Top 10 For Your Exclusive Use

Is there anything more indulgent than a fully-staffed villa just for you and your travelling companions? A&K have the ultimate holidays where you won’t have to lift a finger and where you can simply enjoy the company you’re in.
February 2018

Is there anything more indulgent than a fully-staffed villa just for you and your travelling companions? Where you set the daily timetable and where the hardest decisions are what’s on the menu, which sun lounge you’re going to recline on or what cocktails are going to be served before dinner? This is where you have the exclusive use of a particular residence, camp, villa or cruise boat solely for your travelling party and no one else.

Whether the gathering is to celebrate a special milestone – a big birthday or a wedding – or simply a family gettogether, we’ll put it all together so you don’t have to worry. It might be in a secluded wilderness area where you won’t see another soul, on a beautiful beach beside a local village or in the heart of a busy city. Whether you want to party hard, fill your days with outdoor activity, learn a new skill or immerse yourself in a different culture… we’ll tailor the location to suit and make sure your needs are taken care of. This is the ultimate holiday where you won’t have to lift a finger and where you can simply enjoy the company you’re in.

Talk to us about what you’re planning or celebrating and we’ll come back with some extraordinary ideas like the following...  

Singita Castleton - Sabi Sand, South Africa
Picture yourself in the middle of 45,000 acres of pristine wilderness with elephant and wild dog on your doorstep, lion close by and a rich array of birdlife. This is just part of the experience you’ll have at Singita Castleton, a beautiful private safari home with a country farmhouse feel. The lodge accommodates no more than 12 guests with stylish living spaces and six individual cottages within the grounds plus a swimming pool, wine cellar, tennis court, gym and spa. The décor is stylish and welcoming and there are butlers, chefs and game rangers at your disposal.

M/V Matusadona - Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
For a holiday with a difference, take your special celebration to the water on private safari cruiser, M/V Matusadona. The lapping of waves, grunts of hippos, the distant lion’s roar and the eerie cry of the Fish Eagle are just some of the ambient sounds you’ll have on this luxe Lake Kariba experience. Finished in African hardwood timbers and furnished with rich fabrics, leather and Egyptian cottons, this private houseboat comes fully crewed with your own Captain, chef, steward and deckhand. Available for just six guests, cruises can be tailored for up to four nights.

Palmasola - Punta Mita, Mexico
Arguably the most beautifully positioned beach villa in Mexico, Palmasola has a team of 20 focused solely on delivering the ultimate in personalised service while you relax and have fun. With nine bedrooms spread across the estate, the décor is colourful, fresh and beachy with plenty of room to move while the turquoise waters of Banderas Bay lap at the white sand beyond. There are plenty of land- and marinebased activities on offer and fresh, flavoursome Mexican cuisine is a highlight with an award-winning chef at the helm.

Casa Bahia Rocas - Los Cabos, Mexico

This breathtaking beachfront property is situated on the Sea of Cortez in a gated enclave directly adjacent to the One&Only Palmilla. Inspired by colonial Spanish architecture, terracotta tiles cover the floors, local pottery and glasswork decorate the rooms, and wrought-iron fixtures, intricate tile work and colourful linens reflect the artisanal skill and vibrant spirit of Mexican design. There are nine bedrooms with sublime ocean views, a beautiful swimming pool, tennis court and beach volleyball court. A perfect getaway for that special celebration with staff on hand and expansive entertaining areas.

Pretty Beach House - Pretty Beach, Central Coast New South Wales
Escape the city with a group of friends, take the family away for a celebration, live it up in style or simply recharge in laidback luxe – the choice is yours at this unique coastal guesthouse. Just under two hours from Sydney by car or a short hop in a seaplane, Pretty Beach House has four pavilions providing accommodation for a maximum of eight with a casual rustic décor featuring recycled timber, natural linens and local art. Food is a highlight here and the chef tailors meals accordingly. Activities include guided coastal walks, paddle boarding, wine appreciation plus relaxing by the infinity pool and spa treatments - there are plenty of options.

Owner’s Cottage at Matakauri - Queenstown, New Zealand
Especially designed for families and friends travelling together, the Matakauri Owner’s Cottage can accommodate up to eight guests in a sublime location on the shores of Lake Wakatipu where the views are simply breathtaking. Winter or summer, there’s a multitude of adventure activities on offer and at the end of every action-packed day a Jacuzzi to collapse into, champagne in hand and the Remarkables mountain range to gaze at. And as you’d expect from a Relais & Châteaux accredited lodge, the food is outstanding with a focus on local seasonal produce and an exemplary wine list to match.

Zein Nile Chateau - Egypt

Custom built to cater for families and small groups on the Nile, this traditional sailing boat or ‘dahabiya’ combines modern elegance and old world glamour delivering the most exclusive, serene and elegant private sailing experience on the river. Fully air conditioned and fitted with luxury amenities throughout, there are four spacious cabins and two suites for no more than 12 guests to enjoy an intimate week-long cruise taking in the river’s beautiful scenery and its most important ancient sights.

Cottar’s House - Masai Mara, Kenya

Perform in your very own ‘Out of Africa’ screenplay when you move into Cottar’s Bush Villa in Kenya’s game-rich Masai Mara. In the heart of the savannah, this exclusive homestead comes with a staff of eight taking care of no more than ten guests delivering discreet service and absolute privacy. This is safari nostalgia at its best with the Cottar family pedigree manifest throughout the villa. Dedicated guides will lead your party on unforgettable game drives, walking safaris and the obligatory evening Sundowners. Asante sana!

Vila Santa Teresa - Rio, Brazil

This dazzling modernist villa is a glamorous choice for revelry in Rio. Home of the Monteiro de Carvalho family since the 1920’s, the residence is a stunning hilltop retreat on a private estate in the laid-back Bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. With room for 14 guests, the décor is stylish with antiques and plump over-sized sofas, contemporary artworks and a feeling of space. French doors open onto the pool deck with picture postcard views of Rio. A private chef is on hand and cooks to order, and there is plenty to explore in greater Rio.

Mihirgarh - Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India

From the Relais & Châteaux stable comes this dreamy fortress in Rajasthan’s Thar Desert. Built in the style of an old fort, the property mirrors the architecture of the local villages and you’ll feel like Rajput royalty lazing on a plump day bed gazing through the turrets over the surrounding countryside or lounging by the swimming pool. Its nine suites are spacious and reflect the rich colours of the region with earthy rugs, ochre linens, hand crafted fireplaces, carved timber bedheads and teak chests. Village visits and sunset horse rides are a feature and the food is of course outstanding.