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Extravagant, secluded villas for the ultimate escape

Bridgette Fossel
March 7, 2013

The one-percent crowd can break away from whatever is stressing them out at these beautifully isolated villa rentals in Greece, Spain, Scotland, Costa Rica, and more—all recommended by our meticulously vetted specialists.

Cottars Homestead
Masai Mara, Kenya


Located 60 miles from the nearest town of Narok on the remote hills of Kenya on a private game concession, this homestead (more than 10,000 square feet) has five bedrooms, a kitchen staff, private security guards, and housekeeping. Guests can also participate in guided day and night game drives, swimming, and fishing, and then relax their muscles with the help of the villa’s very own masseuse.

From $4,300–$5,400 per night for up to 10 guests.

Courrour Lodge
By Fort William, Inverness, Scotland, UK

Isolated 11 miles from the main road on a 60,000-acre estate, the Courrour Lodge has seven double bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms, plus a children’s bunkroom that sleeps 14 (which brings the lodge's total sleeping spots to 30). When you're not sleeping, you can hang out in the library, office, game room, sauna, or gym—and for the more outdoorsy guests there's fishing, mountain biking, hill walking, canoeing, rowing, motor boating, and pony trekking on one of the estate's 16 Icelandic mountain ponies.

Water Villa

Dominical, Costa Rica

Revel in your own tropical paradise in this 11,000-square-foot, four-bedroom spread accented with hand-selected Balinese, Indian and Asian carvings, fabrics and artifacts. Outside, you'll find equally compelling decorations: orchids, bromeliads, ferns, bananas, and heliconia.

From $10,000–$16,000 per week.

Don Quijote House
Castellar de Santiago in the Castile-La Mancha Region of Spain

You'll definitely feel distanced from all the world's rabble when you land on this estate's private runway, then stroll around its sprawling 61,000 acres outside or 16 bedrooms inside. A full staff is on hand to help you whether you want to lounge around or try your hand at pheasant hunting, clay pigeon shooting, or horseback riding.

From $15,000 per night.

Schloss Salzburg
Next to the village of St. Georgen in Attergau, Austria

Built in 1750, this 8,000-acre estate is set in the rolling hills of the Austrian countryside with a background of snow-capped mountains. It has been owned by the same family of aristocrats since 1870 and is currently inhabited by the fourth generation. You could fit a few generations of your own family here too: The Schloss has nine double bedrooms and one single bedroom, a piano room, a tea salon, and a library, and is fully staffed for all cleaning and cooking needs.

Calivigny Island
Just off of the South East coast of Grenada

This ultra-exclusive private island is made up of three properties that can accommodate up to 50 guests—plus a full staff of housekeepers, waiters, chefs, and beach attendants. Guests can take advantage of six beaches, two tennis courts, two freshwater pools with swim-up bars, and outdoor movie nights. For the water-obsessed, there is windsurfing, snorkeling, wake boarding, jet skiing, and more.

Minimum rental: $45,000 per day is required for exclusive use of the island.

La Ferme du Noyer
In Dordogne in Southwestern France

A former walnut-oil mill, this villa manages to retain its authentic 14th-century charm while still being outfitted with modern comforts. The property sleeps 10 people in five bedrooms and is surrounded by meadows and woodlands. Take it all in while you're lounging at the pool or cozying up by the fireplace.

From $10,200–$13,800 per week.

Naxos 1M
Naxos, Greece
On an island hillside overlooking Kalando Bay, this small Eden is removed from everything. The nearest village is a 30-minute drive—in fact, the nearest restaurants are on the tiny islands of Iraklia or Schinoussa, just five miles opposite via the boat the villa owner can arrange for you with skipper or without. You probably won't want for creature comforts here though. It sleeps eight to 10 guests, has a pool, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning—and is just a five-minute walk from the beach and snorkeling. A cook, daily housekeeper, and pool cleaner take care of all the real-world details.

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