A Global Guide to Vacation Villas

Skip the traditional hotel and live like a well-situated local. Departures shares its top picks for villa rentals, plus tips for finding the perfect place.

Courtesy Wimco Villa RGR
OF 10

Sapphire Seas, St. Barts

The Setup: A new four-bedroom villa high on a hillside
above the bay of St. Jean, ten minutes from the airport, five minutes from the
beach. Managed by WIMCO Villas, one of the
largest agencies in the Caribbean.

The Layout: Breezy. The long living-dining
area, flanked by two master bedrooms, has sliding glass walls that open onto a
spacious terrace and horizon pool, both with panoramic views. The other two
bedrooms are in detached buildings behind the villa.

WIMCO’s concierge
service can arrange flights, restaurant reservations and excursions as well as
private chefs, yoga instructors and masseuses.

In St. Maarten, connect
to a WinAir flight, or for a faster
option, book a Tradewind Aviation charter from San Juan.

$14,000 per week for four bedrooms and $8,000 for two; wimco.com (search for villa RGR).