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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.

Au Soleil, St. Barth
Au Soleil, St. Barth
The very model of a hedonistic St. Bart's retreat, this four-bedroom villa overlooking St. Jean Baie is over-the-top luxurious.

The property is an Eden of tropical gardens with a fountain, a bi-level infinity pool, and a grand pavilion (known locally as an ajoupa) for gazing over all of it.

Inside, the gleaming gourmet kitchen comes with an in-house chef; the common areas have vaulted ceilings and terracotta floors, and the bedrooms all have carved wood queen- or king-size beds.

More sybaritic pleasures--namely, the beach and swanky shops--are just a five-minute drive away.

Pricing: From $9,500/week.

Complete booking information: Au Soleil
Last updated February 07 2008: 7:47 PM ET

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