Four of the best private villas

Whether it’s the desire for privacy, peace, or a pool of your own, there are plenty of reasons to choose a villa holiday. If you're looking for luxury to rival what's on offer at the best hotels with the services that go along with that try one of the following four private villas…

Villa iZulu @ Thanda Safari, South Africa
Situated amidst lush green lawns and surrounded by expanses of wild African bush - yet protected from wild animals by a fence – the Villa features separate accommodation for child-minders and/or VIP security officers, as well as a private helicopter landing pad.
Accommodation consists of five suites – which can sleep a total of 10 guests – each with its own private viewing deck and luxurious bathroom. The standout however, is the master bedroom which features an outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the Villa's private waterhole.
The shared main areas include a magnificent Afro-chic inspired dining room and spacious lounge, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a traditional Villa boma and bonfire area, verandas and terraces, a games room, a private business area, an outdoor gym, a heated swimming pool (with kiddie pool), a wine cellar and a vast viewing deck overlooking the waterhole.
Checking in is easy. Checking out is the hard part…

Mantis Owners Collection
Mantis Owners Collection is the newest addition to Mantis, joining the well-established Mantis Collection and Mantis eXtreme portfolios.
All of the handpicked fully staffed and exclusive use properties in the Mantis Owners luxury villa portfolio, represent the finest examples of their kind and celebrate the culture, gastronomy, architecture and nature of the locations in which they are found. For the full low-down, visit

Villa Sheherezade, Dubrovnik
A dazzling, domed, white-stone palace commanding thrilling sea views, Villa Sheherezade is one of the most exclusive addresses on the Croatian Adriatic.
Featuring its own pier, beach and an intriguing history, this is genuinely the ultimate Mediterranean luxury retreat.
Perched on a peaceful clifftop, overlooking the Adriatic at the southeast end of the Dalmatian coast, Villa Sheherezade directly faces both the picture-perfect paradise island of Lokrum and Dubrovnik’s famous fortress walls, which are easy to walk to.
In fact, sun-blessed cinematic views greet guests everywhere: the villa is surrounded by 4,000sq m of original white-stone terraces – two of them on the roof. Very popular among our guests, a third has been transformed into a large, secluded outdoor pool with a platform whirlpool next to it.

Conte Marino Villas
Located at the edge of Kontomari village , the awarded Conte Marino Villas – three exclusively built independent masterpieces designed by visionary architects Aristomenis & George Varoudakis – offer luxurious accommodation with a private pool surrounded by a natural, unspoilt setting.
The three two-storey villas can house up to 6 guests as they feature three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Each has its own private shimmering swimming pool and garden space providing the perfect setting in which to relax and unwind under the sun.
A personal chef can prepare meals – including traditional Cretan dishes – upon request in the high-tech kitchen using produce from the organic garden.