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Booked your summer holiday yet? Here are some extraordinary destinations just in case you haven’t.

Booked your summer holiday yet? Here are some extraordinary destinations just in case you haven't.

Andulasian adventure
The Olive Grove
Andalusia, Spain


Take in the view of the wild Andalusian landscape from the comfort of this ultra-luxury cortijo, or gentleman’s farm. This old-style farmhouse sleeps eight in four double bedrooms, two of which are en suite. Enjoy the sun from the terrace or the poolside, or escape to the shade of the veranda with the scent of pink bougainvillea and wild herbs to keep you company. For the energetic, there are the 40,700 hectares of the mountainous Sierra Tejeda National Park on the doorstep waiting to be explored. The beach is a 30-minute drive away, or you can take your taste buds on an adventure with a guided tour of local cuisine in the nearby cities of Malaga, Granada, Cordoba and Seville.
For more information see www.uniquehomestays.com

 

A pirate’s holiday
Villa Nicobar
Galley Bay Heights, Antigua


Situated in Galley Bay Heights, Villa Nicobar is perfect for soaking up the atmosphere of the Caribbean. The veranda gives uninterrupted views of the sea and Deep Bay, one of Antigua’s most beautiful beaches. This luxury villa sleeps nine in four en suite double bedrooms and one single, and has both a pool and a hot tub. You can spend the days exploring the island’s hundreds of beaches – 365 in total – and discover why Antigua was such a safe haven for 16th-century pirates, or take a trip to the vibrant markets of the capital, St John’s. Chill out watching the sunset on the terrace with a glass of rum in hand. www.nicobar.co.uk
For more information see www.homeaway.co.uk

 

Haven in the Hamptons
The Rose Hill Estate
The Hamptons, US


Few places in the US are more exclusive than the Hamptons, with their scenic beaches, golf courses and old lighthouses. And few villas in the Hamptons are more luxurious than this newly built 10-bedroom estate, with a heated swimming pool and separate hot tub, a gym and tennis and basketball courts. Want to throw a party? Invite your friends over and take advantage of the private bar with dance floor, or enjoy the in-house movie theatre. Need to relax? Use the steam room or ask the staff to give you a massage in one of the two dedicated rooms. But the villa is also perfect for those who want to enjoy the outdoors – Flying Point beach and its white sands are just on the doorstep, as well as the area’s famous five-star restaurants, art galleries and boutiques. www.therosehillestate.com
For more information see www.elliman.com

 

Greek myth
Villa Kalliste
Kefalonia, Greece


Live the life of a Greek god in Villa Kalliste, on the Ionian island of Kefalonia. This luxury beachside villa sleeps nine in five bedrooms, and is kitted out with a hot tub, croquet lawn and an outdoor cinema. Spend the days exploring the historic landscape with its olive groves and rural villages, or visit the bustling town of Argostoli and the famous port of Fiscardo. If the sea is calling you, you can charter a yacht and take a tour of the nearby islands or kayak to the magical Melissani Cave, where the nymph Melissanthi is said to have committed suicide because of her unrequited love for the god Pan. After a hard day’s sightseeing, you can soak up the evening sun and the beautiful view in Villa Kalliste’s infinity pool or take advantage of the in-house massage service. www.villakalliste.com
For more information see www.homeaway.co.uk

 

Hawaiian treasure
The Onion House
Hawaii, US


This architectural gem is ideal if you’re looking for some privacy but still want to be close to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Designed by celebrated architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, the Onion House is located in Kona, on Hawaii’s biggest island, and is owned by the McCormick family, which founded the eponymous American spice brand. It features a high terrace with a stunning view over the ocean, a swimming pool and a tropical garden where you can swim, sunbathe and relax. Inside, stained-glass walls and rooftop panels ensure that sunlight always filters into the circular rooms. But if you like to explore the surroundings, you won’t be disappointed – the island offers plenty of opportunities for those who like snorkelling, scuba diving or fishing.
For more information see www.onionhousehawaii.com

 

A house with a view
The Looking Glass
Western Cape, South Africa


Located on the top of a ridge on South Africa’s south-east coast, the Looking Glass offers stunning panoramic views over the forest, the mountains, and the Indian Ocean. Relax in the covered veranda near the heated outdoor pool or spoil yourself with a spa treatment at the nearby Field of Dreams sports centre, where you can play tennis, golf, petanque or try some archery. For those who want more thrills, the Outeniqua Mountains and their beautiful tracks are just around the corner, offering plenty of opportunities to hike, mountain bike, horse-ride and even canoe along the calm Noetzie river. At the end of the day, enjoy a glass of local wine while watching the sunset on the deck or drive to the adjacent harbour town of Knysna, which is full of lively restaurants and bars.
For more information see www.uniquehomestays.com

 

Treasure island
Jumeirah Vittaveli
South Male, Maldives


If you’re dreaming about white sandy beaches and clear waters, then look no further. Jumeirah Vittaveli, only a 20-minute boat ride from Male International Airport, is perfect for both romantic escapes and family getaways. This exclusive resort offers a number of private villas with views over the beach and the lagoons, some of which are accessible only by a traditional dhoni boat. Soak up the sun in the private rooftop terrace or enjoy your private infinity pool before heading to the beach and its quiet turquoise waters. Each villa also comes with its own butler, who can book you a spa sessions or even look after your kids.
For more information see www.jumeirah.com

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