Private Villas and Residences at Recommended Hotels in the U.S.

For those wanting to reunite with friends and family, private villas and homes in remote locations are more attractive than ever. Here are 20 we recommend.

Summer Escape: Renting a Villa in Greece

Renting a house on one of the Greek islands has long been a classic summer escape. Amanzoe and Elounda Mare both offer glamorous villas of varying sizes.

Lake Kora: An Adirondacks Lodge Fit for a Vanderbilt

Once owned by the Vanderbilts, Lake Kora is the greatest of the "Great Camps," a luxury Adirondack lodge that can now be reserved in its entirety.

Historic Hotels: Grand Hotel à Villa Feltrinelli

Villa Feltrinelli enjoys a certain notoriety as the residence of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from 1943-1945.

Michoacán Villa on Lake Pátzcuaro

It is possible to explore this region as a day trip from Morelia, but I highly recommend spending two or three nights at the remarkable Hacienda Ucazanaztacua.

Villa Rental on Pantelleria

On a return visit to Pantelleria, we will probably rent a house. Toward the end of our stay, I toured several of the properties represented by the island's best villa-rental agent, the charming English-speaking Giovanni Matta.

In the News: Polynesian Paradise

In July, Tetiaroa will see the opening of The Brando, a resort of 35 villas, each with its own outdoor dining area, pool and private stretch of beach.

2013 Grand Awards: Best Beach - Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

The 50 villas at Vietnam's Six Senses Con Dao overlook Bai Dat Doc, a broad, gently curving mile-long strand of dazzling sand lapped by the tranquil aquamarine waters of the South China Sea.

Villas in a Vineyard

La Residence Renting a villa in wine country is a classic life experience everyone should have at least once.