Saturday, June 18, 2011

Luxury villas with private pools

Nothing can beat a stay in a luxury villa with its own private pool whilst on holiday.

Having your own pool means you can relish the simple joy of cooling off whenever you wish, do not have to share the pool with strangers, can maintain a daily fitness regime or even just appreciate watching the kids splashing around.

Passion for pools…

These days villas come with incredibly stylish, unusual and sometimes opulent private swimming pools. They can range from small plunge pools to vast, horizon pools. Many pools take full advantage of their location and have breathtaking views of the sea, of mountains or verdant countryside, some pools even mirroring the distant horizon. There are specially constructed beach-style pools, pools that replicate an ornamental French ‘bassin’ to those in north Africa which often have the most intricate mosaic designs. Some pools have exercise jets and others are deep jumping pools with wooden platforms. Many pools are infinity-edged with decking surrounds and covered shaded areas, and some even have pool houses with changing rooms.

Enjoying three private pools

Villa Arc en Ciel, St. Lucia, has no less than three pools, a plunge pool outside the master bedroom, a main infinity pool that weaves itself around the deck area on one side of the villa, under a low bridge to a stone cave with a waterfall and a circular, deep jumping pool with a wooden platform. The house, sleeping 10, is one of the most stunning rental houses in the Caribbean, built out of several interconnecting pavilions and rental includes a renowned chef, a housekeeper, gardener and night watchman.

A week's rental costs from £10,878 to £13,716 (£1,088 - £1,372 per person based on 10 guests sharing) excluding flights.

A private horizon pool with panoramic views

Capo d’Uomo is perched high up, on the edge of a privately owned peninsula within a stunning landscape, thick with vines and olive trees. This charming villa comes with its own private heated pool surrounded by a lovely decking area with fantastic views looking out over the Mediterranean Sea to the island of Giglio.

A week’s stay costs from £3,475 based on 12 guests sharing, including villa rental, air conditioning and a maid service.

Merging pool and sky

The freeform pool immediately in front of Villa Prosilio, set amid olive trees on Corfu’s exclusive North East corner, blends perfectly with the blue of the horizon, overlooking the stretch of water between Corfu and Albania's mountainous coast.

A week’s stay costs from £4,200, based on 10 sharing, including transfers, maid service and complimentary food hamper.

Where water is the main feature

Water is a major feature at Villa Fata Morgano with several indoor fountains and a solar-heated pool in the central courtyard flanked by cloistered walkways. But the second swimming pool at this spectacular marble villa, centrally located on the island of Ibiza, is its showpiece, a huge infinity pool accented by a stunning elevated sun deck, set amid gardens laid out with mathematical precision with a pond and irrigation channels.

A week’s stay at this magnificent villa costs from £11,550 for up to 12 guests, rising to £17,300 in high season.

Seafront seclusion…

Second only to the popularity of luxury villas with pools are houses that are in close proximity of water, most particularly in the Caribbean where some villas are literally situated on the beach, or have pathways through stunning tropical gardens leading straight on the white sand. In the Greek Islands, it’s possible to find stone houses built inches above the water, whilst in Kefalonia swimming platforms along the waterfront in Fiskardo make a great alternative to a pool. In Sardinia, it’s possible to find a villa built into the rocky shoreline with access to two virtually private sandy coves whilst on mainland Italy there is a villa on the Lazio coast with a sea-water pool roughly hewn from the rocks.

So when you are next thinking of a luxury villa holiday with a pool, you may find yourself as absorbed by the swimming pool location and features as you are by the location, facilities and interior of the villa itself.

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