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Our favourite secluded villas for your next European holiday
by Laura Bardell-Smith
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Our favourite secluded villas for your next European holiday

Our favourite secluded villas for your next European holiday
A secluded European getaway is perfect any time of the year, but especially now. As many people are still looking to limit their contact with people while they are abroad, we share quiet and secluded villa options to unwind while still staying completely safe.
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Sandy beaches against the sparkling blue sea, charming fishing villages steeped in history and family-friendly activities that will delight travellers of all ages are just some of the highlights of a Mediterranean holiday. However, crowded hotels, bustling restaurants and buzzing plazas may not be in your comfort zone. Booking a luxury villa in a secluded Mediterranean destination allows you and your loved ones a relaxing holiday abroad without any of the worry, giving you full control over how much (or little) interaction you have with others.

We guarantee a luxury European villa holiday with us is a safe and thoughtful choice.

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A secluded home away from home

A villa rental allows you the privacy and safety of your home with all the benefits of a luxurious hotel. Most of our villas feature private pools and Jacuzzis – some even come equipped with remote beach access. If you would like to be pampered by our team of local hospitality experts, we would be delighted to sort out a personal in-villa chef, in-villa wine deliveries and more for you. We pledge to do everything we can to make any special requests or requirements a reality for you - even if that means limiting contact with third parties all together.

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Quiet Europe holidays: Our 5 favourite secluded villas in the Mediterranean

Have we persuaded you to finally book that bespoke villa holiday you've always dreamed of? If so, we would love to suggest five of our favourite secluded villas, all situated in some of the world's most beautiful and cherished destinations on the Mediterranean Sea.

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1. Maistros

Located on the romantic and remote Greek Island of Skopelos, Maistros is a fabulous villa for your secluded family holiday. Housing up to 14 guests across seven beautiful bedrooms, Maistros makes a multi-generational escape to the Med simpler than ever. Enjoy the sunrise from the generous wrap-around terrace, explore the private beach located just steps from the garden, have your in-villa chef prepare a delicious wood-fire pizza in the vine-shaded al fresco dining space or sweat out your stress in the luxury sauna – the options are endless. When staying at Maistros, you could conceivably spend the entirety of your holiday at the villa and be left wanting for nothing.

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2. L'Alpana

If you've always dreamed of visiting Corsica, L'Alpana is an ideal respite for a safe and memorable holiday abroad on the island’s south coast. Nestled away in the quiet hills above Pianottoli, L'Alpana boasts unmatched 360-degree panoramas of the sparkling blue sea and forested mountains. This romantic, secluded location provides simple homely accommodation equipped with delightful al fresco areas that welcome you and your travelling companions to relax and unwind in style and comfort.

Sheltering four guests in two bedrooms, L'Alpana is a perfect option for an intimate villa holiday with a discerning guest list. Whether you decide to enjoy the on-property pool or take the short five-kilometre drive to Plage de Figari, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, L'Alpana is sure to facilitate a picture-perfect and private holiday that will be cherished for years to come.

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3. Akrothea

Nestled in a secluded seafront location, Akrothea is a charming Greek property with stunning views of the Ionian Islands. The expansive villa is sprawled over a 10-acre coastal estate and houses up to 10 guests.

The serene Akrothea is home to a large and airy, open-concept living, dining and kitchen area. Access to the surrounding terraces is provided by three wide, floor-to-ceiling glass doors that make the most of the amazing sea and coastal views. Beautiful furnishings, sink-in sofas and a large dining table make the reception areas both welcoming and comfortable. With 400m of private coastline and around 10 acres of gardens, terraces and al fresco areas to explore, a stay at Akrothea comes with total privacy, peace and quiet, and plenty of space for everyone.

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4. Domus Olivae

Villa Domus Olivae in Sicily is ideal for those in search of a secluded European getaway. Sitting within a large organic olive estate, the house features a beautiful stone-flagged courtyard and a fabulous lava-stone pool. Along with spacious gardens, the villa provides lofty and luxurious interiors ideal for large groups.

With staff including a villa manager, maids and a cook, you will never have to lift a finger during your stay. Just let the villa manager or your Local Manager know a day in advance whether you will be dining at home and the staff will see to the rest. Or, if you want to explore the area, Ragusa is an easy drive away and has several Michelin-starred restaurants. There are also stunning baroque towns nearby including Modica, Scicli and Noto, that form the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Val di Noto.

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5. Il Tabacchificio

Located in Puglia, Il Tabacchificio is an amazingly refurbished image of 1930s industrial design. This ex-tobacco factory has been lovingly renovated into an awe-inspiring home that serves as a lovely base for up to 12 guests spread over six soothing bedroom sanctuaries. This property is a tranquil, airy retreat, providing an unparalleled sense of peace and comfort for any travellers who may grace its grounds.

Il Tabacchificio offers literal acres of space to relax, unwind and have fun with the ones you love among its extensive walled gardens and fruit trees, all of which evoke an unrivalled sense of seclusion and privacy. You and your travelling companions will be delighted by the endless opportunities to savour the Italian sun while enjoying a sizable poolside pergola, 19m-long pool and private synthetic grass tennis court.

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Your private slice of paradise awaits

Staying safe and secluded during your magnificent European holiday in the Mediterranean is simpler than ever when you choose to book a private villa with all the amenities you could ever dream of. If you have any questions about customising your stay to suit your individual needs or how we are working hard to keep our clients safe, we encourage you to speak with our team. We would be honoured to help you craft a secluded and personalised holiday with equal measures safety, pampering and relaxation.