3 destination villas

From the jungle to the city, there’s an option for everyone.

With dedicated staff, multiple bedrooms, and top-notch amenities like infinity pools, luxury villas take vacations to the next level. Thanks to the added space and seclusion, they’re ideal for big groups.

Whether you’re looking for a beach retreat or urban setting the options are endless for the fitness-minded. The estates are generally stocked with workout equipment and depending on the location, there will be private access to running trails, bikes, kayaks, or lap pools.

With the rise in booking sites such as Luxury Retreats, Wimco Villas, and ThirdHome, you don’t have to rely solely on word of mouth when booking. However, it’s important to stay in touch with the owner and make any specific requests, like vegan or gluten-free meals, in advance. Plus, he or she will have local insight and can help coordinate the best itinerary.

Here, a look at three rentable villas—at the beach, in the jungle, and in the city—around the world:

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  • Beach


    Nestled in the hills on Puerto Vallarta’s south shore, Villa Mandarinas in Mexico was designed by award-winning architect Alberto Alvarez. There are 11 rooms with modern Mexican décor, and the owners allow you to rent only the rooms you need if you have a smaller party. A stay here includes a dedicated staff of eight including a private chef, housekeepers, and a bartender, as well as two infinity pools, an al fresco yoga pavilion, and impressive views of the sea. The guest rooms (each with their own bathroom, most with Jacuzzi tubs) are equipped with private balconies facing the sea.

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  • Jungle


    Villa Manzu in Costa Rica’s high-end resort community Peninsula Papagayo offers eight suites, a pool, gym, and access to plenty of trails. A private chef, butler, concierge, and several housekeepers are on-site to ensure a smooth stay. Immersed in nature, the villa grounds are teeming with native animals like monkeys, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Conor Dwyer recently vacationed with friends here and it was also the wedding destination for singer Kelly Rowland.

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  • City


    Just three miles from the Vatican in Rome sits Villa Nocetta, a six-bedroom property that evokes the Renaissance era with Italian décor like arched doorways and a marble fountain. There’s a private outdoor pool and plenty of space for yoga in the lush private gardens. A personal concierge can arrange custom excursions. Modern touches such as steam showers make it the perfect urban retreat.

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