Private villas are perfect for discriminating travellers, given their beautiful settings in breathtaking sites, and excellent service from villa hosts - the modern version of butlers.
They provide around-the-clock service, starting even before any guests arrive at the villa.
"Before a guest steps in, the villa host will have contacted him or her to make an introduction, and to ascertain his or her needs," says Julia Liu (below), senior villa host at Banyan Tree Macau.
"Together, they draft an itinerary for the guest, [which the host follows up by] making reservations for activities or restaurants. The host sets up the villa as per the request of the guests, and also picks them up from the ferry terminal or airport," she says.
"The host provides the guest with a mobile phone, so that the guest can always reach the villa