Three of the best villas

Chris Carter picks three of the very best villas to get away from it all in.


Dubrovnik Harbour: it'll cost you, but blimey, the views!

Sustainable living in the Seychelles

The Six Senses Zil Pasyon resort on the island of Flicit is just a 20-minute helicopter ride from the main airport in the Seychelles. Its 30 one-bed villas look out onto the Indian Ocean and each comes with its own infinity pool and access to the rock-edged pools and three white-sand beaches, says Kashmira Gander in The Independent. Nor will you find any wasteful plastic water bottles here. In a push for sustainability, the resort uses a reverse osmosis system and crystal-water refinery to obtain its water. The food is sourced from its own chicken farm and organic garden. The resort is close enough to the other islands in the archipelago, including the La Digue, Grande Soeur, Petite Soeur, Coco and Marianne islands, to make it ideal for a spot of Greek-style island hopping. Doubles from £1,075 a night see

Elephant spotting in Kenya

Arijiju may well be Kenya's most beautiful holiday home, says John O'Ceallaigh in The Daily Telegraph. Named after the hill on which it sits, Arijiju is crafted from hand-cut Meru stone, and its design is partly inspired by the monasteries of neighbouring Ethiopia. The surrounding Borana Conservation area in Laikipia is home to a working cattle ranch, but guests can still expect to see elephants, giraffes and black rhinos, as well as 330 species of birds. The five bedrooms are a medley of "rustic African fixtures, earthy colours and occasional extravagant European flourishes", with stand-alone copper tubs and showers indoors and out. There is a resident staff of 14, which includes a butler, ranger and chefs to rustle up "healthy and light Ottolenghi-style' cuisine". The house has a games room, cinema, library, spa, hammam and a yoga deck with a masseuse and beauty therapist in attendance.From $7,500 a night see

Fantastic views in Dubrovnik

"It'll cost you, but, blimey, the views" are worth it, says Jeremy Lazell in The Sunday Times. Dubrovnik Harbour is a seven-bedroom townhouse situated on a hill above its namesake on the Dalmatian coast. It has a pool on the terrace with great views over the old town and sea. Take a boat out and you can explore the Elaphites archipelago.From £9,800 a week see

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Chris Carter

Chris Carter spent three glorious years reading English literature on the beautiful Welsh coast at Aberystwyth University. Graduating in 2005, he left for the University of York to specialise in Renaissance literature for his MA, before returning to his native Twickenham, in southwest London. He joined a Richmond-based recruitment company, where he worked with several clients, including the Queen’s bank, Coutts, as well as the super luxury, Dorchester-owned Coworth Park country house hotel, near Ascot in Berkshire.

Then, in 2011, Chris joined MoneyWeek. Initially working as part of the website production team, Chris soon rose to the lofty heights of wealth editor, overseeing MoneyWeek’s Spending It lifestyle section. Chris travels the globe in pursuit of his work, soaking up the local culture and sampling the very finest in cuisine, hotels and resorts for the magazine’s discerning readership. He also enjoys writing his fortnightly page on collectables, delving into the fascinating world of auctions and art, classic cars, coins, watches, wine and whisky investing.

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