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Our top Mediterranean villa picks for a relaxing, pampering wellness holiday
by Laura Bardell-Smith
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Our top Mediterranean villa picks for a relaxing, pampering wellness holiday

Our top Mediterranean villa picks for a relaxing, pampering wellness holiday
How do you like to de-stress? Our collection of the most relaxing villas in the Mediterranean features sea views, infinity pools, hot tubs and hammams. Find your fantasy pampering holiday with The Thinking Traveller.
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During your most stressful moments, where does your mind take you to get away from it all? Do you picture yourself on soft white sands with blue Mediterranean waters lapping at your toes? Do you take yourself on a mental yoga retreat? Perhaps your ‘happy place’ is a luxurious spa break, where you can blissfully de-stress?

At The Thinking Traveller, our Villa Specialists handcraft holidays straight from your most relaxing daydreams. With local knowledge of the best masseuses and spa treatments and access to serene Mediterranean villas in ‘away from it all’ locations, we can help you design a wellness holiday that will leave you feeling restored, recharged and utterly pampered.


The perfect Mediterranean villas for a relaxing wellness holiday

Explore some of the most tranquil villas in Italy, Corsica and Greece below, or click to browse our full collection of villas in the Mediterranean with spa and gym facilities.

Relaxing holidays in Italy

You may - quite rightly - associate Italian culture with vibrancy and passion, but the Italians also value unwinding. The expression il dolce far niente evokes this sentiment perfectly, translating to the sweetness of doing nothing.

There are many Italian regions and islands that are perfect for enjoying some of this sweetness. Amongst our favourites are Puglia, with its whitewashed hilltop villages, rural landscapes and sparkling coastlines, and Sicily, with its astonishing natural beauty, world-renowned food and island culture.

You can explore our tranquil villas in Puglia and our villas in Sicily with spa facilities, or ask us to recommend the perfect Italian escape for you. If you’re still not sure where to start your search, allow us to recommend two of our favourite Italian villas for rest and relaxation.

Fichimori in Puglia


The chic Fichimori, which sleeps up to four guests, is both traditional and contemporary. The villa blends stunning white-painted, stone-built Puglian features with modern touches including an irresistible hot tub, a hammam steam bath, an outdoor fireplace and fire pit, a swimming pool, an outdoor kitchen - including a wine fridge and pizza oven - and even a vegetable garden. We can arrange pampering services at your request, including in-villa massages, spa treatments, yoga classes and more - all set in the rolling hills of the Puglian countryside.


Casa Luza in Sicily


With room for 12 guests, Casa Luza offers sheer tranquility in the Sicilian hills, a short distance from the fascinating town of Noto and the Vendicari Nature Reserve. The lower floor of this expansive villa is dedicated to your wellness, housing a fully-equipped gym with showers and changing rooms for the breath-taking infinity pool outside. This gorgeous pool boasts views across the surrounding countryside and hills, and is located next to an al fresco dining area with an outdoor kitchen and barbeque. We can advise you on in-villa spa treatments, which we can easily add to your stay, and arrange pampering experiences in the local area at your request.


Wellness holidays on the Greek Islands

The many beautiful islands of Greece leave travellers spoiled for choice when planning a relaxing holiday. We can help you find the perfect spot, including villas on tiny ‘hidden gem’ islands like Paxos and Antipaxos. Discover our complete collection of villas in Greece or learn more about the two most tranquil ones below.

Iola on Corfu


Located on one of Greece’s best-loved islands, Iola was designed by an architect looking to make the very most of the location’s stunning sea views. From Iola’s infinity pool, guests can gaze out over the Ionian Sea and across northeastern Corfu’s spell-binding coastline. This 10-person villa is a pampering paradise, complete with a hot tub, sauna, yoga studio, cinema room and the services of an in-villa chef available at your request. 


Madreterra on Lefkada

Madreterra is one of our most impressive and luxurious villas on Lefkada, featuring all you need for a relaxing wellness holiday, from a superb infinity pool, spa room and gym to the bewitching mountain and sea views. Surrounded by vibrant, lush and pine-scented woods and just a couple minutes’ stroll from the Ionian Sea, you are perfectly situated to unwind amidst nature.

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When you’re not admiring the gorgeous scenery, you can rejuvenate in the spa area, which features a jacuzzi, a hydromassage/steam room and a shower, work out in the private gym or take a leisurely walk down to the nearby restaurants. Madreterra is perfect for up to 12 guests and will make your time on Lefkada truly memorable.

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Serene holidays in Corsica

The French island of Corsica lies in the Mediterranean, almost equidistant between Marseilles and Rome. A mountainous island covered by an expansive national park, Corsica is a magical destination for those who find relaxation in nature. Explore all of our Corsican villas here or read about one of our favourite relaxing villas below.

I Bruzzi in Pianottoli

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I Bruzzi’s infinity pool is the perfect place to drink in the Corsican countryside, with views over the nearby hills and out to the Mediterranean Sea. This wooden-clad and contemporary 10-person villa was designed with seamless indoor-outdoor living in mind, allowing guests to enjoy the natural beauty of Corsica to the full. Away from the villa’s panoramic decking, a romantic inner courtyard contains a jacuzzi, perfectly placed for star-gazing. A personal chef is available upon request, and we can arrange treatments for you with the best local masseuses and beauty therapists, if you would like a little extra pampering.

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And relax

You deserve to de-stress. Contact us if you would like us to handcraft a blissfully relaxing break for you, from hammams and yoga to in-villa chefs and beautiful views. Our team regularly visits all of our exclusive properties, ensuring they have first-hand knowledge of all the available amenities. Tell us the holiday you are dreaming about and we can suggest experiences and take care of all the minor details, such as booking in-villa massages and local wellness experiences to ensure you feel utterly pampered and truly restored.