Nowhere can beat Europe for culture, history and savoir-faire. Effortless style and beauty are inherent traits that travellers can find throughout France, Italy and most of Europe. What’s more, safe and speedy travel can have you at your destination, on vacation before you can say ‘Voila’.
Let’s look at the best and most unique villas available to rent in Europe this holiday season, starting with Mas du Moulin in Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
Mas du Moulin – Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
Sitting in the lavender soaked surroundings of Saint-Remy-de-Provence is the most beautiful mansion, a grand villa with huge shuttered windows and impeccably landscaped gardens.
Mas du Moulin is a lesson in French style and sophistication, with eight stunning bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities. Large bright rooms are standard – the house has a sleek modern kitchen, formal dining room and day room. There is also a cinema and massage room.
Outside is a heated pool complete with a dressing room. Every effort has been undertaken to make this villa a tranquil, private retreat in the best part of the south of France. Join the town’s famous residents such as Vincent van Gogh who lived nearby from 1889 to 1890, where he painted some of his most famous works of art, including ‘The Starry Night’.
The Cliff – Mazzaforno, Cefalu, Sicily
Imagine a stunning white villa overhanging the sea in northern Sicily, and you have a starting point for an extraordinary vacation. The spacious villa is called ‘The Cliff’ because it sits overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Views on all sides from every room make this villa the perfect seaside holiday home.
The Cliff sleeps up to 10 people in four double bedrooms and five bathrooms. Alfresco dining is what this villa is made for—surrounded by stunning gardens complete with accent olive trees and sun-drenched terraces. It would be impossible not to admire the peaceful solitude this villa offers its guests.
Each room is individual and displays an elegant sense of style; the sitting room is no exception overlooking the lower terrace. A well-equipped state of the art kitchen has everything you could want for home dining or entertaining your guests.
This whitewashed home from home villas is just under 50 miles from Palermo, Sicily’s capital, and the nearby resort of Cefalù is home to the best seafood restaurants for miles around, and indeed all of Italy.
After lunch, Cefalù rewards the brave with a cathedral visit to see the famous Byzantine mosaics. Elsewhere in town, you can find yourself surrounded by many medieval buildings proving that Cefalù is not your average seaside town.
Had enough of southern Europe? How about heading slightly north to Croatia and Villa Kiona?
Villa Kiona – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Croatia is the home of never-ending sunshine – that’s a fact. It has a guaranteed 2,400 hours of sun each year. Dubrovnik and Hvar Island are the places to head for a relaxing and intimate vacation.
Villa Kiona is situated close to Dubrovnik but far enough away to have its access to the sea, totally secluded from anyone else. The villa comfortably sleeps 12 people in seven double bedrooms with stunning en-suite bathrooms.
The house enjoys a 360° view of the sea from the infinity pool. Unsurprisingly, the interiors are designed with sophistication in mind. Large bay windows allow light to drench the interior, and the furniture and decoration are in a chic neutral, and elegant tone.
If all this peace and quiet has you reaching for the party tunes, then consider the gorgeous Cala Bassa Beach House in Ibiza.
Cala Bassa Beach House – Cala Bassa, Ibiza
Only 150m from the beach, this 6-bedroom villa has stunning views, a jewel in the crown of the fashionable west coast of Ibiza. Cala Bassa Beach House sleeps 12 people in 6 bedrooms with five bathrooms. The home features a well-equipped kitchen, but the main features are indoor and outdoor dining areas.
BBQ chefs will love the outdoor cooking area, private pool, glorious gardens with a sun trap terrace. Located a short stroll from Cala Bassa beach, the villa offers the chance to relax and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the nightlife of nearby San Antonio and the famous Pacha nightclub.
Ibiza has long been a hub for the fashionably elite and those who would like a foot in both vacation styles. Peace and tranquillity with the opportunity to let your hair down and party like a true Ibicencos.
Our list’s final destination is somewhere not many think of as a summer destination, but Iceland has everything to offer travellers looking for a change of scene and life pace. We are introducing the Panorama Glass Lodge.
Panorama Glass Lodge – Hvalfjörður, Iceland
Calling all stargazers, why not sleep under the stars in this luxurious Scandi cabin located right by the sea. The venue’s choice is for those looking for a unique remote getaway and you will find it hard to find a better place to holiday.
The perfect destination choice for a honeymoon or anniversary, the glass lodge sleeps only two lucky individuals. The bedroom is open to the views, but the location is so remote that privacy is not an issue.
Stay long enough to see the hot tub’s northern lights and visit surrounding Hvalfjordur, home to Iceland’s highest waterfall, Glymur. A perfect, secluded retreat.