There is no bigger party night than New Year’s Eve, and no better place to celebrate than a perfect private villa. Five exceptional villas worldwide have the festive edge, but are also ideally suited for any special gathering in the new year of 2016.


L’Ile Paradis, Roches Noires, Mauritius

Perhaps the most stylish and luxurious way to see in any new year is on a private tropical island, and this is precisely what L’ile Paradis in Mauritius can offer. Rising on volcanic rock from an azure lagoon, a causeway leads from the mainland to a magical retreat. Though the modern amenities inside the property are outstanding, from the satellite TV to the American-style refrigerator, L’ile Paradis is ultimately all about communion with nature. The sea is the private pool, and supper takes place under the trees and the stars. There is a discreet but attentive household to ensure that splendid isolation is enjoyed in tandem with every need being satisfied.


Peacock Island, Berry Islands, Caribbean, Bahamas

The Indian Ocean only has one real rival in the provision of incredible boutique luxury islands, and that’s the Caribbean. One of the very best is Peacock Island in The Bahamas, both for its idyllic natural setting and its scale. For those wanting to spend New Year with a larger group, twelve residents can enjoy the three beautiful houses, fitness centre, water sports and yoga platform. It’s an unforgettable place to snorkel, swim, or simply gather around the outdoor fireplace with superb food, drink and company.


Villa Silk, Phuket, Thailand

Phuket has long been recognised as a premier luxury beach and spa resort. Five bedroom Villa Silk’s many attractive features combine to make it the perfect base in this lively Thai region. The BBQ, infinity pool and outside lounge might be too enticing for any partygoer to venture indoors, but that would be a great pity, because the villa’s magnificent interior includes a home theatre and a dining table seating sixteen guests. While everything is in place for sumptuous self-catering, there is also a chef to hand specialising in haute cuisine versions of local specialties.


Da Nang Ocean Front Villa, Danang, Vietnam

On the fabled, beautiful and seemingly infinite Non Nuoc Beach in Vietnam, Da Nang Ocean Front Villa represents one of the most exquisite of many lovely properties. In addition to the dreamlike coastal environment, villa guests enjoy privileged access to all the amenities of the five star resort it’s within. The private pool and manicured, expansive grounds are the perfect place to pop open a celebratory bottle of champagne. The beach has truly astonishing sunsets to enjoy, and on New Year’s Eve itself, revellers brings the whole ocean front alive.


Villa Maroma, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Villa Maroma Mexico has an impressively varied and comprehensive staff headcount even by the most luxurious international standards. The lucky inhabitants of its five bedrooms have access to a round-the-clock butler, chef, housekeeper, kid’s club attendant, several external professionals and perhaps most importantly of all after a hard night partying, an on-call masseuse. The stunning pool and powerful five jet Jacuzzi system, and of course the peerless ocean views, offer the perfect backdrop to seeing in a milestone date.

By Phileas French, Travel Writer, Editor