AMPR Villas & Buyouts

April 1st, 2020

The theme of 2020: It’s all about personal space. People are eager to travel again. And when they do, private accommodations will be a popular option, as guests want assurance that they’ll be able to maintain personal safety and hygiene standards. Here’s a list of villa and property buyouts available both domestically and internationally:

U.S.

Can accommodate over 5 guests…

Bardessono Hotel & Spa, Napa Valley

# of bedrooms: 1 to 3

# of guests: 1 to 6

Price: TBC

The three new Maple Grove Villas at Bardessono Hotel & Spa are available to book individually or as one three-bedroom retreat for a total of 3,705 square-feet of space. Guests that book all three accommodations have exclusive access to the property’s hybrid Lexus during the stay. The villas have stocked wine fridges, fireplaces and outdoor “cocktail pools” with lounge seating. The villas are serviced by Bardessono docents, who can arrange activities like private yoga and meditation sessions, art tours or museum visits. Bardessono Hotel & Spa is one of only three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-certified hotels in the county. Located in Yountville, cuisine reigns king here, with more Michelin stars per capita than any other place in America.

White Elephant Loft at 32 Main Street, Nantucket

# of bedrooms: 3

# of guests: 6

Price: Starts at $1,595/night

The historic, three-bedroom White Elephant Loft at 32 Main Street in Nantucket is the only bookable accommodation on Nantucket’s Main Street and walking distance to nearby beaches and Brant Point Lighthouse. This 2,500 square-foot pied-à-terre-style, free-standing loft is located on the 2nd floor of a 19th century brick building, featuring a gourmet kitchen. Guests who book the unit receive the keys to a BMW for the duration of their stay and access to Priority Bicycles for exploring the 30 miles of bike trails.

Anchorage House, Nantucket

# of bedrooms: 3

# of guests: 7

Price: Starts at $1,200/night

Situated on the northeast end of Nantucket, The Anchorage House by Serena & Lily is a three-bedroom cottage as part of The Wauwinet. Guests have access to all the amenities at The Wauwinet and exclusive access to 2020 BMW SUV vehicle is included in the stay.

The Setting Inn, Napa Valley

# of bedrooms: 4 rooms in 3 cottages

# of guests: 8

Starting price: TBC

This historic landmark farmhouse built in 1901 has been renovated and reborn as The Setting Inn and re-opened in Summer 2019. The transformation, which includes fresh interiors, has taken place under new ownership with The Setting Wines, which famously sold one of its bottles for $350,000 at a 2017 charity auction. (Complimentary tastings of these vintages are now offered to all guests.) Each of the oversized rooms is named after a wine growing region and features a soaking tub, fireplace and balcony or porch. Surrounded by vineyards, the property offers views of the Mayacamas Mountains, and lawn games like Connect Four and Ladder Ball. The centerpiece of the quiet courtyard is the red barn, which acts as the property’s living room. Tucked away in quiet Oak Knoll District, the property sits conveniently between downtown Napa and Yountville, which are easily accessible via one of the inn’s complimentary electric cruisers.

 

Can accommodate 10 guests…

The Francis House, Napa Valley

# of bedrooms: 5

# of guests: 10

Starting price: TBC

The Francis House in Calistoga opened in September 2018 in a landmark building steeped in history and prestige. Built in 1886, The Francis House was initially a family home for prominent local merchant, James H. Francis. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has being carefully restored, rehabilitated and redesigned as an exclusive five-room luxury inn. In addition to a private pool, guests have access to an infrared sauna and salt room. Located a couple blocks off Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga’s Main Street, the town’s walkable downtown area is home to tasting rooms and boutiques.

 

Can accommodate over 20 guests…

Shou Sugi Ban House, The Hamptons

# of bedrooms: 13

# of guests: 26

Price: TBC

This wellness retreat and destination spa opened in Water Mill in May 2019. Located adjacent to the Parrish Art Museum off Montauk Highway, the property’s three acres are contained behind a private gate with round-the-clock security. The 13 guest studios are all accessible via private entrances to the outside. Each studio has its own locally-made, kobe-style bed, fireplace and bathtub – half of which are Hinoki ofuro (Japanese soaking tubs). Keeping busy won’t be a problem with the following on-site: open-air movement pavilion with TRX suspension trainers, ballet bar, free weights, kettle bells and other functional props; multiple pools; thermal suite with infrared sauna, dry sauna and steam room; and a tennis court. Travelers looking to stretch their legs can head to nearby Southampton beaches or Montauk’s Shadmoor Cliffs. Resident practitioners can coordinate healing arts treatments, such as sound baths and tea ceremonies, and the culinary team led by consulting chef Mads Refslund is on standby to create a menu for whomever rents out the property.

 

Can accommodate over 60 guests…

The Wauwinet, Nantucket

# of bedrooms: 32

# of guests: 64

Price: TBC

Situated on the northeast end of Nantucket, bordering the peaceful Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, the 32-room Wauwinet offers the feel of a private home. Built in 1875, the Inn is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Nantucket Bay. It’s the only property on Nantucket with access to two private beaches. During the fall, lobstering, surfcasting, cooking classes and scenic drives to neighboring ‘Sconset in the property’s 1948 Woody are included in the stay. The on-property restaurant, TOPPER’S is recognized for its 1,400-bottle wine list – the largest on island – and fresh oysters, plucked from the Bay 300 yards from the property.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Can accommodate over 5 guests…

Grand Riad at Royal Mansour, Marrakech

# of bedrooms: 4

# of guests: 8 people

Price: Starts at 400,000 MAD/night

Each of Royal Mansour’s 53 accommodations is an individual, three-story riad. The four-bedroom Grand Riad is the undisputed crown jewel. Referred to as the “hotel within the hotel,” the 19,375 square-foot residence features a private library, two swimming pools, a cinema, hammam, gym, multiple dining and living rooms, and a glass-enclosed split-level terrace with a retractable roof.  Guests of the Grand Riad also enjoy the services of a dedicated staff that includes a chef, watchman, housekeepers, and butlers.

Four-Bedroom Villa at The Christopher, St. Barth

# of bedrooms: 4

# of guests: 8

Price: Starts at 3,900 Euro/night

The brand-new four-bedroom villas at The Christopher, St. Barth, designed by Olivia Putman (daughter of Andrée Putman) blur the boundaries between inside and out and use a mix of natural materials including bamboo, sandstone and volcanic stone, accented with pops of the hotel’s signature orange. With large decks and private pools, they meld the privacy of a villa rental with the comforts of a hotel.

 

Can accommodate 10 or more guests…

Fleming Villa at GoldenEye, Jamaica

# of bedrooms: 5

#of guests: 10

Price: Starts at $6,365/night

Channel Ian Fleming in the aptly named, five-bedroom  Fleming Villa at GoldenEye in Jamaica (where he wrote all 14 James Bond novels). The grounds are home to a private beach, pool, and movie screening room (Fleming’s former garage). The Sunken Garden – where Fleming used to entertain the likes of Kathryn Hepburn and Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden – is the ideal location for a private dinner party.

For larger groups, guests can rent out the 23 Beach Huts at GoldenEye. The layout for the huts was conceived to blend the indoors and out; the sounds of the tropics with the feel of a hut on the beach. Separated from main property, those book the one and two-bedroom Huts have exclusive access to Snorkeler’s Cove, teeming with colorful coral and tropical fish, as well as Button Beach for sunning, swimming, paddleboarding and kayaking. The starting nightly rate for the Beach Huts buyout is $12,730/night.

The Beaumont, London

# of bedrooms: 5

# of guests: 10

Price: Starts at 7,380 GBP /night

The Beaumont’s fifth floor presidential suite, The Roosevelt, can be adjoined with neighboring suites and rooms to create a private floor. The Roosevelt Suite has a spacious sitting room featuring a working fireplace and a library stocked with books from neighborhood bookstore Haywood Hill; a separate dining room seating eight; a pantry kitchen that is stocked to guests’ wishes; and a large terrace for outdoor dining. The fifth floor also comes with its own private elevator bank.

Belmond Afloat in France

# of bedrooms: Total of 7 river barges ranging from 2 to 6 bedrooms

# of guests: 4-12 guests

Price: Rates for the two newest barges, Lilas and Pivoine start at 50,920 Euro for a six-night itinerary, fully inclusive

Collectively known as Belmond Afloat in France, Belmond’s fleet of seven luxury barges are available for private charters with a nearly 1:1 crew to guest ratio. Accommodating anywhere from four to 12 passengers, guests can also book two or more barges to float in tandem for larger parties. More akin to floating villas, the barges feature a dining room, lounge, and sundeck as well as private floating pools. The week-long itineraries are all-inclusive and completely customizable to meet the individual desire of each guest. Families can take part in ATV rides and ziplining led by the onboard guide, while culinary buffs can enjoy book Belmond Napoleon for the newest six-night itinerary featuring a different Michelin-starred restaurant every day.

Private Pool Villa at Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla

# of bedrooms: 5

# of guests: 12

Price: Starts at $5,225/night

Belmond Cap Juluca in Anguilla reopened following a complete renovation in December 2018 with the addition of three new, private pool villas. The five-bedroom Beachfront Pool Villa offers an escape for large groups and families – fully-equipped with a private swimming pool just steps away from the white sands of Maundays Bay, known to be one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. A dedicated beach butler is on hand to make sure guests’ private slice of beach is always prepared to their liking.

 

Can accommodate over 15 guests…

La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel, Bordeaux, France

# of bedrooms: 8

# of guests: 16

Price: Starts at $20,000/night

Located in the heart of a 200-acre vineyard in Bordeaux, La Chartreuse is the private residence of Michel Reybier, the owner of La Réserve hotels in Paris, Ramatuelle, Geneva and Zurich. The Jacques Garcia-designed house is decorated in a mix of European antiques and Asian tapestries has six bedrooms and two suites; a library; dining room; hammam; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; and a wine cellar, of course. Staying at La Chartreuse means an exclusive opportunity to experience life on the Cos d’Estournel estate from the inside. The vineyard is one of just 14 Chateaux ranked as Second Growth in 1855.

 

Can accommodate over 20 guests…

Ithaafushi Private Island at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Malé

# of bedrooms: 3-bedroom beach villa + 2-bedroom overwater villa + 4-bedroom residence

# of guests: 25

Price: Starts at $65,000/night (TBC)

When the doors opened on July 1, 2019, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi became the first luxury resort debut near the capital city of Malé in the last decade. Location is a unique selling point because Waldorf Astoria guests do not need to rely on a seaplane transfer from the international airport to their accommodations, which is not permitted after 6 p.m. due to daylight restrictions. Instead of a nonoptional overnight in Malé, a private fleet of seven yachts is available 24/7 for a 40-minute trip with drinks, snacks and onboard amenities provided by a ‘Yacht Concierge.’ In addition to this indulgent option, privacy-seeking guests can also opt for a standalone Stella Maris villa (2), one-bedroom duplex unit that is accessible by a traditional dhoni boat.

 

Can accommodate over 30 guests…

La Reserve Paris Apartments

# of bedrooms: total of 10 apartments ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms

# of guests: 1 to 40

Price: Starts at 1,700 Euro/night for the one-bedroom apartment; starts at 25,000 Euros/night for full buyout

Overlooking the Trocadero in the capital’s 16th arrondissement (meaning unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower) are the 10 La Réserve Paris Apartments. There are 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom flats, ranging from 1,500 to 3,000+ square-feet. The La Reserve Paris Apartment building has its own private street entrance and spans just four floors, accessible via a large staircase. The ground-floor units have expansive garden terraces while the higher units have large balconies with outdoor dining tables. Guests can feel like they have their own pied-a-terre by renting out one apartment or buy out all 10 apartments, accommodating up to 40 family and friends. Each unit has a large kitchen and the pantry and wine cellar come fully stocked. Furniture can even be rearranged to guests’ liking. For long-term stays, the apartment can be decorated with original works of art selected by guests and a home gym and cinema can be set up.

Belmond Royal Scotsman, Scotland

# of cabins: 22

# of guests: 40

Price: TBC

Departing from Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, Belmond Royal Scotsman travels on circular routes through the heart of the Highlands and is Scotland’s only luxury sleeper train. With only 40 passengers on board, the train replicates a ‘Country House on Wheels’ and has two, three- or four-night itineraries. Guests can also tailor itineraries with bespoke excursions depending on each traveler’s preferences, including stargazing in the Cairngorms, which boasts some of the darkest skies in Europe; hiking the gorges of Aviemore; canoeing on Loch Ness; clay pigeon shooting at Rothiemurchus Estate; or teeing off for golf at some of the country’s most famous links courses.

 

Can accommodate over 150 guests…

Dromoland Castle, County Clare, Ireland

# of bedrooms: 97

# of guests: 190

Price: Starts at $33,000/night

Set on 450 acres with gardens based on the same designs as the Gardens at Versailles, Dromoland Castle can trace its heritage back to the 16th century when it was home of the O’Brien family. The lineage dates back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, one of the last High Kings of Ireland. Converted to a hotel in the 1960s and fresh off a $20 million renovation and restoration, Dromoland Castle exhibits the best of its regal Irish heritage. The property offers amenities and country home activities, including an 18-hole, par 72 parkland golf course that weaves around the grounds. Multigenerational families have the perfect venue at Dromoland, with tailored activities like tennis lessons, bespoke golf clinics, horse and buggy rides, archery, garden tours, falconry, bubble baths on demand, and even a genealogy expert to help trace Irish familial roots.

 

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