Sometimes when you travel, you want to feel like you’re at home. Now we don’t mean piles of laundry, errands to run, and bills to pay home, but rather home in the sense that you have privacy and a space where you can settle in and feel completely at ease.
These five properties feature the comforts of home paired with luxury, white-glove service so you can truly relax and enjoy the destination and your “home away from home”.
About: This Caribbean retreat is a beautiful 2,200-acre gated property with a beautiful white sand beach.
Accommodations: 87 private villas. Each villa is complete with staff that includes a chef, butler, and maid.
Dining: Several dining outlets or private chef in villa
Activities: Golf, tennis, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, motorized watersports
For the Family: Complimentary kids’ club with daily activities
Why We Love It: Forget returning home with piles of dirty clothes – while you relax in paradise, your clothes are cleaned, pressed, and packed for you! When’s the last time you actually returned home with a suitcase full of clean clothes!?
Farleigh Wallop, England
About: Farleigh Wallop is a 4,000-acre 15th century countryside estate in Hampshire.
Accommodations: 11 bedrooms
Dining: Home features a guest and professional-grade kitchen
Activities: Tennis courts, heated swimming pool, croquet lawn, cricket pitch, cinema room, billiard room, gardens
For the Family: With extensive grounds to explore and plenty of activities, this is great place for families.
Why We Love It: So you can’t be a British Lord and live on a sprawling Downton Abbey-esque estate. You CAN rent the beautiful country estate Farleigh Wallop. This is perfect base for multigenerational family or multi-family trips to England.
About: Located on the French side of St. Martin, Bemond La Samanna was designed with the guests’ comfort and enjoyment in mind.
Accommodations: Four beautiful 3- or 4-bedroom villas
Dining: Fully-equipped kitchen or 3 restaurant options
Activities: Tennis, watersports, snorkeling, scuba diving, fitness pavilion, spa, deep sea fishing, private boat charter, spa
For the Family: Camp La Samanna – a fun-filled activity program with treasure hunts, water balloon fights, and more!
Why We Love It: At Belmond La Samanna, you can enjoy the perks and amenities of a hotel but stay in your own beautiful private villa. Plus, Brownell is a member of the exclusive Belmond Bellini Club, so you can get extra perks and amenities!
Villa Sweet Bocas, Panama
About: Villa Sweet Bocas is a thoughtfully designed, full-service luxury villa in Big Bight Bay that borders Bocas del Toro Nature Reserve.
Accommodations: 7 bedrooms
Dining: State-of-the-art kitchen with a chef
Activities: hiking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, yoga, access to a 30-foot yacht and 42-foot Catamaran
For the Family: Outdoor activities + Wi-Fi and an entertainment system with Nintendo Wii and 1000 movies – how’s that for bringing the comforts of home with you on vacation?
Why We Love It: This overwater villa is the perfect Central American escape. The house concierge can arrange activities and anything you need during your stay.
About: Fregate Island Private is a beautiful getaway in the Seychelles. Just four degrees south of the equator, it is truly a tropical paradise where luxury meets conservationism.
Accommodations: 17 private luxury villas with infinity pools
Dining: Multiple dining outlets serving fresh, locally sourced food
Activities: Pool, beaches, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, hiking, wildlife, spa, tennis, bikes,
For the Family: The Castaway Kids’ Club educates young travelers about the conservation as they venture through the stunning landscape on treasure hunts and other adventures.
Why We Love It: The property is dedicated to conservations, so you’ll find Giant Aldabra Tortoises, exotic birds, and vibrant marine life on or around the island. Fregate Island Private is a part of the Oetker Collection, and Brownell is a preferred partner – see the Oetker Collection Pearl Partner benefits here!