10 reasons to travel
with us

Why choose The Thinking Traveller

Why travel with us? We believe there are many aspects of the way we work that differentiate us from others. It’s not just the exceptional quality of our villas (though that is, of course, fundamental), but also the care we take in creating impeccable experiences for those who entrust us with their precious holiday time. Here are some of the things that set us apart:
1 Exceptional villas

Exceptional, out of the ordinary and rare: only about 1% of the villas offered to us actually make it into our collection. Those that do have passed a series of stringent tests. Each one is top of their class in terms of quality, location, design and amenities, and each is imbued with its own particular brand of magic.

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2 Quality through exclusivity

By booking with us, you’ll have exclusive access to the most exceptional villas in the heart of the Mediterranean: all our properties are only available through us and you won’t find them through any other companies. Exclusivity has been at the core of what we do ever since we began in 2002, and it has a great many advantages.

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Exerior view of Trulli Andrea villa in Puglia

Trulli Andrea, Puglia

3 The Crème de la Crème - our Think Exquisite range

Exquisite (adj.) - of special beauty or charm; of rare and appealing excellence; consummate; of particular refinement or elegance; carefully sought out, chosen.

Our Think Exquisite villas are the crème de la crème of our collection. They offer something extra, something that sets them apart in some way from the already exacting standards of our other villas. It could be a discreet, pampering staff of maids and a chef to cater for your every need, a particularly gorgeous setting, sophisticated, elegant interiors, heavenly gardens, magnetic views, irresistible pools, an extensive range of high-end amenities, or a mixture of some or all of these elements.

Cafe society in Ostuni, with Concattedrale in Puglia

Ostuni, Puglia

4 Local Knowledge

We only offer villas in destinations we love – Sicily, Puglia, the Ionian and the Sporades Islands, Corsica and the Tuscan Archipelago - and our knowledge of these regions is unrivalled. We’re specialists with a passion and we pride ourselves on our expertise. When you deal with our team, you’ll be speaking with people who actually have first-hand experience of where you’ll be staying.

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The in-villa cook at Rocca delle Tre Contrade delivers freshly made cannoli to the delight of one of the guests
5 A dedicated concierge with every booking

Whether you book a villa for 2 or for 24, for one week or for one month, you’ll be able to take advantage of the impeccable personal service and infinite resourcefulness of our Local Concierges. They’re locals, real insiders who’ll ensure you experience only the very best your destination of choice has to offer.

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6 Making memories with our Think Experiences

Since we began in 2002, we’ve offered a series of unique experiential enrichments designed to transform a superb villa experience into a life-enhancing one. We call them Think Experiences and they range from the perfectly practical to the inspirational. In reality, the list is infinite, as each one can be tailored to your individual preferences.

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Sea-view lunch villa La Prora Taormina Sicily

La Prora, Sicily

7 Personal service for an effortless holiday

You are unique, your dreams are unique, and your requirements for an unforgettable holiday are unique. We know that, and we’re here to listen, to work to your specifications, and to help you create a unique villa experience that exceeds the expectations of everyone in your group.

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8 A sustainable, eco-friendly approach

As a travel company guided by the ethos of ecotourism, we invest directly and indirectly in local economies, participate in conservation projects, and sponsor local cultural events. We raise awareness amongst our clientele, provide meaningful insights into our destinations, and promote a sustainable, long-term approach to tourism.

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Family time villa Marea Sicily

Marea, Sicily

9 Family is our forte

Our thoughtful approach takes every member of your party into consideration, from the youngest to the most experienced. Whether it be child-friendly pool areas, cots, highchairs, babysitters, the number of steps around a property, stay-at-home massages, or in-villa cooks who bring the restaurant to you, we’re here to ensure that your quality family time never feels like a chore, and that everyone returns home relaxed, full of happy memories.

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Conde Nast Traveller Magazine Readers Travel Award 2019
10 An award-winning company

Don’t just take our word for it - here’s some independent recognition we’ve received over the years: in 2019, we were voted the Worlds #1 Villa Rental Company at the first ever global edition of Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards. On four occasions before that, including in 2016, 2017 and 2018, we were voted Best Villa Rental Company at the UK’s Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards. We are the only villa rental company to achieve Top 3 rankings every year since 2011, and we have also received specific accolades for the ‘best range of villas and facilities’, the ‘best presentation of villas’ and the ‘best on the ground support’

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“The Thinking Traveller were fantastic helping us. The advice and information about the facilities in the villa were really helpful. Everything was faultless in the villa. The information pack was so useful and we used it daily. The Local Concierge was brilliant - she sorted out our lost luggage for us and returned it to the villa personally. We really appreciated the hamper service.”

- JW, UK

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