Staying in a villa is great… but if you’ve never stayed in one, you might be a little vague on what a villa stay actually entails. So what are the luxury features that make staying in a villa so special? Here are a few of our favourites villa features that you just can’t get in a hotel.

Private Pool

Because sharing a pool is so overrated! One of the best things about staying in a villa is that you don’t have to share the pool with dozens of strangers – instead, you have the pool all to yourself. Private villa pools range from refreshing plunge pools to sweeping infinity-edge numbers. Some pools also feature a shallow section for the kids or are adjoined by an open-air Jacuzzi.

Keemala Bird's Nest Pool Villa Outdoor View | Phuket, Thailand

Keemala, Phuket

Villa OMG Swimming Pool | Nusa Dua, Bali

Villa OMG, Bali

Cinema Room

How about taking your next family movie night to the next level? There is nothing more extravagant than a villa with a private cinema. These home cinema rooms feature huge projector screens, epic sound systems and lavish seating rivalling that which you’d find in a state-of-the-art movie theatre.

Villa Anam Cinema Room | Seminyak, Bali

Villa Anam, Bali


Looking to stay fit while on holiday? Choose a villa with a private gym! Bye bye cramped hotel gyms and hello private, air-conditioned comfort. Villa gyms can range from compact exercise rooms furnished with a treadmill and basic weights to full blown fitness emporiums with mirrored walls, ocean views and equipment ranging from cardio machines to weight training, free weights, yoga matts, exercise balls, boxing equipment… and beyond.

Ban Lealay Gym | Bophut, Koh Samui

Ban Lealay, Koh Samui

Massage Room

Treat yo self! Travelling to destinations like Bali or the Thai islands means being able to indulge in the best massages of your life. In-villa spa treatments mean you can relax and enjoy spa bliss without even leaving the villa. Many villas offer amazing spa rooms and massage pavilions for the ultimate pampering experience.

Iniala Beach House Villa Siam Spa Area | Natai, Phang Nga

Villa Siam, Phang Nga

Games Room

Hey, the holidays are supposed to be about having fun! Many villas include a games room furnished with a billiard table, darts or table tennis – or in some cases, all of the above! Some villas’ games rooms also feature huge flatscreen TVs and maybe even a bar – the perfect setting for catching the big game with your crew.

Yoga Room

Nothing like a bit of zen to help you really unwind while travelling. Some villas have amazing yoga shalas that are ideal for a private yoga class in your villa (our concierge team can help you arrange this) or for hosting a retreat in Bali.

Tennis Court

Go big or go home! One of the best ways to recognise a really, really extravagant villa is to check the backyard. Do you see a full-sized, flood-lit tennis court? If the answer is YES, then congratulations – you, my friend, are staying in a full-blown luxury villa.

Ani Villas Sri Lanka Tennis Court | Dickwella, Sri Lanka

Ani Villas, Sri Lanka

Ban Sairee Tennis Court | Koh Samui, Thailand

Ban Sairee, Koh Samui

Insanely Extravagant Bathrooms

At most tropical villas, bathrooms are an event onto themselves. Terrazzo bathtubs in a private garden setting, rainfall showers surrounded by lush jungle… or maybe an actual motorbike parked in your pristine white bathroom? The sky’s the limit when you stay in a private luxury villa.

Pure Villa Bali Bathtub | Canggu, Bali

Pure Villa, Bali

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