Forget fighting over sun loungers by the public pool and ducking the paparazzi in the hotel lobby. If you really want to travel like the rich and famous, booking a private villa is an absolute must.
Get inspired by these 10 luxury villas where celebrities have stayed. You don’t have to be a celebrity to stay at these villas – but you might want to bring your cheque book.
During their 2014 trip to Thailand, the Kardashian-Jenner clan booked the entire Iniala Beach House villa resort in Natai, Thailand. The villa paradise was also featured on episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Iniala Beach House is made up of three private villas plus a lavish penthouse, all boasting unique five-star design and out-of-this world luxury amenities ranging from huge private pools to gilded spa rooms and sculpted floating beds. Each of the beachfront villas comes fully staffed, meaning you won’t need to lift a finger during your stay.
Iniala Beach House
Location: Natai, Thailand
Price: From USD $1,850 / night
2. Amilla Fushi
Who stayed here: The Beckhams, Gordon Ramsey, Kate Moss, Kate Winslett
Nothing says luxury travel quite like a trip to the Maldives and it’s little wonder that the A-list seem to flock to these islands on the daily. The Amilla Fushi villa resort has been the chosen holiday destination for the likes of Victoria and David Beckham, Gordon Ramsey and Kate Winslet. Super model Kate Moss is also a fan.
The Beckham clan rang in the New Year in the massive eight-bedroom Amilla Great Beach Villa Residence, while the Ramseys shacked up in the four-bedroom Amilla Villa Residence. Each villa offers an unbelievable beachfront location and a whole world of added perks – we love the dedicated Rolls Royce buggies!
Location: Baa Atoll, Maldives
Price: From USD $3,803 / night
Actress Lindsay Lohan is no stranger to Bali and the star has previously stayed at the exclusive Luna2 Private Hotel in Seminyak. In 2016, Lohan got some r&r at Seseh Beach Villas. The star shared snaps of her stay on Instagram, but after she famously wiped out all of her Instagram posts in early 2017, the Bali photos disappeared as well.
Seseh Beach Villas is built right on the beach in peaceful Seseh neighbouring trendy Canggu. The estate is made up of two villas that can be booked individually as a five and six-bedroom option or together to create an 11-bedroom mega villa. The villas come fully staffed with butlers, housekeeping, chef, security and chauffeur.
Seseh Beach Villas
Location: Seseh, Bali
Price: From USD $963 / night
Want to wake up in the same bed where Rihanna once slept? Check in to the fabulous Villa Saengootsa at the Samsara Estate and you can make this dream a reality.
Villa Saengootsa has five bedrooms, an infinity pool, open-air Jacuzzi and sound system… Basically, the villa has everything you need to party like a rock star. The beach is a short stroll away and the dedicated villa staff will make you feel like royalty – Rihanna certainly seemed to think so!
Location: Kamala, Phuket
Price: From USD $2,000 / night
If you’re looking for some serious rock star cred in Bali, check yourself in to Villa Batujimbar in Sanur. Why, you ask? Oh well, no biggie – except for the fact that this stunning estate is the very spot where Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall tied the knot in 1990.
Villa Batujimbar has eight bedrooms, a private gym, tennis court and 20 metre swimming pool. Naturally, the villa comes fully staffed with butlers and a private chef catering to your every whim. When it comes to design, Villa Batujimbar offers a luxurious taste of Balinese grandeur – with some added rock star flair.
Location: Sanur, Bali
Price: From USD $1,119 / night
Soneva Fushi is one of the most luxurious villa resorts in the Maldives – and that’s saying something. The resort certainly impressed Naomi Harris, Jodie Kidd and Nicole Scherzinger who visited Soneva Fushi in 2015 to celebrate the resort’s 20th anniversary. Soneva Fushi is also said to be a favourite of Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney’s.
Soneva Fushi offers barefoot luxury with sustainably built villas. Each villa is serviced by your own Mr or Mrs Friday (that would be your butler) and offers just the right balance between indulgent decadence and the unspoilt tropics.
Location: Baa Atoll, Maldives
Price: From USD $1,040 / night
Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan stayed at Villa Ombak Putih during his Bali holiday. And who can blame him? Villa Ombak Putih offers an enormous 30-metre pool, private chef, rooftop terrace and a cool sunken lounge by the pool. The villa is located in Seseh, 150 metres from the beach and just minutes away from Canggu’s main dining and surf hub.
Villa Ombak Putih
Location: Seseh, Bali
Price: From USD $821 / night
Goldeneye is a Jamaican island resort built by James Bond author Ian Fleming. This luxury estate is so popular with the A-list that it might be easier to list out the celebrities who haven’t stayed at Goldeneye than the ones who have!
Richard Branson, Naomi Campbell and Harrison Ford are all said to have stayed here. Of course, Pierce Brosnan, aka 007 was once a guest as well. Legend has it that Bono wrote the theme song for Goldeneye while staying at the resort. When visiting, keep your eyes peeled – the grounds include a tree planted by Johnny Depp.
Goldeneye offers beautiful one and two-bedroom villas set right on the lagoon’s edge. The most coveted accommodation at Goldeneye, however, is The Fleming Villa which used to be the private abode of Mr. Fleming himself.
Location: Oracabessa, Jamaica
Price: From USD $819 / night
Trisara is an all-time favourite of celebrities visiting Phuket and rumour has it that Kate Moss has stayed here on more than one occasion. The members of Maroon 5 also checked into this villa paradise while touring Asia in 2015. Australian Bachelorette star Sophie Monk also stayed in Trisara in 2017.
Trisara is an exclusive estate of private villas ranging from intimate two-bedroom options to huge seven-bedroom oceanfront mansions. The name Trisara means “The Garden in the Third Heaven” in Sanskrit – and heaven is exactly what a stay at this luxury retreat feels like.
Location: Layan, Phuket
Price: From USD $2,563 / night
Paris Hilton is an heir to a hotel empire but even she chose to stay at a luxury villa when visiting Bali in 2016. Hilton stayed at The Layar estate which offers stylish villas in the heart of trendy Seminyak. After spending two nights at The Layar, Hilton headed over to Villa Adasa for two more nights.
Each villa at The Layar has its own private pool and includes butler service. The Layar estate is also home to the fabulous Settimo Cielo restaurant, which is one of the best Italian restaurants in Bali.