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Around the world in villas

The villa has come a long way from its origins as a summer retreat for ancient Rome’s gentry. Today they have year-round appeal and are loved by everyone, from young families to big groups of friends and romantic honeymooners alike. With such global demand then, we’ve collected the most highly rated villas on every continent.*

Africa

Casa Tara Villas in Praslin, Seychelles

Casa Tara Villas in Praslin, Seychelles

Casa Tara Villas in Praslin, Seychelles

The brilliant white Casa Tara Villas practically glow beneath the clear blue skies of the Seychelles and with less than a 5-minute walk to the nearest beach, this might as well be the textbook definition of a tropical paradise. Other visual highlights include lush gardens of purple and coral-coloured flowers, and secluded views of the mountainous forest canopies in the distance.

Asia

Puri Landu Ubud Luxury Villas in Bali, Indonesia

Puri Landu Ubud Luxury Villas in Bali, Indonesia

Puri Landu Ubud Luxury Villas in Bali, Indonesia

The Puri Landu Ubud Villas are designed in traditional Indonesian style, with low ceilings, dark wood, ornate carvings and billowing white cotton curtains to create a luxurious setting. Guests can spend their evenings out on the wooden veranda, overlooking palms and a candlelit private pool, or gaze out across the verdant rice fields that hug the property from all sides.

Europe

Corfu Sokraki Villas in Corfu, Greece

Corfu Sokraki Villas in Corfu, Greece

Corfu Sokraki Villas in Corfu, Greece

The sun-bleached crimson Corfu Sokraki Villas might as well have come straight from My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. The villa balconies overlook the cerulean Ionian sea, bedecked in flowering vines, while the interiors are decorated in traditional Corfu-style with wooden beams, locally woven fabric, canopied beds and a pared-back furniture scheme.

Central America

Villas Jucanya in Solola, Guatemala

Villas Jucanya in Solola, Guatemala

Villas Jucanya in Solola, Guatemala

A villa with a sea view is hard to beat, but how about one with a volcano view? The Villas Jucanya overlook Lake Atitlán, a body of water inside a gigantic volcanic crater that is easily one of Guatemala’s most impressive natural beauties. In the evening the setting sun above the lake tinges the sky tangerine and with such a prime location and impeccable furnishings, it’s no wonder this is the most popular villa in Central America.

Oceania

Muri Shores in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Muri Shores in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Muri Shores in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

The beachfront Muri Shores villas overlook Muri lagoon, so guests have the luxurious choice of a short stroll down the shallow, turquoise waters, followed by breakfast on the veranda overlooking their own private beach. Inside, the villas are decorated in muted hues, with local handcrafted goods, woven furnishings and red tropical blooms injecting a wave of colour.

South America

Casa da Vanessa in Trancoso, Brazil

Casa da Vanessa in Rio Grande do Bahia, Brazil

Casa da Vanessa in Rio Grande do Bahia, Brazil

The cool interiors and lush green exteriors of the Casa da Vanessa villas are carefully designed to provide guests with a truly relaxing stay. Curtained beds and minimalist working nooks create an ideal atmosphere for digital nomads, and in the garden, a lantern-lit pool provides a magical backdrop for al fresco dining. Go for a late-night dip, and follow it up with a well-deserved nightcap from the pool bar.

** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the most highly-reviewed villas on every continent (except for Antarctica – we haven’t got any properties there).