The Roundup

When Money Is No Object: Outrageous Villas Around the World

by Pavia Rosati

Villa Padronale in Puglia. Photo courtesy of Borgo Egnazia.

There are times you want a great rate on an Airbnb rental. You find a cool spread; you feel like a local. 

And then there are times when you want access to a private chapel in the Umbrian countryside and your sea plane arriving at your private dock in the Caribbean and your own salt-water indoor pool overlooking the French Alps. Sadly, there are too few of these occasions. But when the need does arise, these are the outrageously extravagant, money-is-no-object villas where you'll want to lay your head. Oh, and since the butler, cook, and masseuse are included in the rate, feel free to invite the entourage.