Nothing quite beats a holiday en masse in Europe. Whether it’s for a special occasion or a summer getaway, here are eight of the best holiday villas to rent for groups
Words Hannah Hopkins
Villa La Bergerie is firmly established as one of the Côte d’Azur’s most sought after villas to holiday in. Sleeping 12 guests in six bedrooms, it’s ideal for long weekends, extended holidays and even weddings. Now the much-anticipated La Petite Bergerie has been completed within the grounds and can sleep four additional guests, packing in luxurious en-suite double bedrooms, a private lounge, private terrace and garden, with amazing views across to the perched villages of Tourrettes, Fayence and Callian.
Seven nights at La Bergerie costs from €1,500 per person (up to 16 guests, based on maximum occupancy) exclusive use. Villa La Bergerie is available without La Petite Bergerie. For information visit bergerieterreblanche.com
Captain’s House, Santorini, Greece
Santorini is unquestionably a romantic, couples destination but where better to stay than in the privacy of a beautiful one bedroom villa with its own private hot tub? This bright and airy Santorini property occupies the entire second floor of an old captain’s house. It benefits from spectacular views of the Caldera and the volcano for that famed sunset. Its private cliff-side terrace is furnished with a table and chairs and sunbeds, as well as a chromatherapy Jacuzzi tub, set against the backdrop of the Aegean Sea.
Prices are upon application. To book visit theluxurytravelbook.com or call (0)207 586 5342
Guests here will be spoiled with services including a butler, housekeeping service, chef, chauffeur and a private boat service with driver (don’t mind if we do…) Extra services which can be arranged include spa treatments, fine Italian dining lunches and dinners, including parties in the garden and by the lake, and full breakfasts.Full water sports and other facilities of Lake Como can also be arranged by your in-house concierge.
Villa Tremezzo is from is from €23,000 (£19,551) per week in low season. To book visit theluxurytravelbook.com or call (0)207 586 5342
Palazzo Santa Croce, Positano, Italy
Dating from the 1700s, this magnificent Baroque style Palazzo is totally unique. Situated high in Positano, it’s about ten minutes’ walk up from the town and beach with panoramic views over the town, the dramatic coastline and the sea The villa itself has an enchanting garden planted with citrus trees and figs and an exceptionally luxurious spa, a heated pool with fountain, contra flow jet and jets for lumbar and cervical massages. There is also a Turkish bath, sauna, showers and a massage room.
Prices from €14,000. To book visit theluxurytravelbook.com or call (0)207 586 5342
Positano Bay, Amalfi Coast, Italy
This stunning eight to twelve bedroom villa is a beautiful historic residence built in 1741, overlooking the beautiful Positano Bay. Just steps from the quaint restaurants and boutiques of the old town, it has been completely restored to its former grandeur, furnished with antique furniture and paintings, with added modern luxuries such as its very own private infinity pool.
Rates for The Luxury Travel Book’s Positano Bay, sleeping 16-24, for a week self-catered start at €18,750 (£16,257*). For more information or to book visit theluxurytravelbook.com, call +44 (0)207 586 5342 or email [email protected]
Villa Camp De Mar, Mallorca, Spain
Set in an idyllic location in the south west of Mallorca, between Port d’Andratx and the Port Adriano marina, this ultra-luxurious six-bedroom property is next to the Camp de Mar golf course and a sandy beach, with direct beach access. The villa and terraces benefit from spectacular views over the rocky coastline and the sea, the beautiful beach and golf course, to the hills of the Sierra de Tramuntana.
Rates for a week self-catered start from £19,429. theluxurytravelbook.com or call (0)207 586 5342
The Mansion, Daios Cove, Crete
Daios Cove Luxury Resort has recently opened The Mansion – an exclusive three-bedroom villa which comes complete with indoor and outdoor heated pools, staff quarters, full equipped gym and in-house spa with Starpool steam bath, sauna and treatment rooms. The overall space is an impressive 600sqm of stylish indoor space set over three levels plus 300sqm of outdoor living. With all the facilities of a hotel but the discretion of a villa, the three-bedroom hideaway, which is set on the north-east shores of the island, sets a new benchmark for villa accommodation on this stunning Greek island.
ITC Luxury Travel (01244 355 527; itcluxurytravel.co.uk) has prices from £36,999 based on 6 people staying in the Daios Cove Mansion for 7 nights on a bed and breakfast basis including flights and transfers. daioscove.com
Villa Zeus Temple, Kefalonia
Villa Zeus is one of Unique Kefalonia’s four exclusive luxury villas which opened in summer 2014 on the idyllic Ionian island of Kefalonia. The spacious and secluded villa, with spectacular mountain and sea views, is set in a prime position overlooking Lourdas Bay. Enjoying a sheltered location with Mount Ainos behind it, Lourdas hugs the coastline to the east of Trapezaki and enjoys its location on one of the longest stretches of beach on Kefalonia. Inside it offers an outdoor gym, yoga pavilion and herb garden as well as an outdoor pizza oven and BBQ.
Villa Zeus Temple costs from €3,392 per week (sleeps 8) uniquekefalonia.com