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DESTINATIONS VILLA HOLIDAYS |UNUSUAL STAYS


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Treehouse Villas Resort, Thailand: If clients like the sound of sleeping among the trees, suggest this adult-only collection of jungle villas, set on the remote island of Koh Yao Noi and reached via a suspended bridge. “Each has its own private plunge pool, and the resort offers sea kayaking, fishing, trekking, mountain biking, yoga and a wellness spa,” says Mark Mallinson, Gold Medal’s destination manager for the Far East. A week costs from £2,939 per person, including breakfast, speedboat transfers and flights in January 2022.


Villa Girolia, Sardinia: Elegant Sardinian design, sprawling gardens and a huge pool are among the standout features of this property, which has three en-suite bedrooms as well as a self- contained apartment, making it ideal for multigenerational groups. Sardinian Places offers a week from £539 per person, based on eight sharing from October 2.


Bacchus House, Antipaxos: For a secluded escape that would make Robinson Crusoe feel right at home, GIC The Villa Collection suggests this retreat. Tucked high in the hills on the Greek island of Antipaxos, it boasts a private pool and terrace overlooking the ocean, with provisions delivered by motorboat from the nearby island of Paxos. Seven nights starts at £1,749 per person, including flights from Gatwick and transfers on August 9.


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director at Simpson Travel. “Double-height beamed ceilings create a sense of space, while the outdoor bar has everything you need for a memorable gathering, including a wine fridge, bar seating and wiring for a sound system.” Indoor amenities include table football, a pool table and TV room, while beaches, coastal hikes and tavernas are all close by. Book it: Simpson Travel offers a week from £1,695 per person, based on six sharing. simpsontravel.com


BEST FOR . . . LUXURY CLIENTS Casa Fryzer del Mar, Mexico The luxury end of the market isn’t short on properties to make the jaw drop, but for one of the real standouts, suggest this architectural feat in Los Cabos, set on a hill above the Sea of Cortez and boasting six en-suite bedrooms as well as a heated infinity pool, hot tub, outdoor shower, oceanfront lounge area and 10-person cinema room among its amenities. “This is my favourite house in Cabo,” says Laura Blair, founder and director of In Villas Veritas. “It has the most amazing views and is in a beautiful gated community with a swimmable beach, beach club and spa.” The property comes with a chef, butler and driver, and guests also get access to the


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golf course at the One&Only Palmilla next door. Book it: Seven nights costs from $5,833 (£4,173) per person, based on 12 sharing. invillas.com


BEST FOR . . . LARGER PARTIES Castello di Segalari, Tuscany For larger groups wanting to go all out, Red Savannah points to this 12-bedroom, 14th-century castle, set amid the hills of Tuscany and once home to the noble Della Gherardesca family. “Family heirlooms, modern art and period decor create a sense of place, with lots of space for entertaining, including a formal dining room with massive timber beams, as well as a library and billiards room,” says marketing director Sarah-Leigh Shenton. “Outside, there’s a tennis court, huge Carrara marble pool, sun terrace with far-reaching views and covered chill-out zone. During the summer, the vast rooftop terrace, lit by hundreds of candles, comes into its own.” If all that’s not enough, the castle comes with a chef to prepare meals, while themed gala dinners complete with an actor reciting Dante’s Divine Comedy regularly take place too. Book it: A week starts at £1,967 per person, based on 20 sharing. redsavannah.com


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