Tangalle, Sri Lanka
With a jade green pool jutting out over a coconut tree dotted landscape, three-bedroom Walatta is located in a beautifully natural environment. But it’s not just the verdant greens, colourful flowers and Indian Ocean sea views that will catch your eye, Walatta is also an architectural gem. Partially submerged into its landscape, the house has plenty of open plan space and floor-to-ceiling windows which maximise views and air flow.
It’s truly relaxing to spend time at Walatta and it’s the perfect spot to catch up with your villa housemates. However, one of the best things about Sri Lanka is its easy access to interesting and unusual actives, which will really set this holiday apart. As a group, you could head out whale watching, uncover rough gems in jungle mines, or traverse plentiful markets before cooking curries in a Sri Lankan home. If you’ve got an active group of different ages, Sri Lanka works well – surf lessons can be arranged, as well as hikes in the lush greens of the tea plantations and mysterious temples which will intrigue young and old. A holiday full of experience, Sri Lanka won’t fail to impress.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Tropical hideaway Samujana on Thailand’s Koh Samui can be described simply as sleek island living. Clasped in the lush hill side with a minimalist aesthetic of clean lines, infinity pools and jaw-dropping views over the Gulf of Thailand, the villas offer a high standard of living for your holiday. And with some villas sleeping up to 16 that come with Jacuzzis, roof terraces, private cinemas and gyms, it could be a truly epic and memorable get together.
What really makes Samujana stand out is its fantastic service and wide range of ‘add-ons’ that come with modern villa living. You may not be in a hotel, but should you require a massage, in-villa chef, yoga session or babysitter, it feels like it’s no trouble at all to arrange. It’s also easy to organise forays around the island and surrounding Ang Thong Marine Park. During your stay you could scuba dive around renowned dive spot Koh Tao, learn the art of Thai cookery, take a kick boxing lesson with a Muay Thai champion or visit temples and waterfalls hidden around lush Koh Samui, all totting up a huge range of experiences to remember your holiday by.
For a country that is less than four hours by air, Morocco packs a punch with its range of experience and cultural sights. That first blast of warm air scented with exotic spices hits you from the moment you leave the airport, and sets the tone for your foray into the world of Morocco. From the jagged peaks of the Atlas Mountains to the labyrinth-like medinas of Marrakesh, steamy scrub-clean hammams and aromatic tagines, Morocco will heighten every sense.
We think one of the best ways for a group or family to experience Marrakech is with a spacious villa. It’s easy to let the heat and fascinating sights become overwhelming so having a calm respite in the form of a comfortable villa is essential. Villa Adnna in Marrakech ticks all the boxes and more. With seven bedrooms and spoiling extras such as sauna and hamman and home cinema, plus indoor and outdoor pools, it could work for an extended family celebration whatever the time of year. Imagine spending Christmas here – certainly one to remember.
Estate Villas at Calabash
Escape the gloom of a UK winter with a dash to the Caribbean. Let its tropical colour wash over you while you enjoy the privacy of your own villa. The Estate Villas at Calabash Hotel, situated on the southwest coast of Grenada are the perfect solution for a group or family looking for their own space without having to compromise on facilities, as the hotel resort is only a ten-minute stroll away.
Located on a secluded peninsula, the villas are spacious and airy, with views over the aquamarine Caribbean Sea. Awash with contemporary design, breezy, linen-swathed beds and private pools, the villas feel hidden away yet have direct beach access and fine dining nearby at the stylish Rhodes restaurant or at the beach club. We like five-bed Tree Frog villa with its glossy wooden floors, high Balinese-style ceilings, games room and pool with natural river stones. Perfect for those craving sun, sea and Caribbean flavour, these airy villas are ideal for family groups and those that like their paradise on the secluded side.
Winter Escapes Far Flung Villas
There’s nothing better than a really great villa in an interesting destination. Gather a group of family or friends and enjoy time together in a comfortable home with adventures to explore the local area. The best of both worlds.
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