World's Hottest Hotels searches out the best vacation villas beginning in Kenya on the eastern coast of Africa. You might not think of Kenya when planning your vacation, but The Hippo Point Resort is sure to change your mind. It's a mix of beaches plains and mountains. Sitting on 600 acres of protected plain, Hippo Point is a stopover for flamingos, gazelles, and its namesake, hippopotamuses. You can stay in a century-old English Tudor home fit for a king. You can also stay at the 115-foot tower overlooking Lake Naivasha, take a guided safari, sit by the lake, or relax on your private balcony. Whatever the moment calls for, The Hippo Point has it all for the taking.
Just 300 miles south on the Kenyan coast is the Alfajiri villa resort. It is set on the crystal blue waters and white sand beaches. The Alfajiri's open-air villas with balconies in every room give the impression of sleeping outside, but with turn down service and a 24-hour valet. If you need more room, the Alfajiri's cliff villa is the way to go. Set on the edge of a cliff over the ocean there is room for eight to gaze out the huge bay windows and enjoy the priceless view.
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Next Stop is the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania and the Palm Villa resort. The booming spice trade has turned this island into a melting pot of different cultures and influences. On the less developed east side of the island, the Palm has 6 villas each with a private stretch of white sand beach with views of the Indian Ocean. This former plantation keeps it classic with stately columns, long porch, and parquet wood floors, but has modern amenities too like a Jacuzzi in each room. Come here to relax all day in a private cabana on the beach. The Palm Villa is Paradise.
85 hundred miles from the United States is the island nation of the Maldives. A 20-minute boat ride from the capital lands you at the Taj Exotica resort. Sitting in the middle of a lagoon are 24 native-style villas with thatched roofs and private pools. Every window at this resort has a view of the water. Endless Indian Ocean views and all the privacy in the world make the Taj Exotica hard to beat.
Our final stop is just outside of Amman, Jordan and one of the most over the top resorts in the world, The Ishtar Villas. The 117 villas all have views of the Dead Sea. Catch rays on the deck, lounge by one of the 9 huge pools, or enjoy a drink on your private roof deck. This place is booked for 5 years in advance, but if you're lucky enough to snag a room, it will be an experience like none other.
If you want the ultimate vacation experience, don't settle for just a hotel, get a vacation villa. Whether it's Kenya, the Maldives, or Jordan, it'll be a home away from home that you'll never want to leave.