Boulevard, making it easy to spend a day browsing the racks at Louis Vuitton or Tiffany & Co. at Santa Monica Place. While exploring Santa Monica (and enjoying those stunning views of Malibu and the ocean), you shouldn’t miss The Getty, L.A.’s iconic hilltop museum, to admire works like the ever-changing Central Garden, which its California artist Robert Irwin said is “never twice the same.”
Backstage Loft in Zermatt, Swiss Alps
All the staples of a true ski chalet are there: a wood burning fireplace, a sauna and hammam, a hot tub, and ski storage with heated boot racks. But the menu of services you have access to at this vacation rental takes things to the next level, beginning with shuttle service from the airport to the chalet on arrival (same goes at departure) and a warm welcome consisting of champagne and a fruit and chocolate basket.
Guests can then hire chef service to their villa for a three-course meal every night, and can meet with the chef to discuss the offerings for the special dinners. Daily breakfasts and afternoon tea and sweets are a nice routine to get used to. Open up the bar to an incredible selection of house wines, beer, and soft drinks with all evening meals. At extra cost, your concierge can even arrange for lift passes, ski equipment rentals, in-chalet massage, and babysitting. Now that’s what we call apres-ski!