Serenity & privacy in the Seychelles

Recently voted the best coastal villa in Africa, the secluded luxury retreat Sea Monkey Villa, on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles, is the ideal location for an exclusive vacation. Baroque Villas takes a look

 

The magnificent Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Africa is renowned as one of the most glorious destinations for a paradise island getaway. Celebrities and those who can afford it travel here to rent out entire islands, or parts thereof, to enjoy the privacy and beauty of some exquisite slices of paradise.

 

The Sea Monkey Villa is certainly not the first secluded luxury retreat to win an award; it includes a long list of equally extravagant and exclusive establishments. But it’s certainly the newest to garner attention. Voted by World Boutique Hotel Awards as ‘Africa’s Best Beach or Coastal Villa’ in November 2016, this establishment is different from the others in many ways. For starters, it’s not located on its own island. It’s situated in the northern part of the main island of the Seychelles, Mahe in the exclusive region of Glacis, just 20 minutes drive from the capital town of Victoria.

 

The villa’s location is quite unique and makes it extremely secluded. It’s set on a promontory that separates itself from the rest of the island by huge boulders. The fact that it’s located on Mahe is an added advantage. It’s close to the airport, yet far away enough from the madding crowds to be completely private.

 

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The rocky peninsula on which the boutique hotel is located offers guests breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding sea. There are only four double rooms at the villa, each with private en suite bathrooms and a private balcony. The villa includes two fully equipped kitchens, an upper and lower veranda, and an infinity pool with views of the sea lapping onto the sculptured granite rocks. There is an outside gazebo with a dining area, as well as a large living area with dining room and bar. Designed to blend into the lush tropical vegetation, the villa is decorated with sleek wooden furniture and stylish natural décor.

 

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Guests enjoy outdoor and indoor surround sound systems, TV, high speed WiFi, a selection of water sports equipment including three kayaks plus items for snorkeling and fishing, luxury sunbeds and a table tennis table. The surroundings are renowned for their abundant sandy beaches and exquisite coral reefs. The villa is also close to the vibrant area of Beau Vallon Bay, home to numerous restaurants, bars and local markets.

 

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Guests don’t have to leave the villa if they don’t want to, as there are so many activities available like yoga instruction and massage. In addition, there is a private chef on call to make sure they are well fed and a butler to make sure they are pampered to the hilt.

 

To win this esteemed award, hotels are chosen by a panel of travel industry experts, luxury travel journalists and guests. With such acclaim, a stay here can only be exemplary. If you would like to find out more about this exceptional villa, let Baroque Villas assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquevillas.com and we will give you all the information you require as well as make a reservation for you.

Rent your own private villa on safari in Africa

Singita Private is a collection of six luxurious villas provided by Singita, one of the most well-known and luxurious collection of game lodges in Africa. Baroque Villas has all the details about their latest offering

 

Singita Ebony

Singita Ebony

Singita Private offers travelers the ultimate luxury African safari vacation in a private setting. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in a choice of six idyllic locations in Africa. Each of the six villas created by Singita is designed to offer the quintessential safari experience, with exquisitely designed, spacious interiors and exteriors, offering guests the ultimate indoor/outdoor African experience, with unhindered views of unspoilt terrain.

 

Singita Lebombo

Singita Lebombo

Each villa features its own staff, including a host, private chef and safari guide who takes guests on game drives in their own private vehicle. Guests choose the schedule for their unique safari experiences. In true Singita style, the company continues its ongoing commitment to conserving the African wilderness in every way possible, including in these exceptional private villas, which are located in Southern and East Africa. One percent of the reservation fee to hire a private villa goes to specific local community initiatives, such as the ‘Singita School of Cooking’ in Tanzania and South Africa, and the ‘Fortifying Young Children Program’ in Zimbabwe.

The six destinations where the villas are located already have main properties owned by Singita. The villas are secluded, apart from these properties, to offer guests an unsurpassed experience of the wild. They are:

 

·        Singita Lebombo Villa: Located in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Guests enjoy game drives and guided bush walks, star gazing, various spa treatments, workouts at a fully equipped gym, mountain bikes, archery, swimming and community visits.

 

·        Singita Castleton: A combination of a private safari lodge and a rustic country farmhouse in South Africa. Aside from star-gazing, game drives and guided bush walks, there’s a range of spa treatments, a gym, mountain bikes, tennis, swimming, lawn games, archery and community visits.

 

·        Singita Ebony Villa: Set on the banks of the Sand River in Southern Africa, the villa offers the very best of a tented camp and traditional bush lodge experience. Guests enjoy all of the activities offered at Singita’s other luxury private villas.

 

·        Pamushana Villa: This palatial five-bedroom villa in Zimbabwe boasts its own private pool. Aside from the normal activities offered by Singita, there’s also rock art visits, cruising and fishing on Malilange Dam, and soccer.

 

·        Singita Explore: Guests enjoy the most luxurious tented camp experience imaginable on the magical Serengeti plains. Safari activities and sports are those regularly offered by Singita in their private villas, but there is also hot air balloon rides and board games to keep guests occupied.

 

·        Singita Serengeti House: Located on the banks of Sasakwa Hill, this plush retreat is part of Singita G in Tanzania. It features every possible luxury. Aside from safari expriences and various sports, guests also enjoy the thrills of cooking with their private chef.

 

If you would like to find out more about any of these exceptional African villas, let Baroque Villas assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquevillas.com and we will provide all of the information you require. In addition, if you require travel assistance to and from Kenya, our sister company, Baroque Travel, can make all your arrangements for you. Mail them now, info@baroquetravel.com.

A slice of paradise down south

In the southern hemisphere, it’s summer right now, so if you’d like to escape the cold, which has hit with a vengeance in the past few weeks, why not consider a trip to South Africa to explore the magnificent Western Cape coastline? Baroque Villas has found a treasure there, called Sugar Shack, a beautifully refurbished fisherman’s cottage in the quaint fishing town of Paternoster

 

Sugar Shack offers a rustic but ultra luxurious holiday with plenty of style and every modern convenience just two minutes from the beach. It’s the ideal location to sit sipping sundowners and watch a magnificent sunset over the ocean as the fishing boats return with their bounty. Whether you’re looking for a family getaway, an adventure with friends or an intimate weekend for the two of you, this idyllic little cottage is ideal.

Painted white in the traditional West Coast style, Sugar Shack is adorned with pretty candy pink colored shutters and furnished inside with white-washed furniture and carefully chosen art pieces that complement the interior. The cottage boasts an open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area with TV as well as an enclosed veranda (called a ‘stoep’ in South Africa!) with breathtaking ocean views. The kitchen is very well-equipped so that you can eat in if you wish, although Paternoster offers a selection of stunning restaurants, too.

 

All three bedrooms are exquisitely decorated and offer comfortable beds and en suite bathrooms. Two of the spacious and well appointed bathrooms boast showers, and the third offers a Victorian bath.

 

The exterior and interior of this home is painted in the traditional "West Coast" white but is trimmed with pretty 'candy pink' shutters. White-washed furniture and carefully chosen original art pieces complement the home whilst all bedrooms are beautifully appointed with white linen and down pillows.

Life in Paternoster goes slowly and at a tranquil pace. The quaint little fishing town, which is located a mere 145km from Cape Town is one of the country’s oldest and has become very popular recently, offering excellent restaurants offering traditional Cape fare (the seafood on this coastline is legendary) as well as a choice of accommodation. But visitors don’t only come here for the excellent cuisine; they come to savor the breathtaking scenery, which is dotted with huge boulders and jagged cliffs, not to mention long unspoilt beaches just waiting to be explored.

 

If you’re looking for an untouched paradise in one of the most breathtaking settings imaginable, then you’ll find it here. And staying at Suger Shack will literally be the cherry on top.

 

Let Baroque Villas arrange your stay to this magnificent part of the world, where you can enjoy superb weather at the seaside in a spectacular setting. Contact us now, info@baroquevillas.com. If you require travel arrangements to South Africa, our sister company, Baroque Travel, can arrange this for you. Just mail us, info@baroquetravel.com and we will arrange everything.

Luxury villa in Marrakech

Baroque Villas reveals a brand new, lush three-bedroom luxury villa available for rental just outside Marrakech

 

The exquisite Villa Azzaytouna is built on the sumptuous 5,000 square metre Ezzahara Estate in the Palmeraie, a palm-filled, lush oasis just outside of Marrakech city. Just completed, it offers accommodation for a maximum of six people in a luxury villa that boasts an exquisite, sunken Berber tent that is a romantic location when it is lit up with candles at night, ideal for pre- or post-dinner drinks. There’s also a huge 12.8m heated swimming pool in the garden. It’s surrounded by comfortable loungers and Indian daybeds and shaded by lush olive trees.

 

Each of the villa’s three beautiful bedrooms offer private terraces where guests can laze on huge daybeds in the summer or relax in front of fireplaces when it’s cold outside. Two of the bedrooms also boast plunge pools that are lit up at night.

The villa also offers its own private spa that contains a hammam and a private treatment room. There’s also a spacious domed sitting and dining room with bespoke traditional Moroccan hanging lamps. For eating al fresco, there’s a dining terrace with stunning views over the pool. The villa is decorated in the contemporary Moroccan style with various souk finds, including traditional Berber benches, wooden carved doors, antique pots and Beni Ourain rugs.

 

Guests enjoy sumptuous meals prepared by the villa’s private chef, as well as unlimited pampering treatments in the private spa, or in the privacy of their own luxury room.

In addition, guides can be arranged to take guests sightseeing to see the best of Marrakech, including the Medina and the fascinating souks. There’s also a fun day trip to the Atlas Mountains, 40km away, which involves a mule trek of one or two hours’ duration, and a country lunch. Guests are also chauffeur driven to the city whenever they wish to visit.

For larger parties, the villa can be rented together with a choice of two others on the estate, the Villa Ezzahara, which accommodates up to 14 people in 7 plush bedrooms or the smaller Villa Alkhozama, which accommodates just 4 people. This makes renting a villa in this idyllic location ideal for a party or special family celebration.


If you would like to stay in any of these three stunning, sumptuous villas, including the brand new Villa Azzaytouna, contact Baroque Villas now and we will arrange this for you. Mail us right away, info@baroquevillas.com.

Villas in the Cape Winelands

Rent a luxury villa in one of the most spectacular regions in Africa, the Cape Winelands, just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, in the midst of the Cape’s famous wine country.

 

These spectacular villas are located in the family-owned Oldenburg Vineyards, a boutique wine estate close to Stellenbosch, nestling in the Banghoek Valley. The spacious, elegant two-century old homestead has been meticulously restored to its former glory and completely modernized, offering a seamless flow of magnificently furnished indoor and outdoor spaces that offer a relaxed space with lots of room for entertaining.

 

The double-story homestead offers six spacious bedrooms, a magnificent garden, deep verandas with scenic views of the surrounding groves and vineyards and a large swimming pool. Guests also have access to a modern, glass-walled gym. Staff includes a trained butler, two housekeepers and resident manager. Guests can also request a private chef, chauffeur, personal trainer and even a childminder if they wish.


Of the six bedrooms, four are en-suite and located downstairs. Two bedrooms are located in a separate wing, while upstairs is the master bedroom suite as well as a twin-bedded room with its own bathroom, which would make an ideal nursery for young kids. All the bedrooms are beautifully decorated, and offer air-conditioning, ceiling fans, WiFi, flat-screen satellite TVs and underfloor heating in the bathrooms.

 

Ideally located to make the most of this stunning region’s wine farms and culture of fresh, fine food, the villa also offers a wine tasting on its doorstep at Oldenburg, which includes an option of dining in the wine cellar. Nearby guests have a choice of some of the country’s best gourmet restaurants as well as its most prestigious wine producers, including Boschendal, Babylonstoren, Delaire Graff and many more.


If cooking is your forte, you can actually use the stunning fully-equipped kitchen in the Homestead, or enjoy an interactive cooking class there. The staff will take care of all grocery shopping, although many guests prefer to shop for fresh food ingredients themselves in the many deli’s and weekend farmers markets in the vicinity.

 

Life at the Homestead is gloriously simple and relaxed, whether lazing by the pool in the sun, exploring the farm on foot or cycling or horse riding cross country. The magnificent sunsets are best shared with friends over a glass of good wine. Children love the country life, and of course, Cape Town’s stunning beaches are only an hour away.


If you would like to book an idyllic Cape holiday, let Baroque Villas make all the arrangements for you. As this exquisite villa, which can accommodate up to 12 guests, is so highly sought-after, we suggest you contact Baroque Villas right away, info@baroquevillas.com, to secure your stay in the country.