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Tagor Villas at ABAMA Golf & Spa Resort, Tenerife

   ABAMA Golf & Spa Resort, Tenerife

A row of individual villa rooms and suites set around a crescent-shaped private pool and encircled by a lush tropical flower garden, the Tagor Villas are a calm oasis within the ABAMA Golf & Spa Resort, which enjoys a secluded setting on the rugged, south western coastline of Tenerife. Built in the same Moroccan rose-red coloured stone that characterises the architecture of the resort - an exciting fusion of North African domed roofs, square balconies and hidden gardens laid out to Chinese Feng Shui principles - the villas have a Moorish flavour to them. Their name is borrowed from the ancient word 'tagoror', which in the aboriginal Guanche culture (the original settlers here prior to the Spanish colonisation in the 1400s) referred to a private place where elders would seek seclusion and enlightenment.

Reserved for adult guests, the Tagor Villas explode the out-dated myth that villa living is intended for families. These oversized villa rooms and one-bedroom suites have been designed purely with romantic seclusion in mind. Both offer a private balcony or terrace with rattan patio furniture, king size beds with cotton sheets and spacious marble bathrooms with Asprey toiletries. Other indulgent little touches include high speed internet access, iPod dock, Nespresso coffee machine and minibar. This is a place to relax and be pampered.

An exclusive enclave within ABAMA, the Tagor Villas strike a perfect balance between the rural seclusion of villa living and the refinements of a large resort. A golf buggy remains at your disposal throughout your stay, allowing you to explore the resort's 160 hectares. These encompass Canarian palms, dragon trees and volcanic landscapes that descend to a golden sand beach accessed via a funicular where you will find two natural swimming rock pools; there are seven more public swimming pools set in luxuriant gardens across the resort.

There is a choice of 13 different bars and restaurants including the Michelin-starred M.B and Kabuki, the former borrowing its inspiration from the Basque heritage of one of Spain's most renowned chefs, Martín Berasategui. Tagor Villa guests enjoy breakfast in another of the resort's most spectacular restaurants, the aptly named El Mirador ('viewpoint' in Spanish) whose Balinese style wooden thatched roof and large beams overlook the Atlantic Ocean and neighbouring La Gomera.

Those looking to keep active during their stay will appreciate the Dave Thomas-designed professional golf course and the Sanchez Casal Tennis Academy that caters for beginners and experts alike. Or to truly unwind, the award-winning spa with hydrotherapy pool offers an array of tantalising marine algae, fruit and herbal treatments and rituals.

And when you choose to return to the serene surroundings of the Tagor Villas, you will receive a warm welcome from your own personal villa attendant and enjoy a complimentary selection of refreshments, soft drinks, wine and beers throughout the day as you relax in the privacy of your own exclusive pool.

 

The Cove Suites at Blue Waters, Antigua

 The Cove Suites at Blue Waters, Antigua

Aficionados of Antigua will tell you that Soldiers Bay, with its hideaway location and west-facing orientation for day-long enjoyment of the sun's rays, is one of the island's most desirable destinations. English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard are just a 45-minute drive, although we think you will find it hard to tear yourself away from the laid-back ambience of the resort and its two secluded white sand beaches with an entire enclave reserved for Cove Suite guests.

Perched on a bluff amid colourful gardens, The Cove presents an exclusive collection of luxuriously furnished suites and penthouses housed within four villas, each fronted by its own pool. Living spaces are generously proportioned with oversized terraces which lead directly to the pools and sundecks outside each villa, with spacious bathrooms featuring freestanding baths.

Try Rock Cottage if the idea of private barbecue lunches on the jetty or sundeck appeals, supported by service from the housekeeper, cook and night watchman. Two to five bedrooms are available, accommodating up to nine adults with three children in privacy and style. For larger families and groups, the villas of Pelican House and the latest addition to Blue Waters, Turtle Cottage, can be combined to create a glorious living space with exceptionally well appointed kitchens, swish interiors, spacious patios and of course, speedy access to the infinity pool.

 

DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree, Phuket

DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree, Phuket

Thailand's most popular island is the perfect destination for honeymooners, spa lovers and sun seekers. Those in the know slip away off the beaten path to enjoy boutique villa living in a resort that is often described as the pearl of the Andaman, offering the largest, and most private resort villas in Phuket. DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree is designed to cater for guests looking for the ultimate in exclusivity. This premier 24 pool-villa resort lying by the sun-kissed sands of Bang Tao Beach is set amid tropical gardens offering an oasis of peace and tranquillity.

Your bedroom feels like it is floating on its own private island surrounded by a wading pool; the second is a huge infinity pool complete with Jacuzzi. To top it all off, your personal villa host tends to your every need from arranging a private dinner in your villa to setting up the Thai sala for a spa treatment by the world renowned Banyan Tree Spa therapists, as well as restaurant bookings, cultural excursions and more.

 

Four Seasons Resort Bali At Jimbaran Bay

 Four Seasons Resort Bali At Jimbaran Bay

Unwind in a private villa perched on the shores of Jimbaran Bay, famed for its wealth of tempting seafood restaurants, and bask in the year-round tropical climate. Right on the oceanfront, villas are housed within a private stone-walled courtyard featuring separate thatched-roof pavilions. Each includes oversized indoor and outdoor living areas, lush gardens, a private plunge pool and a sun terrace. Whilst the resort's nine residence villas are grand-scale homes located in an adjoining enclave just steps from the beach. Palatial and pristine, these two-storey Balinese-inspired residences with a private swimming pool include a 24-hour friendly and discreet butler service so you can enjoy the flexibility either having your butler prepare light meals, hiring a private chef, or creating your own home-cooked specialties.

 

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W Retreat & Spa, Maldives

W Retreat & Spa, Maldives

With the Whatever/Whenever team at your disposal at this exotic jewel of a resort deep in the Indian Ocean, you can look forward to a perfectly tailored holiday experience spanning everything from pampering in the innovative AWAY Spa and gourmet dining in a choice of six eateries to exploring the world beneath the waves at down under.The only hard part is deciding on which accommodation to choose. We have tried them all, beginning with bi-level Beach Oasis Retreats - on the beach, naturally, and offering almost 200 square metres of luxurious privacy. These chilled-out sanctuaries have a plunge pool in which to cool off and unobstructed ocean views from the second-storey viewing deck.

For many guests, however, nothing but an overwater villa will do, such as the one-bedroom Ocean Oasis with its plunge pool and glass floor giving intimate views of the ever-changing undersea show. More impressive still are the spacious Seascape Escapes with their ultra-chic interior design, huge sundeck, indoor and outdoor dining spots and oversized infinity plunge pool.

The Ocean Haven is perhaps the ultimate over-water getaway - a place to unwind in almost 500 square metres of deluxe comfort. Under the thatched roof, this playful abode has a wraparound sundeck together with a huge master suite and junior suite boasting panoramic sea vistas. Wherever you choose to while away the day, refreshment is never far away thanks to an abundance of free drink and ice cream spots in multiple locations.

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Grootbos Villa, South Africa

 Grootbos Villa, South Africa

Well-known for its extravagant comforts and enchanting surroundings, Grootbos' exclusive villa in the Western Cape's most outstanding nature reserve between Hermanus and Gansbaai, is the place to experience the wild in style. The fynbos-clad mountains and the ocean offer an incredible backdrop to an already impressive view, which can be enjoyed from all six of the villa's elegant suites.

The property also offers a fully equipped kitchen, two lounge areas, a dining room, media room, barbecue area and private pool. A butler, chef and guide are on hand to tend to your every need and there are endless exciting activities to do and see, including wine tours, flower safaris, horse riding, diving with sharks and whale watching at Walker Bay.

 

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