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These getaways aren’t just about gorgeous luxury homes and incredible destinations. They’re also about indulging in savory local cuisine and fine wine (and other beverages). If satisfying your taste buds is a key part of your travel plans, one of these villas is for you: 

Fustic House, Barbados 

Fustic House
Fustic House

Your stay at the historic Fustic House estate includes a private kitchen staff. And not just any staff, but a team led by a celebrated former restaurant chef serving up five-star fare. Then kitchen even has a pizza oven! When you want to venture out for a meal, head to the Port St. Charles Yacht Club – the villa comes with access – for lagoon-front dinner and drinks. 

Machiavelli, Italy

Machiavelli
Machiavelli

When you think food and wine, of course Italy comes to mind – specifically Tuscany. Machiavelli more than delivers, with 750 surrounding acres of vineyards and olive groves, included daily breakfast, formal dining room plus frescoed dining terrace, and wine cellar. Your stay even comes with a free wine tasting. You can also make special arrangements for a custom culinary experience with a private chef. 

Casa La Laguna, Mexico

Casa La Laguna
Casa La Laguna

Casa La Laguna’s gourmet chef services have been recognized repeatedly by our guests (“The chef made the most incredible food!” said one). Taste for yourself, enjoying your meals at four unique onsite indoor and outdoor dining areas. After a day on the semi-private beach, enjoy a tropical drink at your palapa bar, followed by dinner accompanied by the sea breeze. 

Bastide De L’Oratoire, France

Bastide De L'Oratoire
Bastide De L'Oratoire

Visit Provence, and pour the wine! Bastide De L’Oratoire includes a vaulted onsite wine cellar, and you can enjoy a glass by the fire, on the pool terrace, or in the beautiful gardens. The estate is a renovated farmhouse in a very private location among vineyards and cherry orchards. Cook dinner in the fully equipped kitchen or on the grill. 

Giselle, Saint-Martin

Giselle
Giselle

When you’re staying in a breezy island house, you won’t want to spend much time inside. At Giselle, you can maximize your time in the sun by cooking, eating, and drinking outside – with stunning sea views. This villa features a large pool terrace with barbecue grill, plus plancha grill for lighter fare, as well as a dining area and bar. We should also mention that Saint-Martin is home to some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean. 

Canoe Cove, Jamaica 

Canoe Cove
Canoe Cove

Canoe Cove is the perfect spot for a family of foodies – or just active vacationers. The beach, tennis court, putting green, junior Olympic-size pool, and basketball court will keep everyone very busy each day. Work up an appetite, and those chef-prepared meals will taste that much better. Plus, you’ll savor your meals and cocktails in an outdoor dining gazebo. You’ll never want to go back to a traditional dining room again. 

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