Today we hunt: Hip Hotel VILLICATIONS - Choosing private villas over all-inclusive resorts
As air travel becomes increasingly accessible, staying at all-inclusive resorts may just not cut it for the affluent who wish to set themselves apart. Upper class vacationers are choosing private villas to indulge in opulence and exclusivity, while architects are designing luxurious, tucked-away homes to appeal to this growing crowd of luxury escapists.
And now, The 901 Tequila Top 10.
10. Get your eco on at the Pinakin Patel Wooden ‘Hara Villa’ in India. This pre-fab vacation must-see is solar-powered and energy and water efficient. Go green, or go home.
9. Angsana’s InOcean Villas offer an island vacation of your dream—sans the island. These private accommodations on stilts in the Maldives are a great way to pamper yourself and serve your Napoleon complex.
8. Reef Island in Bahrain is a little taste of manmade heaven. The 6.23 million square foot island may have cost around $1.2 billion, but that’s a small price to pay for your own private vacation destination.
7. The Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali may have matchstick-like architecture, but this hotel has more to offer than intriguing aesthetic. It was granted the highest level of certification for the ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Development) and it was the first of its kind to do so—especially in such style.
6. Spring Gardens offers villas for the homeless. Half of the building is dedicated to helping out those who need it while the other half of the building is dedicated to rehabilitating individuals back into society.
5. With 75 villas planned, Scottish-based design consultants’ Treasured Dreams’ plans on making some truly luxury treehouses in West Africa. This eco holiday resort spa is one treehouse that you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy and that liquor consumption is encouraged at.
4. Large super luxe resorts don’t have anything on the GAIA Hotel in Costa Rica. The view offers the vast oceanscape as well as a coastal forest that is packed full of exotic wildlife. Warning: It may be hard to differentiate the sounds of the howler monkeys from the villa residents next door.
3. Mongolian climate woes got you down? Architect Juan Pablo Maza designed his way around severe summer and winter weather conditions there by creating Plot #35 of the Ordos Project—an underground house with an illusionary extension that appears to float. This house is perfect for any modern-day Houdini who enjoys a temperate abode.
2. These beachfront palaces are a part of the Pantai Lima Estate in Bali and each comes complete with all of the fixings including a personal butler! Even Paris Hilton and her dog Tinkerbell would be wowed at the service in this estate.
1. The Bilila Lodge in Kempinski, Africa is located in the heart of Serengeti National Park. While it includes 74 rooms, the true infatuation people have with this vacation spot is its two villas which define luxury, class and elegance. No lions or zebras here—unless they’re decor, of course.
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