The world’s best pool villas
If you’re looking for the most luxurious pool villas on the planet, we can help. Here are a few of our favourite pool villas around the world, perfect hideaways that will make you want to move in and stay forever.
The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert
Surrounded by sand dunes on the outside and Arabic artwork and antiques inside, the exclusive Al Sahari Tented Pool Villa is the ultimate desert retreat, with flowing canopied ceilings and a stunning private pool. Explore the nature reserve on horseback, spotting Arabian gazelles; and soak up the isolated beauty of the surrounding dunes.
Expect world class service at The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, including a dedicated ‘experience concierge’ to help you get the most from your desert stay. Dining experiences include the dramatic Al Wadi Tower, dining among the dunes or an in-villa barbecue, prepared by a private chef. This is glamping on another level.
Doublepool Villas By Banyan Tree
These 24 exclusive DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree in Phuket, Thailand, are mind-blowing and so huge that you’ll feel like you have a whole resort to yourself. Step out of your floating bedroom pavilion into your private wading pool at the foot of your bed or wander out into your manicured gardens where you’ll find a 33-foot long infinity pool stretching out in front of you towards the lagoon. Make the most of the surround sound music while chilling out on the daybed or taking an outdoor shower and don’t forget where you’ve left the villa mobile – you’ll need it to contact your Villa Host who is available 24/7 and ready with a cheery smile each morning when delivering your breakfast to the villa.
Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
Lion Sands is one of South Africa’s most exclusive safari experiences and the wildlife viewing opportunities are sensational. For complete privacy and personalised service Hi’Nkweni Villa and Fish Eagle Villa, are both two bedroom en-suite villas with your own kitchen, dining area, lounge, patios, deck and pool, plus a dedicated ranger and private chef, but if you’re not a superstar or the Von Trapp family, the stunning pool villas at Tinga, Narina or River Lodge get our vote.
Overlooking the Sabie River, the private pools give you a front row seat for watching wildlife wander through the African bush. The lodges are all inclusive, so drinks, meals, game drives, walks and wildlife lectures are all included in the price. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy a dinner or breakfast in the bush and a visit to a local community project.
Perched on the edge of a valley with a spectacular outlook over the Petanu River gorge, this is one of the most tranquil spots in Bali – and the views from the villas at Viceroy Bali are jaw dropping. There are only 25 villas at this astounding hilltop hideaway and it’s only a few minutes’ drive from arty Ubud, known for its galleries and café culture.
All of the villas here have a terrace and private pool; and many have a day bed that appears to float out over the pool edge, so you have a prime stomach-flipping view over the valley below. During your stay, book a treatment in the spa (which has the most incredible curved relaxation terrace) and dine on fine French cuisine at CasCades Restaurant high in the treetop canopy. It’s one of the best restaurants on the island.
Milaidhoo Island Maldives
Milaidhoo Island Maldives is sky high on the pool villa wishlist. The contemporary villas here are some of the most beautiful in the Maldives. Most are Water Pool Villas, each with a curved infinity pool and a huge deck featuring a daybed and steps straight into the lagoon. If you prefer to be by the beach, the Beach Pool Villas have a huge deck with a daybed and an oval shaped pool leading right onto the white sand. Scale it up a notch in a Residence, which has its own butler, private chef – and outdoor cinema.
Another reason we love Milaidhoo is that it sits in the unspoilt Baa Atoll, just a short boat ride from Hanifaru Bay – possibly the best place on earth to spot ocean giants including manta rays and whale sharks. You can also explore the house reef straight from the beach. This is a world-class beach escape.
Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa
The opulent villas at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa in Mauritius are so beautiful, especially at night when your villa’s garden and private pool are lit by ornate, glowing lanterns. The villas are huge with a daybed and sofa in your outdoor living space and the food here is top notch haute cuisine. Your 24-hour butler can arrange an in-villa barbecue, rose petal bath, treatment at the award-winning spa – even exploring the island in the hotel’s own Rolls Royce Phantom.
Alila Villas Uluwatu
Close to Uluwatu Temple on the southern coast of Bali, you’ll find the eco-friendly Alila Villas Uluwatu, a clifftop escape with super-sleek cutting-edge design. Sitting 100 metres above the ocean, the resort has a 50-metre long infinity pool on the cliff edge and a spectacular overhanging cliffside cabana where you can sign up for unique experiences, such as aerial yoga.
The luxurious 291m² pool villas each have a dedicated butler, relaxation cabanas and ocean views – but upgrade to a two-bedroom Pool Villa if you’re looking for an out-of-this world stay with family or friends. At a whopping 2000m², it’s as if you’ve hired a whole hotel to yourself, complete with a 21-metre long infinity pool. During your stay, book a treatment at the holistic spa and enjoy a gastronomic journey at Quila, an exclusive experience catering for only 10 guests each night.
This feature was republished on 2nd July 2020. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. Feature by Laura May.