Who doesn’t love a great hotel? But only a private villa lets you live the fantasy that you actually live in this or that fabulous spot. Here are some charmed choices to ponder.
Esencia Mansion, Mexico
A Hollywood producer transformed an Italian duchess’s tropical home on the Riviera Maya into Hotel Esencia, one of Mexico’s most exclusive beach boltholes. Its VVIP clientele can now hide away even more discreetly in this villa, the Esencia Mansion. Location: A jungly corner of the 50-acre estate only a five-minute walk from the white sands of Xpu-Ha beach, the spa, and the gourmet tacos served at Mistura. Layout: 12,000 square feet on four levels, with four suites (each with a terrace with a hammock), a fitness studio, a rooftop terrace with ocean views, and three pools. Wow Factor: A secret entrance leads to an underground speakeasy-style bar, fully stocked and outfitted with a DJ booth, which is staffed on request.
Sopris House, Aspen
A former family ranch, Aspen Valley Ranch, opened in May 2021 as a gated community with high-end homesteads (for sale or rental of a month or more) and resort-level amenities and service (some of the team come from Aspen’s lauded Little Nell, and the concierge is from Les Clefs d’Or). Location: Ten minutes from downtown Aspen. But why leave when you and yours can Nordic ski, snowshoe, and snowmobile in your private 813-acre playground? Layout: Five bedrooms and bathrooms (tubs have mountain views) spread over 5,709 square feet, with a central courtyard, greenhouse, and wine cellar curated to your taste. Wow Factor: Private stables and a wrangler at your disposal. The public spaces, such as the historic barn