The appeal of a private villa has always lured travellers, but now, the privacy, distance and uninterrupted sense of escapism represents an even greater draw. Staycation properties can offer a taste of this freedom, but now is the time to look to the sun-drenched shores of holiday hotspots abroad.
With verdant pine-covered mountains, the bright blue Mediterranean and the promise of world-class hospitality, Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is a tonic for holiday-starved souls. And in this romantic, idyllic land, one company stands out as the master of boutique style and opulent villa accommodation: Maxx Royal Resorts. With two sprawling properties in Antalya and another set to open in Bodrum in 2022, this is the name to know when planning that long-awaited trip.
At each of Maxx Royal’s Antalya resorts, the sun-drenched location, palm-studded landscape, tempting spa, endless activities and sleek design leave guests in no doubt that they have landed in the lap of luxury. Bordering Beydağları Coastal National Park, 65km from Antalya Airport, Maxx Royal Kemer stretches along three beaches, including the resort’s own private bay. The natural earthy tones and abundance of wood mean the property exists in harmony with its natural surroundings, enhancing the landscape rather than damaging it (little wonder the resort has been recognised at the World Architecture Festival and received a Best Architectural Design award).
And just along the coast, located in another beautiful bay, is Maxx Royal Belek, where a grand, modern design is matched by facilities to cater to guests’ every whim, including an on-site golf course, a private golden beach, a water park and a host of world-class restaurants.
Whether it’s an intergenerational family trip, a romantic escape à deux or a raucous friends’ reunion, there’s a perfect pad for every group across the Kemer and Belek resorts. Guests will find a vast array of sumptuous suites, each of which is airy and elegant, but it’s the private villas that provide the most room to roam in peace.
At Kemer, there are three kinds of villa – Laguna Villas, Beach Villas and the Presidential Villa – each offering refined interiors and panoramic views. The smallest is the one-bedroom Maxx Laguna Villa, which features a terrace and private Jacuzzi, while the Presidential Villa can sleep 14, making it the ideal spot in which to reunite after months of separation. At Belek, villas on the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Course are like a home away from home – if home were a chic, sleek space filled with marble, muted tones and wooden accents, not to mention Jacuzzis, Turkish baths and every other five-star luxury.
The sense of relaxation at both resorts is only heightened by impeccable service. The jewel in this glamorous pair’s crown is 24-hour Maxx Inclusive service, which combines the convenience and choice of all-inclusive with the quality and care of à la carte options. The VIP treatment commences the moment guests touch down at Antalya Airport, where fast-track and lounge services are available, and helicopter transfers are on offer for those looking to arrive in serious style. Once there, each guest is assigned a Maxx Assistant – plus a private butler for Beach and Presidential Villa guests in Kemer, and for Golf Villas in Belek – who can cater to every whim, from a pillow menu to dinner reservations and weather updates. Your every wish is but a WhatsApp away – this is truly the royal treatment.