Five Ways to Find the Ultimate Luxury Travel Experience

[wzslider]When it comes to your luxury travel experience, accommodation should be a destination in its own right. Located in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, it is much more than a refuge from a day of exploring.

The ideal accommodation deepens the travel experience. It brings the senses alive, it fires the imagination, it plunges you deep into the other exotic world, full of possibility, where anything can happen.

Five of the world’s most acclaimed luxury villas do the job of enriching the travel experience in ways that make the memorable completely unforgettable.

For example, Roaring Pavilion Thee Divine Villa near Ocho Rios, in Jamaica, incorporates local herbal and floral ingredients in the age-defying treatments of its full-time spa, with aromatic results that will soothe you in new ways. The villa’s gourmet chef not only sources the freshest local ingredients, she is capable of fusing local culinary traditions with sophisticated continental traditions to create unique meals, whose flavors and presentation will seduce the most jaded palette.

For an escape that is total, you cannot ask for more than your own private 81-acre island, complete with six stunning white-sand beaches. Calivigny Island,  in the West Indies, combines Balinese design with French Colonial influence in nearly 140,000 square feet of soaring, open living space, with art deco furnishings and design by Oscar de la Renta and Richard Frinier. The villa is the ideal base from which to explore nearby Grenada, with its rich history, rainforests and coral reefs.

In Spain, on an island floating in the Mediterranean, Villa K  is perched on a hilltop overlooking  the old town of Ibiza. Here history rubs up beside some of the most exciting nightlife found anywhere. The views are enjoyed through floor-to-ceiling glass, providing a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living and dining areas.  Numerous terraces surround this three-level villa, providing opportunities for both relaxing privacy and alfresco gatherings.

In Provence, France, near the storied town of Avignon, the lovely and majestic Chateau d’Avignon  holds court. Close to the vibrant arts and culture scene, fabulous restaurants and shopping, the villa has a history going back to the 14th century. It once served as a chateau for bishops awaiting audience with the popes of Avignon. Completely refurbished, of course, the villa features rich furnishings, a fully equipped Provençal kitchen and towering trees that provide cool shade for alfresco dining.

Last but not least is Villa Impero  in Capri, Italy. It is a marvel of Neapolitan design that dates back to the 17th century and whose rooms are named after some of the famous guests it has hosted its long history. Large columns frame the garden stairway to the villa’s main entrance, flanked by century-old trees and lush gardens. The island of Capri, located in the Gulf of Naples, was known in Greek mythology as the Isle of the Sirens and was the favored resort of the Roman emperors. It still sings its beguiling song today.

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