The best destinations for a villa holiday for summer 2017

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In movies and TV shows when the main star goes on holiday, it’s a typical trope for them to fly to some un-named European villa with an infinity pool and a well-stocked bar, surrounded by rolling rustic hillsides

However, when you go on holiday and discover that you’ve booked a hotel in the high-season and you’re week of bliss will be a lot, uh busier, than you expected – it’s easy to start resenting the fictional characters in these shows. But why? You can have peaceful, secluded paradise as well, or you can throw wild parties in your own private palace, you can actually do both with a villa. We’ve found ten of the most luxurious villas for under £375 per night.

Flourish in France in a Traditional Château

Fontainebleau, France

Fontainebleau castle
Fontainebleau is a history buff’s dream © (Richard Semik)/

Flights to Paris from £34

Fontainebleau is gorgeous town surrounded by rich history, it houses the Château de Fontainebleau a palace once belonging to the Kings of France and the entire town is surrounded by a large scenic forest just ripe for exploration. A typical getaway for Parisians, if you fancy popping to Paris to see the sights it’s only a 1-hour drive. We recommend staying in this charming cottage, slam-bang in the Fontainebleau city centre. Housing up to four people, for only £332 per person for a 7-night stay. With its own private sauna, traditional wood-fire stove, walk-in shower and rustic charm it’s the perfect home-away-from-home.

Fontainebleau Villa
A gorgeous living room to relax in © HomeAway

Four people can stay at The Fontainebleau House for £332 per person for a 7-night stay

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux city centre
The centre of Bordeaux is a wine lover’s dream © saranya33/

Flights to Bordeaux from £33

Wine lovers delight! You don’t have to stay in an overpriced Chateau to enjoy all the wonders of Bordeaux. This villa can fit six occupants comfortably, has its own outdoor private pool that leads directly from the living room through gorgeous French doors and is only a few minutes walk from the historical centre of Bordeaux. All this for only £274 per person for 6 people for 7 days? Okay, be quick, because I might book this for myself.

Six people can stay at The Villa in Bordeaux for £274 each for a 7-night stay

A Grecian Getaway for Weary Office-workers

Crete, Greece

Greece Beach
Relax on white sands and in crystal clear sea © Alina G/

Flights to Crete from £57

Walking out of your private villa onto your patio to indulge in some alfresco breakfast by the pool while basking in the Greek sun, may seem like something you day-dream about in Monday morning meetings. However, the Villa Niki is here to prove you wrong. Nestled in the scenic countryside of Perivolia, about a 15-minute drive from the city of Chania, Villa Niki can house up to six guests and is only walking distance from some excellent bars and restaurants, including the, acclaimed by locals and tourists alike, To Antikrysto restaurant.

Crete Villa Bedroom
A home away from home in Crete © HomeAway

Six people can stay at the Villa Niki for £375 each for a 7-night stay 

Corfu, Greece

Corfu seafront
Enjoy a relaxing break in Corfu © Cristian Balate/

Flights to Corfu from £55

Nestled in-between olive groves on a secluded hillside is Paradisia Villas. A place that would make even a movie star protagonist go “Really? This whole thing is ours for the week for £249 each?” Yes, that’s right, a private pool all to yourselves in this authenticly designed villa for you and three of your friends, the perfect place to kick-back in one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you get tired of sunning yourself by your pool – hey it might happen – then it’s only a 20-minute walk to the beach where you’ll be surrounded by quaint Greek tavernas filled with food, drink and fun.

Eight people can stay at the Paradisia Villas for £249 each for a 7-night stay

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Escape the city and relax in Scotland

Easter Ross

Easter Ross hilltop
The gorgeous Scottish Highlands speak for themselves © Targn Pleiades/

Flights to Inverness from £33

Located near the quaint village Evanton on Easter Ross in the Scottish Highlands is Assynt House. A house so luxurious and unique that Visit Scotland has an entire page dedicated to it on their website. Only a 40-minute drive from Inverness airport, the Assynt House is a literal fairytale come to life, spread over three floors 14 guests can comfortably stay in the gigantic manor without a big chance of them running into each other. So – giant gorgeous manor, check. Excellent for games of hide and seek, check. En-suite for every single bedroom, check. Massive price tag? Surprisingly if 14 people rented the Assynt House for a week, it would only set you back £350 each. Not bad for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Assynt House
Assynt House is a touch of luxury ©

Fourteen people can stay at Assynt House for £350 each for a 7-night stay


Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park © Joan Vendrell/

Flights to Inverness from £33

Okay, not exactly a ‘villa’ per say, but Scotland is home to some of the most idyllic little hideaways for those who just want a place to get away from it all – but in style, of course. The Loch Insh Chalets has a crazy amount of things to do, you can ski, water ski, mountain bike, try archery or fishing at the Loch Insh Water Sports and Outdoor Activity Centre. Or, you can take a stroll around the Cairngorms National Park, well you can’t stroll through all of it as it’s the largest national park in all of the UK but you that means you won’t run out of exploring. Perhaps all of the sounds like way too much activity for a holiday, no problem, hang out on your private patio in your private hot tub with the perfect view of the Scottish Highlands for as long as you like – actually, that sounds amazing, can we come to?

Scottish Cabin
Cosy, cabin holidays in Scotland – lovely stuff ©

Six people can stay at The Loch Insh Chalets for £186 each for a 7-night stay

Take a Siesta Poolside in Spain with one of these Villas


Mallorca beachfront
Mallorca is a classic holiday destination for a reason © Romas_Photo/

Flights to Mallorca from £33

El Arenal is bustling resort town located at the end of the Playa del Palma in Mallorca. Visitors will be spoilt for bars, restaurants, clubs, shopping and beaches. So, whether you want a hedonistic beach holiday filled with lurid coloured cocktails, dancing and late-night gyros.  Or you want a relaxing time mostly filled with books and sunshine, maybe with few days of letting loose – a villa is the perfect choice for a holiday in El Arenal. Look no further than this villa; only a 15-minute walk to the beach with its own private pool, alfresco dining area and cool Spanish interiors it’s a steal at £291 per person for five people, for seven nights.

Five people can stay at this Villa in El Arenal for £291 each for a 7-night stay

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria beachfront
Beaches, sun and relaxation, get me to Gran Canaria © Kalin Eftimov/

Flights to Gran Canaria from £40

Looking for something different? Want to explore the Spanish olive groves, traverse dusty mountains and get scenery usually only reserved for the rich and famous?Santa Lucia de Tirjana is a gorgeous little village in the heart of Gran Canaria, you won’t find beaches here, but you will find an excellent walk to a nearby rock formation that looks like a fortress and other hidden gems in the Spanish countryside. After some walking you’ll need to cool down, luckily your private pool complete with sun loungers and spectacular views will take care of that. If you want an adventure mixed with some relaxation, then this villa is the perfect choice for the discerning traveller.

Gran Canaria Landscape
A perfect view for adventurous travellers © Bengt Nyman/

Three people can stay at this rare rural house for £250 each for a 7-night stay 

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These Italian Countryside Villas Await You


Sicilian Coast
You can’t beat a jaunt to the Sicilian Coast © Romas_Photo/

Flights to Catania from £77

Located on the coast of Sicily is ‘Grazioso Chalet’ – grazioso is a term that means something is graceful and elegant. Which makes sense if you take a look at the Grazioso Chalet, located on the slopes of Etna not too far from the city of Catania, it’s looks like a wellness retreat celebrities use when they’re tired of being rich and famous. Well, your not rich or famous and you can still enjoy Grazioso Chalet as well, surrounded by chestnut trees you can take in the panoramic view of the Sicilian countryside or swim a few laps in your private pool at dusk. Perfection.

Four people can stay at the Grazioso Chalet for £308 each for a 7-night stay


Tuscan countryside
The Tuscan countryside, a proven relaxation boost © Shaiith/

Flights to Florence from £77

If you’re going to rent a villa in Italy, you can’t go wrong with a Tuscan 17th-century farmhouse in the rustic hills surrounding Florence. Exit the kitchen through a classic loggia into the garden to enjoy a bottle of wine with your seven cohorts who can also comfortably share this classic Italian villa with you. Only a 30-minute drive from Florence, if you get tired of living out a real life romance novel, then visit some of the world’s most famous attractions like Michelangelo’s David and the Leonardiano da Vinci museum. What’s all this going to set you back? £196  per person for a seven-night stay – amazing right?

Tuscan Villa
A Tuscan Villa for the classy traveller ©

Eight people can stay at this Tuscan Farmhouse for £196 each for 7-night stay

Note: These rates are based on search queries made on on May 31st, 2017. The prices are quoted in GBP. Flight prices are based on results for a return economy flight search. Hotel prices are for double occupancy and include taxes and fees. Prices are subject to change, may vary, or no longer be available.