From snowcapped Alpine ridges to alluring desert oases and a private palm-fringed island to your own African safari hideaway, we've listed some of our favourite luxury villas across the globe that you can actually rent.
All you need is to round up your squad .... and a considerable amount of cash. Or, why not just dream a little? It's absolutely free!
St. Lucia, Caribbean: Satori Ocean House
This sleek concrete structure offers minimalist spaces opening up to the roaring Atlantic Ocean on the rugged east coast of St Lucia. The eco-friendly designer villa (signed John Hix) consists of a grand open plan kitchen/living space and separate bedroom suites to ensure privacy, even if you are on a group holiday. It is flanked by a pool along the entire south side of the house, giving each room its own private access. CHECK IT.
You will have seen this contemporary wooden abode zapping around the net already, which places you in a quiet spot in the north of Iceland. Here you can enjoy the Northern Lights in the winter and the midnight sun during the summer months right on your doorstep. CHECK IT.
La Quinta, California: Desert Fortress
This villa offers an inviting oasis in the rugged California landscape, dotted with palm trees and fronted by a lush pool with water features. Inside offers a modern yet homely affair, with floor-to-ceiling windows and contemporary decor. CHECK IT.
Puglia, Italy: Trulli Andrea
The award-winning Trulli Andrea is nestled among olive orchards and expansive gardens in a fairytale setting, just minutes from the Adriatic Coast. It offers 2 uniquely rustic family villas kitted out with all your luxury facilities, such as no less than 2 infinity pools with jacuzzis. CHECK IT.
Cape Town, South Africa: 21 Nettleton
This place straddles the divide between boutique hotel/private abode, located on the lush hillside of Clifton. The sophisticated setting features designer furnishings and eclectic works of art, and you'll have housekeepers, chef services, a butler, and driver at your disposal. CHECK IT.
Marrakech, Morocco: Dar El Sadaka
This huge villa is finished off to the highest standards featuring whimsical, exquisite decor and an expansive pool/sunbathing area, to name just a few things. It is set on 25 acres of private gardens in the heart of the Palmeraie, Marrakech and comes with housekeeping, breakfast and turndown service. CHECK IT.
Playa del Secreto, Mexico: Villa La Gran Tortuga
The setting: a private white sandy beach along the Mayan Riviera, where you can spot the occasional giant sea turtle. The epitome of beach house! This villa is filled with character with plenty of wood, stone, and stucco features creating a warm atmosphere, coupled with top-amenities, including a freeform pool and hot-tub. CHECK IT.
Watsons Bay, Australia: Camp Cove
Situated in Sydney's exclusive Vaucluse area, this architectural masterpiece with its bespoke roof gives off certain glamping-vibes, inspired by traditional Balinese estates, with soaring ceilings and rich woods creating an ambience of breezy luxury. CHECK IT.
This dreamy custom-built villa is actually a part of the Four Seasons, but you can rent it all to yourself. It offers dramatic ocean views, a gorge pool and 5 bedrooms which each has a private outdoor rainforest shower surrounded by lush greenery. CHECK IT.
Verbier, Switzerland: Trois Couronnes
Its hard to pick the best feature of this wintery chalet, perched atop the Swiss Alps in Verbier. Think fireplaces in almost every space, designer furniture, a pool room, outdoor jacuzzi and majestic views through tall windows throughout. CHECK IT.
Laikipia Plateau, Kenya: Ol Jogi Home
The award-wining Ol Jogi Home takes luxury travel to the next level. Or how about your own safari ranch, nestled in a 58,000-acre Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to elephants, zebras, black rhinos and antelopes. Expect breathtaking natural scenery and luxury amenities steeped in African heritage. CHECK IT.
Lenno, Italy: Gallio (Lake Como)
As the favoured holiday destination of George Clooney, you can expect nothing but classic grandeur from this grand sixteenth-century palazzo on Lake Como’s secluded western shore. Price tag comes in at a hefty €24,546 per/night and the elegant abode comes with daily housekeeping, a butler, and a private chef. CHECK IT.
Angwin, California: Napa Valley Mountain Retreat
We got another Cali-entry on this list, and this time were heading for the wine district, Napa Valley. This rustic-chic, modern estate sleeps up to 10 guests perched on Howell Mountain overlooking the Napa-landscape. The focal point its the incredible pool, lined with water jets. CHECK IT.
This spectacularly chic designer pad is set on the Mooloolaba River and boasts sleek, clean lines which welcomes the lush outdoor scenery of fig and tipuana trees right into its heart. The cosy 'TV-pit' and plunge pool are some of its highlights. CHECK IT.
Agios Ioannis, Mykonos: Kymothoe
The fusion of traditional architecture and top-modern conveniences makes you feel like you are staying at your very own, private Greek boutique hotel when you are staying at Villa Kymothoe. Highlights include a salt-water pool and al fresco dining under the shaded pergola. CHECK IT.
Joshua Tree, California: Whisper Rock Ranch
Over at the ranch you can enjoy 360 degree desert views from an expansive wrap-around wood deck featuring pool and jacuzzi, which is also excellent for star-gazing. Indoors the modern space is decorated with an eclectic mix of midcentury modern, Native American, and Bohemian elements. CHECK IT.
Es Cubells, Ibiza: Can Alvaro
The White Isle is awash with luxury abodes, and this gorgeous 275-square-metre villa perfectly blends natural elements with modern design touches with beautifully furnished interiors, an outdoor pool, ample alfresco living and dining areas and a gourmet kitchen. CHECK IT.
British Virgin Islands: Necker Island (Private use)
No list would be complete without Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island, of course. This super exclusive paradise rental is surrounded by turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, boasting a central pool pavilion with a swim-up bar and hot tub. There are 3 more pools and a couple of tennis courts as well. Price on request, and we dare not ask. CHECK IT.
Santorini: Royal Albus Villa
The impressive designer villa is located in the island’s medieval village of Pyrgos, and offers panoramic views of the Aegean blue and those famous Santorini sunsets. Alongside an outdoor pool and heated plunge pool, there's also a heated indoor pool plus 8 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms here. CHECK IT.
And, finally a special mention goes to...
South Beach, Miami: Praire Avenue by Rene Gonzalez
Although this villa is not on the rental market per se, we just have to mention it on this list. You might have seen it on Netflix Extraordinary Homes. This ingenious, elevated 3,500-square-foot anti-flood villa was built on stilts to counter hurricanes right in South Beach. Oh, and it's drop-dead gorgeous, too. CHECK IT.
We could go on forever! What are some of your favourite luxury abodes?