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10 All-star villas

Even the very finest hotels can't offer the kind of peace and quiet we crave. For isolation that is truly sublime, try these standout properties from around the world.

Kreiss Estate, <br> Palm Springs, Calif.
Kreiss Estate,
Palm Springs, Calif.
Just a stone's throw from Indian Canyons, this sleek Palm Springs estate has an airy, clean-lined aesthetic.

Designer Michael Kreiss's interiors include 18-foot ceilings, glass walls with views of the surrounding San Jacinto Mountains, and an ivory-and-eggshell palette that complements the colors of the desert landscape.

The living room has a slate wall inset with a fireplace for chilly nights, and the three bedrooms have walk-in closets, granite baths, and high-tech extras like room-to-room intercoms and motorized window shades.

Of course, there's a swimming pool and hot tub: This is Palm Springs.

Pricing: From $1,100/night.

Complete booking information: Kreiss Estate
Last updated February 07 2008: 7:47 PM ET

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