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Temenos Villas at Long Bay, Long Bay

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Long Bay
Tel: 264 498 9000's insider take:

Named after the Greek word for "sanctuary," this trio of grand Mykonos-style villas perched on a cliff seventy feet above the ocean, represents the ne plus ultra of lodging luxury. Each has its own infinity pool paralleling the sea, a Jacuzzi at one end, an al fresco dining table with cliff-top views at the other. Here, indoors, or at the beach, your full-time butler will serve you breakfast, or major meals ordered from a catering kitchen servicing the three villas. Although booked in their entirety, the villas are practically broken down into separate suites ideal for family reunions or for several couples vacationing together. Each has its own private terrace and marble bathroom, the largest of which is an over-the-top 20- by 25-foot indoor/outdoor multi-room complex, with sunken marble bathtub and glistening Grecian pillars. Every detail has been well-planned and creatively executed, from the remote-controlled floor-to-ceiling shade between the outdoor shower and the indoor space to the chef-worthy kitchen. All three villas have cathedral ceilings, circular staircases, sexy nooks and crannies, an office with computer and internet access, a flat-screen plasma TV, and a state-of-the-art sound system. Named after the color palette of their individual interiors, Sand and Sky have four suites, while Sea, the largest of the three, has a fifth or "nanny" suite, which alone would qualify as five-star accommodation at other resorts. Sea also boasts an oft-photographed outdoor meditation pavilion conducive to an eternal 'Om.' Our only complaint was with the accounting office, which persistently erred on the billing, so get your rates in writing before you go. And if you'd like to own one of these, ask about the residential sister property at the golf course on the opposite shore (

Closed September through October.

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