Living in an architectural masterpiece is generally a privilege reserved for those with the strongest vision and passion to create something extraordinary in a remarkable location.
With StayOne, though, guests can experience that dream by renting some of the world’s most astonishing homes: parking the practicalities of living full-time in a jungle or on an isolated island and experiencing an unforgettable holiday.
Here is a selection of architectural gems – properties that would look right at home in a specialist magazine or a movie.
Experience the James Bond lifestyle in Cape Town
With its sunken lounge, curved edges, angled windows and retro-inspired decor, this villa feels like a location from a James Bond movie. It sits on the slopes of Lion’s Head in the exclusive Cape Town area of Clifton, offering sweeping 270 degree views of the Atlantic Seaboard, the 12 Apostles mountain range and the area’s beaches. At the pinnacle of contemporary design, with minimal décor and accessories, each item in this home has been masterfully crafted or sourced from around the world.
Spectacular Architectural Masterpiece in Clifton – Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
Find remote tranquility on a private island in Finland
This stripped-back eco-home on the craggy wilds of Finland’s archipelago islands celebrates traditional gabled cottages and the forests they’re built from. Guests at this property are encouraged to escape the rigours of everyday life and enjoy the perfect privacy of relaxing in the natural hot tub, walking through the pine trees or kayaking around this stunning retreat. Expansive windows in every room show the beauty of the ever-changing light on the sea and woodlands.
Private Island Eco-Escape Amidst Finland’s Outstanding Natural Beauty – Kimito Island Municipality, Finland
Bathe in nature in the Brazilian jungle
This one-of-a-kind loft villa in Brazil’s Bahia State has been lovingly crafted with the environment in mind, built solely from 60–year-old naturally felled timber. Inside the villa is contemporary and open plan, featuring a yoga deck and private pool amongst other features. This makes the perfect romantic hideaway for a couple, situated close to Brazil’s Cocoa Coast, where surf and hippy culture reign and ‘environmentally friendly’ is the unashamed motto.
Tree House Jungle Villa in the Brazilian Rainforest – Itacare, Bahia, Brazil
Make like royalty in Mustique
Architect Jack Diamond took inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright when conceptualising this majestic Caribbean villa, which blends indoor-outdoor living and oozes elegance in every design choice, detail and finishing touch. The 48-foot infinity pool is a standout feature, overlooking beautiful Lime Kiln Bay. Mustique is a long-time favourite of British royalty and an extended family or group staying in this stunning property will be be given the VIP treatment with a full team of on-site staff including a chef and a butler.
Majestic, Sweeping Villa Overlooking Lime Kiln Bay Hibiscus, Mustique
Feel like a film star in Provence
This impressive property, set over three floors, is in the Provençal seaside town of Bandol and is designed by Rudy Ricciotti, the architect who designed the MuCEM in Marseille. The interiors of the home are brought to life through floor to ceiling windows which bring the outdoors in; and the eclectic mix of colourful furnishings and sleek design features lend a contemporary feel. The 28 metre pool creates an aquarium effect with its glass panelling and affords beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
Architecturally Unique Villa with an Impressive Pool – Bandol, Provence, France