Villa holidays are the ideal choice for family getaways, providing a winning combination of privacy and independence whilst offering the high standards of service and convenience youd expect from a luxury hotel. Ideal for large multi-generational families, groups of friends or a celebration getaway, the design of luxury villas nowadays caters for everyone in the group from separate play areas for the children, to walk in showers for less abled relatives.
We have selected the finest properties from around the world and listed our top 5 favourite villas for 2016:
Villa Eze, Monaco, France
Its rare to find a villa that is located so closely to the coast and in such an accessible location in the south of France and this villas location near to Cap Ferrat in the South of France does not disappoint with views over-looking the Mediterranean Sea. Spread over five floors, this contemporary and modern house sleeps 10 people in its five beautifully designed bedrooms, gorgeous communal areas and stunning contemporary architectural design. It is fully equipped with roof top pool house and glass sided pool, barbecue area and fire pit.
Villa Sphere, Lake Garda, Italy
This incredible property is one of the most exciting villas weve seen in Europe in some time. Part of the formidable Villa Eden development which combines the creative and artistic talents of some of the worlds finest architects, this bold and modern design is still comfortable and designed with relaxed family style living in mind. The colours and lush interiors mirror the colours of Lake Garda and surrounding countryside. The barbecue area and outdoor dining area is a wonderful place to enjoy with the family and the views of the lake from the sun-kissed terrace rival any weve seen before. Truly one of the great new properties available to rent in Europe – Bellissimo!
Can Dos Rocas, Ibiza, Spain
This spectacular six bedroom villa is situated in the exclusive Cala Conta area on the islands stunning west coast, only 500 metres away from one of the most famous and beautiful fine sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Its fantastic location is combined with a formidable design optimized for comfort and boasting modern expansive living areas, outdoor space and cutting edge technology.
Ezzahra, Morocco, North Africa
This Middle Eastern delight is a result of the owners vision to create a home of understated style and sophistication, with incredible attention to detail as soon as you walk through the front door. Impeccable service is key here, as the villa can welcome up to 16 guests with a team of 17 permanent villa staff complete with a team of chefs, beauty therapists and housekeepers to ensure that every need and requirement is met. Nestled within an oasis of lush green gardens, the extensive grounds includes a swimming pool, private spa, Hammam and a cushion clad Berber tent to provide a cool retreat from the exotic sunshine.
La Bergerie, Provence, France
Last but not least one of my personal favourite villas in Europe, if not the world. This spectacular property is set within 1.4 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens within the exclusive Terre Blanche Golf Resort. Built to the highest quality its interior design is a smooth blend of antique and contemporary furnishings which will appeal to the areas VIP clientele. Spread over 1000 m2, every area of the house gives a feeling of space, grace and elegance. The service levels here are impeccable and guests truly want for nothing. In addition to relaxing within the grounds, there are plenty of activities in the area to enjoy including mountain biking, diving, sailing, canyoning all of which can be arranged from your expert concierge team within the property
Diana Cherry is Director of Operations at Oxford Private Travel.
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