Staying in a villa can be brilliant; you get your own space and the privacy to help you really relax. Admittedly you have to do the cooking and washing up, but surely that’s a small price to pay? What isn’t a small price to pay is the cost of staying in one of these wonderful homes – but get a group of you together and it’s possible – take a look.
Here, we look at five fantastic villas from the CV Travel portfolio of hand-picked villas and hotels in some of the most sought-after locations worldwide.
1. Luxury in St Tropez, France
Arrive by helicopter and spend a week in a super-luxury Villa Océane for a taste of the glitzy lifestyle of Saint-Tropez and the Cote d’Azur, just a short distance from the world famous beaches of Tahiti and Pampelonne.
Holiday ‘must-haves’ at the villa include a private arc-shaped heated swimming pool, speakers sunk into the gardens, exceptional views to the sea, vast terraces and cool neutral coloured interiors with bespoke furniture.
Villa Oceane is available costs from £17,080 to £71,050 per week for up to ten guests, including maid service. Car hire and a helicopter transfer from Nice (extra cost unsurprisingly) can be arranged through the tour operator.
2. Fairytale villa on the island of Ibiza
Located in San Lorenzo, within easy reach of the famous white Ibethian beaches, villa Fata Morgana has a highly luxurious, elegant, yet modern, Arabic influence to its architecture and interior design.
Water is a major feature at the villa with several indoor fountains and a solar-heated pool in the central courtyard, flanked by cloistered walkways. The second swimming pool at this spectacular marble villa, centrally located on the island of Ibiza, is its showpiece; a huge infinity pool accented by a stunning elevated sun deck.
Fata Morgana is available from £16,640 per week for up to 12 guests sharing.
3. Italy, gorgeous gardens and fabulous frescoes
Located along the Lazio coast and only an hour from Rome, this is owned by a famous landscape garden designer. The Palazzo Parisi is a regal palace filled with luxuries including heavily draped four poster beds, stunning frescoes and sumptuous antiques throughout the property.
The property’s private swimming pool is surrounded by three hectares of olive groves and striking gardens designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd, with magnificent views of the Sabine hills.
Palazzo Parisi is available from £3,500 per week for up to ten guests.
4. Busman’s holiday in a Dartmoor mansion
Taking work on holiday originated in the 1980s when everyone became indispensable, so a fully equipped business centre with board room and wi-fi is a real asset for the busy executive holidaying with family and friends or colleagues at Dartmoor Manor.
This stunning, thatched stone mansion house is situated in four acres of beautiful pastoral grounds near Newton Abbot in Devon and has superb views of Dartmoor National Park in every direction.
As well as its business facilities, the house has a large indoor swimming pool with spa bath and steam room, a games room with full sized snooker table, a wine cellar and excellent en-suite facilities with every bedroom.
Dartmoor Manor is available from £6,600 per week for up to 12 guests.
5. Exclusivity on the island of Corfu, Greece
The Bay Estate is an ultra luxurious villa with a small separate beach house on a ‘near’ private beach (with jetty) on the north east coastline of Corfu, the holiday choice of royalty, oligarchs and politicians.
The villa oozes opulence, with lustrous marble floors, soft furnishings in sumptuous but utterly contemporary designer fabrics, and modern crystal chandeliers.
A glorious private swimming pool is perched on a terrace above the beach, which is approached via winding paths through the landscaped gardens that are lit at night.
The Bay Estate is available from £14,160 per week for up to ten guests. Or for up to 12 guests on request.