Enjoy the services and facilities of a luxury hotel from a private villa. See 101 Holidays's selection.

As we step ever closer to being able to go on holiday, what’s a perfect holiday for a post-Covid world? On the one hand, we might be craving the privacy and freedom of a gorgeous villa. On the other hand, who wants to do more cooking? Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy the services and facilities of a luxury hotel?

Actually, you can have both. Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays, selects some of the best hotels that offer self-contained villas within their grounds. These will be popular, so book soon - and ask about refunds and rebooking options in the event of further travel bans.


Vila Vita Parc, Portugal

On the sun-soaked Algarve, Vila Vita Parc is one of Portugal’s finest luxury hotels. It has five villas with between two and five bedrooms, each with an infinity pool, garden and sea views. The hotel has an array of facilities from crèche to golf course and guests at the villas can take breakfast in the hotel or have it set up in the villa. Prices from £2,095 per person based on four people sharing Vila Atlântico Villa for seven nights including flights and private transfers with the Inspiring Travel Company.

Sheen Falls Lodge, Ireland

On the banks of the River Sheen near the Ring of Kerry, Sheen Falls Lodge is a luxury hotel with a Relais & Chateaux restaurant plus falconry, archery, kayaking and horse riding. In its grounds are four charming thatched cottages with between two and four bedrooms. A week in June, July or August starts at £5,397 for a family of four including flights from Heathrow to Cork, car hire, maid service, welcome hamper and concierge services with Kirker Holidays.

MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, Corfu

In a secluded corner of Corfu, the MarBella Nido is a luxurious adults-only resort with water sports, fine dining, chill-out bars, wellness centre and private beach. It has three restaurants of its own along with dine-out options in local tavernas. Seven nights in a villa with private pool costs €6,965 for two people with a free upgrade to half-board. Flights are not included. Details from the MarBella Collection.

Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites, Crete

Crete is the most southerly of all the Greek islands and promises fine weather deep into the autumn months. One of its most sought-after resorts is the sleek and contemporary Elounda Gulf which has a private beach club, three restaurants, pool and spa. It’s ideal for couples and groups of friends, not so much for young families. Each of its villas has its own pool, Jacuzzi and terrace overlooking the sea. Prices from £2,615 per person based on two people sharing an Imperial Spa Villa including free upgrade to half-board, flights and transfers with Wexas.

L'Ea Bianca Luxury Resort, Sardinia

Couples looking for privacy, hotel comforts and Italian charm will love L’Ea Bianca on the gorgeous island of Sardinia. The resort’s five villas - set into a hillside with panoramic sunset views - are popular with honeymooners. There are also two pools, two restaurants, a spa and fitness centre and a private beach area. Seven nights in a two-bedroom villa costs from £2,647 per person based on two people sharing including flights, breakfast and private transfers with Sardatur Holidays.


Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is one of the least developed of the United Arab Emirates, but it has more than its share of luxury resorts. The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi has private pool villas in traditional Bedouin style along with gourmet dining, a hydrotherapy spa, kids club and activities that range from falconry displays to horse riding and cycle routes over the sand dunes. Seven nights half-board costs from £3,150 in October including transfers from Dubai. The price is per villa, for two adults and one child, but excludes flights. Details from Fleewinter.


LUX* South Ari Atoll, Maldives

The Maldives were once the preserve of honeymooning couples, but these days many resorts are heavily focused on families. One of those is LUX* South Ari Atoll which has a 4km-long beach, eight restaurants and a kids club for under-12s as well as a club for teens that offers everything from cookery lessons to water skiing. A two-bedroom beach villa with breakfast, flights and seaplane transfers costs from £6,399 for a family of four in August with Turquoise Holidays.

Blue Waters Resort & Spa, Antigua

In the north-west corner of Antigua, the Blue Waters Resort works perfectly for mixed groups because it caters to lazy sun worshippers as well as restless sporty types. With seven pools, a water sports centre, tennis, gym and 17 acres of gardens, it has three luxury villas with between three and five bedrooms. There’s also a kids club and a crèche that takes toddlers from as young as 14 months. Pelican House, a three-bedroom villa, costs a total of £17,380 for a week in July for four adults with flights and transfers. Details from Abercrombie & Kent.

By Mark Hodson of 101 Holidays
February 2021


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