Lake Como, Italy
One of Italy's most decadent resorts, Villa d'Este has recently unveiled its magnificently-renovated, enchanting lakeside Villa Cima, set amongst its magnolia, wisteria and chestnut trees.
A 7000-sqft, 19th-century, patrician-style residence built for Villa d'Este's former owners, Count and Countess Pino, its sumptuous living areas and four bedrooms are spacious, light and filled with antiques and fine art, with large panoramic balconies or terraces looking out over the lake. The three floors are connected by a sweeping red-carpeted staircase (or elevator), and of course in addition to the luxury of having your very own lakeside villa you've got full access to Villa d'Este's fine dining venues and sensational activities.
Marbella Club, Golf Resort & Spa
Marbella Club's colonial two-bedroom villas are amazing; but it's the jaw-dropping six-bedroom, fully-staffed Villa del Mar that has even more wow-factor. Massage at dawn? Caviar for brunch? Cocktails at dusk? Everything you desire is on-demand, from the 24-hour, nothing-is-too-much-trouble service, to the hi-tech amenities and sumptuous furnishings.
Inside the gated property, hand-woven silk carpets, collectable artworks and wood-burning fireplaces ensure timeless glamour; huge comfy sofas, a fully-stocked kitchen and bar promise the best in home comforts; while outside, spacious wrap-around terraces, unrivalled sea views, a private Med-view infinity pool, Zen garden and direct access to your own enclave of beach are this illustrious villa's icing on the cake.
A Mediterranean classic, set in Belmond La Residencia's Son Fony building, replete with terracotta floors, white-washed walls, olive-wood shutters and Mallorcan antiques, the Exclusive Suite 54 has an almost-rustic feel, but one that definitely doesn't scrimp on creature comforts.
Its peaceful setting and pretty views over Deià and the Tramuntana Mountains make you feel instantly relaxed as soon as you arrive, so you're ready to step out from the huge lounge onto your sun-splashed terrace to soak up the sun, take a dip into the private pool to cool off, or feast on delicious Mallorcan delicacies at the outdoor dining area in no time at all.
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Rich, opulent and the height of refined Italian style, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo's lavish two-bedroom panoramic Presidential Suite is the ultimate Sicilian residence, and one that everyone's favourite Godfather, Michael Corleone would be proud of.
Exquisitely decorated with elegant Italian flair, two bedrooms (each with marble bathroom) accommodate up to five guests, and the beautifully-furnished living space leads out to a lavish 280sqm terrace with its own private hydro-massage pool, summerhouse and prime 180° vistas of the historic Greek Theatre, Mount Etna, and the Bay of Naxos and beyond.