Summer is just right around the corner, so if you and your girlfriends are planning your dream trip, why not dream big and rent a castle or villa? When a few ladies get together, the once enormous and overwhelming price is not so worrisome. Check out these incredible places that you can call home for a week or two.
Nha Trang Villa: Vietnam
If trips to St. Tropez are getting boring, then fly east to Vietnam to one of the most celebrated villas in Asia. Perched on a rugged cliff with endless views of blue sea and sky you’ll find the Nha Trang Villa. It is a 22,000 square feet slice of heaven where you and ten of your best friends can get lost in luxury and pure pleasure. You’ll have to fight over the five elegant bedrooms, all with incredible views, tastefully decorated and furnished with custom-designed furniture. Designed by award-winning architect Gary Fell, the villa has an abundance of natural light and views from every vantage point. The main floor of the property boasts a huge infinity pool, lounge and dining area for twenty people with 180 degree uninterrupted views. Also in your private villa are a 12-seat cinema, gym, spa, two studies and a dedicated children’s play area. Of course you can have a nanny, private chef, chauffeur, concierge, and massage therapist.
• Nguyen Thi Phuong Anh- Reservation Supervisor or email manager via listing on HomeAway.com
• Nguyễn Tất Thành
• Bai Dong, Cam Hai Dong, Cam Lam
• tp. Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
• $5,500 USD per night (3 night minimum stay)
Villa Aquamare: British Virgin Islands
Looking for the ultimate party house? The Villa Aquamare compound features three 8,000 square foot villas, a total of 15 suites and three infinity pools, as well as a sandy Beach Park overlooking the waters of the Drake Channel. Thirty of your best friends can swim, kayak, snorkel, lounge and party in privacy. Villa Aquamare has a discreet staff of experts on call to coordinate a celebratory gathering, including an on-site villa host, party planners, caterers, private chefs, wedding coordinators, and staff of housekeepers. They take care of every detail and offer the service you would expect at a five-star hotel. That leaves you free to savor the privacy of the nearly two-acre compound situated directly on Mahoe Bay. Feel free to laze or play at the beach, dine alfresco poolside, or party in paradise on an island that’s removed from the glare of the paparazzi.
• Villa Aquamare
• Mahoe Bay
• BVI, VG1150
• From $51, 500 USD for 7 nights, based on maximum occupancy of 30 guests.
Aldourie Castle: Scotland
Why not call a castle home for a while? Especially one that is located near that infamous lake creature – the Loch Ness Monster. Aldourie Castle is located just 6 miles from Inverness on the shores of Loch Ness. The Castle is a 5-star exclusive use property with all the services and staffing expected for royality. The Castle has 13 double bedrooms with an additional 2 smaller single rooms which interconnect from main bedrooms (think private midnight parties). The castle comes equipped with a full staff – yes, like Downton Abby. And for an additional daily fee your guests can be treated to traditional Scottish breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea and dinner fully serviced and staffed throughout. They have an excellent chef and in house team, and a wonderful wine cellar that you’ll have access to. The castle is on 500 acres and on the shore of Loch Ness. Some of the events you can enjoy include: Bonfire Beach BBQ Parties, boat trips on Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle, Whisky tasting, Highland Games, Clay Shooting, 4×4 excursions, Helicopter trips, sightseeing tours, and golf at the nearby Castle Stuart, home to the Scottish Open.
• Lavinia Turner, General Manager
• Aldourie Castle, Loch Ness
• Inverness, IV2 6EL, Scotland
• From $20,562 USD + vat @ 20% for a 2 night rental
• $51,406 USD + vat @ 20% for a 1 week rental.
Castle-villa at Le Torri di Bagnara: Italy
Napoleon’s great-great-grandniece, Zenaide Giunta, owns a 1500-acre medieval castled estate and working farm in Umbria near Assisi and Perugia, on the border of Tuscany. She has transformed one of the castles into Pieve Castle Villa rentable by the week. The castle has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, spacious living areas, a professional kitchen, a courtyard, gardens, and darling chapel. Definitely hire their full-time Italian chef who will create amazing meals for you and your guest from the vegetables in the one-acre botanical garden. Tuscan landscape designer, Alberto Margheriti, created the beautiful garden and it encompasses the herb garden and kitchen garden. Dine in the epic castle or enjoy BBQ meals al fresco around the saltwater pool or Jasmine-covered dining veranda. Other activities can include Italian cooking lessons mountain biking or hiking on the trails on property, yoga, truffle hunting, and wine tours.
• Castle-villa at Le Torri di Bagnara
• Strada della Bruna, 8, 06134
• Pieve San Quirico
• Perugia, Italy
• $10,000 USD per week (amenities, such as professional chef, are extra).
Straffan House: Ireland
For the first time since it was meticulously constructed, Straffan House, an elegant private residence nestled on 550 acres of idyllic Kildare countryside on the grounds of The K Club Hotel, Spa and Country Club in Kildare, Ireland is available for exclusive use. Built and owned by The K Club’s founder, Sir Michael Smurfit, the 34,000-sq-ft Straffan House was inspired by the original structure of the same name built in 1832 in the style of a French Chateau that now houses the adjacent K Club Hotel. Located just 40 minutes outside of Dublin, Straffan House gives you and your friends a true town and country experience, with traditional outdoor pursuits of fishing on the River Liffey, falconry, skeet shooting and horse riding. One of the perks of staying at the Straffan House is the unlimited golf on both Arnold Palmer designed championship courses: The Palmer Course, venue for the 2006 Ryder Cup, and The Smurfit Course, host to the European Open for three years. While the men are playing gold, the ladies can indulge at the luxurious 20,000 square foot K Spa hailed among the finest spas in Europe and certainly considered the best in Ireland. There are 10 bedrooms, all ensuites, an indoor swimming pool replete with ‘swim up bar’, spa, gym, games room, cinema, and a glass-enclosed, thermostatically-controlled wine cellar. Straffan House residence comes inclusive of a dedicated service team, concierge and private chef.
• Straffan House
• The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club
• Kildare, Ireland
• +353 (0) 1 6017285
• $26,000 USD per night in the summer months and $16,000 USD per night in the winter.
Les Jolies Eaux: Mustique
Mustique, a renowned 1,400-acre private island among St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is one of the most exclusive addresses in the Caribbean and has long been a favorite hideaway for the world’s most discerning travelers. It was the place where Kate and William jetted off to before the arrival of their darling son. Standing dramatically on a private peninsula at Mustique’s southern tip is Les Jolies Eaux (beautiful waters), this legendary villa, previously featured in Architectural Digest, was designed by Oliver Messel for Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. This remarkable estate has two swimming pools, five bedrooms, and five staff members to care for you and your 9 guests. There’s an endless amount of activites that will keep you and your friends busy. They offer an impressive list of recreational activities for all ages, from scuba diving and beach yoga, to treasure hunting for kids and exploring the island on horseback. As a haven for watersports, you can choose from a variety of activities such as scuba diving, kite-surfing, sailing, day trips to neighboring islands and fishing. There are a number of picnic sites some with barbeque grills located around the island which are perfect for private parties. Your villa chef and hotel staff are on hand to prepare and set up a picnic for guests.
• Frits Hannenberg
• Director of Villa Operations and rentals
• The Mustique Company Limited
Price per Week:
• Between $20,000 – $31,000
• *All rates subject to 19% tax, certain holiday dates may be subject to rate supplements
Faro Capo Spartivento: Sardinia
In the south-western coast of Sardinia, built on the rugged shores of the Mediterranean is an ancient lighthouse that has been converted into spectacular luxury accommodation. Because it’s a working lighthouse, the 360-degree views of the starry sky of Sardinia are incredible. The Exclusive Lighthouse has 6 Junior Suites: 2 sea view, 2 hill view and 2 mini-apartments separated from the main building. If you want a dramatic destination that will wow your friends, then look no further. A crystal door leads to the grand hall, decorated with red glass Murano chandeliers. A cast iron spiral staircase leads to the cellar while a stone staircase leads upstairs, where there is a tearoom with fireplace, and the four Junior Suites fitted with four poster beds. Your private playground includes a garden with fireplace, barbecue area, eight crystal gazebos and a wonderful infinity pool with two hot tubs. Of course, you can request waiters, chefs, a butler, laundry and babysitting service, beauty treatments, and massages.
• Faro Capo Spartivento
• The Exclusive Lighthouse
• Viale Spartivento SN
• Starting from $28,571 USD per week in low season.
Eco Serendib Villa and Spa: US Virgin Islands
Eco Serendib Villa and Spa is an ultra-luxury eight-suite villa on St. John in the US Virgin Islands, which is ideal for your lazy friends who need to renew their passports, since these Virgin Islands are American territory and no passports for US citizens are required. Eco Serendib comes complete with full service spa and gym, professional chef’s kitchen, elegant great room, sprawling pool terrace with saltwater pool and luxury hot tub, onsite organic garden and peaceful Zen gardens. Sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea and island stretch for miles. Definitely book the highest service level and be pampered with private butler service and a full staff. A personal chef service can create one of a kind meals including the signature “seed to plate” dinner, prepared using fresh ingredients from the onsite organic garden, customized to your specifications.
• Harith Wickrema, Owner
• Point Rendezvous Estate
• St. John, US Virgin Islands
• Starting at $5,500 USD per night for the entire eight-suite villa with Tier 3, Full Service Staffing
The Willows: Palm Springs
Marion Davies has been gone for more than half a century, but her legacy lives on at her beloved villa in Palm Springs called The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn. This quaint hideaway was Ms. Davies Palm Springs residence during the late 1950s. With only eight incredible chambers—including one named for Ms. Davies—you and 15 friends will have a wonderful time recreating the glamour of a bygone era. Each suite is a capsule of luxury boasting its own style, charm and design with fireplaces, tandem claw foot tubs, private balconies, separate entrances, fainting couches and priceless artwork. Although downtown Palm Spring is only a few blocks away, you might never leave the estate because of all the wonderful amenities. You get a chef-driven, three-course breakfast; evening wine and hors d’oeuvres; poolside snacks, and en suite edibles. One of the gems of the property are the breathtaking views from the sweeping terraces and spectacular gardens, with exotic and rare plants coupled with winding rock pathways, and a spectacular 50-foot waterfall that cascades down the hillside making a spectacular backdrop for your dining pleasure.
• The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn
• 412 West Tahquitz Canyon Way
• Palm Springs, CA
• $3,500 USD per night