by Tom Becker in Cool Travel on Friday 5 December 2008

A typical villa is probably located in a nice part of town with some green space round it, a swimming pool and a nice modern interior. But luxury villas, the ones you can only dream about, are something to behold. These are statements of grandeur and style intended to marry superb indoor and outdoor living with cutting edge decor and mind-blowing scenery. To get one you’ll need a pre-credit crunch executive-sized bank bonus and a suitably large plot in an exotic part of the world with room for the architect to wield some AutoCAD magic. If that doesn’t paint an accurate picture of your personal circumstance, then check these out instead.

Villa Storingavika [Bergen, Norway, pictured above]
This Norwegian villa is on the Bergen archipelago, and is very different to either the traditional French and Italian villas, or their contemporary cliff and beach side cousins in Thailand. Villa Storingavika has the sort of space and unrivaled views that few can claim in Thailand or the busy French Riviera. The home is rendered in glass and stained black wood, perched on a rocky hillside and designed to best face the Norwegian weather. There is no swimming pool, but a huge lake within throwing distance of the lake more than makes up for that.

Alila Villa [Bali, Indonesia]
The Alila Villa in Bali is scheduled to open in early 2009. It’s perched on a plateau between huge cliffs and picture-pefect ocean views over Ulluwatu on the Bingin Peninsula. The development offers a range of villas for a private retreat, each with hotel-grade facilites to look cater to your every need. With a cliftop bar, restaurant, spa, fitness centre and wedding lawn, it’s safe to say that all of these villas are accompanied by top class facilites. All 87 units come with their own pool with spectacular views.

Beyond Villa [Phuket, Thailand]
Thailand is the new home of the super villa with clean lines, lots of white walls and great big swimming pools. Tropical beaches are one thing, but when you want to just relax and enjoy being alone, private villas are the way forward. This home has a master bedroom with its own private pool, and the whole home, all 6,000 square metres of it, is electronically controlled so that you don’t have to worry about a thing. It occupies a prime plot overlooking the Andaman Sea on the Southwest coast of Phuket and is few dozens steps from traditional French villas.

‘The View’ [Patong Harbour, Thailand]
The owner of this stunning villa used to work on the New York Stock Exchange but moved to Singapore where, after visiting Thailand every weekend, he decided to get into real estate and rent out large villas to tourists visiting his adopted homeland. His taste, and ability to spot fine villas is evidenced in his own villa that looks over Patong Harbor, from a height over almost 200 feet above the sea. He says he built this multi-million dollar villa for one reason: the view. Geared towards hosting parties, the villa has sensible living quarters upstairs and a party space downstairs complete with swimming pool, sound system and lighting. Thinking of buying something similar? You’ll need to find a generous banker willing to give you a home loan for around USD $2.5 million, which isn’t going to be so easy in the current economic climate!

Villa Nackros [Kalmar, Sweden]
This is a villa like no other: the whole living environment floats. The 165 ton structure is totally safe though, sitting securely in the water: wind, waves and sea ice won’t stop you from enjoying this home. Located on the Eastern coast of Sweden in the town of Kalmar, this home has six rooms and a kitchen; it’s crammed with technology to enhance the whole idyllic experience.

alila villas

alila villas


beyond villa

beyond villa


the view

the view


villa nackros

villa nackros