Villa Guru Adds Truly Unique Properties
Five properties added to the luxury villa portfolio including Observatory Bush Villa in South Africa.
Villa Guru has added a number of the world’s most impressive properties and a private island to its roster as the peak holiday season fast approaches. From private islands to secluded villas deep in the countryside and properties in party towns like Marbella, Villa Guru has an option for the entire spectrum of luxury travellers.
Villa Guru properties are not only some of the most exclusive in the world, they are complemented by the dedicated concierge team that can cater for the most lavish requests. Helicopter transfers, a caviar and champagne welcome, a crate of Iceland’s finest beer in a South African rental… it’s all possible.
Observatory Bush Villa, Waterberg, South Africa
Set within the Leobo Private Reserve three hours north of Johannesburg, Observatory Bush Villa combines world class design and traditional bush villa features – and even has a research-grade observatory. The 20,000 acre reserve offers guests the perfect surrounds to take game drives through the bush whether by 4×4, quad bike, horse, Polaris or even the reserve’s private helicopter. In the evenings, the 20 inch telescope, set in the domed observatory tower, brings the night sky to life. For the ultimate getting-back-to-nature experience, guests can go hippo camping in a tree-house tent above the reserves hippo dam.
The Observatory villa sleeps between four to six adults and three children over four bedrooms and is ideally suited to smaller family groups. Standout features at the villa include a heated infinity pool looking out over the Palala Valley, rooftop sunset terrace, shaded veranda and a large braii and fire pit to enjoy the outdoors late into the night.
Prices start from 40,000 Rand per night for exclusive use of the villa. The rate includes Villa Guru Concierge, all food (prepared by the private chef) and house beverages, with the opportunity for meals to be taken out in the bush. There is also an ‘unlimited rate’ available that includes use of an additional lodge (sleeps up to 18 guests), helicopter transfers from Johannesburg (for five passengers) and two hours of helicopter flight time per day. Numerous activities are included from horse riding through to quad biking.
Fregate Private Island, Seychelles
A jewel of conservation in the Indian Ocean, Fregate Island is home to 2,200 free roaming Giant Aldabra Tortoises whose lifespan can reach 200 years. The island is also home to endangered species such as the Hawksbill Turtle and Seychelles Magpie Robin as well as over 100 species of tropical birds and a rehabilitated indigenous forest.
Beyond the clear allure of Fregate Island for wildlife lovers, the island is also home to 16 separate residences ranging from 450sqm – suitable for two adults and two children – up to 700sqm residences that sleep up to four adults and two children. All include a private pool with some 700sqm residences configured for couples featuring private spa facilities. In addition to the private pool residences there is also the Banyan Hill Estate which lies on a peninsula hilltop overlooking the harbour. Here, up to six guests can stay in three separate villas around a central building with a grand central dining space and living area as well as an outdoor infinity pool.
Prices start from €4,200 per night for double occupancy of a private pool residence. The rate includes Villa Guru Concierge, 15% tax and 10% service charge, all island dining experiences along with a private buggy for exploring the island. Numerous activities are included from non-motorised water sports and a half-day deep sea fishing excursion (when staying three nights or more).
Villa Il Borro, Tuscany, Italy
Perfect for those looking for a familiar feel of the stately and regal, Villa Il Borro in Tuscany is the feature property in the village of Il Borro. The rental overlooks the medieval village and surrounding olive groves and vineyards with wine produced from those grapes housed in the property’s wine cellar. A thousand years of history is contained within the village which was once the preserve of the Medici Dynasty, once the wealthiest family in Europe.
Grandeur is not in short supply with 2,500sqm of living space set over four floors, including 10 bedrooms, a dining room, four kitchens, a lounge, billiard room and indoor pool. Two private gardens surround the villa including one in an Italian Renaissance style whilst there is also an outdoor swimming pool.
Prices start from €9,000 per night for exclusive use of the villa. These include Villa Guru Concierge, breakfast, housekeeping and maid service. It is also possible to hire a private chef, partake in cooking classes, enjoy spa treatments and experience activities and excursions in the local area.
Villa Guru are currently offering an exclusive special rate of seven nights for the price of six at Villa Il Borro.
Villa Delphine, Ibiza
Located on a hillside with a pine forest to one side and panoramic views across Cala Jondal, Porroig and Es Cubells to the other, Villa Delphine in Ibiza was recently renovated and enters the market for 2015. The villa is the perfect retreat for a family gathering with an 18-metre swimming pool and private gardens. Parents meanwhile will be keen to take advantage of the peace and quiet of the master suite with its own living room and roof terrace.
Prices start from €12,200 per week for exclusive use of the villa on a self-catered basis with Villa Guru Concierge service and housekeeping included.
Villa C-View, Cap Ferrat, France
Villa C-View returns to the Villa Guru portfolio after a change of ownership. From its hilltop position in Cap Ferrat, C-View has exactly what you would expect from the name – an unrivalled view of the Mediterranean Sea. The technology laden villa has an audio-visual system running throughout the 500sqm of living spacer that includes seven bedrooms, two kitchens and numerous dining areas with a seamless flow between the interior and exterior spaces. The exterior is well worth being fully integrated with a large pool with depth control surrounded by a terrace and sculpted gardens beyond.
Prices start from €65,000 for exclusive use of the villa with Villa Guru Concierge service, private chef, butler and housekeeping.
For more information or to book your villa holiday, visit www.villaguru.com or call 020 3004 8750.
Notes to editors:
– Villa Guru and Alpine Guru are accommodation-only booking sites, however, Oli and Ant provide a bespoke concierge service to assist with booking flights, transfers and / or holiday extras if required.
– Villa and Alpine Guru welcome enquiries or bookings from travel agents.
– Oli Corkhill and Ant Cullen are available for interview or to provide expert comment / insight on the luxury holiday or ski markets.
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About Villa Guru
Villa Guru launched in April 2014 bringing together a collection of the world’s most luxurious properties and private islands in the most exclusive destinations across the globe.
With first-hand knowledge of the properties and destinations they sell, founders, Oli Corkhill and Ant Cullen, offer clients the ultimate personal travel planning service, leaving no stone unturned to help clients find the perfect luxury villa, private island or resort to ensure the most memorable of holiday experiences.