We’ve been dreaming about hitting the beach, unwinding by the pool and sipping on sundowners for some time now – and as our wanderlust awakens and we start to think about future travel plans, we’re looking to the team at 5 Star Villa Holidays, who have a stunning portfolio of luxurious properties in some of the most spectacularly tropical locations across the globe.

The villa operator has reported a 50% increase in enquiries and villa bookings from the UK market during June 2020, a rise that founder of 5 Star Villa Holidays, John Paul Donnelly, attributes to post COVID-19 customer behaviour:

“After an extremely quiet three months of business, enquiries and bookings have massively increased in June. As an operator, we’ve responded to the pandemic with new safety measures to help our customers stay safe and also feel confident in booking their villa holiday, like extra cleaning in our villas and the ability to change a reservation to a later date if a guest can’t travel due to coronavirus.

“I think some of the increased demand for villas is down to our natural inclination to travel and get back to some normality post covid-19, but also for the features that a villa offers like space, privacy and control over your own environment. These factors are more important than ever to customers now.

“Taking holidays with extended family in one large villa has been a trend for some time, and there are properties that cater for this beautifully. An 8 bedroom villa will sleep 16 in luxury. Many families have been touched by coronavirus, including enforced separation from their loved ones, and these families are now taking joy in planning for large family holidays together in a villa.”

With private villas proving popular amongst future travellers, 5 Star Villa Holidays introduces some of its spectacular new locations, including the Maldives, Thailand and Bali.

Time to start ticking off your travel bucket list with inspiration from 5 Star Villa Holidays. Here are three of their most breathtaking properties on the books post-lockdown…




Located on Phuket’s west coast, on the exclusive Cape Amarin estate, the beautiful eight bedroom, eight bathroom Villa Saan can accommodate 18 guests in pure luxury. The refined residence comes complete with on-site staff and private chef – with rates from £2,163 per night. For more information, visit:




The breathtakingly beautiful Bali Villa 1031 sits in the hills above Jimbaran Bay and boasts spectacular views over Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. The villa is clean and contemporary, with traditional Balinese charm at every touch point. It comes complete with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, accommodating eight people with concierge and private chef. Prices from £611 per night. For more information, visit:



Baa Atoll Villa 1001

Nothing beats a beautiful break in the Maldives. There’s nowhere else quite like it – think crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches lined with swaying palm trees. It’s the ultimate paradise – and it’s a great place to totally switch off with friends and family. Baa Atoll Villa 1001 is one of eight luxurious residences on Amilla Fushi Resort – the coral edged island in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll UNESCO world heritage biosphere reserve. Not only does it sit in one of the most idyllic spots in the Indian Ocean, it is beautifully-designed both inside and out – offering a true luxe escape. The villa boasts six stunning bedrooms and six bathrooms, accommodating 12 guests. Prices from £57,077 per night. For more information, visit: