A luxury traveller’s dream: The stunning, new villas of Relais & Chateaux

Schenelle Dsouza 
Deemed as one of the world’s finest hoteliers, Relais & Chateaux is known for its string of individually owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants all across the world. Opened in 1954 by Marcel and Nelly Tilloy, Relais & Chateaux has more than 580 landmark hotels and restaurants with about 500 members in over 60 countries on five continents.
Expanding their business further, Relais & Chateaux opened 500 new villas in 30 different countries. Offering a customised, personal service, fine accommodation and lip-smacking food and drinks, the villas promise a delightful stay.
1. Dimora— Il Borro, Italy
Il Borro, Italy
Dimora, Il Borro
A 19th-century Tuscan building nestled in the heart of an 1100-hectare estate, The Dimora is an exclusive location housing 10 double bedrooms, each with its own unique features like the canopy bed and oriental-style wallpaper in the Royal Suite. The villa also has a heated indoor swimming pool, gym, billiard room and sauna. Meals are prepared by Chef Andrea Campani. They also serve tailor-made traditional dishes along with great Italian and international wines, as well as wines from the Il Borro vineyard.
Price: Rs 25,671 per night onwards.
2. Grand Ocean Villa— Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka
Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka
Grand Ocean Villa, Cape Weligama
Overlooking the Indian Ocean, Cape Weligama’s The Grand Ocean Villa has a stunning view. The villa comes with a large verandah and has a spacious king bedroom alongside the living room. It also has its own personal bar. At the seafront, the crescent-shaped infinity pool floats above the waves along stone pathways leading to secluded coves where turtles flap about in the crystal-clear shallows. The infinity swimming pool is shared with the other villas. The meals include fresh seasonal food in a fusion of Asian and Spanish cuisines.
Price: Rs 53,246 per night onwards.
3. Octagon— Niraamaya Surya Samudra, India
Niraamaya Surya Samudra, India
Octagon, Niraamaya Surya Samudra
Located in the South Indian state of Kerala, The Octagon in Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra is a spacious, traditional stone house set in Kerala’s Heritage architecture. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, a private sun deck and open-to-sky baths with rain showers, the villa has elegant, luxurious rooms. The food includes authentic South-East Asian gourmet meals with a delicate blend of rich herbs and spices.
Price: Rs 16,975 per night onwards.
4. Owner’s Cottage— Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka
Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka
Owner’s Cottage, Ceylon Tea Trails
Comprising of five restored historic tea planter residences, Ceylon Tea Trails is perched at an altitude of 1250m in Sri Lanka’s panoramic Ceylon tea region. The Owner’s Cottage at Dunkeld bungalow is a standalone bungalow with lake views. It has a heated outdoor hot tub, a master bedroom with a king bed, a beautifully furnished living room, verandah with a spectacular tea field. The villa offers quirky tea inspired meals like the planters lunch, tea-infused dinner, etc.
Price: Rs 76,419 per night onwards.
5. Royal Tented Suite— Suján The Serai, India
Suján The Serai, India
Royal Tented Suite, Suján The Serai
A luxurious camp, Suján The Serai’s The Royal Suite sits on a 100-acre private estate of indigenous desert scrub. Inspired by the designs of the royal caravan sites of Rajputana, the Suján blends their dash and vivacity with modern amenities and services. The Royal Tented Suite, set in a private encampment comes with its own heated outdoor plunge pool, a massage area and tents to dine and lounge in. Privacy, peace and comfort define this spacious and luxurious section of the camp.
Price: Rs 70,000 per night onwards.
6. The Luxury ‘Pukka Sahib Suite’— Suján Sher Bagh, India
Suján Sher Bagh, India
The Luxury ‘Pukka Sahib Suite’, Suján Sher Bagh
Located on the borders of world-renowned Ranthambore National Park, Suján Sher Bagh is a pioneering camp of 10 luxurious tents and 2 exceptional tented suites. The Luxury ‘Pukka Sahib’  villa surrounded by beautiful gooseberry and guava trees is set in a private encampment, with its own heated outdoor plunge pool and tents to dine and lounge in. A private butler sees to all the guests’ needs ensuring they have everything they need.
Price: Rs 73,000 per night onwards.
7. The Sunrise Villa— Ahilya By the Sea, India
Ahilya By the Sea, India
The Sunrise Villa, Ahilya By the Sea
A serene, private escape in a quiet corner of Dolphin Bay, The Sunrise Villa inside Ahilya by the Sea has a private living room and bar, a professional kitchen, a private infinity sunrise swimming pool and three beautifully decorated rooms: Barco, Annalia and Minstrel. Featuring three well-appointed bedrooms, a bathroom and a gorgeous sea view, the villa has its own dining room and a shady wraparound verandah for a perfect afternoon sit out. Both individually hosted tables, as well as restaurant menus, are available, serving Indian, Continental and Goan food.
Price: Rs 11,000 per night onwards.
8. The two-bedroom Beach Residence— The Nautilus, Maldives
The Nautilus, Maldives
The Two-Bedroom Beach Residence, The Nautilus
Located in Maldives’ stunning Baa Atoll, The Nautilus’ two-bedroom Beach Residence is the perfect private beach home for a fun stay with family or friends.
The residence has a living room, dining room, powder room and a spacious master bedroom upstairs. Beautiful furnishings and curated objets d’art create a chic and cosy ambience. It also has a private sundeck and azure pool. The four restaurants Zeytoun, Thyme, Ocasso Grill and Naiboli Bar offer a wide range of gourmet meals of Mediterranean-Middle Eastern, Japanese, Mexican and Peruvian cuisines.
Price: Rs 4,24,881 per night onwards.
9. Zabuco Honeymoon Villa I— Secret Bay, Dominica
Secret Bay, Dominica
Zabuco Honeymoon Villa I, Secret Bay
Built on a majestic clifftop, the villa is situated off the Secret Bay and has a breathtaking view of the mountain peaks of Dominica and the sparkling Caribbean Sea. The Secret Bay villa has a vast outdoor deck with a plunge pool, a luxurious bathroom and a state-of-the-art open-plan kitchen. The concierge at Secret Bay creates personalised itineraries for the guests, including yoga at the Bwa Mang Wellness Pavilion.
Price: Rs 1,01,763 per night onwards.
10. Zarafa Camps— Selinda Reserve, Botswana 
Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Zarafa Camps, Selinda Reserve
An exquisite camp located on the private 130,000 hectares Selinda Reserve, Zarafa Camps has four 100m guest tents set on a raised deck, under a flowing canvas, accomodating up to three guests. 
The camp is constructed using only recycled hardwoods and canvas. Inside, the bedroom is connected to an open lounge with a vast deck with a private plunge pool, an outdoor shower and an outdoor gym. All the camp’s electricity comes from its solar farm and a biogas system converts vegetable waste into usable cooking gas. 
Price: Rs 1,08,372 per night onwards.
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