Europe’s best summer villas for the ultimate holiday
Nothing says peace and luxury like a private villa. The properties over the following pages are all available to rent and offer a number of lavish amenities. To spend a holiday at one of these spots is to experience “the good life” to the fullest.
Why would one rent a villa rather than stay at a hotel? Simple - you have the place to yourself (and, possibly, just because you can). You, friends, family and everyone else staying at your rented home can do as you please. Renting an exclusive, luxurious, fully-equipped villa only has one downside – it isn’t yours. Prices for staying at these incredible rental properties may seem expensive, but, as the old saying goes, ‘You get what you pay for’. In this case you will layout a substantial amount, however in return you get a whole lot more. No-one said exclusivity was cheap.
*All prices are minimum per night for the entire property and may vary according to dates
10. Amra – Marrakesh, Morocco
In the heart of a Palm plantation, Villa Amra will help you discover the magic of the East. A splendid mixture between east and west, Villa Amra, with approximately 1200 square meters of space, astonishes mainly through the originality of its architecture. The villa has vast interior living rooms and there is also an external living room overlooking the swimming pool. The 5 double bedroom villa also has a 25 meter swimming pool, as well as a Roof terrace of 400m² and a landscape garden, with a bio vegetable garden.
9. Pelicanos – Mykonos, Greece
Pelicanos is a majestic, brand new property perched in a panoramic position between Paradise beach and Super Paradise beach on Mykonos, hailing from the experience of the owner of a worldwide renowned resort. The views from the property stretch 180 degrees over the Aegean Sea allowing guests to enjoy one of the most soul moving backdrops during their stay. An infinity edge private pool functions as the “heart” of the villa’s grounds, separating the main house from the guest house.
8. Villa Gold – Santorini, Greece
An extraordinary private property, this villa combines breathtaking views of the Caldera with spacious terraces and elegant interiors, while offering guests excellent service and a rare level of privacy. Rambling spaces and an ideal location make this villa the best place from which to experience the islands unique volcanic energy. Lovingly re-built on the ruins of pre-existing structures, the house consists of a constellation of hypóskapha, the cave-like structures characteristic of Santorini architecture.
7. La Corte del Lago – Lake Como, Italy
La Corte del Lago is an elegant historical villa located on the shores of Lake Como just a short drive from the "Jewel of Lake Como", Bellagio. This property is a fantastic base on Lake Como, giving guests the perfect place to stay, enjoy and understand just why Lake Como has the class and respect that it deserves, but you probably already know why – sheer class. The Villa is right on the lakeshore surrounded by the most picturesque extensive park with an elegant swimming pool, overlooked by centuries old trees.
6. Atlantico 1 – Algarve, Portugal
Only a short walk to Ria Formosa, the wonderful Quinta do Lago beach, Gigi’s fabulous beach restaurant, and the world famous San Lorenzo golf course, Atlantico 1 is within the prestigious resort of Quinta do Lago in the Parque Atlantico area and offers a spacious and extremely luxurious setting for not a lot of money. The property has a large swimming pool, double garage with ample space for cars or golf buggies and all the other usual amenities you would expect from a villa of this standard.
5. Ragusan Charm - Dubrovnik, Croatia
This villa provides the rare opportunity to rent a full service property directly on the water, yet only steps from the city of Dubrovnik. Accommodating up to six guests in three charmingly appointed en suite bedrooms plus open plan living room with fireplace, and both indoor and outdoor dining areas, Ragusan Charm is just that, charming. There is a lap pool with jacuzzi on the lower terrace, sundeck, and a spectacular upper terrace where guests can enjoy peaceful sunsets over one of Croatia’s most beautiful cities.
4. Golf Villa - Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus
Aphrodite Hills is an award-winning, luxury sports and leisure resort, situated between Paphos and Limassol, overlooking the very area where Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, is said to have emerged from the waves. Amenities at the villa include an 18-hole championship golf course, competition-standard tennis courts, horse-riding, a state-of-the-art Greco-Roman spa, fitness facilities and a variety of bars and restaurants. Two private beach clubs have also been set up on the coast.
3. Villa la Ermita - Marbella, Spain
€7000 per night
A large driveway and garden welcome you to this superb property, which comprises of a main house with 6 suites, two other guest houses, and a professional fitness/spa centre and treatment room. A special amenity is the pool area which consists of a heated 28 m swimming pool and provides direct access to beautiful manicured gardens surrounding the entire property, as well as the sublime Casablanca beach. This intimate and acclaimed villa is where kids can be kids and grown-ups can relax.
2. Villa Valme - St. Tropez, France
Built in 1903 by the famous architect Henri Paul Nénot (Prix de Rome), on 4.2 entirely fenced waterfront acres, this exceptional home is close to the elite city of St Tropez. Villa Valmer comprises three houses; the main house, guest house and staff quarters. In total, there are around 12 guest bedrooms, two swimming pools, libraries, 2 gated entrances, direct beach access and forty olive trees in Mediterranean style garden. This property is ideal for big groups of up to 24 guests including staff.
- 1.Borgo Santo Pietro - Tuscany, Italy
A resting place for pilgrims en route to Rome 800 years ago, this ancient site continues to provide sanctuary to its guests today tucked away in the Tuscan hillside not far from the cultural centres of Florence and Siena. Borgo Santo Pietro is a luxurious thirteenth century private retreat set within 13 acres of enchanting gardens. Elegant and sympathetically designed interiors and grounds provide the perfect setting to experience sheer indulgence and offers ultimate quality with a personal touch.