Tagomago Private Island, Ibiza

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Whether you’re dreaming of a mansion in the Cotswolds or a Riviera crash pad, Mandarin Oriental Exclusive Homes has it covered. It’s a handpicked collection of holiday retreats, co-curated with StayOne, combining every home comfort and luxury with MO’s impeccable service (think a nightly turndown, on-call concierge and private chef for 50 hours each week). Whisk your family to the South of France and a six-bedroom villa with a view, or decamp to the mountains in Mallorca and swim above the olive groves. For those in search of complete privacy, Tagomago is the one to know. This dreamy private island in the Med offers a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Ca'n Miquelet, Mallorca MO Exclusive Homes

Ca’n Miquelet, Mallorca

Colours seem more vivid under the Mallorcan sun – not least at this four-bedroom retreat perched between the mountains and sea. A terracotta-hued terrace borders its expansive pool, while two rustling pines frame sea-meets-sky views. It’s set on a 30-acre plot, fragrant with orange trees, and backdropped by the Serra de Tramuntana’s olive-scattered slopes. The villa itself is a blue-and-white-tiled hideaway, with sculptural lights, charismatic nooks and cool, whitewashed rafters. Plan your day over coffee and sugar-dusted ensaïmada on the terrace. Take a mountain hike, perhaps, then a swim in a crystalline cove. Nearby Deià is another must, with its arty vibes and green-shuttered houses, while Ca’s Patró March is the place for lunch – the seafood and setting are sublime.

Tagomago, the Balearics

In search of A-lister style seclusion? Hop on a speedboat to your own private island, just off Ibiza’s northeast coast. At its centre is a five-bedroom villa, inspired by traditional fincas, with dazzling white interiors, sliding glass walls and wraparound sea views. Unwind with sunrise yoga, swims in the saltwater pool and candlelit dinners on the terrace, or head across the bay to Ibiza for a hedonistic change of pace. Prefer to pick your own tunes? Turn up the SONOS sound system and dance till dawn on the roof terrace. Staff includes a butler, chef and villa host, along with an intrepid boat captain for forays aboard the island’s yacht.

Villa Oxygen, South of France

Escape the Riviera’s throngs at this hilltop hideaway in the village of Grimaud. Geared towards longer stays, it’s the ideal home from home – a coolly contemporary crash pad, with plenty of space to spread out. Five bedrooms feature vast marble en-suite bathrooms and private balconies or terrace access, with views that stretch from the olive tree-edged lawns to the glittering blue Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Every detail is beautifully considered and impeccably chic, from the sleek sundeck and outdoor pool to the living room’s suspended fireplace. Consult the villa host or on-call concierge on any pressing matters, from booking a memorable massage to lunching at the best beach club in town.

Cirencester Estate, the Cotswolds

Built from mellow, honey-coloured stone, this Georgian-style pile makes the grandest of first impressions. It’s set at the end of a sweeping, tree-lined drive, amid a 600-acre estate in the gently rolling Cotswolds. Inside, it’s a vision of country-house grandeur, from the wood-panelled dining room to the ten antique-dotted bedrooms, with welcoming whisky decanters (the butler will see to any refills). Through the French doors, gravelled terraces give way to magnificent grounds, spanning a croquet lawn, tennis court, fire pit and lakeside sauna. With no other guests, you’ve got the run of the place – think moonlit swims in the pool, clay pigeon shooting and chef-catered picnics by the lake.

Villa Lagarto, Ibiza

Less than ten minutes’ drive from Ibiza Town, this place feels like another world – a calm, modernist villa in the hills, with a curving infinity pool. Take in the view across to Formentera without even getting out of bed, then pad outside for breakfast on the vast, sun-dappled terrace. It’s a slice of laidback, open-plan living with luxuries at every turn, from the home cinema and glass-walled wine cellar to the master suite’s hot tub. (Look out, too, for the sculpture by the pool – a nod to the villa’s name.) It makes for the perfect base for discovering the island, from wandering the capital’s cobbled old town to snorkelling at S’Estanyol cove.

La Maison Vue de Saint Jean, Èze

There are scene-stealing views at every turn in this clifftop villa, perched on a pine-dotted promontory half an hour’s drive from Nice. Watch as white-sailed yachts curve across the bay, heading for Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, or spot the tiny, terracotta-tiled mediaeval village of Èze. It’s all distractingly lovely – especially if you’re attempting some serious lengths in the mirror-like infinity pool. The villa itself is glass-walled and serene, with six bedrooms and acres of space; think balconies, a double-height living room and a gleaming, space-age kitchen. By day, head to Monaco, 15 minutes’ drive along the coast, or wander Nice’s art museums and restaurant-sprinkled old town.

Exterior of Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como

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