Sort your Euro summer now with exquisite villas from The Thinking Traveller
Do you long for summer all year round? Now that the festivities are over and it’s back to work, it’s time to start thinking about your next summer holiday – in Europe of course! With irresistible luxury Mediterranean villas in even more gorgeous locations across Puglia, Sicily, Corsica, the Ionian Islands and Sporades Islands, The Thinking Traveller will be sure to keep your summer going with an unforgettable villa experience. To get you started, here are ten The Thinking Traveller villas to inspire your European summer holiday planning.
Where: Kalamitsi, Lefkada, The Ionian Islands
Want to spend your European summer holiday in a villa where you can float in an infinity pool while gazing out to the Ionian Sea? Then Madreterra, an impressive sea-view villa, delivers. With sea-facing terraces wrapping around the villa, which are accessible from any room on the ground floor, step outside and take in the stunning view of the azure seas in front of you. Avali Beach is set below Madreterra and is just a 350-metre walk from the villa – perfect for the days when you want to take it easy with a swim in the ocean and a laze around the pool. Madreterra’s accommodation spans over three levels, and the villa can host up to twelve people, so get together your family and friends and enjoy a summer holiday you won’t forget.
Where: Vathi, Meganissi, The Ionian Islands
Perched directly above a picturesque bay in Meganissi and set amongst two-and-a-half acres of olive groves, if a summer break that revolves around alfresco dining and a stunning pool area sounds perfect to you, then head to Hippokampoi. Relax on the outdoor terrace (or in the infinity pool – it’s your choice!) and take in views of Lefkada and Skorpios islands. If spending time in the ocean is more your style, then just a few minutes’ walk from Hippokampoi is your very own jetty and a small beach – why not hire a boat during your stay and explore the island by water? Back at the villa, the outside is invited in, with the living and dining areas surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, letting in the bright Greek sunshine and allowing you to look out at the stunning views. For a relaxing holiday experience by the water, Hippokampoi is perfect.
Where: Scopello, Sicily
Put together a seafront position, a refurbished villa, infinity pool and direct access to the blue waters below and you have Ai Faraglioni. With white-washed walls set against a picturesque backdrop, this villa is named for the sea stacks (faraglioni), that can be seen from all four bedrooms at the property, and this unique view is sure to impress. Relax on the sea-view terraces which wrap around the property, swim in the double-edged infinity pool, soak in the panoramic jacuzzi or take the sea steps down to the rocky shoreline which sits below Ai Faraglioni – one of these features is sure to tempt you to start planning your trip now.
Ceglie Massapica, Puglia
If you’re travelling with a large group and want somewhere that ensures you’ll have some personal space on your summer holiday, then the large, luxurious, two-family property of Trulli Andrea is perfect. With two pools, one with an infinity edge and jacuzzi corner (hello adults-only pool!) this villa is perfect for a big group. Trulli Andrea sits atop a hill in the middle of a two-and-a-half-hectare olive estate, with accommodation spread over two ‘trullo’ featuring beautiful vaulted stone ceilings. Enjoy the gorgeous summer sunshine and dine alfresco at Trulli Andrea, which comes complete with a wood-burning pizza oven and barbeque zone – admire the 360-degree views as you cook up a storm.