Top 5 unique villas

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

Set on a clifftop plateau along the southern coastline of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula and designed by award-winning Singapore architectural firm WOHA, Alila Villas Uluwatu blends in with the surrounding nature, seamlessly linking what’s inside to the outdoors. Each of the 65 villas combine contemporary interiors with traditional Balinese accents, reflected in planes of wood, water, stone and rattan. Even a one-bedroom villa measures at just over 3,000 square feet.

An architectural highlight is the sunset cabana, a stunning overhanging cliff-side platform with dramatic views over the Indian Ocean. As the cherry on top, several white-sand beaches lie a mere 15 minutes away.


Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji

Likuliku, meaning ‘calm waters’, is located on Malolo Island in the Mamanuca archipelago. It offers 45 Bures or rooms all clad in natural elements unique to the region, including Fiji’s only over-water Bures. Perched on the edge of a vibrant fringing reef in a natural pristine lagoon and marine sanctuary, guests can experience traditional Fijian architecture and elements such as ‘magi magi’ designs.

In June this year, the resort was accepted as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and is also hosting a Dry Forest habitat restoration programme since the critically endangered Fiji Crested Iguana was found within its compounds.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Zighy Bay is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, with 82 village-inspired pool villas in a spectacular bay guarded by the dramatic Hajar Mountains. The ultimate private walled enclave in the establishment is the four-bedroom Arabian Palace, where the emphasis is on a completely personal environment—truly a resort within a resort. Environmental activists will particularly appreciate Zighy Bay for their efforts in sustainability. The resort has its own self-sufficient water supply through a reverse osmosis plant, and also utilises their own organic date trees for culinary uses, spa treatments, as well as food for the wildlife that roam the resort freely. A further unique point is that guests can choose a range of arrivals ranging from hiking, speedboating, or even paragliding into the resort. Talk about a grand entrance.


Villa Rockstar, St Barths 

Anyone can live the life of a supernova with this incredible beachside villa. This 16,000 square-foot six-suite behemoth of luxury is located on the beach of Saint Jean, just a few steps from the turquoise blue of the Caribbean Sea, featuring a private pool, hot tub and fitness room. The villa comes with a private butler, private chef, as well as access to a private beach in Lorient. There’s even a Mini Cooper in the garage for the residents’ disposal. As a perk for the musically-inclined, Villa Rockstar also boasts something completely unique in holiday rentals: a fully-equipped recording studio situated next to a room that can be used as a music room, theatre or private cinema.

Hotel Palafitte, Neuchâtel

Situated an hour and a half away from Zurich, The Palafitte is Europe’s only hotel built on stilts, and its architecture has been carefully designed to enhance the breathtaking view of the surroundings. The hotel design also mirrors the area’s history; archaeologists have discovered the oldest remains of houses in Switzerland—built on stilts. Each of its 38 pavilions offers stunning viewpoints; the bathrooms even have movable partitions to allow a view onto the lake while guests soak in the bathtub. The only thing blocking the horizon is the neighbouring Alps. Make full use of Palafitte’s location by enjoying water activities in Switzerland’s largest natural pool.