For dedicated hotel holiday-goers, villas may seem a mystery. The advantage of a five-star luxury hotel speaks for itself, with Michelin Stars and diamond accolades gracing the walls as a clear sign of prestige. Villa holidays, meanwhile, hold their own entirely different appeal. With a private luxury villa in one of our beautiful European destinations, you are just a short flight away from your dream home-away-from home, where abundant space, and much envied privacy, make for days spent soaking up the Mediterranean sun from your own pool terrace, and evenings of drawn out dinners spent lingering under the stars. Of course, a luxury villa holiday with Elegant Resorts comes replete with our expert guidance and service, so, to get you started, we have put together a list of our top five reasons to stay in a private villa in Europe this summer...
They’re fantastic for families
The thought of foregoing the ease of a children’s club at your favourite hotel may feel like a risky move, but a luxury villa is ideal for a family holiday. With plenty of space, all home comforts on-hand and a private pool waiting for unlimited splashing about in, children and parents alike are sure to find holiday heaven in a private villa.
Have the pool to yourself
There are no sun lounger stresses when you have your own private villa. Simply stroll from your bedroom to your delightfully deserted terrace and soak up the sun in total privacy. Take as much time as you like, as you get lost, poolside, in your favourite book, completely undisturbed, or swim a few lengths before settling down for your siesta – the choice is yours.
We recommend Mallorca, Sa Punta De S'Aquila. With ocean views entirely yours to admire, the Balearics have never seemed so beautiful.
You can ramp up the glamour
From modern and minimalist to sumptuous and extravagant, a luxury private villa aims to impress. And don’t think that without hotel facilities you will be left to your own devices – with an array of first-class comforts and indulgent touches to yourself, you’re bound to find a villa that can blow five-stars out of the water.
We recommend With an impressively contemporary design and stunning all-white interiors, Chicane is the ultimate way to top the style stakes. Blessed with some of the finest views of Algarve, framed through its spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows, this property can also boast top amenities, including a magnificent Jacuzzi roof terrace, an impeccably designed wrap-around infinity-pool, a spa-style relaxation room with a sauna and steam room and a children’s den, featuring a cinema room and pool table. With a beach, golf course and the vibrant beachside complex of Praca nearby, Villa Chicane is spot-on for a glamorous getaway to Portugal, and a fabulous way to celebrate a special occasion.
Indulge in heartfelt dining
Picture sitting with your nearest and dearest under a balmy, Mediterranean night sky, with candles flickering away as you linger over your drinks for as long as your heart desires. When staying at a villa, dining is entirely on your own terms – whether you fire up your barbecue for an evening under the stars, request the services of a personal chef or seek out the locals’ favourite restaurants nearby, dining is sure to become a holiday highlight.
We recommend One of the culinary capitals of the world, Italy’s traditionally rich dishes are enough to make anybody’s mouth water. Located among the fragrant vineyards, cypresses and olive groves of Tuscany, Novedieci is a beautifully renovated farmhouse, offering a delectable culinary experience, helping visitors taste the true heart of the region. All guests can reserve the services of the private chef, who will cook and serve excellent lunches and evening meals, paired with wine from the property’s private cellar, or expand their epicurean knowledge further with a cooking or wine tasting lesson, perfect for adding an enriching cultural twist to your stay.
Take the best of both worlds with a resort villa
If the idea of a villa is starting to win you over, but you’re not quite ready to cut loose of a hotel, a villa resort will be spot-on for you. Typically set in a prime location within a hotel resort, you can find perfectly private, self-contained luxury villas that benefit from all the comforts of the nearby hotel facilities as well as basking in the exclusivity of a private residence, allowing you to experience the best of both worlds.
We recommend Crete’s award-winning resort and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites offers eighteen private villas and ten suites, all set along the hillside with breathtaking views across the Gulf of Mirabello. Each is individually designed, features its own kitchen and includes subtle hotel touches, including a thoughtful pillow menu. Spa Pool Villas boast their own infinity-edge pool, sauna, gym and Turkish bath, while Beachfront Villas are set in their own landscaped gardens, just steps away from the beach. Venture out to the resort, and you will find The Elixir Spa Gallery, where you can unwind with a treatment or take private yoga or Pilates sessions, and two divine restaurants offering enchanting Greek ambience at the waterside.
For more information on any of our villas, or to book your dream home-from-home, please call our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 542.